Every Kiss Begins With “K”

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

Much of contemporary advertising, I believe, portray the kind of society and culture that we think—or more probably, hope exists.  Advertisements related to engagements and weddings typically feature young, shiny, perfectly airbrushed couples.  Not present are more accurate depictions of individuals and families.   Only rarely does the so-called wedding industrial complex grapple with the modern phenomenon of blended families, men …

Going to the Dogs

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas

On Saturday I officiated a small wedding for a fun-loving Brooklyn couple. The celebration was at the Boathouse at Prospect Park. Although Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, it is less familiar to most of us compared to his more famous Central Park. But it was a stunning spot. The day was clear as a bell and about …

A Special Way to Recognize Blended Families

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories

These days, “non-traditional” families seem to be the norm. Many couples wish to combine their own wedding with a public declaration of their new blended family. A ceremony idea with fantastic impact is a vow exchange between the elders and the children. One family that I recently worked with exchanged the following vows: The groom recited the following to the …