A Tartan Week Wedding in the Big Apple!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Wedding Pros, Readings & Vows, Uncategorized

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 …

A Once in a Lifetime Wedding: Set to Music

Sarah Ritchie Music, NYC Insiders Tips, Readings & Vows, Real Stories

I‘ve come to appreciate that as a celebrant, I, too have a bucket list.  And, sometimes I come upon a ceremony that is truly once in a lifetime– it was on my bucket list and I didn’t even know it!   The wedding of Colette and Mike was one such event. The wedding was a few weeks ago and took …

The Promise, by Heather Berry

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

At a recent ceremony of New York ladies, they invited a couple of dear friends to participate in their ceremony.  Their participation included selecting a special reading for the couple.  For the assignment, they selected “The Promise,” by Heather Berry, permit for any ceremony. Within this blessed union of souls, where two hearts intertwine to become one, there lies a …

(Semi) Homemade Memory Book…Made with Love

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Readings & Vows, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

  Celebrity Chef, author, and “First Girlfriend” of New York State Sandra Lee has made famous the term “semi-homemade.”  In books and on the food network she promotes recipes of partially pre made items, couple with homemade additions.  Hopefully this include quick, relatively easy dishes that have a home cooked feel for time impoverished cooks. I borrowed the concept from …

Seven Blessings

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

Matt and Jenn were a Celebrant’s dream couple:  smart, interesting, and perfectly suited for each other.  They were keen on having a very special, creative ceremony that told their delightful meeting and courtship and their abiding love for each other.  Every part of the ceremony shined, from the hand crafted button holes the bride made for her guests to her …

A World of Ways to Say, “I Do”

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

In working with couples on their wedding ceremonies, obviously one of the first—and most important—parts of the wedding are the vows.  Although this is the heart of the ceremony, many couples remain confused or uncertain about how they wish to proceed with their vows.  Questions swirl in their head:  “Should we write our own vows?”  “Should we do the tried …

Another Humorous Wedding Reading

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Real Stories

I don’t know if it is the season or just a new trend as promoted by wedding experts like “Offbeat Bride” of “Wedding Chicks,” but I have had an unusually great number of couples coming to me with humorous wedding readings for their ceremony script.  The following, simply entitled “Wedding Day,” recognizes the sometimes simple aspects of married life, beyond …

Some thoughts on Marriage Equality

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

Only a few years ago, the idea of same-sex unions–marriage equality–was new in the American States.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts consider marriage equality early on, and in an early court ruling on the matter, Judge Margaret Marshall describe the significance of marriage for all committed couples.  “Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each …

A Wedding Reading by Edmund O’Neill

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

My recent couple Amanda & Luke, from the United Kingdom, selectged a lovely reading by Edmund O’Neill for their Destination Wedding in New York City. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. And there may come times …