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I am an officially ordained minister.  Which means, I would LOVE to officially marry you in a ceremony that embodies the unique love you share.  I pride myself on originality and, with the input and opinion of the marrying couple, I write the ceremony myself which is to say – you get a unique and personal wedding ceremony.

As with most things that are divinely right for us, officiating weddings came to me organically.  It is no mistake that, just as I really started to embody my purpose in life; which is to connect people, share good information, and be self-expressive for the betterment of others, I was asked to marry a very special couple.

Then, I was asked to marry another and now, this is one of the things I do.  More specifically, this is one of the things I LOVE to do.

As a yoga teacher, a writer and an avid reader, I have a large collection of readings, including great poetry, that you can use in your ceremony.  I can help you write your vows and commitment questions and we can tailor your ceremony so it absolutely reflects and embodies your personalities.

I don’t use a script.  What I get most joy out of is getting to know the couple personally and writing something that completely reflects their values and their love for each other.  Nothing stodgy, nothing religious, maybe a hint of spirituality but definitely a whole lot of creativity and authenticity.

To get a sample of my work, see some of the weddings I’ve officiated below.



I met AJ & Chris through their wedding planner; Ashley Douglas of Ashley Douglass Events. I came to the home they were staying in, Chris’s parents house in Sag Harbor and was immediately greeted with warm welcomes.  Chris is the founder of Koola organic sun care and AJ is an event planner.  They both reside in San Diego but came back to the East Coast for their wedding day.  They are both transplants to the west coast.

Immediately their love was palpable and exciting.  They chose a really intimate setting for their wedding, on the coast in the backyard of their families property.  It could not have turned out to be a more perfect day.  I stayed for their reception and their guests were some of my favorite.  I didn’t stop dancing all night.

They both wrote their own vows – both of which I had a hard time holding back tears….the guests didn’t hold back and neither did the couple.

This wedding was planned by Ashley Douglass Events.  It’s recently been featured in the popular wedding blog Carats & Cake.  You can read the blog, with additional pictures here.






























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An excerpt of the ceremony, written by me:

You know, sometimes, if you’re lucky a kind of love comes along that feels like it’s from another time.  A vintage kind of love that instantly makes you remember who you are, at your core.  It is a kind of love that defies our own measure of time and makes it feel like forever already came and went, when only an hour went by.  It’s a quality of love that begs us to move forward, into the future, and only look back to remember the good times.

The reading they chose:

A letter from John Steinbeck to a young friend.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.



I met Dina & Tim through a link of Facebook.  Ashly Hevesy ( Ashly & Ted below) put out my link on her facebook page recommending my services and it was the same time Dina happened to open her facebook feed at the same time.  Divine intervention?  Of course.  But, I’m not surprised.  Just as the rains threatened to shift their entire ceremony under the tent during their ceremony, the rains stopped, leaving us with a lush environment in which to marry these two and the heavens opened up to one of the most saturated and breathtaking sunsets I’ve witnessed (photo below).

Dina runs a pitbull rescue shelter called Karuna Bully and Tim is a professional musician.  They were married on a farm in southern Vermont, in a beautifully designed ceremony.  It has all the cool, hipster, vintage inspired touches that make a wedding on a farm in Vermont seem perfectly matched.

I loved marrying Dina & Tim.  We spent a few weeks planning the ceremony and kept it very simple.  They wrote their own vows which were both hysterical and touching; Dina read hers and Tim sang his.  Walt Whitman was a big player in their readings and it was captivating to read his words in such a serene setting. They also chose a reading by Tom Robbins; a testament to their good taste in writers.

All planning was done by Dina and her friends – and was just an all round touching day.

I loved their photographer, Michelle Gardella.  Her and her husband travel the country, with their two kids, in an airstream with their photography business.  You can see more photos here.


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The Ring – ring box from ebay, the moss was dug by Dina only a few hours before the wedding.


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An excerpt from their ceremony; written by me:

You were picked out for each other by secret and divine signs to come together but it has been true love and committed choices which have bought you here today.

One of their readings:

Walt Whitman, Among the Multitude 

“Among the men and women the multitude,
I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs,
Acknowledging none else, not parent, wife, husband, brother, child, any nearer than I am,
Some are baffled, but that one is not — that one knows me.

Ah lover and perfect equal,
I meant that you should discover me so by faint indirections,
And I when I meet you mean to discover you by the like in you”



Frank, a French expat, and Kim a New York native were a treat to work with.  We stayed in communication the entire time to construct the ceremony – right up until the very day of the wedding.  We re-wrote some poetry to fit in the words they wanted and, for their vows I suggested they read a French & English version of the same poem (which are actually lyrics by the French crooner; Jacques Brel).

