Congratulations & Happy New Year!

Written by on January 7, 2012 in Celebrations - No comments
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The close of the year and beginning of a new one, it is a good time to reflect and offer thanks. As I ring in 2012, I am happy to recollect on the many wonderful couples with whom I have worked this year. I have worked with folks from many American states (Oregon, Texas, Missouri, California, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Arkansas, Missouri¸ Michigan, and more) as well couples coming from Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, Austria, and Sweden.

We’ve had fantastic weddings all over Central Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Jefferson Market Garden, on the Brooklyn Bridge, at the Rockefeller Center Tree, and in front of the Statue of Liberty.  I have been honored to participate in ceremonies at the Tribeca Rooftop, The Library Hotel, E Space, 3 West Club, Metropolitan Building, Spice Market, Le Parker Meridien Hotel, Capitale, e Square, The Brownstone, Raphael Vineyard, Columbia University Chapel, Ritz Carlton, W Hotel, the de Seversky Mansion, Gramercy Tavern, the Palace Hotel, the Gramercy Park Hotel, and, of course, the Yale Club, among others.  Finally, I had the privilege of my once-in-a-lifetime helicopter wedding, flying over Manhattan at dusk, Thanks to Anne and John, from St. Louis. 

As impressive as that was, it paled in comparison to the extraordinary piece of history that we have played a small part in over the last six months—marrying gay couples under New York’s Marriage Equality Law!  It still gives me chills.

What a spectacular year it has been. I say thank you to all of my couples, near and far, and to the wonderful people I have worked with on their behalf, including gifted photographers, some of whom have shared beautiful pictures included in this slide show. Congratulations to all! Happy New Year!  I thank my super colleague Noemie Bonnet for putting together the video!

p.s. Joycelyn & Kevin, pictured above, are one of my fabulous couples of 2011. Their stunning Tribeca Rooftop wedding was called off due to Hurricane Irene. They handled the setback with grace and style….and hosted a wedding “do-over” in October.

About the Author

Life-Cycle Celebrant Sarah Ritchie respects all faiths. She has received diplomas from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, USA, where she now serves as a faculty member. Sarah wants to lead the way in creating a ceremony that reflects you, your love, and all the things that you hold most dear in the world. She lives in New York City, but brings along a hospitality that she attributes to her home, Oklahoma. In addition to this work that she adores, she devotes herself to a variety of charities on issues relating to education, children, health, and the arts.

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