Locks of Love

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Your Ceremony

Over the last dozen years, “love locks” have begun to appear on important bridges around the world.  To express their undying devotion, lovers attach padlocks, often personalized with inscriptions or other decorations, to bridges of note. I first became familiar with this endearing custom in Paris, where they appear on several bridges including the Pont des Arts, Passerelle Leopold-Sear-Senghor, and …

Wedding 101: A Summary of the Order of Ceremony

Sarah Ritchie Readings & Vows, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

Most of my clients have been to a good number of weddings, both religious and secular, by the time that they marry.  However, they generally can’t remember much about the ceremonies in aggregate.  Sometimes a bride and groom can point to ceremony components they found off-putting, but there isn’t much recollection beyond that.   Likewise, while there is a vague sense …

Peace be with you

Sarah Ritchie Wedding Ideas

As a child growing up in Oklahoma, I attended a traditional Presbyterian Church. During the “casual” Sunday service, one of the most intimate moments was the “Passing of the Peace.” In a service filled with folk and popular music, the participation of children, and other contemporary elements, this ritual provided an immediate connection among congregants. Each individual turned to those …