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Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Your Ceremony

In the heart of Christmas season I was fortunate to officiate the German-inspired wedding of Jean and Jim.  This lovely couple had a particularly sweet story, having first met 30+ years ago in a theatre group at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in Ridgewood, Queens (which still offers a weekly mass in German).  Having found love “the second time around” …

Much to Celebrate: Kata & Jeremy’s Wedding at the Steuben Parade!

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories

As a girl growing up in Oklahoma, I was raised by my fiercely proud German grandmother. Back in those days, I would have never imagined having the occasion to ride on a float in the annual German-American Steuben Parade in New York City. Named for the great Revolutionary General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, this is one of many such German-American …

Words for the Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows

When considering a wedding script, couples often focus on longer readings from religious texts or innumerable other sources.  However, well chosen phrases, sprinkled in the text can have a power impact, too.  Consider the following quotations provided in  A World of Ways to Say “I Do” by Noah Benshea and Jordan Benshea Love conquers all things; let us too surrender …