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 …

A Treehouse for Dreaming

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During the summer, the most popular wedding spots in Central Park are jam packed with couples from all over the world. Locations such as the Ladies Pavilion, Shakespeare Garden and Wagner Cove may seem like revolving doors on weekend afternoons. However, there is a secret “Treehouse for Dreaming,” known also as the Dene Summerhouse.  Around 5th Avenue at about 67th …

Lucca…means “Light”

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On holiday in my native Oklahoma, I’ve been milling around for special, locally-influenced gifts for friends and loved ones back in New York.  As I strolled Campus Corner on Boyd Street in Norman, I came across Lucca, which featured chic apparel, make-up and skin products, gift items, and the requisite OU memorabilia. I noticed a beautiful abalone shell with sage, …

What a Grand Year it Was!

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The end of one calendar year, celebrating the holidays, and marking the New Year provide the obvious opportunity for giving thanks for the wonderful couples I’ve had the pleasure to marry.  My association with the magnificent Simply Eloped company has connected me with all kinds of couples—young ones just starting out, those relishing a second chance at love, gay, and …

With this Ring

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Over the years, I’ve had couples with all types of engagement rings and wedding bands. Engagement rings range from traditional solitaires (think Tiffany platinum) to rings with colored stones.  Yellow-white-rose gold….all are choices of my couples, over the years. My couples have selected vintage rings and family heirlooms.  Many contain sweet inscriptions, of course, too.  A recent Star Wars-loving couple, …