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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Amy & Andy + Photographer Alison Conklin = Perfection

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Last month, I had the lovely opportunity to marry a delightful, adventurous and off-beat couple Amy & Andy, from Australia.  The high-octane world travelers opted for a small public garden, the “Creative Little Garden,” for their nuptials.  Tucked in the hip Alphabet City neighborhood in the Big Apple, this oasis is tended and much-loved by the neighborhood residents.  Situated between …

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 …

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 …