Yes, I do perform religious wedding ceremonies upon request…

It is true that the “traditional vows” for both civil and (Christian) religious ceremonies are identical.  Some denominations use variations, but the essence remains.  The vast majority of my couples opt for a civil, humanist, or generally spiritual ceremony.  Justice of the Peace style civil ceremonies are non-religious and contain generally straightforward language defining marriage.  […]

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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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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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Wedding at NYC Historic Site

The Old Stone House is a great site for a small wedding in any season.  It’s not alone, the Voekler Oth House in Queens and the Merchant House in Manhattan are wonderful alternatives.  Getting married in a historic site in New York is ideal for those, like me, who love the warmth of more intimate […]

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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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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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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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Alger House Wedding

Down-to-earth Traci and Dave secured my services back in March.  When I met them, I knew we were likely to be a great match.  They selected the Alger House as their ceremony and reception site.  For those not familiar with it, the Alger House is a townhouse/brownstone renovated to service various events, including weddings.  I […]

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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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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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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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