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.

In Celebration of our LGBT Couples!

We are so excited that we are one step closer to marriage equality following the recent Supreme Court decisions regarding DOMA and Prop 8.

We look forward to the day when all couples who are in love are able to marry freely in all fifty states.

Until then, we will continue to celebrate the joining of two unique individuals in marriage, regardless of sexual orientation, here in New York.


You don’t often associate the word “surprise” with the word “wedding.”  In fact, I imagine most people try to minimize the number of surprises that come their way on their wedding day.  But for two of the couples that I had the pleasure of marrying this past October, “surprise” was the theme and, in both cases, the surprises were a big hit. 

Christine & Cathy
Little did Christine and Cathy’s siblings know that when they were invited to Razzie’s Restaurant in Sunnyside, Queens to celebrate the couple’s tenth anniversary, they were also being invited to attend their sisters’ wedding!  But that’s exactly what was in store.  A few minutes before their guests arrived, Cathy and Christine walked in wearing identical off-white satin cocktail dresses and pearls.  And, as their family members arrived to attend what they thought would be a lovely seated dinner to toast the couple’s ten years together, Cathy and Christine let everyone in on the surprise:  they were getting married!  THAT NIGHT!

That’s right -- Cathy and Christine threw their own surprise wedding (very Julia Roberts and Danny Moder for you celebrity followers out there).  The wedding was a beautifully intimate affair.  The room was dimly lit with candles and the alter was decorated with pictures of Cathy and Christine’s parents on their wedding days.  Guests were inspired by Christine’s sister, a courageous breast cancer survivor, who read Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians during the wedding, and, after the ceremony, the couple and their guests joined one another at the same, large table for celebratory cocktails and dinner.  

Tommy & Jeff
After 13 years together, Tommy and Jeff were looking forward to getting married in New York City on 10/11/12.  Hailing from Mississippi, the couple originally planned to marry at City Hall with three of their friends in attendance.  Little did Tommy and Jeff know that their friends were putting together something a little more special for their wedding day and planned to surprise Tommy and Jeff with their very own Central Park wedding! 

Realizing that many of their friends and family would be unable to attend their wedding in New York City, Tommy and Jeff planned a pre-wedding reception in late September back in Mississippi to celebrate their upcoming nuptials.  And it was at this party that their friends surprised Tommy and Jeff with an invitation to their own wedding on October 11, 2012 at Central Park’s Wagner Cove.  I could hardly wait to reach out to the grooms directly and get started on their ceremony – in fact, I put an alert in my calendar that reminded me the day after the party that it was “Okay to contact Jeff & Tommy, NOW!” 

In Conclusion...
Cathy and Christine surprised their siblings with their wedding and in doing so, found a creative and exciting way to share their ceremony with those closest to them.  Jeff and Tommy’s friends wanted to give Jeff and Tommy something more than a City Hall ceremony, and in doing so, gave them a memorable New York City wedding in one of the most romantic spots this city has to offer.   Though perhaps a bit unconventional, the surprises behind these two weddings only added to the specialness of Cathy and Christine’s, and Tommy and Jeff’s wedding days!

Same Sex Marriage Legalized

It is a wonderful time in NY. Same Sex marriage is now legal. You may get the process started at the city clerks website by preparing some of the paperwork.

The law takes effect July 24th. As of right now the city clerks office is going to be open on Sunday the 24th for couples to be able to obtain their licenses. The usual 24 hour waiting period might be waved. I'm not sure if that will happen or not yet. I have been told by the city clerks office to keep watching the news. So the first day that same sex couples might be able to have their ceremony will be July 24th or 25th.

You can also give the city clerks office a call if you have any further questions. The Manhattan office is probably busier than the others. If you have a questions, I would suggest calling one of the other boroughs first.

Manhattan 212-669-2208
Bronx 718-590-5307
Brooklyn 718-802-4107
Queens 718-286-2829
Staten Island 718-816-2290