Supreme Court Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage Nationwide

We here at Officiant NYC are so happy and proud of our country’s decision today on marriage equality! All of our families, friends, and children deserve to grow up and live in country that accepts us for who we are and whomever we choose to love.

People all over the world have been hashtagging #lovewins – and today it sure feels like it did.

Since same sex marriage was legalized in New York State since 2011, Officiant NYC has married hundreds of glowing gay and lesbian couples and can’t wait to see the country allow this pure affection of the heart to flourish even further. The Supreme Court has made a wonderful, just, and emotionally intelligent decision and the entirety of country should be celebrating pride this weekend.

We’re rejoicing in this news and are so thrilled to do our part in spreading the love.















William Mason Photography

I was honored to be a part of Laura and Marshall's romantic elopement in Central Park.  William's photographs are stunning.  He is an amazing photographer who makes the magic and emotion of the moment come through in his photos.

Please contact him for more information
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Central Park Location - Strawberry Fields






In order to get married in Central Park you do not need a permit, unless you have over 20 people in your party.  The permit is $25.  For more information on Central Park locations, ceremony information and our wedding officiant services please call us at 347-699-6175 or go to our website www.officiantnyc.com


Central Park Location - Cop Cot






Cop Cot is Scottish for "little house on the crest of a hill" and is a reproduction of  one of the original wooden shelters that were common in central park in the 1860s. Built on a rock outcropping under a canopy of trees above the park's Center Drive, this location is peaceful and secluded and a perfect venue for a wedding rain or shine. Although it is easily accessible from the road, Cop Cot offers privacy and will accommodate up to 40 people.

In order to get married in Central Park you do not need a permit, unless you have over 20 people in your party.  We do suggest getting a permit for Cop Cot even if you have less than 20 guests.  The permit is $25.  For more information on Central Park locations, ceremony information and our wedding officiant services please call us at 347-268-1331 or go to our website www.officiantnyc.com


Central Park Location - Bethesda Fountain








The  centerpiece of Bethesda Terrace, Bethesda Fountain is one of the most recognized fountains in the world. The neoclassical sculpture, also known as The Angel of the Waters, was designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and dedicated in 1873, at which point Stebbins became the first woman to receive commission for a major work of art in the city of New York. Whether you choose to wed by the fountain itself or in the shelter of the lower passage with it magnificent tiled ceiling, this is one of Central Parks most loved wedding sites.

In order to get married in Central Park you do not need a permit, unless you have over 20 people in your party.  The permit is $25.  For more information on Central Park locations, ceremony information and our wedding officiant services please call us at 347-268-1331 or go to our website www.officiantnyc.com


Wedding Day Eats!

A wedding day is one of the biggest days you will experience in your life!  Big days often bring big appetites.  I've compiled a list of great New York restaurants for newlyweds.  Click on the names for links to their websites.

In Brooklyn we have:
Ici 

In Central Park:

In East Manhattan check out:

For West Manhattan: 

If none of these are of interest then there's always yelp.com as a good resource for restaurants. 
Bon appetit!


Michelle Edgemont-Florist




I worked with Michelle at Elise and Mitch's wedding at The Liberty House in Brooklyn.  She was so talented!  She had the best boutonniere's I've ever seen.  Here's a few shots of her work.  Check out her website for all of your floral needs.

Michelle Edgemont
Phone: 646-553-1594
Email: michelle@michelleedgemont.com
Website: http://michelleedgemont.com

Ring Warming Ceremony


Often times couples like to include a unity ceremony into their wedding.  There are many unique ways to do unity ceremonies for celebrations big and small but this one is a perfect way to include your guests into your ceremony.  It makes for a very inclusive element of the ceremony and further connects the couple with their loved ones in attendance.  

The idea is simple: the officiant makes an announcement prior to the start of the wedding to explain that the wedding bands will be passed around to each guest during the ceremony.  Just prior to the ring exchange, guests are invited to hold the ring and to silently offer a blessing or wish for the newlyweds, then pass them on to the next guest.  Once everyone has had a turn, the rings are returned to the officiant for the ring exchange.  This intimate exchange injects all of the loving energy of the couple’s friends and family into the rings that they’ll be wearing for a lifetime. 

Creative, inclusive and simple, this makes a great addition to weddings!


Eco-friendly Wedding Ideas

Here's a list of 5 creative ways to incorporate eco-friendly wedding ideas into the planning for your big day!  Find 5 more ideas from this great article by Better Homes and Gardens.

#1 Rings
When it comes to choosing a ring, make sure to use jewelers who are green friendly.  More an more, jewelers are using recycled gold and fair-labor gemstones.  To make sure you are not purchasing a "blood diamond," ask your jeweler about the origin of the stone.  Check out Artisan Wedding Rings to see the broad variety of options available for choosing an eco-friendly ring.  

#2 Menu
Ask your caterers if they can provide vegetarian and organic entrees.  Also consider what you are dining on.  If your location doesn't provide dishes, consider renting them to avoid using disposable plates.

#3 Favors
Instead of favors, let your guests know that you have donated a specified amount per guest towards your favorite environmental organization.

#4 Vendors
Choosing area vendors is a great way to keep the transportation emissions low and support local economies.  

#5 Dress
Though your wedding dress may be your most treasured item of your wedding, there are many ways you can be eco-friendly when it comes to choosing a dress.  First is the age-old tradition of wearing your mother's or grandmother's dress.  Take it to a local seamstress to transform it into your own special dress.  If you can't imagine wearing your mom's gown, check out charities such as Brides Against Breast Cancer, where you can buy or donate a dress.  All proceeds go to support women with breast cancer.

Life Coach/Bridal Coach Megan Moran is wonderful


As a student of the Martha Beck Life Coaching program, Megan Moran helps people achieve their goals so they can lead happier and more balanced lives.  After planning her own wedding in the spring of 2013, she realized how much brides could benefit from a Life Coach who focuses on brides and came up with the concept of Bridal Coaching.  Within months of her wedding, she started Something New Coaching with the idea that the moments leading up to the wedding day should be happy, joyful and calm.  Coaching is like having a personal trainer for the soul and Megan works with brides to:

*Discover their priorities  *Deal with the emotion of the details  
*Conserve energy  *Let go of unrealistic expectations  
*Maintain positive relationships  *Focus on the big picture  
*Deal with difficult personalities  *Come up with new approaches  
*Take time out  *Ask for help  *Breath through it all  
*Find and maintain bridal Zen


For more information, please visit:  http://www.somethingnewcoaching.com/#!bridal-coaching/cr2d
Megan can be reached at: (917) 464-3578, somethingnewcoaching@gmail.com.











Agaton Strom-Photographer

Agaton Strom 

917.306.7014
Agatonstrom.com 


One of the best photographer's I've had the pleasure of doing a ceremony with. I also hired him for my own family portraits as I was so impressed with his work, personality and prices. He is such a joy to work with and has a variety of professional photographic experiences which shape his work. He can be contacted through his site and make sure you mention OfficiantNYC referred you!

Check out some samples of his work below!








Photos by:
agatonstrom.com

Kristy May Photographer


I love working with Kristy May. She is a great photographer.  I have worked with her many times and everyone loves her work.  She is so positive and professional.  I would highly recommend her to any couple.
~ Kimberly Worley

Kristy May Photography likes to keep it classic, fun and as natural as possible. Unique locations and celebrations inspire us to do our best work. We love black and white and high quality custom albums and prints.  We are based in Brooklyn, New York, but frequently travel around the Northeast and to our hometown of New Orleans. 

Kristy May Photography 
917-754-1544