Bells and Whistles

Wedding Ceremony in the Green Building, Brooklyn

Where do a secret speakeasy style lounge, a cavernous feeling, dilapidated warehouse, and charm combine?  At the Green Building, of course! It is a darkish, romantic “raw space” with a funky back-room area that represents the welding together of refinement and urban grittiness. My couple even brought along their dog for photos, although he didn’t […]

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Renaissance Hotel 57 Wedding Ceremony

Curiously, despite officiating 500 weddings or so at this point, I had yet to be one of those celebrants who presided over a ceremony with an enormous wedding party with lots and lots of attendants.  My very sweet and warm gay couple last night, though, forever altered that record.  Nineteen of their closest family and […]

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Classy at-home marriage service

I grew up in Southold, and my family moved to East Hampton for seven years, where I lived as well while attending college and graduate school in Manhattan.  (Yes, the commute was brutal, but youth is the time for such commutes!)  My immediately family has since re-located to upstate New York in search of cheaper […]

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A favorite wedding ceremony on Fire Island

I ought not to have favorites, and I rarely do.  The wedding yesterday, however, was as blazingly meaningful and memorable as the summer sun shining….By now, readers must know that I only become that sugary when feeling extra romantic, dreamy, and in love with my life. Back in May 2009, I married Charles and Lauren […]

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Manhattan Penthouse Ceremony

Presiding over ceremonies in very cool lofts is certainly a perk of this job.  The Manhattan Penthouse at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street is no exception.  The view is nice, but the simple elegance and location sets the space apart from others.  Here is the prelude to my couple’s ceremony last night: This pair met […]

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Jefferson Market Garden Ceremony

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 […]

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Elite Palace Ceremony

If you read this blog, you know my forehead crinkles in response to the concept of the catering hall wedding.  Visions of dated colors and mirrored ceilings flash through my memory.  I’ve encountered a few very nice reception halls, though, such as the Westbury Manor and Swan Club.  But those are in Nassau County.  Until […]

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Studio Square Wedding Ceremony

Located in Long Island City, Studio Square is fast becoming the site of choice for couples planning an intimate, modern wedding ceremony.  I entered in freight elevator powered by a human to a glossy loft space with a cute outdoor patio.  And smiled when I saw the heart place holders decorating the table where D+C […]

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Officiating at a Loft with a View

L+B married in the fun Manhattan loft of RamScale.  They opted for a standard ceremony, but requested I integrate two quotes they liked.  I wove them into a new mini prelude, which is below. Every urbanite has witnessed lovers lost in themselves on a train. They gaze adoringly and kiss without care. Delightfully unaware of […]

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Hip Brooklyn Wedding Ceremony at Linger Lounge

EXCERPT FROM THEIR CEREMONY: You have requested I read a special piece entitled “A Parable” by Maynard James Keenan, which best captures your love: “We barely remember who or what came before this precious moment. We are choosing to be here right now, hold on, stay inside this holy reality, this holy experience. Twirling round […]

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Snug Harbor Wedding Ceremony

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center is among the places I often recommend to my couples: it is perfect for elopements, intimate weddings, and large weddings alike.  Why?  Its diversity!  When a couple invited me to officiate their ceremony in the Chinese Scholar Garden, I came early to snap a few shots (more are in the […]

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Swan Club, Long Island Wedding Ceremony

I am definitely appending the Swan Club in Roslyn, Long Island to the list of catering / reception halls in which I sincerely enjoy officiating!  The Swan Club is part of an older Spanish-esque designed estate overlooking or adjacent to a tiny inlet that gives way to the Long Island Sound.  The specially designated ceremony […]

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Tompkins Square Park Wedding

Socially conscious Colleen and Brian married on a glorious autumn day with dozens of their family members and friends surrounding them at the Temperance Fountain in Tompkins Square Park.  In addition to giving guests chocolates to reflect the sweetness and bitterness of life, integrating a Buddhist reading, and incorporating spilling wine to honor the tragic […]

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Slide-show Wedding Ceremony at Manhattan Loft

RamScale is a wedding venue on West Street with stellar views of the Hudson River, the Jersey shoreline, Manhattan Rooftops, and even Lady Liberty.  There, K + T married before about forty loved ones in a most atypical ceremony. They put together a fabulously animated and humorously narrated multimedia slide-show with photos, video, and music […]

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Queens Botanical Garden Wedding

I’ve officiated at weddings in the Queens Botanical Garden a number of times.  I admit that the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center are possibly more romantic and intriguing for photos.  Yet the QBG is convenient, has a friendlier staff, and is more democratic when it comes to weddings.  Yes, it is […]

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Wedding at NYC Historic Site

The Old Stone House is a great site for a small wedding in any season.  It’s not alone, the Voekler Oth House in Queens and the Merchant House in Manhattan are wonderful alternatives.  Getting married in a historic site in New York is ideal for those, like me, who love the warmth of more intimate […]

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Elegant Glen Island Harbor Club Wedding

Imagine: A cozy waiting area for your guests.  Clean bathrooms — and plenty of them.  Soft colors in ivory/cream-ish, beige, and dashes of greens and pinks on the carpeting (not that tacky over-done carpeting with bright gold and pink).  A huge, tall room with windows on three sides that can seat 200 guests comfortably and […]

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Tie the Knot on a Boat!

Felice and Graeme married on the bow of the Lucille at East 23rd Street and FDR Drive as about forty or fifty guests watched and cheered from the pier and twenty or thirty family members surrounded them on the boat’s front deck.  A writer and phycisist respectively, this intercultural couple thoughtfully placed phycisist textbooks in […]

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Queens County Farm Wedding

The Queens County Farm is a brilliant choice for any nature-loving, local couple.  It is cozy, quaint, and affordable.  Lindsay and Rick needed few decorations: they used fresh-cut flowers, including daisies, in classic jar bottles, some candles that will surely flicker beautifully against old-fashioned lead windows, and gave their guests hot sauce, which perfectly matched […]

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Elegant Wedding at The Glass Houses

Some four or five years ago, Liam (spouse-to-be then) and I were wandering around the galleries in Chelsea.  Having drank too much coffee to try to get rid of a headache induced by teaching six classes at various New York colleges at the time, I really needed to find a restroom.  We came across one […]

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Wedding Ceremony at Vetro, Howard Beach

Jennifer and Eddie were going to the Clerk’s Office in Kew Gardens, Queens to get married.  Then they planned to invite a few dozen family and friends for an early afternoon celebration at Vetro on a Monday, which is a semi-new reception hall space associated with Russo’s on the Bay that is ideal for weddings […]

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns Wedding

I am totally in love with this site.  Tucked away in Westchester — but conveniently only a ten minute taxi drive from the Tarrytown Metro North stop — Blue Hill is a restaurant situated on a farm.  A real farm.  A very picturesque farm.  And a farm that yields much of the food served in […]

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Alger House Wedding

Down-to-earth Traci and Dave secured my services back in March.  When I met them, I knew we were likely to be a great match.  They selected the Alger House as their ceremony and reception site.  For those not familiar with it, the Alger House is a townhouse/brownstone renovated to service various events, including weddings.  I […]

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Chateau Briand Wedding

If you are inviting lots of guests who are traveling from both NYC and Long Island, the Chateau Briand should probably be on your list for possible sites.  It’s close to the LIRR (walking distance!) and has a nice outdoor space complete with television screens. Most probably know that I am not personally inclined towards […]

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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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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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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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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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