Mary is a legally registered marriage officiant in New York. She has married hundreds of couples in New York City, in simple, meaningful, civil weddings, at iconic NY locations.
As a librarian, a writer, and a former organic farmer, I am interested in ethical choices for modern living. Mary and her colleagues support Humanist and Ethical Societies, and represent Human Rights organizations at the UN. We hope this blog and related websites provide useful information on how to organize your wedding. We also conduct baby-namings, funerals, and other life events. Contact us. Mary is also a licensed Marriage Officiant in Toronto, Canada. See ElopeToronto & WeddingsofToronto.com
New York Weddings
New York - the crossroads of the world: many couples who choose a New York City wedding are international. New York allows couples from any country to be legally married at any location in the city - not just City Hall or a chapel or church or mosque or synagogue - so we often conduct ceremonies in Central Park, or on the Brooklyn Bridge, or Coney Island, in small restaurants, art galleries, hotel rooms, or other unusual venues which provide a unique, romantic setting.
Click HERE for our most popular post: a step-by-step guide on How to Elope in New York : how to get a marriage license, find a New York marriage officiant, organize your ceremony, and have your marriage legally registered. See a little more advice HERE,
Problems with rowboats in Central Park - wear the right clothing!
Advice from Eileen: "Twice last week the gowns were too big for the boats....elope in something smaller and let's row into your new life!!!"
(here's an old pix from Fall - witnesses in the other boat...)
Secret Central Park
Eileen reminded me about this older website, which has great closeup shots of some of the shelters and locations in Central Park. Yes, the Ladies Pavilion is pretty - but the ceiling is low (imagine those people standing up!) and I much prefer the Dene Hut, on the East Side.
A couple at their wedding in Central Park, making the acquaintance of a carriage horse on 59th. The picture, and the one below, of them inside Cop Cot with Chaplain Eileen, is by Beowulf, a dear friend and a great photographer