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 …

Empire Cake!

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No matter large wedding or small, every celebration deserves a sweet at the end.  And, in my new neighborhood of Chelsea, I’ve found just the place to procure perfect cakes for the day—Empire Cake!  In many cultures, brides and grooms share sweets of some sort as part of the ceremony or afterwards.  In typical American weddings, a favorite reception moment …

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 …

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

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I’ve been a Celebrant for over a decade, and I continue to be amazed and delighted with how technology has positively influenced my work—both securing and working with clients, as well as enhancing the ceremony experience. Many years ago, I had a stunning February wedding at the Murray Hill brownstone home of the bride’s girlfriend. I was drawn to the …

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

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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 …

Simply Eloped

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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 …

Love: American Style

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely young producer with ABC’s morning program “Good Morning America.” With advertising “sweeps week” on the horizon, GMA had come upon an epic idea to bump up viewership during that all important period, when advertising rates for the remainder of the year are calculated. Over the course of a 24 hour …

Love in the Village at Jefferson Market Garden

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For those of us who are Sex and the City Fans, we will happily remember the autumn episode where Miranda marries (finally) her on-again, off-again boyfriend Steve Brady. Unlike Charlotte’s extravagant weddings in the beloved series or Carrie’s heart stopping wedding in the first SATC movie, Miranda’s wedding was a rather impromptu affair. Miranda made a casual proposal of marriage …

Spring Love: Alex + Chris

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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 …