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 …

An Excerpt from “A Gift from the Sea”

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

The mother of a recent groom introduced me to this particular passage from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “A Gift from the Sea.”  It is a beautiful description of the constantly changing nature of love in a strong marriage partnership. “When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It …

Unexpected Love Songs

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Real Stories

I have noticed a trend among recent brides and grooms that may serve as inspiration for those thinking about their wedding ceremonies.  Recent couples have turned to popular song lyrics as readings during the wedding.  While I previously wrote about a couple using the lyrics of the Etta James classic “At Last” in their ceremony, recent couples have turned to …

At Last…

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Real Stories

From time-to-time couples want an “element of surprise” in their wedding.   One recent couple asked a beloved friend to do a reading during the ceremony….something that she selected, but they would hear for the first time at the ceremony.  She selected the lyrics of the classic “At Last.”  In addition to being a favorite “first dance” song at weddings, it …

Blessing for a Marriage

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Readings & Vows

I have been honored to work with many gay couples since the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Law this past summer.   Most of these couples have been partnered for many years–decades, actually.  So the wedding ceremony has a unique feel.  We are celebrating a long shared history together, the great political change of New York’s progressive law, and hopes …

“Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as certain dark things are loved,  secretly, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom and carries hidden within itself the light of those flowers, and thanks to your love, darkly in …

What We Wish for You

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

This poem, introduced to me by a recent couple that I married, is a perfect closing wish for a ceremony script.  In this particular wedding, the reading was shared by two great friends of the bride and groom: I cannot say what we would wish for you and your marriage. All of your dreams in life are your own and …

Words of Wisdom from Wendell Berry

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Uncategorized

  Wendell Berry is the kind of person we all want to have in our lives.  He reminds me of Thomas Jefferson…..wise, reflective, philosophical, communitarian, and an advocate for the agrarian life.  The Kentucky born poet, essayist, and social activist has written many books and recieved countless awards.  His words on marriage are meaningful to all:  “The meaning of marriage …

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Real Stories

Last weekend, I officiated a lovely wedding for Elizabeth & Danny at E-Space in Hell’s Kitchen.  They selected an unusual (and unusually)  sweet passage as a reading….an excerpt from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery “What does that mean–‘tame’?” “It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to …