Dream Wedding at Manhattan’s Midtown Loft

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

The winter months, when the wedding season is a little quiet, is a great time to reflect on the beautiful weddings from the previous year.  Tara and Sean’s wedding at the Midtown Loft was one such affair. The American groom met his British bride in New York and says, “I immediately fell in love with her accent….I could have listened …

2013: Happy Holidays + Happy Couples!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

The end of the year finds all of us, I think, in a wistful and sentimental mood…thinking about special moments, those we’ve loved, hopes and dreams and more. Retrospectives and lists of all sorts dot publications, television programs, and social media. For me, it is a time, to think in sweeping terms about my celebrancy work. The weddings have come, …

Amy & Andy + Photographer Alison Conklin = Perfection

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

Last month, I had the lovely opportunity to marry a delightful, adventurous and off-beat couple Amy & Andy, from Australia.  The high-octane world travelers opted for a small public garden, the “Creative Little Garden,” for their nuptials.  Tucked in the hip Alphabet City neighborhood in the Big Apple, this oasis is tended and much-loved by the neighborhood residents.  Situated between …

Happy New Year!

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Just in time for the New Year (The Lunar New Year, that is!) a retrospective of my couples from 2012. As I stroll down memory lane, I realize that each couple is like a unique and wonderful flower—and that I’ve enjoyed the most astoundingly diverse and beautiful bouquet one can imagine. Congratulations to you all! Thank you for sharing your …

Boola, Boola!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros

Occasionally one of my couples seeks a stately academic backdrop for their ceremony as was the case for Physicians Elaine and Ben.  Their venue pick? The stately Yale club in midtown Manhattan.  There is no doubt that I am prejudiced about this wonderful building as I attended graduate school at Yale, more years ago than I care to remember. The …

A Spring Wedding with David Burton & Company

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros

Over the last few years, I have come to appreciate how “visual” I am. Working on weddings and other ceremonies offers unusually rich opportunities to be in noteworthy spaces, enjoy decorations and flowers, and view spectacularly beautiful people and apparel. Like many of my clients, I can hardly wait to see photographs of their big day. New York boasts an …

Sean Gallery: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

I have many wonderful opportunities to officiate ceremonies for couples eloping to New York. In many instances, it is only the couple coming to the Big Apple for the big event. Other times, they are joined by a handful of loved ones. For the budget conscious couple, it is tempting to forego the expense of hiring a professional photographer…and I always …

Caught on Film

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

In my experience, couples consider the selection of a wedding photographer to be among the most important decisions to be made during the wedding planning.  Likewise, brides and grooms will often commence the engagement period with a photo shoot of casual and artistically interesting keepsake photos.  Often these shots are used as decorative objects at the wedding.  However, it is …