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Vows, a primer

In my opinion, the big reason more and more couples have the desire to adapt or add to traditional vows, is that in today’s culture, we expect more from our spouse than people did 100 years ago.

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Unity Ritual Spotlight: Handfasting

One of the most beautiful and accessible unity rituals, handfasting, is making a big come back. Some say that the Celtic tradition of ceremonially binding a new couple’s hands together as a symbol of their public commitment to each other, is the most ancient wedding ritua

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Bobby + Javi, Already Married in Their Hearts

Javi and Bobby have been building a life together over the past 24 years and this May, in the presence of the many generations of their families and closest friends, they became husbands to each other at a bright and colorful wedding at Philadelphia’s pet-friendly and chic Hotel Monaco.

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Linda + Jeremy, Prost!

Jeremy and Linda have just celebrated their first anniversary, and I wanted to share some of the things that made their ceremony truly remarkable.

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Christian + Michael, Player 2 For Life

Friends and family celebrated the start of Christian and Michael’s wedded life together with a Filipino Catholic-inspired ceremony at the picturesque Woodloch Resort in the Pocono Mountains.

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The Living Wall at Promise Ridge

I am excited to introduce The Living Wall at Promise Ridge, the new romantic elopement space on my property in the Pocono Mountains. Promise Ridge is perfect for couples who wish to elope, celebrate an anniversary or renew their vows in a breathtaking and inspiring natural setting.

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Hannah + Brian, More Than Anything

Two years ago, when I asked Hannah what she wanted her ceremony to communicate, she said, “I love Brian more than anything and want that to be reflected to our friends and family who will be attending our wedding.”

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Carly + Branden, Family Ties

Since Carly and Branden’s families played such a central role in their love story, we wanted to incorporate and pay tribute to all of those special relationships throughout their wedding celebration too.

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Reimagined Wedding Traditions and Rituals

When Stephanie Boye, of Tyler Boye Photography, approached me to participate in her Notes From The Lightbox vlog series, she asked me to share and give insight on my favorite rituals for a wedding.

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