Frank read the French paragraph to Kim and then Kim read it back to him in English.  It was really powerful.

Since Kim & Frank have a fairly public professional life, they have kept their wedding photos private.  So, I am not posting photos of their day, but you can read a little more about in an feature on Page Six of the New York Post.

This is the poem they read in place of their vows.

“Je m’en remets à toi” by Jacques Brel
I’ll leave it up to you

Pour ce qui est de vivre,
Ou de ne pas vivre,
Pour ce qui est de rire,
Ou de ne rire plus,
Je m’en remets à toi.

About living or not living,
I’ll leave it up to you
About laughing or no more laughing,
I’ll leave it up to you

Pour ce qui est d’aimer,
Pour une part de chance,
Pour ce qui est d’espérer,
Ou de désespérance,
Je m’en remets à toi.

About loving,
About a part of chance
About hoping
Or about despairing
I’ll leave it up to you

Oui mais,
Pour ce qui est des pleurs,
Comme autant de cerises,
Pour ce qui est du coeur,
Qui se tord et se brise,
Je m’en remets encore,
Je m’en remets à toi.

Yes but
About the tears
Like as many cherries
About the heart
Who writhes and is brokenI’ll leave it up again
I’ll leave it up to you

Pour que ce soit demain,
Plutôt que le passé,
Pour que ce soit l’airain,
Plutôt que le laurier,
Je m’en remets à toi.

About being tomorrow
Instead of in the past
About the time of bronze
Instead of the laurels
I’ll leave it up to you

Pour que ce soit la vie,
Plutôt qu’une saison,
Pour qu’elle soit symphonie,
Plutôt qu’une chanson,
Je m’en remets à toi.

About a lifetime
Instead of a season
About a symphony
Instead of just a song
I’ll leave it up to you

Oui mais,
Pour accrocher aux branches,
Notre amour qui vacille,
Pour briser la faucille,
Du temps qui se revanche,
Je m’en remets encore,
Je m’en remets à toi.

Yes but
To hang up on the branches
Our wavering love,
And to break the sickle
Of the Time who takes his revenge
I’ll leave it up again
I’ll leave it up to you

Tu vois, tu peux faire l’été,
Tu vois, je peux porter l’hiver,Tu vois, on peut appareiller,
Tu vois, on peut croquer la Terre

You see, you can make the summer
You see, I can carry the winter
You see, we can get under way
You see, we can embrace the Earth


Norwalk, CT

Matt & Heather planned a surprise wedding.  They invited their closest friends and members of their family for a casual BBQ and told them nothing.  This took a lot of the stress out of the actual wedding day for everyone.  They had catering from local restaurant; Barcelona Tapas & Wine bar, photography was by Joey DiNardo, the wedding cake was specially made by Chocopolgie (a simple but delicious strawberry shortcake) and an ice-cream truck for desert.  Everything else was taken care of organically; with a lot of their friends who are DJ’s, music was covered.  When the temperatures dropped a few mates ran home and pulled up with fire pits.

It was pure delight to see the faces of everyone showing up.  It was joyful and celebratory to take part in the procession to the beach at the end of their street.

I loved this wedding.
















The happy couple before the ceremony

The happy couple before the ceremony





































The Happy Couple. Congratulations.

The Happy Couple. Congratulations.












Watch the video for a sampling (keep in mind, I only have very basic video editing skills!):

ASHLY & TED – April 2nd, 2013
Byron Bay, Australia.

I was over the moon excited when Ashly asked me to officiate this wedding. Ashly was a yoga student of mine and one day she came in to the studio and told me that she and Ted wanted to elope to Australia. When it was discovered that I would probably be in Australia at the same time and that I was a celebrant, she asked me to to officiate it.

I met the couple in the beautiful, vibrant, beachside town of Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia.  It’s a haven for chill seekers and open hearted people.  Ashly & Ted had arrived a few days before their wedding and rented a rickety running, but appropriately spray painted campervan from Wicked Campers.  They spent their first night in this and the night before, of and after their wedding in a tucked away oasis called Shambala. This was also the location of their wedding.

With just myself, the couple and a photographer we stood on the top of a cliff, overlooking the ocean and Ashly & Ted were married.  It was a beautiful, intimate, tender experience that personified the love that these two shared.

After the ceremony, we shared cake an they danced to Bob Marley’s 3 little birds.

Yes, I can do basic hair & make-up too

Yes, I can do basic hair & make-up too







Walking Ashly up the 'aisle'

Walking Ashly up the ‘aisle’







The ceremony

The ceremony







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The first dance

The first dance






Amazing photographer Jacqui Judd, myself and the beautiful bride

Amazing photographer Jacqui Judd, myself and the beautiful bride












The beautiful, happy couple. was a delight.

The beautiful, happy couple. was a delight.