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 …

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 …

Love is Love is Love is Love

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Even in a hectic city like New York, where lots of folks have short tempers and sharp elbows, there remain tiny moments of human interaction that makes one’s heart swell…I had one of those experiences yesterday. I was gathered by the Simply Eloped team to marry a lovely British couple in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is quickly becoming a favorite …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …