Loving You is a Way of Being

Tomorrow I marry a bride whose family came to the United States from Cuba.  They have harrowing stories.  I felt that one way to pay tribute to their families heroism was to use a reading by a Cuban author.  Some years ago, I picked up Burnt Sugar: Cana Quemada:  Contemporary Cuban Poetry in English and Spanish, edited by Lorie Marie …

Scotland’s Cup of Friendship

A number of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to officiate the wedding of this beautiful couple, originally from South Africa, courtesy of planning by Simply Eloped.  Their wedding was before the first phase of re-opening here in New York City.  So while the couple gathered in Central Park for their vows, I was with them remotely via a “zoom …

Virtual Wedding 2.0: A Celebrant Ceremony with Jewish Traditions

Living through this pandemic has meant that our lives are increasingly lived online, away from other people.  Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, folks were spending increasing time in isolation, buried in their smart phones.  Now, work, dating, worship and even marriage are filtered through Zoom or some other meeting platform. I’ve been doing “Zoom weddings” for several months.  As I’ve …

Virtual Weddings…YOUR Way!

Some weeks ago, our Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an Executive Order allowing couples to apply for marriage licenses and host wedding ceremonies virtually.  I’ve been doing this work for over a decade, and the announcement took me by surprise.  Having been trained by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, I have always placed a high premium on personalizing ceremony scripts and …