Jefferson Market Garden Wedding

During warm months, garden weddings and waterfront weddings are my two favorites.  If the space is private, I confess that I feel relieved.  Most of my couples planning informal ceremonies opt for public spaces.  And I cherish public parks. At the same time, having officiated so many park marriage ceremonies with strangers taking photos as […]

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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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Wedding Ceremony at 5 Pointz

A+N planned their NYC elopement months in advance, and their hearts were set on marrying surrounded by the playful, constantly changing graffiti at 5 Pointz in Long Island City.   When we arrived, we all encountered a booth selling advertising for 5 Pointz and new artists preparing their redecorating plans.  Fortunately, a basic fee ($100) paid […]

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Cop Cot Wedding Ceremony

Just over one year ago, the lovely and low-key E+W traveled from Ireland to marry in the Ladies Pavilion. This May, I married their wonderful friends (G+E), who also traveled from Ireland!  These two couples are among the nicest, cutest, and gentlest couples I’ve ever met.  In fact, both pairs were together for years and […]

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Tiny marriage ceremony in a hotel suite

Small ceremonies in hotel suites are great alternatives for those who prefer a private service away from prying eyes. They are also fantastic during cold or steamy hot temperatures, as well as when rain cascades.  A+S married in the New York Palace.  The Waldorf-Astoria and Roosevelt Hotels also offer lovely suites and beautiful niches throughout […]

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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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A guy, a girl, and a vintage yellow cab

As much as my spouse sincerely loves cars and i-products, I do not.  The shadow of radical politics will never depart from my mind.  But I do like most vintage things.  Even I admit that vintage cars are very nifty.  And I do think that any couple planning myriad activities or photos on their wedding […]

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A lovely couple from Queens marries in Central Park

J+P opted for a most unusual ceremony and reception arrangement.  I’ve married couples who planned private ceremonies immediately (versus the next day or week or month, which is very common) followed by a larger reception previously, but most invite parents or siblings to witness the exchange of vows.  This pattern–a local couple who truly eloped […]

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Dear Blog:

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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