I fall a little in love with couples, such as C+P. An almost born new baby and a move abroad to London made their wedding plans extra exciting and intense. As I read the passage below by Leo Marks before they exchanged their vows, they glowed.
“The life that I have is all that I have. And the life that I have is yours. The love that I have of the life that I have is yours and yours. A sleep I shall have. A rest I shall have. Yet death will be but a pause. For the peace of my years in the long green grass will be yours and yours and yours.”
And I also fall in love with many of the places in which my couples get married in New York Metro Region. Especially gardens and beaches and really nice hotels. Like the Jefferson Market Garden.
Smart, local couples know that Central Park is a madhouse on weekends, and finding a private niche for the ceremony — even with a permit — is not easy. Many, such as C+P….. who were the first couple I married one week ago after the passing of the Marriage Equality Bill legalizing same-sex / gay weddings in New York, so I was extra glowy and “State of New York” in the pronouncement never felt better to declare….. opt instead for a community garden. Yes, it is true that these spaces come with fees ranging from $75 to $500, and some have time restrictions (i.e. morning weddings only). But the choice is laudable. First of all, the fee helps maintain the gardens for general use. And secondly, such spaces feel intimately majestic.