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 opportunity to marry a European …

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 …

Love Always Wins

It feels like the Covid-19 crisis has been going on for an eternity, but I know that isn’t true. Even within the last several weeks, I’ve been lucky to have some sweet weddings. I recently officiated a Simply Eloped couple, booklovers from Singapore. They were not only fun and cheerful, but they’d survived the Covid-19 scare in their own country, …

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 …