Margie + Jesus

Christmas Eve and it’s an unseasonably warm 65° in Central Park. A bride, escorted by her son, calmly starts her procession at the South East corner of Bow Bridge. Surrounded by family smiling ear-to-ear, she meets her groom at the apex. From her blush, backless gown to the rose shaped ring box, the bride poured attention into every detail. Today, head to toe, she shines.

Bride's son giving his mother's hand in marriage

Bride’s son giving his mother’s hand in marriage

The wedding ceremony is always important to the couple but for Margie, I could tell this ceremony was very, very important to her. Both her and her groom, Jesus wanted a ceremony that reflected their shared Catholic background. Coming from the same religious upbringing, I felt fortunate to incorporate my first faith into a spirit-filled service for this couple. Margie specifically asked if I would wear minister’s robes. I was more than happy to oblige. I even sewed a special stole of gold brocade with red roses for the occasion. You can imagine our delight when Margie and I saw how nicely the stole complimented her wedding color scheme. I love little serendipitous moments like that.

Margie, Rev. Mary-Rose, Jesus

Margie’s sister read to us in Spanish. The couple wrote their own vows and followed them up with traditional vows. Jesus gave his personal vows in Spanish and Margie started hers by thanking everyone. In keeping with the Catholic tradition, Jesus and Margie’s service started with an invocation and ended with a benediction. In the middle, I broke away from tradition by inviting everyone to share in blessing the couple.

Giving all the love I had to give that afternoon, was easy. Before the service started, I could feel the love and support from their family. A couple, passing by, stopped to watch the service. Hand-in-hand, their attention pointed, I could see they too could feel the love.

Ashley + Garett

I’ve walked by the Metropolitan Club on the corner of 5th Avenue and 60th Street maybe a hundred times. A few times I paused in front of the unmistakable wrought iron gate and peered in wondering just how beautiful the interior must be.  Never did it cross my mind that one day I’d officiate a wedding at this 125-year-old private club.

When I entered the foyer, it was all I had hoped it would be. I love old New York architecture and the interior of the club, with its high, ornate ceilings and grand marble, double staircase was no disappointment.  I was a little ahead of schedule and my couple were a little behind, so at the invite of the groom, I explored the first few floors. Every room, to my delight, had a fully decorated Christmas tree. The holiday lights covering the grand staircase made it even more dreamlike. I felt like a child exploring a magical mansion that called to the little girl in me to dance under its twinkling lights. Maybe if I wasn’t working, I would have answered the call.

Metropolitan Club Library

Photo by Bethany Michaela. All rights reserved.

I made my way to the ceremony room to find the mother-of-the-groom busy attending to the décor. She filled the room with white candles that only deepened the already warm and intimate setting – perfect for a winter evening wedding. The couple, Ashley and Garett, chose a private ceremony, simple and sweet with just immediate family. In the club’s library, the couple exchanged traditional vows and heard, “Love” by Roy Croft as they stood in front of the fireplace, flanked by white flower topiaries and more white candles. After the ceremony, holiday scents of evergreen with a hint of toasted marshmallow filled the air as the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Sloan played under her mom’s cathedral-length veil. Ashley wore a chic V-neck, Duchess Satin dress with rhinestone detailing at the waist. Garett wore a dark blue suit and bow-tie. Little Sloan was dressed to match her mom including a mini-version of her mom’s red-rose bouquet, minus her own floor-length veil of course. When the cake arrived from Carlo’s Bakery, we were all delighted. Ashley mentioned the top tier was chocolate mouse and the second was Oreo cookie. Mmmmm. Before I left, the couple, their family, their photographer Bethany Michaela, and her assistant Abigail shared a champagne toast. What a lovely way to head into Christmas Eve.

Grand Staircase Metropolitan Club, NYC

Photo by Bethany Michaela. All rights reserved.