Special Touches at your Virtual Wedding

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Now five (5!!) months into the pandemic, I am increasingly impressed with how couples are customizing the virtual wedding experience. Just yesterday, I did a wonderful ceremony for a Chinese couple, now studying in graduate school here in New York State.  Clearly it was not possible for the couple to have their Chinese family members attend the ceremony.  But zoom …

A Tartan Week Wedding in the Big Apple!

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t’s Tartan Week in New York City—the annual time to celebrate all-things Scottish, featuring a colorful parade along Sixth Avenue.  And, we at Simply Eloped, honored Scotland with a wedding of an adorable couple at the Bethesda Arcade! Jacqueline and Alasdair came with the bride’s parents and niece for a once-in-a-lifetime elopement in the Big Apple.  While they had considered …

Simply Eloped

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For more than a year, I’ve been pleased to work with the Simply Eloped destination wedding company, led by the visionary co-founders Janessa White and Matt Dalley.   With outposts in Hawaii, Colorado, New Orleans, and New York, we were fortunate to marry scores of couples last year! Our Simply Eloped couples came from countries around the globe—from Australia to the …

Love: American Style

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely young producer with ABC’s morning program “Good Morning America.” With advertising “sweeps week” on the horizon, GMA had come upon an epic idea to bump up viewership during that all important period, when advertising rates for the remainder of the year are calculated. Over the course of a 24 hour …

Your Journey Together

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Living in New York, and working with so many international couples, I often come across brides and grooms who thrive on travel. This love of adventure is expressed in many ways. Most recently, Kimberly and Henry fully embraced their wander-lust in décor for their elegant wedding at the Garrison, a beautiful venue on the Hudson River, north of Manhattan. Theirs …

Love in the Village at Jefferson Market Garden

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For those of us who are Sex and the City Fans, we will happily remember the autumn episode where Miranda marries (finally) her on-again, off-again boyfriend Steve Brady. Unlike Charlotte’s extravagant weddings in the beloved series or Carrie’s heart stopping wedding in the first SATC movie, Miranda’s wedding was a rather impromptu affair. Miranda made a casual proposal of marriage …

Spring Love: Alex + Chris

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Back in April, I married the lovely Alex and Chris, Aussies who were making a new home in New York. He was as handsome as she was beautiful, on that crisp spring day in Central Park. Everyone shined, basking in the glow of the love between the bride and groom—and their obvious affection for the guests. The couple exude an ease and …

Racked Wedding Giveaway!

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Several weeks ago, I received a call from the Izzy Grinspan, the delightful Editorial Director for Racked online magazine.  As part of a new promotional effort, they were “giving away” a wedding during the month of June.  A variety of wedding “vendors” had volunteered to serve a lucky couple selected by the magazine.  Asked if I would officiate, I quickly …

A Feast for the Heart & Senses

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When I came to celebrancy work, I was called by the desire to create and perform meaningful rituals, rites of passage, and ceremonies to help in the healing process.  I firmly believe that the network of Celebrants, as trained by the Celebrant Institute & Foundation, is uniquely prepared to serve the eclectic mix of people in America today.  With great …