Gifted Friends

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The great sports journalist Dick Schaap used to talk about how he “collected” friends. I feel the same way. Although shy until my early 20’s, I now love nothing more than getting to know people, their stories, and what makes them tick. I’ve been unusually fortunate to meet smart, creative, and dedicated people who work in academe, government, the nonprofit …

Cards of Love

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I’ve been a card writer for as long as I can remember.  And, I’ve made hand-made cards for friends and loved ones for 25+ years.  But becoming a wedding officiant has offered me the opportunity to make beautiful hand-made cards for my clients. I’ve always been partial to vintage looks—be it clothes, home décor, or hand-made cards.  These days, with …

Wedding Remembrances

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A consistent trend in contemporary weddings is to make note of those who cannot be with the couple, to celebrate.  It is especially important to do so during these days of the pandemic when travel is difficult and so many people remain very concerned about contracting the virus.  Today I did a sweet ceremony in a beautiful couple’s far west …

Wedding Presents & Wedding Presence

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I love making gifts to my couples in honor of their new marriage.  There is always something in their biography that speaks to me.  Today I officiated a wedding for two for whom hiking had become a favorite activity.  In fact their proposal story took place in the stunning Joshua Tree National Park in California.  The proposal was not without …

A Wedding Story in Flowers

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Today, I came home to a big box of books from Edward Hamilton Booksellers.  Among the finds was Harry & Meaghan: The Royal Wedding Album.  It was a fun stroll down memory lane of a Celebrant-worthy ceremony.  One of my favorite parts of the ceremony—the carefully selected flowers—reminded me that many people give short shrift to the flowers for the …

A Very Special Anniversary

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Many years ago, when I was a young bride myself, my then-husband and I decided that we would decline wedding presents.  Although we were of modest means, we felt strongly that our wedding was a celebration of our marriage not an opportunity to collect “stuff.”  We had both suffered the loss of our mothers—my mother fell ill with Multiple Sclerosis …

Virtual Weddings are Here!

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After an unexpected Executive Order by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Virtual Wedding Ceremonies are now offering a socially distance-friendly option to couples who wish to marry.  With Simply Eloped, I officiated my first virtual ceremony yesterday, April 24, with another scheduled today. Both of these couples had marriage licenses already issued by their local marriage bureau.   (A marriage license issued anywhere …

Wedding Dress 2.0

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Over the last decade, I’ve married 1,000+ couples. There are many trends that have emerged during this time—one of my favorites is the online community that has emerged for brides. I have to admit that I’ve joined several of these groups. As a silent member, I am interested in the ideas and questions that brides have; I think this makes …

The Power of Place

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As fewer Americans, particularly New Yorkers, are getting married in traditional houses of worship, the question of one’s wedding venue has increasing importance for many of my clients.  Whether a grand affair or a private elopement or micro-wedding, I encourage couples to “think outside the box,” when selecting the space and place for exchanging wedding vows.  Along these lines, I …

Surprise! It’s Your Wedding

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As the Polar Vortex rolled through America this week, I was called to review photos from snowy elopements of years gone by.  I came across this beauty and it made me reflect on a couple of unusual “surprise” weddings I’ve had over the years, including this one. Twice in my long career as a wedding officiant and Celebrant, I’ve had …