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 …

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 …

Love Poems

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Although I’ve been officiating weddings for about a decade, I still delight in new ideas and happy surprises for celebrations, large and small. Some time ago, during the warmer months, I happily trotted off to Brooklyn Bridge Park to marry a young eloping couple, in an event coordinated by Simply Eloped. As I approached our designated meeting area, I noted …

Emergency Wedding? Let me Help!

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented public health and economic crisis in our beloved country. The wedding plans—large and small— of so, so many couples have been derailed. Folks are choosing different paths to address canceled weddings. In many cases, large weddings and elopements have been postponed to later in the year, when we all hope that travel and …

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

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I’ve been a Celebrant for over a decade, and I continue to be amazed and delighted with how technology has positively influenced my work—both securing and working with clients, as well as enhancing the ceremony experience. Many years ago, I had a stunning February wedding at the Murray Hill brownstone home of the bride’s girlfriend. I was drawn to the …