Elope, Justice of the Peace Style

A private ceremony in a public park

Before officiating this NYC wedding by the Angel of Waters’ Fountain, I noticed about four couples in their wedding finest and another four couples enjoying their “e-sessions” or engagement photo session.  Since this couple was a bit wary of marrying among the crowds, we moved to a quieter spot in the shadow that nonetheless affords […]

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A quickie in the park

A family emergency challenged J+A’s plans to wed in the Roosevelt Hotel, where I was initially going to marry them.  But, in the end, the place does not matter.  I don’t know any couple that ponders where they are standing (or sitting) while reciting vows to their betrothed. They came to me –North Forest Park […]

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Sealed with a kiss after thirty years

M+T committed to one another officially thirty years after they first met abroad.  When M came home from her travels, she told folks that she met “the one.”  Then life interfered.  The internet fostered their reunion.  They planned a celebration in late May, yet life again accosted them.  Fortunately, finally, nothing assailed their plans on […]

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A Baptist and an Atheist Wed

Hi Judie- A BIG thank you to you and Liam for making our day fantastic! We appreciated your friendly professionalism and your ability to roll with the punches due to the weather-related changes. We were a bit frazzled upon our rushed entrance, not being able to hail a cab in our garb and having to […]

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Local Couple Elopes

That couples from elsewhere plan a small wedding or elopement when traveling to NYC makes perfect sense: coordinating schedules and finances for guests will prove difficult.  When local couples express interest in my services as their officiant for elopements (fewer than a dozen or so guests) I am especially elated: they could plan a larger […]

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Carl Schurz Park Wedding

Kim and Dustin were the third couple I married on XXX.  Since their elopement plans unfolded with a few weeks to spare, they asked for wedding ceremony location ideas in Manhattan.  Liam and I were delighted that they took our advice and picked a site other than Central Park, which was particularly overflowing with brides, […]

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Yes, I do perform religious wedding ceremonies upon request…

It is true that the “traditional vows” for both civil and (Christian) religious ceremonies are identical.  Some denominations use variations, but the essence remains.  The vast majority of my couples opt for a civil, humanist, or generally spiritual ceremony.  Justice of the Peace style civil ceremonies are non-religious and contain generally straightforward language defining marriage.  […]

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