semi homemade
March 12, 2014, No comments

  Celebrity Chef, author, and “First Girlfriend” of New York State Sandra Lee has made famous the term “semi-homemade.”  In books and on the food network she promotes recipes of […]


Wishing Stones: A Dreamy Wedding at de Seversky Mansion

November 30, 2013, No comments

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the wonderful opportunity to officiate Mathew & Marissa’s wedding at the beautiful de Seversky Mansion, on ...

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A Ceremony Rich in Tradition

October 27, 2013, No comments

I’m still swooning over a recent wedding I officiated for two fellows from Denver.  It was a lovely, sophisticated autumn event at the chic NoMad H ...

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A Wedding Custom for Earth Day & Every Day

April 24, 2013, No comments

Today is Earth Day, so it seemed like an appropriate time to recognize a custom that I adopted several years ago, following the first wedding I offici ...

  • Wedding Collection Vol. 4 (11)
    October 18, 2012, No comments

    Despite the overwhelming joy of a wedding day,  many brides and grooms wish to pay tribute to important loved ones who have passed.  For some, it is a simple mention […]

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    Every Kiss Begins With “K”
    May 12, 2012, No comments

    Much of contemporary advertising, I believe, portray the kind of society and culture that we think—or more probably, hope exists.  Advertisements related to engagements and weddings typically feature young, shiny, […]

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    Vows for Your Perfect Day
    March 26, 2012, No comments

    The emotional crescendo of the wedding is always the vows.  So, naturally brides and grooms may have some anxiety in choosing exactly the right words for their wedding day.  Whether […]

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    Signing the Registry
    November 21, 2011, No comments

    In European weddings of yesteryear, the wedding “ceremony” was synonymous with the bride and groom making their way to the appropriate government office and signing the wedding registry.  While there […]

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    Halloween + Wedding = A Very Happy Day
    October 5, 2011, No comments

    As Halloween approaches, I recall fondly a private wedding I officiated–in “costume” for a very nice local couple. The couple had met when they were very young. They went on […]

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    Music for the Day
    October 4, 2011, No comments

      Even with large, elaborate weddings, music selection for the ceremony may be a marginalied part of the wedding planning.  Understandably some couples, who may have little in the way […]