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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Wedding (Battery Park)

A small wedding need not be held at home or in a public park.  Some couples, like Danielle and Lee, dream of a small wedding in a beautiful location.   Since their ceremony highlighted the virtues and joys of friendship, it was most appropriate that their most cherished friends and family celebrated with them.  In fact, […]

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Outgoing Couple Weds in Central Park

A playful, outgoing, and adventurous couple, Antonio and Sandra are both originally from Columbia, although they grew up in the States.  After they met in 2007, both went separate ways to complete degrees — Antonio to finish his residency and Sandra to finish a degree in Journalism.  While apart, they set up dates to cook […]

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Staying in Touch

One of my sweetest couples ever had a baby!  Leigh Ann and Brandon eloped over the winter in Central Park.  Leigh Ann recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and fortunately shared a few photos with me. (By the way, Liam is my spouse.) Dear Judie and Liam, Its Brandon and Leigh Ann from […]

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Cop Cot Wedding

The Cop Cot is an adorable rustic shelter easily accessible from Central Park South and 5th Avenue.  It’s been a few months since I married a couple near here  — the last was actually at a PETA protest in the Fall.  Fortunately, Katie and Ben fell in love with the spot while searching for a […]

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Community Garden Wedding, Brooklyn

Have I mentioned lately how much I love weddings and elopements in community gardens?  If not, please allow me to recommend them once more.  Community gardens are ideal because…they feel like a real backyard — not a meticulous, formal garden, but a comfortable space in which to convene; they are private; and they juxtapose the […]

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Shakespeare Garden Wedding (Central Park)

With only a week to spare, Jessica and Brian contacted me.  Originally, these Oklahoma natives planned to marry in the Clerk’s Office.  But they came across an Off Beat Bride post that described my services, contacted me about a Justice of the Peace style elopement, and even left the decision about where to marry largely […]

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park Wedding

In true Justice of the Peace style, I married a sweet, young couple a few weeks ago.  Wishing to avoid the Clerk’s office line and thirty second ceremony, they contacted me with less than two weeks to spare.  They planned to marry on the mini boardwalk overlooking the Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  While […]

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St. Paul’s Chapel Wedding

Cindy and James contacted me in the winter.  I was – am – thrilled they soon enlisted my services for their wedding.  (Note to future couples: some dates are exceptionally popular for weddings: for June 5th, I received seven firm requests and had to decline all but one other couple who requested me as their […]

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Internet Review from the Past (9/08)

One never knows where testimonials from couples will pop up digitally.  By accident, I came across this note with words of appreciation from one of my couples, Larry and Laurel, who celebrated their love in September 2008 at one of the East Village Community Gardens. Laurel and Larry’s Wedding New York   |   September, […]

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Eloping in Central Park

Well-educated and kind-hearted Karen and Terry flew out from the Mid-West to elope in Central Park.  Like many of my eloping couples, they planned their wedding.  But I would not quite categorize such affairs as “destination weddings.”  A notable distinction exists between those planning a low-key wedding and those who plan to invite more than […]

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center Wedding

Courtney and Jeff originally planned to elope in California. They grew frustrated quickly when vendors were non-responsive to their elopement plans and their budget mushroomed. Then they noticed the photos on our site from one of weddings in August 2009 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center — also known as the Staten Island Botanical Gardens. […]

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Fort Tryon Park

I adore Fort Tryon Park.  It is an oasis that involves all facets of NYC.  Located near a cultural institution (the Cloisters), it contains a small garden area, lots of greenery, a hidden structure that looks like church ruins, a cozy, acclaimed restaurant, and fabulous views of both the Hudson River and the urban skyline.  […]

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Tribecca Rooftop Wedding

Alaska native Allie and New Jersey native Vilas married on Sunday, May 23, 2010 only a few minutes before the sun cast brilliantly colorful rays across the Tribecca Rooftop and throughout the loft area where about 150 guests relaxed and mingled after the ceremony.  Like many intercultural couples today, so-called cultural barriers are essentially non-existent […]

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Twenty weeks to a better marriage

  20 WEEKS TO A BETTER BOND designed by me This “twenty week program” is meant to help couples center themselves and prepare for marriage or strengthen an existing marriage /relationship. Couples may also wish to condense the program to twenty days. This is not mandatory for any of my couples; it is only suggested […]

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Park Weddings

Bonita and Joe married in Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, which is one of my favorite sites for wedding ceremonies.  Other great niches are the Ladies Pavilion, Ramble, Cherry Hill, Wagner’s Cove, Belvedere Castle Plaza (not inside the castle, though), Harlem Meer, Cop Cot, Bethesda Terrace, Gapstow Bridge area, and the Wisteria Pergola.  Do keep in […]

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Thank You Notes

In addition to the cards posted on the “About” page, here are some more notes sent by a few of my couples… Hi Judie, Thanks very much for this. And thank you so much for our wonderful ceremony. It was such a lovely day, I wish I could go back and do it all again! […]

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Rainy Day Weddings

According to legend, if it rains on your wedding day, abundance — and fertility — will fill your future.  For most couples, though, rain is frustrating.  For these two couples, Kate + Aaron and Tracey + Greg, rain was not bothersome.  After all, Spring showers can yield excellent metaphors for natural growth.  Furthermore, cuddling while […]

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Early 2010 Weddings

Here are some scans of photos from some of my weddings and elopements in early 2010.  The count so far this year is already 35! Susannah & Steven’s elegant, traditional civil ceremony at the New York Palace Aruni and Mike’s Sri Lankan + Jewish intercultural ceremony at Bargemusic Lila and Jake’s whimsical “Dr. Seuss” Central […]

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Marriage Officiant, New York

To get married in New York, celebrate your commitment, or renew your wedding vows, you need little more than a New York registered civil wedding officiant.  To this end, I promise to give you a meaningful, memorable ceremony without the stressful dramas or limitations that accompany traditional, stoic ministers.  Instead, I offer  unique packages to […]

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