The Incomparable Claire Bean!

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Early in the year, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the floral designer Claire Bean.  Our assignment was a stately post-holiday affair at the James Burden Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side.  The event (which I expect to write about!) was as lovely as the couple who married.  But the January 2014 affair reminded me of an …

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, …

Wine Sharing at the Raphael Vineyard

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The North Fork of Long Island is filled with small vineyards, which have become a favorite choice for get-away weddings for the New York City set.  Last weekend, at the end of the peak fall foliage season, I officiated a ceremony at the Raphael Vineyard, a beautiful spot tended lovingly by the Petrocelli family.  Now several decades old, Raphael is …