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 …

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 special ceremony includes incorporating rituals.  …

Writing Wedding Vows

Many couples are curious, but reluctant, to write personal vows.  Let me say that these unique promises never disappoint!   Below are 10 suggestions to brides and grooms who are considering writing personal vows for their big day.  In no particular order, here we go! These are your vows—speak from the heart. You don’t need to be William Shakespeare of Elizabeth …

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.  I learned that the photograph …