Outdoor Weddings

A guy, a girl, and a vintage yellow cab

As much as my spouse sincerely loves cars and i-products, I do not.  The shadow of radical politics will never depart from my mind.  But I do like most vintage things.  Even I admit that vintage cars are very nifty.  And I do think that any couple planning myriad activities or photos on their wedding […]

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A lovely couple from Queens marries in Central Park

J+P opted for a most unusual ceremony and reception arrangement.  I’ve married couples who planned private ceremonies immediately (versus the next day or week or month, which is very common) followed by a larger reception previously, but most invite parents or siblings to witness the exchange of vows.  This pattern–a local couple who truly eloped […]

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The Sweet and Simple Classic Civil Ceremony

What’s wrong with the classic civil ceremony?  Nothing at all.  For almost five hundred years, whether religious or non-religious, millions of couples pledged their devotion using essentially the same vows.  Sure, some variation exists.  But the essence has held constant. A “Dearly beloved….” introduces a reminder to couples about the responsibilities and joys of marriage, […]

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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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A fairy tale continues

Personalized Prelude their ceremony: Neither Michelle nor Steve expected to encounter each other; they were not exactly looking for true love. Life was too busy interfering and forcing them to focus on the other big stuff. But God was smiling; amid their hard-work in other areas, fate was arranging a meeting. Early in 2009, Steve […]

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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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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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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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Couple weds in North Forest Park

I married another local couple in my neighborhood recently.  When couples come to me, it really is a sign that they want something a bit sweeter than the NYC Clerk’s office and nonetheless relaxed and low-key.  After all, the ceremony is a gateway to official recognition of a marriage.  It is a joyful and serious […]

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A light-hearted marriage ceremony

The setting?  A semi-private alcove on a Brooklyn pier near the luxury rentals at 184 Kent Avenue and East River State Park in Williamsburg.  The ceremony? “We want a 5-10 minute ceremony,” the bride wrote me.  That’s rather short, I reflected privately, even for a wedding officiant used to couples requesting short ceremonies.  To make […]

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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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“We gather here to celebrate love and life…”

No one ought to be very surprised when technologically savvy and mathematically inclined individuals meet and find they have much in common. While the engineering backgrounds of Brandon and Chris differ, their similar focus on abstract structures and refined details create a thread linking them together intellectually. Chris and Brandon first met through a mutual […]

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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 personalized ceremony at Turtle Pond

When a pharmacist and nurse meet, we ought not to be surprised if they find lots in common. Our groom and bride – a pharmacist and nurse – encountered each other through real estate. Gregg’s parents own a home across the street from Pat’s vacation home in Deposit. Luck works in mysterious ways: a devastating […]

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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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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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Sculpture Garden Wedding (Westchester)

From their ceremony: Kristina, Andrew “loves your passion. You are the most scrupulously honest person he has ever met. He loves your tenacity and stubbornness. He loves that you can’t watch the commercial with the shelter animals because it is too much for you to see an animal abandoned or unloved. He loves that you […]

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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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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 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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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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Informal Destination Wedding in the Conservatory Gardens

Images below were taken in the lovely “Secret Garden,” which is the English styled garden in gorgeous Conservatory Gardens.  Remember that a permit is mandatory here! Convocation:A+S, you kindly invited us within your protective “bubble” to memorialize the past four years and celebrate the possibilities of your future together. This ceremony will not create your […]

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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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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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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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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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Wedding Ceremony on the High Line

I believe the “prelude” expresses it all here… Today, we give thanks to Sean and Facebook for bringing together Clint and Bridget for nearly ten months before they had the courage to meet in person. While corresponding in writing first may stump our grandparents, it is actually an old-fashioned way to converse. Before transportation proliferated, […]

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Getting married at Rockefeller Center Tree

If you are self-described fun and adventurous couple (like Annette and Jim, featured below) who always dreamed of having a small wedding at the Rockefeller Tree, then please remember that the area becomes very, very congested on weekends and in the evenings.  Consider having your guerrilla style wedding on the Rockefeller Plaza in the morning, […]

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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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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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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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Notes on Destination Weddings in New York

Eloping in another city, especially one with only a twenty-four hour waiting period and no need to produce the birth certificate (a passport or US driver’s license is sufficient), is fairly easy!  Unless your plane experiences a delay.  With the winter weather soon emerging, please be sure to allow for two possible business days to […]

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Wedding at the Brooklyn Bridge Park

Taken only about a week after the new Brooklyn Bridge Park opened by the dock area where the Bargemusic and Ice Cream Factory reside, this photos of a couple I married in the Spring. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of marrying another couple in the vicinity during the day — fortunately before the heavy winds […]

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Commitment / Engagement Ceremony

Katie and Shane’s intimacy as a couple glows saliently in their images.  Mutual, warm, and affectionate glances and touches make their photos all the more real, animated, and earthy.  That they’ve been together for years could not be more obvious!  Furthermore, I cannot get over how sharp they looked.  Nearly navy blue seems to suit […]

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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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Weddings on the Beach, New York

Summer is not over yet. It’s only over for small people and the college bound. The weather forecasts in September, October, and even early November are usually ideal for weddings… on a beach … in the middle of the day … during the week. With fewer bathers, especially school aged children, running about, the beach […]

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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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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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