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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Simply Eloped

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Wedding Pros

For more than a year, I’ve been pleased to work with the Simply Eloped destination wedding company, led by the visionary co-founders Janessa White and Matt Dalley.   With outposts in Hawaii, Colorado, New Orleans, and New York, we were fortunate to marry scores of couples last year! Our Simply Eloped couples came from countries around the globe—from Australia to the …

A Perfect Autumn Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

Although we’ve witnessed a breathtaking expansion in the rights of gay men and women to marry in America, it is not the still case in everywhere.   And so, our Empire State continues to play host to wonderful men and women who travel here to wed. Three years have come and gone since New York’s Marriage Equality Law passed, and I …

I Do, I Do, I Do!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories

In just the last week or two I’ve had the great pleasure to conduct three vow renewal ceremonies, a trend that I hope continues.  Each was uniquely perfect. My first couple, Tim and Laura were in America from England, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with their two beautiful daughters.  Tim had been in touch with me months ago, planning the …

Spring Love: Alex + Chris

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros

Back in April, I married the lovely Alex and Chris, Aussies who were making a new home in New York. He was as handsome as she was beautiful, on that crisp spring day in Central Park. Everyone shined, basking in the glow of the love between the bride and groom—and their obvious affection for the guests. The couple exude an ease and …

Modern Family: A Penny for Your Thoughts (or a Franc, or Euro, or Forint)

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

The recent Supreme Court decisions striking down DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and subsequent decisions by the IRS on the tax status of married same-sex couples, have opened a flood gate of gay couples, coming to New York to exchange their “I Dos.” Again and again, I am reminded by these pioneering partners that American families don’t look one …

Dog Days of Summer

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For a dog loving officiant like me, Saturday was a happy day indeed!  The day was book-ended by two weddings…. both featuring man’s (and woman’s) best friend! My morning ceremony was a causal affair in Central Park.  Sammy the Pomerania was clearly the center of attention.  The beloved doggy of the groom is a bit of a celebrity around town. …