A Very Special Anniversary

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, slider, vow renewal

Many years ago, when I was a young bride myself, my then-husband and I decided that we would decline wedding presents.  Although we were of modest means, we felt strongly that our wedding was a celebration of our marriage not an opportunity to collect “stuff.”  We had both suffered the loss of our mothers—my mother fell ill with Multiple Sclerosis …

Just Married (Again)!

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories

Lately, I’ve been asked to do several vow renewal ceremonies.  I hope this is a trend!  While nothing beats the celebratory atmosphere of a wedding, large or small, a vow renewal ceremony has a certain emotional gravity.  For, as we gather together, the couple and guests are giving thanks for the past, while embracing the future. Each vow renewal experience …

Family Heirlooms Enhance Rituals

Sarah Ritchie Real Stories, Wedding Ideas

The other day, I was lucky enough to participate in a “surprise” 20th wedding anniversary vow renewal. A thoughtful and romantic husband from Canada surprised his wife by arranging a last minute holiday to New York, to celebrate their anniversary. He found me online, and we schemed to create a sweet ceremony in Central Park. There were several moments when it …

Variations on a Wedding Theme

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

Years ago, I thought there was “one way” to officiate a ceremony.  A couple would host a wedding—however that might look—and the individual conducting the ceremony signed the license.  Alas, especially in a place like New York, that is not the case.  There are numerous permutations that are appropriate for couples having different needs. Legal Ceremonies in NYC with Destination …