Step-by-Step: A Perfect Wedding in 1,039 Days +24 Hours

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

The beloved movie character Forrest Gump famously said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you’re gonna get.”  Happily, the same could be said of my wedding Celebrancy practice!  You see, while my datebook includes weddings that are planned many months in advance, there are always “last minute” ceremonies that appear at a moment’s notice, adding …

Dancing into Romance & Love

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories

As a Celebrant I strive to recognize the most important parts of the lives of brides and grooms into their personalized ceremonies. The narrative—an essay chronicling the relationship of the couple—is one of the hallmarks of a celebrant wedding, and it provides a wonderful opportunity to weave the threads of life into a wonderful, one-of-a-kind, compelling rendering of two people …

Every Couple has a Love Story

Sarah Ritchie Your Ceremony

This year, I am fortunate to be on faculty at the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, the wonderful organization which trains individuals, in America and elsewhere, to perform weddings and other celebrations. This week’s class module was about the vital role of storytelling in the lives of individuals and communities. As I prepared for class, I was struck by the fact …