Congratulations to My 2015 Couples!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Gay Weddings, Real Stories

This past year, 2015, was another wonderful time to serve couples from New York and beyond. Nuptials this year came in all different packages. There were fancy affairs at many local venues, restaurants, castles, vineyards, and gardens, as well as private homes. Plenty of folks eloped to Central Park or other public gardens to exchange wedding vows or renewals of …

Love is Love.

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings, Real Stories

It’s hard to know what to add to the commentary and analysis of Friday’s Supreme Court decision establishing same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right, available in all 50 American states. For those who have been living this Civil Rights struggle, the march towards same-sex marriage has been slow, coming nearly 50 years after the Stonewall Rebellion. But, by many historical …

A Royal Wedding for Scotland

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Fashion

All of us who love Scotland were thrilled to witness the marriage of tennis great Andy Murray and his long time love artist Kim Sears, today. This must have been the most widely reported Scottish wedding since Madonna tied the knot with Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle back in 2000. I’ve waxed on and on about how much I love …

Your Journey Together

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories, Uncategorized

Living in New York, and working with so many international couples, I often come across brides and grooms who thrive on travel. This love of adventure is expressed in many ways. Most recently, Kimberly and Henry fully embraced their wander-lust in décor for their elegant wedding at the Garrison, a beautiful venue on the Hudson River, north of Manhattan. Theirs …

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 …

I Do, I Do, I Do!

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, Real Stories

In just the last week or two I’ve had the great pleasure to conduct three vow renewal ceremonies, a trend that I hope continues.  Each was uniquely perfect. My first couple, Tim and Laura were in America from England, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary with their two beautiful daughters.  Tim had been in touch with me months ago, planning the …

Love in the Village at Jefferson Market Garden

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros

For those of us who are Sex and the City Fans, we will happily remember the autumn episode where Miranda marries (finally) her on-again, off-again boyfriend Steve Brady. Unlike Charlotte’s extravagant weddings in the beloved series or Carrie’s heart stopping wedding in the first SATC movie, Miranda’s wedding was a rather impromptu affair. Miranda made a casual proposal of marriage …

Spring Love: Alex + Chris

Sarah Ritchie Elopement, NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros

Back in April, I married the lovely Alex and Chris, Aussies who were making a new home in New York. He was as handsome as she was beautiful, on that crisp spring day in Central Park. Everyone shined, basking in the glow of the love between the bride and groom—and their obvious affection for the guests. The couple exude an ease and …

Racked Wedding Giveaway!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

Several weeks ago, I received a call from the Izzy Grinspan, the delightful Editorial Director for Racked online magazine.  As part of a new promotional effort, they were “giving away” a wedding during the month of June.  A variety of wedding “vendors” had volunteered to serve a lucky couple selected by the magazine.  Asked if I would officiate, I quickly …