Thank You Notes

Gratitude All Around

Being a registered wedding officiant in New York is a privilege that I will never underestimate. I am very grateful to all the couples who invite me to perform their marriage ceremony. Witnessing the great love is a true honor. And I am delighted that I can contribute to the joy of those in loving […]

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An intimate wedding becomes an elopement

S+S first contacted me with plans to invite family and friends to their June marriage ceremony in the Shakespeare Garden.  A few e-mails later, they booked formally.  Weeks rolled by.  Then the groom sent an e-mail canceling: they were having a really hard time coordinating schedules with family and friends. A few weeks later, he […]

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A few thank you notes

Hi Judie, These are incredible! We LOVE them! The family picture is too funny because it is our family and all of the “graffiti family” around us! On another note, we have a thank you coming your way soon but need a bit more time to get it right. Nick and I truly can’t thank […]

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A few thank you notes

Hi Judie, Hope all is well. We already received the marriage license. Thank you for officiating at our wedding and helping make our day special. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. Someone commented that it felt like a fairy tale because of your story like voice. Thanks again! And we wish you all […]

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Thank You Notes

Thank you so much Judie for being a part of our day and instrumental in getting what we wanted accomplished at a moments notice! We really appreciate you and your spirit! Thanks again, and here is a picture of our wonderful night~ We just got back to El Paso last night at about 11 and […]

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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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Thank you note

I just wanted to send you a quick message to say what a joy it was for you to officiate at our wedding. After the chaos of the day before, you were a calm presence and your ceremony was written with complete understanding of us, it was so beautiful. You were so understanding also of […]

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Reviews

Perfect 10/18/2011 Lisa F. says: Judie performed our ceremony on 10-16-11 She was fantastic and spoke from the heart. Lisa and Ralph Franzese Short & sweet 10/6/2011 Min Hee K. says: we didn’t meet judie prior to the ceremony but she was spot on with her words. she & liam were were so warm & […]

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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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Thank you note

Thank you so much for making our day truly special.  We really appreciated your kind and meaningful words at the Overlook in Forest Park.  Thank you for sending them to us.  Also, a special thanks to your husband for witnessing the event.  We would love to add our two cents as recommendation or reference for […]

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A note of thanks

Hi Judie, I would like to say Thank You for performing such a wonderful ceremony for Us (Adrienne and Kea 8-27-11). You are amazing and very patient! We appreciate that you accepted changes that needed to be made and accommodated us, especially with the weather. Your words captured the true essence of our love and […]

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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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Review

Judie is exceptional 8/29/2011 William D. says: I thought our wedding would be a challenge as we are a same sex couple that has been together for 20 years. The affair was held in our home with just a few family and friends present. Although we wanted some traditional touches, we did not want a […]

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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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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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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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Thank You Note

We just want to let you know once again that we were so happy that you were able to perform our private cermony between my husband and myself. The words that moved me to tears becuase it has been a long time coming. You joined our family into one and hope when we perform within […]

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Review

Extraordinary! 6/23/2011 Shauna V. says: I first contacted Judie about 8 months from our wedding date. She was very patient and helpful in helping us decide/plan how to make our day special. She has an amazing gift for words, as our ceremony was beautifully written with a personal and meaningful touch. Liam has an amazing […]

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Thank You Note

Today was our “six-monthiversary”, so I thought I’d venture onto your website to reminisce.  I really enjoyed thinking back to that memorable (and cold!) day in Central Park. Thanks again for everything y’all did…it couldn’t have gone any better…the ceremony was fantastic, and the pictures were amazing. Thank you for being a part of one […]

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Thank You Notes

Thank you so much for your amazing presence at our wedding on Saturday. It was so beautiful thanks to you and your kind and moving words. Liam, you were so patient and creative with your ideas, we can’t wait to see the photos! Thank you both so much for making our wedding so special. Thank […]

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Wedding Ceremony Officiant Video

Now that the weather is beautiful, the office wedding ceremony, Justice of the Peace style, has moved to North Forest Park (80-30 Park Lane; Kew Gardens NY 11415).  S+C requested a simple, spiritual ceremony for their elopement. Memorable Memorial Weekend wedding 6/1/2011 Shirley C. says: Judie and Liam are so understanding and professional! The way […]

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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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Thank you note

Judie & Liam~ John and I were both THRILLED with absolutely everything about our wedding ceremony…thanks to both of you! It was perfect and neither of us could believe that we felt such a familiar connection with two people we’d just met. Judie, you had no way of knowing that Maya Angelou is my FAVORITE […]

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Thank You Note

Judie and Liam, Kevin and I just wanted to say thank you again for such a perfect ceremony.  We both commented several times about how kind and warm you both were.  Your kindness helped us to not only be relaxed and at ease, but allowed us to focus on each other and just enjoy the […]

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Thank You Note

Hi Judie! I feel like the rudest person in the world! I cannot believe I didn’t have a chance to talk to you and thank you for the PERFECT ceremony. Bob and I could not have asked for a more perfect day and you were one of the reasons why it was so perfect. Thank […]

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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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Review & Thank You Note

Wonderful 10/28/2010 Helen A. says: Judie and Liam were amazing from start to finish and made the entire experience go smoothly. I can’t possibly recommend them enough! Thanks again, guys! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hi Judie, Sorry it’s taken so long to contact you regarding the photos, but thank you so much, and please send a HUGE thanks […]

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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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Review & Thank You Note

Judie, thank you so much! You are incredibly articulate and understanding. Thanks for sharing that day with us, it was cool, fun, maybe as strange as any other day I’ve ever lived, but also so very happy. Thanks so very much! Steve & Sara ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 reviews of Humanist Ethical Society of Spirituality Perfect Day. […]

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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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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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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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A Few Thank You Notes

Below are a few thank you notes sent by my couples recently. Hi Judie- We are finally back home and we wanted to thank you so much for our beautiful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted, and we will always remember it! …When we got home, our marriage license was in the mail…Thanks again! […]

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Note of Thanks

Couples sometimes ask why I leave so much room in-between ceremonies.  The simple answer: about fifty percent of my weddings begin a little late — about fifteen minutes — and a quarter begin more than thirty minutes late.  Most of the time, no one really is to blame: accidents are inevitable.  Take Kembilin and Dereek, […]

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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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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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Staying in Touch

One of my sweetest couples ever had a baby!  Leigh Ann and Brandon eloped over the winter in Central Park.  Leigh Ann recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and fortunately shared a few photos with me. (By the way, Liam is my spouse.) Dear Judie and Liam, Its Brandon and Leigh Ann from […]

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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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Internet Review from the Past (9/08)

One never knows where testimonials from couples will pop up digitally.  By accident, I came across this note with words of appreciation from one of my couples, Larry and Laurel, who celebrated their love in September 2008 at one of the East Village Community Gardens. Laurel and Larry’s Wedding New York   |   September, […]

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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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Thank You Notes

In addition to the cards posted on the “About” page, here are some more notes sent by a few of my couples… Hi Judie, Thanks very much for this. And thank you so much for our wonderful ceremony. It was such a lovely day, I wish I could go back and do it all again! […]

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Marriage Officiant, New York

To get married in New York, celebrate your commitment, or renew your wedding vows, you need little more than a New York registered civil wedding officiant.  To this end, I promise to give you a meaningful, memorable ceremony without the stressful dramas or limitations that accompany traditional, stoic ministers.  Instead, I offer  unique packages to […]

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