A Treehouse for Dreaming

Sarah Ritchie location, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories, wedding venue

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”

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories, wedding venue

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!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories, slider

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

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

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, …

Love: American Style

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely young producer with ABC’s morning program “Good Morning America.” With advertising “sweeps week” on the horizon, GMA had come upon an epic idea to bump up viewership during that all important period, when advertising rates for the remainder of the year are calculated. Over the course of a 24 hour …

Congratulations to My 2015 Couples!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

This past year, 2015, was another wonderful time to serve couples from New York and beyond. Nuptials this year came in all different packages. There were fancy affairs at many local venues, restaurants, castles, vineyards, and gardens, as well as private homes. Plenty of folks eloped to Central Park or other public gardens to exchange wedding vows or renewals of …

2015 Celebrity Weddings

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories

T he multitude of “end of year” lists, as we approach 2016, gives us an opportunity to recollect on the fabulous celebrity weddings that have taken place over the last year. The “Big Days” came in all shapes and sizes….there were super-secret affairs, such as the nuptials of Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux, Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher, or Mary-Kate …

Love is Love.

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings, Real Stories

It’s hard to know what to add to the commentary and analysis of Friday’s Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right, available in all 50 American states. For those who have been living this Civil Rights struggle, the march towards same-sex marriage has been slow, coming nearly 50 years after the Stonewall Rebellion. But, by many historical …

A Royal Wedding for Scotland

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Fashion

All of us who love Scotland were thrilled to witness the marriage of tennis great Andy Murray and his long time love artist Kim Sears, today. This must have been the most widely reported Scottish wedding since Madonna tied the knot with Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle back in 2000. I’ve waxed on and on about how much I love …

Your Journey Together

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories, Uncategorized

Living in New York, and working with so many international couples, I often come across brides and grooms who thrive on travel. This love of adventure is expressed in many ways. Most recently, Kimberly and Henry fully embraced their wander-lust in décor for their elegant wedding at the Garrison, a beautiful venue on the Hudson River, north of Manhattan. Theirs …