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Why I’m still alive today

I was ten in 1966. My Uncle Ian took me skiing, which was about as close to religion as we got. Every weekend all winter long we drove up from Bearsville to Belleayre,…

The Black Brunswicker by John Everett Millais, 1860.

Celebrations of love

I work as an event planner. My day job often requires I step outside myself to behave as though I’m someone with fastidious organizational skills and effervescent social acumen. One of the primary…


You and your betrothed need to talk

There are 405 photographers listed in the Hudson Valley area on popular wedding website There are 93 caterers, and 66 bands/DJs. There are 387 venue suggestions. What kind of decorations will you…

Separate daguerreotypes of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, later collaged as a wedding photo.

Bring on the renewable-term contract

In an article posted shortly after the Supreme Court declared marriage a universal right, Mike Adams, editor of the Natural News website, decried same-sex couples as “begging the government for a license to…


My thoughts on marriage

Lately the Catskills have become one of the prime areas for destination weddings. New venues, from renovated barns to golf courses and even resuscitated Borscht-Belt resorts, are popping up all over the place…

Harper’s Magazine portrait of Pres. Grover Cleveland’s June, 1886 White House wedding.

Wedding planning, then and now

My first memory of planning a wedding might have been around the age of six. To me, weddings were a sign of growing up and womanhood. When I was little, everything was about…

19th century Staffordshire figure of Romeo & Juliet.

Wedding jam

Off-the-shoulder gowns, third dresses, copper, outdoor chandeliers, glitter and food that hangs from walls — these are just some of the 2015 wedding trends. While I’m intrigued by the notion of increasing dance…


A young man’s perspective on love and marriage

It’s easy to hate marriage. I try and retain a healthy amount of positive feeling, but in late June my romantic resolve was tested when I was stolen away from some long-needed summer…


Do yourself a wedding favor

In planning and executing a wedding, the big things are important. But so are the small ones. One small touch that can delight if done properly: the wedding favor. If done cheaply or…


Changing face of marriage

Marriage is changing. The terrain has shifted in terms of who can marry whom, but there are other trends as well. According to quite a few of the advertisers in this publication, the…

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