Pop Up Chapel with The Knot would not have been possible without the time and talents of our many officiants, photographers, and volunteers. Here are just some of the people we're deeply grateful to.
It's not easy writing and performing a ceremony — and many of our officiants did two. Each wedding was customized for every couple and ran the spectrum from sweet to solemn and simple to circus-themed… but all were memorable and beautiful.
Rev. Bex Schwartz
Bex Schwartz is an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church who loves to perform weddings of any sort! Bex's other life as a stand-up comedian and on-air commentator adds an extra bubbly spark to any marriage ceremony. She was raised Jewish and attended Camp Ramah for many summers, and thus can read all the Hebrew you'd like, and she also has a strong background in Tibetan Buddhism. Bex does lots of interfaith and secular ceremonies and prefers to use the phrase "The Universe" in place of any references to a higher power. She's an atheist who believes that using the power for good is the best way to live. When not planning giant same-sex marriage events in Central Park, Bex is a writer/director for VH1 on air promos.
Rev. Gary Rozman
In the summer of 2004, Gary Rozman was asked by his friends to perform a wedding ceremony for them. Gary's favor struck a chord for him and those in attendance. Soon others began asking him to perform their weddings and within a short time he began officiating wedding ceremonies for friends, family members, and couples who heard about him by word of mouth. His prolific wedding count will soon be in the triple digits. Gary is lifelong New Yorker… he is culturally Jewish but considers himself a student of all religions. When not making happy new families, he works for the city's Parks Department and is quite comfortable performing outdoor ceremonies.
He is gay and single, but one day hopes to find himself on the other side of the alter.
Rev. Linda Lebel
My name is Reverend Linda Lebel. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister, and have been registered as a NYC Marriage Officiant for over 10 years. I have performed weddings honoring all types of faiths, as well as spiritual and secular ceremonies. Officiating at weddings is my favorite part of being a minister! To conduct this ritual, on one of the most important days of a couples' life, is an honor. A wedding is a glorious event to witness and in which to participate. Every couple is unique, as is their ceremony. It is my greatest joy to help create a ceremony that speaks YOUR beliefs, and I take great pleasure in helping you find the words to express how you feel. An important tool I can offer is to help you be relaxed and fully present for your service. I am able to work with the energy of the event while making sure that all present can hear me and participate in the ceremony. Together we will make this the important and memorable event that it deserves to be.
Rev. Mark Cutolo
Rev. Mark Cutolo, a native of New York State, did his religious training at Yale University. Ordained in the Protestant Christian tradition in 2007, Rev. Mark would be pleased to work with you to celebrate a meaningful and spiritually inspiring ceremony to honor the sacred covenant made before God between two people committed to one another. Drawing on the breadth of inclusive Christian ritual, prayer, and scripture, Rev. Mark is happy to work with couples from the Christian tradition, including couples from different denominational traditions, or couples where one partner is Christian and one is from another tradition.
Shari Berkowitz is originally from Brooklyn. She is an ordained Universal Life minister. Her Jewish and interfaith studies have prepared her to serve as a wedding officiant, as recognized by the City of New York. The most common request she receives from brides and grooms is for a service that is spiritual and meaningful, but not too religious. It is absolutely her pleasure to "marry you up good." In addition to weddings, Shari can help you create a transdenominational ceremony to fit the life cycle event of your choice, drawing on all the rich cultural traditions that surround us here in New York. Shari is a certified speech language pathologist, and an assistant professor of communication disorders. Although this keeps her pretty busy, she takes great joy in marrying people! Shari will travel to your tri-state area wedding location and marry you with style and laughter.
I'm a young, relatively newly-minted officiant who works a "real-life" job in advertising sales. I'm a baker, a drummer, a writer and a lover of all things love. It's been an indescribable honor to have officiated two beautiful weddings as part of the Pop-Up Chapel, and it will be a privilege to do it again in the greatest city in the world.
Rev. Tony Adams
Tony was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1977 in Rome. He was an associate pastor for five years before leaving the active ministry and beginning a second career as the CFO of a state agency. He took an early retirement in 2007 and now works as a freelance writer, dividing his time between homes in Manhattan and Fort Lauderdale. He is senior features correspondent for South Florida Gay News, editor of the group blog QueerNewYork and a member of the editorial board of the national LGBT blog Bilerico. When marriage equality became the law in New York, he was ordained by the Universal Life Church and became a registered marriage officiant for New York City, knowing that many LGBT couples whose personal tradition is Catholic would appreciate having their marriage blessed by a Catholic priest while waiting for the Roman Catholic Church to shed its homophobia and celebrate the love that Jesus intended. In 2008, In Connecticut, he married Christopher, his partner of 27 years.
Rev. Woody Enoicaras
Ordained by the Universal Life Church in 2005, Reverend Woody Enoicaras says he became an ordained minister so that he could legally perform alternative marriage ceremonies for those (gay, straight, or otherwise) who desired to be wed outside the confines of any particular organized religion. Considered by many to be among the vanguard in the Marriage Equality movement, he has been a tireless advocate for same-sex marriage. Along with NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other community leaders, Reverend Woody was front and center at the National Equality March on Washington on October 11, 2009. A month prior, he became certified by the Office of the City Clerk in New York City to perform legal marriages in the State and City of New York, in anticipation of the inevitable and historic passage of marriage equality in New York, which finally took place on June 24, 2011.