Intercultural / Interfaith Minister

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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Central Park Wedding/Elopement Tour

When couples enlist Liam’s services for a full session of three hours, they are able to really explore the city.  In this case, G+D began with a wedding ceremony at the Belvedere Castle Plaza overlooking Turtle Pond and then continued south to the Shakespeare Garden, Ramble, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace/Angel of Waters’ Fountain, the Mall, […]

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An almost Autumn wedding in New York

Wagner’s Cove belongs to weddings in the Fall.  Perhaps because couples who marry in the Fall tend to prefer rustic colors.  Perhaps because Wagner’s Cove offers a bit of shelter.  Perhaps because when the leaves do change color, Wagner’s Cove is especially pretty.  For whatever reason, I tend to marry lots of couples in the […]

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Astoria Park wedding

An excerpt from their ceremony: As many here know, Miranda and Jonathan met through friends at a football game back in 2001. Immediately, they both realized their bond held much promise for future romance and adventures. But school and work intervened and complicated their lives. Still, they reconnected the following year. Watching movies, such as […]

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Intercultural, Multifaith, or Interfaith Wedding Ceremony Minister

I marry many intercultural couples, such as B+D.  Some are actually very interfaith or multifaith and incorporate a passage and rite from their respective traditions.  In such cases, I use a spiritually non-denominational ceremony with the traditions most cherished by the couple incorporated.  Others appreciate the rich cultural histories of their families, but prefer to […]

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Family wedding

A+D committed to each other many years ago.  They made it through college and countless other joys and difficulties of daily life.  The graces of luck even gifted them with two beautiful daughters.  And, with their family and friends finally gathered together on a not-so-hot morning, they exchanged poignant personal vows.

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A Very Joyful, Fun Elopement in NYC

I normally find it hard to choose photos to feature.  I try to balance images that I like with images I think other couples might enjoy.  And I do add in a few  clearly showcasing the site to give future couples ideas.  But this slide-show was really difficult to put together: laughter abounds.

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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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Coney Island Beach Wedding Ceremony

Personalized Prelude We gather here in the company of this witness, a few strangers, and the loving spirits of family and friends to celebrate the joining of Kenneth and Alexa into marriage. Alexa and Kenneth, not so long ago, you were strangers. Despite earning a degree in psychology, Alexa nonetheless felt intellectually unfulfilled: she took […]

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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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A peaceful wedding at the Cop Cot

Thank you both so much for everything.  Our entire weekend was so much more than we could ever have hoped for! Judie, you were so patient and helpful and went above and beyond with the emails. And Liam…wow! What can I say? Nobody ever gets Ray to smile, and I’m usually the most uncooperative model […]

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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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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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Exchanging vows on the Brooklyn Bridge

About half my couples marry in small weddings with fewer than a few dozen guests, another twenty-five percent have between forty and ninety guests or so, and the other twenty-five percent invite over a hundred. This decision has its origins in finances and personal preferences.  I’ve married eloping couples who clearly had the means for […]

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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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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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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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