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I confess that I neglected you over the past week.  And I know that this neglect may continue for another week.  Please show mercy.  I married two dozen couples in April, and I will marry about thirty–perhaps more– in May.  Amid these wonderful ceremonies that are keeping me busy with writing, travel, officiating, and e-mails, […]

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A family wedding

M+T first visited the High Line back in 2009, which was its first year as a park–when it was about half its current size and when M+T were expecting a little person.  On a working trip to NYC a few short weeks ago, they decided to marry.  With less than two weeks to “plan,” they […]

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Remaking the old: contemporary weddings

What’s wrong with a modern or contemporary marriage ceremony with personal vows?  Nothing at all. About a third of my couples write personal vows or…or mix and match pieces they find on the internet.  Some even recite poetry or lyrics.  In most cases, I do not even see their vows before the wedding; instead, I […]

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Brooklyn Bridge Wedding Poem

Hail of the sea to majestic land harbours evocative testament of fortitude and desire iron, steel, and stone crushed and bruised escape above to energetic leisure walkway thru and thru to hard labor countenance of throne and of fallen grace gone are hours with hours to come ahead fill now the great bridge with humanity’s […]

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Jumbled word play on a trip to a ceremony

This is just for fun….. Typically, each ceremony comes with at least two hours of travel.  A recent wedding ceremony in the Hudson Valley accompanied about five to six hours of travel.  While on the train, I usually read, collect quotes using a new toy–Kindle, half-sleep, or jot down random words that come to mind […]

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Wedding Poem for Nature Loving Geeks

I really hope one of my couple requests this one someday.  (Don’t worry about length: the spoken word is faster than the appearances of the written word.) “Evolution” by Langdon Smith When you were a tadpole and I was a fish–In the Paleozoic time, And side by side on the ebbing tide–We sprawled through the […]

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Syrupy Quote for A Romantic Wedding

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) …..How doth Love speak? In the proud spirit suddenly grown meek -The haughty heart grown humble; in the tender and unnamed light that floods the world with splendour, in the resemblance which the fond eyes trace; in all things to one beloved face; in the shy touch of hands that thrill […]

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Non-Wedding Related: Family Photos

Baby photos are too cute not to share, which I why I hope readers will pardon this entry.  Liam and I visited my family in upstate New York a few weeks ago.  Below are some images from the trip feature our niece and new nephew.  Obviously, Liam took all the pictures, except for the ones […]

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Excerpt for a ceremony

“Once Unknown, Two Become by J.Guild” In two strangers, love abounds. No harmony of thought. Click. Click. Click. Merciful moments mirror meaning. Wonder wishes words. Sound opens in silence. Neither perfect prey nor yet kindred confidants. Neither apathy nor yet synchrony. But peace resounds.

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“I Do!” wedding vows

Yesterday, I married yet another couple who requested wedding vows posed as questions only.  This is not uncommon at all!  The multifaceted reasons range from public speaking trepidations to wanting to “keep it simple” to language barriers. If you review the old Justice of the Peace style marriage ceremonies of yore, you will notice immediately […]

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More & Original Wedding Vow Examples

Here are some examples of “repeat after me” wedding vows that I put together for my couples. While a few are obviously “traditional,” most are original vows you cannot find elsewhere. 21. I take you as my lawfully wedded wife/husband to have and to hold from this day forward. for better and for worse, for […]

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Popular Wedding Vows

Below are the most popular contemporary wedding vows chosen by my couples over the past few years.  Since not everyone prefers vows in “repeat after me” format or to memorize them / read from a piece of paper, these vows can also be rephrased into a simple “I do” question or a series of questions […]

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