Rituals

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, …

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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 …

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Unity Candle Ritual for Weddings, Large & Small

One of the goals I embrace as a wedding officiant and celebrate in New York is creating personalized ceremonies, in weddings large and small.  Regardless of Covid-related restrictions on guests lists and what not, we can work together to create a ceremony that will truly be beyond your greatest expectation.  For some couples, creating that …

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Remembering Loved Ones on Your Wedding Day

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of marrying a young New York couple at the Cop Cot Gazebo in Central Park.  Under pandemic requirements, they gathered about 15 family members to witness their personalized vows on a perfect autumn afternoon.  I was touched to see a traditional ring bearer’s pillow with a photograph locket sewn on.  …

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Cards of Love

I’ve been a card writer for as long as I can remember.  And, I’ve made hand-made cards for friends and loved ones for 25+ years.  But becoming a wedding officiant has offered me the opportunity to make beautiful hand-made cards for my clients. I’ve always been partial to vintage looks—be it clothes, home décor, or …

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