Traditional Touches to a Modern Elopement

One of the joys of being a Life-Cycle Celebrant is being able to work with individuals and couples of many ethnic, religious, and philosophical backgrounds.  I adore working with Jewish brides and/or grooms, for instance, because there are so many wonderful traditions that can be included in their ceremonies from a cultural perspective.   For instance, over the years, I have …

A Different Kind of First Look

One of the most heartwarming traditions of even the most modern ceremony is the so-called first look, when the couple see each other in full wedding attire.  Whether the first look takes place before the actual ceremony, as the wedding photo commences, or as the wedding officially begins, it is a incomparable moment. There is another tradition that I would …

A Little bit of Poland in Central Park

Many couples, these days, are making wedding celebrations a multi-stage endeavor, having legal services followed by post-pandemic ceremonies and receptions.  While I appreciate the desire to keep these legal services “short and sweet,” I do like to encourage pandemic couples to slow down and enjoy their private wedding, just as it is. I had the opportunity to marry a European …

Wedding Dress 2.0

It’s hard to find anyone who is more sentimental than yours truly, so I was thrilled when I came upon “Unbox the Dress” on my Facebook feed.  This is a wonderful company, based in North Carolina, that specializes in not only preserving wedding dresses, but re-purposing them into special items for special days.  Check out their website!  They have taken …

Love Language

This morning, I officiated the sweetest “hybrid” wedding in northern Manhattan.  By hybrid, I mean there were a few very important guests at the ceremony, but many, many more (from around the globe!) joining us via zoom.  Everything about the wedding was perfection.  The bride and groom, both artists, had decorated the roof of the brownstone where they live.  Although …