Joanna Barber, M. Jake Dallara

Joanna Whiles Barber and M. Jake Dallara were married May 4 at the Picnic House, an events space in Brooklyn. Thomas-Robert Irvin, the bride’s best friend who was ordained for the occasion by the Esoteric Interfaith Church, officiated. Mrs. Dallara, 37, is the office manager at Tiptree, a financial holding company in Manhattan. She is…

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Stephanie Desmon, Stephen Orloff

Stephanie Jill Desmon and Stephen Lyon Orloff were married May 4 at Artifact Coffee, a coffeehouse in Baltimore. Rabbi Andrew J. Busch officiated. Ms. Desmon, 46, is the director for public relations and marketing at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, a part of the university’s public health school, in Baltimore. She graduated cum…

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Sarah Kenney, James Martin

Sarah Chenoweth Kenney and James Paul Nigel Martin were married May 4 at Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New York. The Rev. L. Kathleen Liles performed the ceremony, with the bride’s brother-in-law, the Rev. Gregory B. Johnston, also an Episcopal priest, taking part. Ms. Kenney, 33, is a Latin, English and test-preparation tutor…

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Meredith Gordon, Sean Fennel

Meredith Brooke Gordon and Sean Justin Fennel were married May 4 at L’Escale, a restaurant in the Delamar Greenwich Harbor hotel in Greenwich, Conn. Frederick L. Baker III, a justice of the peace in Greenwich, officiated. The bride, 40, is a senior corporate counsel in New York at Salesforce, a cloud-computing technology company. She is…

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Katherine Humphrey, Zakary Toomey

Katherine Porteous Humphrey and Zakary Kendall Toomey were married May 4 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. Daniel Zeno, a friend of the groom who became ordained through the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, officiated. Mrs. Toomey, 32, works in the housing and revitalization department of the City of Detroit, helping…

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Jared Levan, Lance Lin

Jared Levan and Lance Lin were married April 30 in San Francisco. Diane Rea, a county clerk at San Francisco City Hall, officiated. Mr. Levan (left), 35, is the head of account management at Impossible Foods, a company that makes plant-based meat and dairy products, with headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. He graduated from Cornell.…

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Is It Camp?

Explainers This year’s Met Gala theme has us wondering about things we treasure. May 4, 2019 In 1964, Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard for most of us to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good…

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What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?

Officially, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a., the fashion department). Unofficially, the night’s festivities have been called many things, including “the party of the year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast” (mostly because of the…

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