The Magic of Marta Zapardiel

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to officiate a Simply Eloped ceremony, honoring this sweet little family and a handful of guests.  My friend and colleague Marta Zapardiel took these beautiful photographs chronicling the anticipation of the wedding, moving moments during the ceremony, and family portraits after the big event.  The wedding was held at the Dene Summerhouse (also …

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 …

Golden Wedding Moments

Many—many—years ago, I was planning my wedding with the prince charming I thought I’d share my life with.  If only our marriage had been as successful as the wedding.  A story for another day.  In retrospect, I realized that I had the seeds of a Celebrant inside me, and that one of the “gifts” of that experience was that it …

Magic Moments in Weddings, Big & Small

Every couple has their own beautiful romantic story, and now—after a decade of officiating weddings—I can honestly say that every wedding has its magical moments.  One never knows exactly where the emotional crescendo of a wedding may be—heartfelt original vows offered between the couple, a sentimental reading offered by a family member or friend, a deeply held cultural or religious …

Dancing in the Park

Over the years, I’ve found that music (whether live or recorded) receives relatively little attention among brides and grooms.  For larger weddings, it feels like picking music for the ceremony is among the last details that couples address.   And often, the choices of the couple feel predictable…pieces they may have heard at other weddings.   And for elopement ceremonies, music is …