Ever since I started officiated weddings, I’ve had couples who want to include their animal companions (usually pooches) in the ceremony. It all started with Sarah and Bill’s wedding a decade ago, with their beloved dog joining their festive crew. Since then, I’ve had dogs featured in elopements, micro-weddings, and large affairs in every corner […]
I often say that vow renewal ceremonies are among my favorite. They are both retrospective and prospective. A well-crafted vow renewal gives thanks for the years a couple has shared, while making new commitments for the future. The reasons a couple decides to do a vow renewal vary. For some, they are simply marking a
Every couple has their own beautiful romantic story, and now—after a decade of officiating weddings—I can honestly say that every wedding has its magical moments. One never knows exactly where the emotional crescendo of a wedding may be—heartfelt original vows offered between the couple, a sentimental reading offered by a family member or friend, a
One of my favorite things to do at weddings (especially elopements or micro-weddings where there is less formal staging) is to bring “props” for the couple’s portrait session. Appropriate items can include anything that is meaningful about the couple, their hometown, hobbies, or the great city that is New York. Over the years I’ve included
As fewer Americans, particularly New Yorkers, are getting married in traditional houses of worship, the question of one’s wedding venue has increasing importance for many of my clients. Whether a grand affair or a private elopement or micro-wedding, I encourage couples to “think outside the box,” when selecting the space and place for exchanging wedding
Brooklyn has become the hottest borough in New York, of late. Many of my couples are eager to capture not only the uniqueness of this location, while also capitalizing on the skyline of Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a perfect choice for so many eloping couples. With the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges as the
This has been a big summer for Pride advocates and those who marry gay couples. Just last month, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, launching the modern gay rights movement. On June 26, we also recognized the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision making marriage equality the law of the land.