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 …

Virtually Weddings are Here!

After an unexpected Executive Order by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Virtual Wedding Ceremonies are now offering a socially distance-friendly option to couples who wish to marry.  With Simply Eloped, I officiated my first virtual ceremony yesterday, April 24, with another scheduled today. Both of these couples had marriage licenses already issued by their local marriage bureau.   (A marriage license issued anywhere …

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 …

I Do, Again

Over the decade I’ve done 1000+ ceremonies and celebrations.  One trend, I’ve noted is the increasing prominence of vow renewals in my ceremony portfolio. Vow renewals are among my favorite events, as they are both retrospective (giving thanks for the many years a couple has shared) and prospective (making commitments for the days and years, moving forward). There are many …