Outdoor Weddings

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 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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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 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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