Tuesday, December 16, 2014


"Barbara helped us explore the how's and the why's of our love
and turn it into a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted."

~ Kelly and Craig, married in July

Lively Love
photo by John Mazlish
Your wedding is an artful expression of who you are, both as a couple and as individuals in love. The promises you make in your ceremony are the foundation of your marriage ~ your home. I'm your Officiant and your friend in this process. I delight in your special love story and value your visions for your future. With warmth, attention, and professionalism, I bring my love to your love. Together, we create a ceremony that honors the truth and treasure of your unique union. We use a process that is uplifting and relaxing. You'll incorporate elements as they feel true to you: traditions you hold dear, contemporary elements, including possibly inventing your own, roles for family and friends, music, and more.

Melanie and Damon married on the famous dance studio floor at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with the city backdrop twinkling behind them through floor to ceiling windows...

Desiree' and Carolee married in an indoors sports and game center, celebrating their love of games with a kid-friendly wedding. Their love story was a trivia game with guests winning prizes. Their 3 year old son played a whistle blowing little referee...

Kevin and Anoosh married barefoot on the grass and included their artist friends singing and playing instruments. They also drank wine from a single glass...

Todd and Shirley married in celebratory disco outfits, set against the pristine white snow of Central Park, and enchanted by the Park's Roller Disco Skaters. Elvis presided...

Ian and Sean married in Central Park, and shared a spontaneous first dance with a folk band performing nearby. A hundred New Yorkers and tourists sang along, and then danced with them...

Josh and Liz, photographers who met in a photo studio, snapped two cute and sweet Polaroid pictures of each other during their ceremony just before they took their vows...

Joel and Herman were married by Glinda the Good Witch of the North form the Wizard of Oz, a figure of unconditional love to them, and a nod to their rich enjoyment of Old Hollywood...

Diana and Lacey married in front of Tiffany's jewelers on Fifth Avenue in the early morning. The film Breakfast at Tiffany's was a favorite, and part of their first date. Their ceremony adapted favorite lines. Then they went to breakfast...

Stephanie and Lee, both foodies, fed each other one bite of delicious food they had created for each other in secret, presented to each other in a beautiful box on a beautiful spoon...

Miguel and Sarah married in a helicopter, soaring in love with gorgeous views of Manhattan on a sunny day...

Cornelious and Alexis married on the Four Weddings reality TV show on The Learning Channel. Their sweet and chic ceremony stole the hearts of viewers nationwide, and their family and friends right there...

And you... what's your wonderful wish?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Annual Anniversary Party for All My Wedding Couples... You're Invited!

CouplesCakes, Party Heart, Gary and Danny and Barbara
Photo: Christopher Lane

I host an Annual Anniversary Party for everyone who has ever gotten married with me... & You're Invited!

Most couples who choose me as a wedding officiant would also choose me as a friend. I feel the same way about you! We get to know each other in a special way, as we share your hearts with joy and attention, with fun, and artful love. I want to see you two again on your love's journey!

I host the Party in a different season each year, here in New York City. Some fly in from other states for the Annual Anniversary Party, and I have international couples enthused to return and celebrate, too. International couples also meet up with me when they are in town on holidays.

Most everyone who marries with me has two qualities in common: earnestness and playfulness. Imagine the party room... everyone cares about everyone else's good time with good fun!

See you at the next one... and Happy Anniversary to you two!

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