A Treehouse for Dreaming

Sarah Ritchie location, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories, wedding venue

During the summer, the most popular wedding spots in Central Park are jam packed with couples from all over the world. Locations such as the Ladies Pavilion, Shakespeare Garden and Wagner Cove may seem like revolving doors on weekend afternoons. However, there is a secret “Treehouse for Dreaming,” known also as the Dene Summerhouse.  Around 5th Avenue at about 67th …

Lucca…means “Light”

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories, wedding venue

On holiday in my native Oklahoma, I’ve been milling around for special, locally-influenced gifts for friends and loved ones back in New York.  As I strolled Campus Corner on Boyd Street in Norman, I came across Lucca, which featured chic apparel, make-up and skin products, gift items, and the requisite OU memorabilia. I noticed a beautiful abalone shell with sage, …

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings, NYC Insiders Tips, wedding venue

As I prepare to join with people all over the world to celebrate Mardi Gras and “Carnivale” that precede the Christian Lenten season, I am reminded of two beautiful ladies from New Orleans that I married last summer. Justice and Loren embraced life and the wedding celebration with the gusto you expect from folks who live in the Crescent City.  …

A Secret Tree House: Hidden in Plain Sight

Sarah Ritchie wedding venue

During the summer, the most popular wedding spots in Central Park are jam packed with couples from all over the world.  Locations such as the Ladies Pavilion, Shakespeare Garden and Wagner Cove may seem like revolving doors on weekend afternoons. However, I was recently reminded of a fabulous ceremony location that is hidden in plain sight just off of 5th …

Wine Sharing at the Raphael Vineyard

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories, wedding venue

The North Fork of Long Island is filled with small vineyards, which have become a favorite choice for get-away weddings for the New York City set.  Last weekend, at the end of the peak fall foliage season, I officiated a ceremony at the Raphael Vineyard, a beautiful spot tended lovingly by the Petrocelli family.  Now several decades old, Raphael is …

Shakespeare Garden

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, wedding venue

Any season is a good one for an elopement in Central Park, among the world’s most beloved gardens.  Among the hidden gems of the grounds is the Shakespeare Garden in the mid/west portion of the Park. Shakespeare Garden, a quaint nook, is situated off of Central Park West at about 79th Street. Even for the directionally challenged like myself, the path …

Come Rain or Come Shine

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories, wedding venue

By far the most popular spot for elopements/destination weddings in New York is Central Park. The Park offers innumerable beautiful locations to exchange vows. Moreover, even for those requiring a permit (for weddings with about 25 or more attendees), the cost is about $25 (and the process could be done online). A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to …

Ladies Pavilion: A Favorite Central Park Spot

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories, wedding venue

According to the Central Park Website, it is an excellent example of 19th Century decorative arts. Built in 1871 by architect Jacob Wrey Mould, it was erected to provide shelter for trolley passengers. It received a much-needed facelift some 30 years ago. Like the Cop Cot Gazebo, it lends itself to the analogy of the home being created by the …