Who needs a country club? A fine option, but not for these guys. This was the ultimate NYC wedding, for so many reasons. Michael and Brett are two artistic souls who march to the beat of their own subwoofer. A Brooklyn rooftop in a quiet part of town was the setting for this handsome outfit, with the walls painted almost as colorfully as the sunset on this perfect night. Beautifully unadorned yet thoughtfully composed, and they requested a ceremony to match. Amongst a group of close friends, we told their story and watched them vow to keep writing it. It got off to a beautiful start.
Alexandra and Marco love each other so much, they got married twice. We had a small ceremony in Central Park on a gorgeous late summer morning, just us and their parents -- and the tour group of 40 French seniors who crashed midway (free photographers!). A few months later, we did the whole thing again, but took the party down to Florida for a beachside backdrop. This time, a cavalcade of supporters flew in from Italy, and they brought some serious eleganza. But as fun as the wedding was, nothing compares to kissing your spouse for the first time with your feet in the sand, waves crashing behind you, the ceremony of your dreams, with the love of your life.
This was the first wedding I officiated where I didn't know the couple at all. I was a bit nervous at first, for that very reason – how do you curate such a personal experience for people you’ve never even met? Luckily, these guys made it easy. When you’re together for 19 years, you know what you’ve got. You know why you’ve held on for so long, and why you plan on holding on for 19 more years, and 19 more after that. And yet, during our first meeting together, there were so many moments when they both seemed flush with the memory of their first meeting, the embarrassment of sharing it with me assuaged by the tightening clasp of their hands. The meeting went great, and I left feeling exhilarated, and grateful for the opportunity they afforded me.
Their wedding was as intimate as it gets. The light shining through the window of their first and only home together, friends and family gathered around them. I spoke, they spoke, I pronounced, they kissed. And I knew, right then – I had to keep doing this.
When I tell people to have the wedding that THEY want and not the one others want them to have, Mitchell and Justin's always comes to mind. Every aspect of the wedding reflected their values and their commitment to holding onto them. They wanted to emphasize the role that family and friends have played in their lives, and so we ensured that the ceremony made significant reference to them. That included paying respect to those who could only join us in spirit, and on the hallowed grounds of the estate where we gathered, I really believe they did. Every breeze through the trees lent assurance that the married couple-to-be had the blessing of those they've ever held dear. That in turn brought all of the guests together, and everyone contributed to that blessing. It was both calming and empowering, and we moved on with the ceremony with our confidence fortified, and hearts full.