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 …

A Tartan Week Wedding in the Big Apple!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Wedding Pros, Readings & Vows, Uncategorized

t’s Tartan Week in New York City—the annual time to celebrate all-things Scottish, featuring a colorful parade along Sixth Avenue.  And, we at Simply Eloped, honored Scotland with a wedding of an adorable couple at the Bethesda Arcade! Jacqueline and Alasdair came with the bride’s parents and niece for a once-in-a-lifetime elopement in the Big Apple.  While they had considered …

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 …

To Us!

Sarah Ritchie Uncategorized, Your Ceremony

The little touches makes the ceremony, whether it is telling the couple’s romantic story, describing what’s special about the rings, or drawing out meaningful religious or cultural customs. Earlier this summer I delivered a simple, small ceremony for an out-of-state couple at a sentimental place in Central Park.  I told their story, drew their friends into the ceremony, and provided wedding …

Love NY Style: 102 Stories Above Manhattan

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New York is filled with iconic spots—but no place says breathtaking romance more than the Empire State Building. The scene of memorable cinematic moments in An Affair to Remember and Sleepless in Seattle, it was the recent location of the nuptials of Tennesseans Celia and Chris.The couple oozed Southern charm and felt strongly that they wanted to be married atop …

Happy New Year!

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Just in time for the New Year (The Lunar New Year, that is!) a retrospective of my couples from 2012. As I stroll down memory lane, I realize that each couple is like a unique and wonderful flower—and that I’ve enjoyed the most astoundingly diverse and beautiful bouquet one can imagine. Congratulations to you all! Thank you for sharing your …

Belvedere Castle: Fit for a Royal Wedding

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The Belvedere Castle, one of the grandest and oldest locations in the Park, was built in 1865–and it is a favorite wedding location of brides, young and old.  The Castle is located in the middle of the Park around Seventy-ninth Street.  Perched atop Vista Rock, this venue offers sweeping views of the Park, including the Delacorte Theatre, Turtle Pond and the …

Words of Wisdom from Wendell Berry

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Uncategorized

  Wendell Berry is the kind of person we all want to have in our lives.  He reminds me of Thomas Jefferson…..wise, reflective, philosophical, communitarian, and an advocate for the agrarian life.  The Kentucky born poet, essayist, and social activist has written many books and recieved countless awards.  His words on marriage are meaningful to all:  “The meaning of marriage …

What’s in a Name?

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Among students of the women’s suffrage movement, the name Lucy Stone is a familiar one. Born in 1818, she was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio. Stone’s long list of accomplishments includes initiating the National Women’s Rights Convention and delivering the speech that led to Susan B. Anthony to enlist …

It’s a Date

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In the modern world, the wedding dates are often driven by the availability of popular venues, work commitments or the schedules of far-flung friends and relatives, but there are sometimes sweet, sentimental reasons why couples select particular wedding dates.