A Perfect Autumn Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

Although we’ve witnessed a breathtaking expansion in the rights of gay men and women to marry in America, it is not the still case in everywhere.   And so, our Empire State continues to play host to wonderful men and women who travel here to wed. Three years have come and gone since New York’s Marriage Equality Law passed, and I …

I Do, I Do, I Do!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories

In just the last week or two I’ve had the great pleasure to conduct three vow renewal ceremonies, a trend that I hope continues.  Each was uniquely perfect. My first couple, Tim and Laura were in America from England, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with their two beautiful daughters.  Tim had been in touch with me months ago, planning the …

Racked Wedding Giveaway!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

Several weeks ago, I received a call from the Izzy Grinspan, the delightful Editorial Director for Racked online magazine.  As part of a new promotional effort, they were “giving away” a wedding during the month of June.  A variety of wedding “vendors” had volunteered to serve a lucky couple selected by the magazine.  Asked if I would officiate, I quickly …

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 …

A Feast for the Heart & Senses

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

When I came to celebrancy work, I was called by the desire to create and perform meaningful rituals, rites of passage, and ceremonies to help in the healing process.  I firmly believe that the network of Celebrants, as trained by the Celebrant Institute & Foundation, is uniquely prepared to serve the eclectic mix of people in America today.  With great …

Step-by-Step: A Perfect Wedding in 1,039 Days +24 Hours

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

The beloved movie character Forrest Gump famously said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  Happily, the same could be said of my wedding Celebrancy practice!  You see, while my datebook includes weddings that are planned many months in advance, there are always “last minute” ceremonies that appear at a moment’s notice, adding …

Dream Wedding at Manhattan’s Midtown Loft

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

The winter months, when the wedding season is a little quiet, is a great time to reflect on the beautiful weddings from the previous year.  Tara and Sean’s wedding at the Midtown Loft was one such affair. The American groom met his British bride in New York and says, “I immediately fell in love with her accent….I could have listened …

Best Wishes to my 2013 Couples!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

One of my favorite projects in the dark days of winter’s final months is developing a slide show to remember the beautiful couples I’ve married in the prior year. I have been blessed beyond measure to work with couples representing so many places and perspectives. As I review their shining faces, I am reminded—my couples, together, form a unique, colorful …

The Incomparable Claire Bean!

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Early in the year, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the floral designer Claire Bean.  Our assignment was a stately post-holiday affair at the James Burden Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side.  The event (which I expect to write about!) was as lovely as the couple who married.  But the January 2014 affair reminded me of an …