Congratulations to My 2015 Couples!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

This past year, 2015, was another wonderful time to serve couples from New York and beyond. Nuptials this year came in all different packages. There were fancy affairs at many local venues, restaurants, castles, vineyards, and gardens, as well as private homes. Plenty of folks eloped to Central Park or other public gardens to exchange wedding vows or renewals of …

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 …

Intimate Wedding at Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

A recent trend I’ve noticed for smaller and mid-sized weddings, among my couples, is utilizing local restaurants for private parties.  From iconic locations such as the Russian Tea Room to newer spots local restaurants of all varieties provide excellent options for venues allowing pre-ceremony cocktails, weddings, and receptions and dinners. Brenda and Leslie, for instance, came from North Carolina a …

Locks of Love

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Your Ceremony

Over the last dozen years, “love locks” have begun to appear on important bridges around the world.  To express their undying devotion, lovers attach padlocks, often personalized with inscriptions or other decorations, to bridges of note. I first became familiar with this endearing custom in Paris, where they appear on several bridges including the Pont des Arts, Passerelle Leopold-Sear-Senghor, and …

Dotting the i’s and Crossing the t’s

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, Your Ceremony

New York City has become a popular “destination wedding spot” for couples from abroad.  Over the years, I have worked with brides and grooms from many countries including Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Mexico, and Brazil, among others.  I find that among these couples there is a good bit of confusion about the …

Variations on a Wedding Theme

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

Years ago, I thought there was “one way” to officiate a ceremony.  A couple would host a wedding—however that might look—and the individual conducting the ceremony signed the license.  Alas, especially in a place like New York, that is not the case.  There are numerous permutations that are appropriate for couples having different needs. Legal Ceremonies in NYC with Destination …

Big Apple Bound

Sarah Ritchie Your Ceremony

NYC & Company, the business and tourism organization here in the Ciy, has reported a record number of tourists visited the Big Apple last year. I agree, based on my experience with brides and grooms, who choose New York for their destination weddings! While traditionally destination weddings have been associated with warm weather spots, NYC has become a supremely popular …