Coney Island Beach Wedding Ceremony

Personalized Prelude We gather here in the company of this witness, a few strangers, and the loving spirits of family and friends to celebrate the joining of Kenneth and Alexa into marriage. Alexa and Kenneth, not so long ago, you were strangers. Despite earning a degree in psychology, Alexa nonetheless felt intellectually unfulfilled: she took […]

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Snug Harbor Wedding Ceremony

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center is among the places I often recommend to my couples: it is perfect for elopements, intimate weddings, and large weddings alike.  Why?  Its diversity!  When a couple invited me to officiate their ceremony in the Chinese Scholar Garden, I came early to snap a few shots (more are in the […]

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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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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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Wedding Ceremony on the High Line

I believe the “prelude” expresses it all here… Today, we give thanks to Sean and Facebook for bringing together Clint and Bridget for nearly ten months before they had the courage to meet in person. While corresponding in writing first may stump our grandparents, it is actually an old-fashioned way to converse. Before transportation proliferated, […]

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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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Wedding Program Template

If you are looking for a detailed wedding program, you’ve come to the right place.  Here is a template (of my own design, but based upon others) that does a nice job of comprehensively outlining the components of a marriage ceremony. For fun and history buffs, I used old wedding vows as examples. If you […]

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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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“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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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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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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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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Wedding Minister Services, NYC

This post is only for history buffs; I never actually used these ceremonies word-for-word, although I have adapted and incorporated some concepts into my standard ceremonies. Below is a marriage service from a 1900 handbook with texts for (Christian) ministers for weddings, baptisms, and funerals.  The person who put it together specifically included a sample […]

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Quaker wedding vows

Quaker marriage ceremonies are much like their regular services.  After a process involving proving maturity and desire to marry, the couple attends a regular meeting during which family and friends may recite anything that may be in their hearts — spiritual or earthy advice.  The couple stands when they feel the spirit move them, recites […]

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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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