Outdoor Weddings

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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Betrothal or Engagement Ceremony

Laura and Jonathan plan to marry in a large celebration with all their family and friends.  With Laura just out of school and starting a career as a pharmacist and Jonathan about to enter a nursing program, a wedding extravaganza was a bit much to handle at this point in their life together.  Still, they […]

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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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Joys of Weekday Weddings in the Park

Nothing else could have made this elopement stick more closely to the true spirit of the concept.  First, Kristi and Chris choose a Monday evening as their wedding date.  Secondly they planned to pack up their East Village apartment to move to Colorado the next day.  Thirdly, they married in a public place with only […]

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East Village Community Garden Wedding

Kristen and Michael married in the lovely 6BC Botanical Garden, which is an intimate community garden located in the East Village.  It also happens to be one of my favorite sites for small weddings in Manhattan.  Locals do gather there, but since few tourists think to visit tiny community gardens while visiting NYC, the feeling […]

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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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Outgoing Couple Weds in Central Park

A playful, outgoing, and adventurous couple, Antonio and Sandra are both originally from Columbia, although they grew up in the States.  After they met in 2007, both went separate ways to complete degrees — Antonio to finish his residency and Sandra to finish a degree in Journalism.  While apart, they set up dates to cook […]

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Cop Cot Wedding

The Cop Cot is an adorable rustic shelter easily accessible from Central Park South and 5th Avenue.  It’s been a few months since I married a couple near here  — the last was actually at a PETA protest in the Fall.  Fortunately, Katie and Ben fell in love with the spot while searching for a […]

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Community Garden Wedding, Brooklyn

Have I mentioned lately how much I love weddings and elopements in community gardens?  If not, please allow me to recommend them once more.  Community gardens are ideal because…they feel like a real backyard — not a meticulous, formal garden, but a comfortable space in which to convene; they are private; and they juxtapose the […]

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Shakespeare Garden Wedding (Central Park)

With only a week to spare, Jessica and Brian contacted me.  Originally, these Oklahoma natives planned to marry in the Clerk’s Office.  But they came across an Off Beat Bride post that described my services, contacted me about a Justice of the Peace style elopement, and even left the decision about where to marry largely […]

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Flushing Meadows Corona Park Wedding

In true Justice of the Peace style, I married a sweet, young couple a few weeks ago.  Wishing to avoid the Clerk’s office line and thirty second ceremony, they contacted me with less than two weeks to spare.  They planned to marry on the mini boardwalk overlooking the Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  While […]

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Eloping in Central Park

Well-educated and kind-hearted Karen and Terry flew out from the Mid-West to elope in Central Park.  Like many of my eloping couples, they planned their wedding.  But I would not quite categorize such affairs as “destination weddings.”  A notable distinction exists between those planning a low-key wedding and those who plan to invite more than […]

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center Wedding

Courtney and Jeff originally planned to elope in California. They grew frustrated quickly when vendors were non-responsive to their elopement plans and their budget mushroomed. Then they noticed the photos on our site from one of weddings in August 2009 at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center — also known as the Staten Island Botanical Gardens. […]

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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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Park Weddings

Bonita and Joe married in Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden, which is one of my favorite sites for wedding ceremonies.  Other great niches are the Ladies Pavilion, Ramble, Cherry Hill, Wagner’s Cove, Belvedere Castle Plaza (not inside the castle, though), Harlem Meer, Cop Cot, Bethesda Terrace, Gapstow Bridge area, and the Wisteria Pergola.  Do keep in […]

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Rainy Day Weddings

According to legend, if it rains on your wedding day, abundance — and fertility — will fill your future.  For most couples, though, rain is frustrating.  For these two couples, Kate + Aaron and Tracey + Greg, rain was not bothersome.  After all, Spring showers can yield excellent metaphors for natural growth.  Furthermore, cuddling while […]

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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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