Virtual Weddings are Here!

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After an unexpected Executive Order by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Virtual Wedding Ceremonies are now offering a socially distance-friendly option to couples who wish to marry.  With Simply Eloped, I officiated my first virtual ceremony yesterday, April 24, with another scheduled today. Both of these couples had marriage licenses already issued by their local marriage bureau.   (A marriage license issued anywhere …

Emergency Wedding? Let me Help!

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The Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented public health and economic crisis in our beloved country. The wedding plans—large and small— of so, so many couples have been derailed. Folks are choosing different paths to address canceled weddings. In many cases, large weddings and elopements have been postponed to later in the year, when we all hope that travel and …

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

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I’ve been a Celebrant for over a decade, and I continue to be amazed and delighted with how technology has positively influenced my work—both securing and working with clients, as well as enhancing the ceremony experience. Many years ago, I had a stunning February wedding at the Murray Hill brownstone home of the bride’s girlfriend. I was drawn to the …

Love is Love is Love is Love

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Even in a hectic city like New York, where lots of folks have short tempers and sharp elbows, there remain tiny moments of human interaction that makes one’s heart swell…I had one of those experiences yesterday. I was gathered by the Simply Eloped team to marry a lovely British couple in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is quickly becoming a favorite …

Surprise! It’s Your Wedding

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As the Polar Vortex rolled through America this week, I was called to review photos from snowy elopements of years gone by.  I came across this beauty and it made me reflect on a couple of unusual “surprise” weddings I’ve had over the years, including this one. Twice in my long career as a wedding officiant and Celebrant, I’ve had …

What a Grand Year it Was!

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The end of one calendar year, celebrating the holidays, and marking the New Year provide the obvious opportunity for giving thanks for the wonderful couples I’ve had the pleasure to marry.  My association with the magnificent Simply Eloped company has connected me with all kinds of couples—young ones just starting out, those relishing a second chance at love, gay, and …

A Tartan Week Wedding in the Big Apple!

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t’s Tartan Week in New York City—the annual time to celebrate all-things Scottish, featuring a colorful parade along Sixth Avenue.  And, we at Simply Eloped, honored Scotland with a wedding of an adorable couple at the Bethesda Arcade! Jacqueline and Alasdair came with the bride’s parents and niece for a once-in-a-lifetime elopement in the Big Apple.  While they had considered …

Simply Eloped

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For more than a year,I’ve been pleased to work with the Simply Eloped destination wedding company, led by the visionary co-founders Janessa White and Matt Dalley.   With outposts in Hawaii, Colorado, New Orleans, and New York, we were fortunate to marry scores of couples last year! Our Simply Eloped couples came from countries around the globe—from Australia to the UK …

With this Ring

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Over the years, I’ve had couples with all types of engagement rings and wedding bands. Engagement rings range from traditional solitaires (think Tiffany platinum) to rings with colored stones.  Yellow-white-rose gold….all are choices of my couples, over the years. My couples have selected vintage rings and family heirlooms.  Many contain sweet inscriptions, of course, too.  A recent Star Wars-loving couple, …

Love: American Style

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A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a lovely young producer with ABC’s morning program “Good Morning America.” With advertising “sweeps week” on the horizon, GMA had come upon an epic idea to bump up viewership during that all important period, when advertising rates for the remainder of the year are calculated. Over the course of a 24 hour …