Love Poems

Although I’ve been officiating weddings for about a decade, I still delight in new ideas and happy surprises for celebrations, large and small. Some time ago, during the warmer months, I happily trotted off to Brooklyn Bridge Park to marry a young eloping couple, in an event coordinated by Simply Eloped. As I approached our designated meeting area, I noted a fedora wearing fellow who’d set up shop across the street from the Shake Shack. (I consider this Danny Meyer restaurant a landmark location!) With a small desk for working, he had a classic old typewriter and an offer to write personalized poems on the spot. Who doesn’t like art…and instant gratification? I was eager to see what he could come up with.

The pop-up poet is Ryan Ashley, an artist based in Brooklyn. I explained that I was preparing to marry a couple and asked if he could quickly pen a poem for their wedding. I gave him some details about the bride and groom. He promptly handed me a typed poem that I easily integrated into the ceremony. Most surely, the last minute literary addition is a treasured memento the couple.

After the wedding, I chatted with Ryan at greater length. He explained that part of his work portfolio was serving as a featured artist at larger weddings. During the reception, guests could have a bit of poetry written to honor the celebration and commemorate the day. Brilliant!

To learn more about Ryan’s work visit his website


Whether your wedding is an impromptu affair or has been months, or even years, in the making, I want to help you fashion a ceremony that reflects your history, philosophy, creativity, personality, and style – as individuals and as a couple.

Let’s craft a wonderful, meaning-filled ceremony that expresses the most significant aspect of your lives…one that recognizes the profound commitment you are making, as well as the sheer joy of the occasion.