The Mystery: A Wedding Reading for Mature Couples

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Having met later in life, there are no memories of young romantic love, high school roller skating parties, college weekdays longing for your touch.  No memories of experiencing together life’s first tastes of freedom or the innocence of believing that we had all the time in the world… I never knew your young body nor you mine; those days when …

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 …

Empire Cake!

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No matter large wedding or small, every celebration deserves a sweet at the end.  And, in my new neighborhood of Chelsea, I’ve found just the place to procure perfect cakes for the day—Empire Cake!  In many cultures, brides and grooms share sweets of some sort as part of the ceremony or afterwards.  In typical American weddings, a favorite reception moment …

Jumping the Broom

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Yesterday, I had the honor of marrying a beautiful African-American couple in a small, romantic wedding in Central Park.  A week or two before the wedding, the bride reached out to let me know that their ceremony would end with a “jumping of the broom.”  I was thrilled.  Over the many years I’ve been a celebrate, fewer than 10 couples …

Special Touches at your Virtual Wedding

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Now five (5!!) months into the pandemic, I am increasingly impressed with how couples are customizing the virtual wedding experience. Just yesterday, I did a wonderful ceremony for a Chinese couple, now studying in graduate school here in New York State.  Clearly it was not possible for the couple to have their Chinese family members attend the ceremony.  But zoom …

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 …