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 …

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 …

At Last! Love Re-United after 35 Years

When I come upon brides and grooms who are stressed-out about the wedding planning process, I gently remind them that they’ve already done the hard part—they’ve found each other. That prompting is usually met with an appreciative smile, acknowledging their great fortunes in marrying their beloved, no matter what is going on with flowers or DJs or wedding venues. Over …

Have it Your Way!

Social media has been abuzz about Olivia Palermo’s look at her private elopement ceremony in Bedford Hills, New York.  The city girl/ style maven came up with her perfect look which included a trio of pieces by Carolina Herrera, including cashmere sweater, shorts and tulle skirt—along with those fabulous sapphire Manolo Blahnik shoes, first sported by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw …

The Musical Score of a Marriage

There is no denying how important music is in our daily lives—one need only walk down the street to see scores of people, ear buds in place, listening to their favorite songs. From movie soundtracks to muzak in public places, music of all varieties envelope our daily activities. And reams of academic research confirm what we all know: music elevates …