A Perfect Autumn Wedding

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

Although we’ve witnessed a breathtaking expansion in the rights of gay men and women to marry in America, it is not the still case in everywhere.   And so, our Empire State continues to play host to wonderful men and women who travel here to wed. Three years have come and gone since New York’s Marriage Equality Law passed, and I …

Jumping the Broom

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories

Since becoming a Celebrant, I tend to watch wedding scenes from movies and television more closely. Whether it’s the Royal Wedding, the latest pairing from the Bachelor, or the recent wedding of Lady Mary on Dowton Abbey,  I’m all in! A couple of weeks ago, there was a much delayed wedding of Miranda and Ben on Grey’s Anatomy. Like other …

A Happy Anniversary: New York’s Marriage Equality Law, One Year Later

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings

We are just days away from the first anniversary of New York’s historic Marriage Equality Law.  As such, I am re-posting my reflections from that amazing social development. As many of you may know, Friday night, New York State made history becoming the sixth and largest American state to pass “equal marriage” legislation, which will allow same sex couples to …

Blessing for a Marriage

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Readings & Vows

I have been honored to work with many gay couples since the passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Law this past summer.   Most of these couples have been partnered for many years–decades, actually.  So the wedding ceremony has a unique feel.  We are celebrating a long shared history together, the great political change of New York’s progressive law, and hopes …

Congratulations & Best Wishes!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories

With the close of the year and the beginning of a new one, it is a good time to reflect and offer thanks. As I ring in 2012, I am happy to recollect on the many wonderful couples that I have served this past year. I have worked with folks from many American states (Oregon, Texas, Missouri, California, Florida, Louisiana, …