A Feast for the Heart & Senses

Sarah Ritchie NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

When I came to celebrancy work, I was called by the desire to create and perform meaningful rituals, rites of passage, and ceremonies to help in the healing process.  I firmly believe that the network of Celebrants, as trained by the Celebrant Institute & Foundation, is uniquely prepared to serve the eclectic mix of people in America today.  With great …

Wine Sharing at the Raphael Vineyard

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories, wedding venue

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 …

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 …