Indoor Weddings

Tiny marriage ceremony in a hotel suite

Small ceremonies in hotel suites are great alternatives for those who prefer a private service away from prying eyes. They are also fantastic during cold or steamy hot temperatures, as well as when rain cascades.  A+S married in the New York Palace.  The Waldorf-Astoria and Roosevelt Hotels also offer lovely suites and beautiful niches throughout […]

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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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Top of the Rock Wedding Ceremony

I could stare at this couple all day long; they are so pretty inside and out!!! Melanie and John’s love story offers reminders to take advantage of every possible opportunity. In May 2009, Melanie rushed to Nissan to have her car serviced on a lunch break. John insisted she slow down long enough to receive […]

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Guerrilla wedding on the steps of a church

Eight hundred years ago, couples did not marry inside the church.  They exchanged brief vows in the present tense at the church doors.  Then they ventured inside for mass–the sermon, communion, and blessing.  This lovely couple, who planned a quick weekend elopement or destination wedding from afar, did nearly the same thing.  In a civil […]

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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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The warmth of home weddings

I think this photo reflects the sweet intimacy of a home wedding far more than my words.  Most of my destination weddings take place with a glamorous NYC backdrop.  But not all. A few weeks ago, I helped tie the knot for a couple who rented a brownstone in Park Slope and recited vows with […]

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Quick Sampling of Ceremony Sites from July 2011

While waiting for my job to officially commence, I managed to sneak a few photos of *some* locations to which I’ve traveled using an “ancient” 35mm Minolta.  Yes, that’s a film/analog camera. Please pardon the dusty scans.  Having performed twenty-eight weddings in July and now working through my thirty-three weddings this August, I think you’ll […]

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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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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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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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Wedding Ceremony in a Theater! (+thank you note)

Brooklynites Jessica and Brian came to Forest Hills, Queens for their wedding ceremony in search of an inexpensive, yet creative option for their wedding.  They married on Friday the 13th in an old movie theater (Cinemart Theater) with family and friends surrounding them with tons of warm support.  They requested a “sweet and simple” civil […]

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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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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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Top of the Rock Wedding

William proposed to Heather about one year ago at Top of the Rock.  Throughout the past year, they considered approximately twelve wedding plans, including running to Vegas to elope, which they rejected for its overt showiness and, well, inelegance.  Finally — or so they thought — they decided to simply go to their local courthouse […]

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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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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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