Wrong Places at the Right Time

If there hadn’t been two Dunkin’ stores on the same road in East Hartford, Conn., then maybe the Rev. Lydia Wittman and Rafi Ziauddin wouldn’t have ended up at different doughnut shops for their first date in 2014. And they wouldn’t have missed the beginning of the University of Connecticut football game or the tailgate…

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Taking a ‘Leap of Faith’ in New England

The marriage of Ruby Sattar and Frank Romeu on July 24, at City Hall in Quincy, Mass., with just three friends attending, was a far cry from the 150-guest bash the two had planned for February 2021 in their hometown of Miami. But for the two of them, it was just right. “We’re both very…

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A Romance Blooms in Nebraska

Robert Voelte and Ian Rose call themselves an intergenerational, intercultural, interracial gay couple standing in the center of a blue dot in the middle of a red state. That state is Nebraska, where they met in August 2008 on Mr. Rose’s first day as a vocal music teacher at the Omaha elementary school where Mr.…

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The ‘Right Time’ Came a Decade Later

She was from Maine and he was from California, but when Zmira Zilkha and Ward Wolff were both admitted in 2005 to Middlebury College in Vermont, a friend that he knew from high school and that she knew from summers in Prouts Neck, Maine, made sure that the two connected. “We happened to be put…

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‘How Lucky We Are to Have Found Each Other.’

For a couple who met in a choir, Oliver Cacananta has a perfect description of the partnership between himself and Danny Wan. “We harmonize,” said Mr. Cacananta (left). The two married on July 17 in an online service officiated by Homyrah Alocozy, a deputy marriage commissioner for Alameda County in California. Mr. Wan’s mother, Jane…

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A Perfect Spot for Running, or Proposing

Jennifer Lauren Soffen and Harrison Douglas Marks got to know each other walking, running and biking along New York City’s waterfront paths, especially by the Hudson River. “One of our favorite walks is along the West Side Highway,” said Mr. Marks, who was introduced to Ms. Soffen in 2018 through mutual friends. A few months…

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A Page-Turner of a Proposal

After three dates with Philip Stiller, Kerry Ederer knew her search, virtual or otherwise, was over. Ms. Ederer, 35, a morning news anchor for “Good Day Wake Up,” on Fox 5 News in New York, said she stayed awake many nights “virtually looking everywhere in search of my Prince Charming.” In March 2019, she found…

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Romance Around the Great Lakes

Three of the Great Lakes came into play during Adam Schlicht and Aaron Jefferson Tindall’s relationship — their first date was next to Lake Erie in Cleveland, they were married along the shores of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee and they went on a honeymoon in Bayfield, Wis., steps from Lake Superior. “He has a really…

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Fauci to Testify Before Congress on Coronavirus Response

Key developments on Thursday: ImageFrom left, Adm. Brett P. Giroir, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci and Dr. Robert R. Redfield testifying in June.Credit…Pool photo by Kevin Dietsch As states scramble to put out fires, Fauci and other top U.S. health officials will go back before Congress. Two days after U.S. deaths surpassed 150,000, three familiar federal…

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A Rockaway Life

The first morning that I woke up in Rockaway Beach after moving from Brooklyn eight years ago, I walked barefoot with my coffee to the boardwalk just because I could. It was April and my feet were stinging from the cold by the time I got there, but the smell of salt air, the warmth…

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