The 31st Date Was a Charm

If Gabi Conti learned anything from the exercise in extreme dating she undertook as a writer for Cosmopolitan magazine in ...
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A Love as Old as AOL Instant Messenger

Gillian Stoss first spotted Zach Lent 16 years ago at a basketball championship. The team from her elementary school, St ...
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The Photograph That Started a Romance

When a mutual friend sent a picture of Danielle Dorsi to Najee Fortè, it left Mr. Fortè speechless.“She was drop-dead ...
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Forgoing the Cheese Plate to Forge a Connection

Brian Ellner was appraising the cheese spread at a party in Bellport, N.Y., in April 2018, when Jarrett Olivo walked ...
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Grooming Tips for the Groom

“Men love shortcuts, they like noninvasive, minimal downtime devices that they don’t consider cosmetic but more like upkeep,” said Dr ...
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Foiling a Science Experiment for Love

Drs. Kate Carlisle Stoeckle and Jeffrey Russell Arace broke the rules when they first met.Their meeting took place in 2013 ...
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Finding a Keeper in the Course of ‘50 Throwaway Dates’

Eva Maria Theresa Janerus, recently divorced, sought the help of a matchmaker in June 2019 to prepare her for the ...
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Their Love Inspired Its Own Soundtrack

Indiana Touchette has inspired many songs for indie country singer Alexandra Kay. Her music has paid homage to their relationship, ...
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In Love and Recovery

Lauren Sabbath wasn’t sure how much of her past she should divulge on her first date with David Clayton Jr., ...
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Seven Years Later, They Picked Up Where They Left Off

Raisa Marie Lopez-Rhoden and Ndubuisi Ugoeze Richard Okereke met at a Halloween party in 2008, when she was dressed as ...
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D.I.Y. Bridal Hairstyles for a Chic Wedding-Day Look

Many brides are choosing to style their own hair these days, whether to avoid the fuss of sitting through hair ...
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After 100 Years, a Royal Wedding in Russia Evokes Days of the Czars

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Under the watch of a ceremonial honor guard, the bride walked slowly down the aisle as ...
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Overcoming Their Busy Schedules

A year into his relationship with Abigail Pesta, Joel Oestreich, a political science professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, moved ...
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Side By Side With a Real Trooper

Elizabeth Catherine Wessel is definitely a love-me-love-my-dog person. So she couldn’t be happier when Trooper upstaged her in February 2017 ...
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After a Last-Minute Date, an Awakening

Cortney Norris and Thomas Lowery weren’t supposed to go on a date.Ms. Norris, 38, a Latin teacher at the Dalton ...
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A Scripted Ceremony Takes Center Stage

Cary Gitter texted his friend Sylvia Khoury out of the blue in September 2017 to ask about her friend Meghan ...
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In Harmony for 14 Years

Christopher Michael Repotski and Michael Sean McClenney have been traveling to Provincetown, Mass., for Labor Day every year since 2016 ...
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Their Future Was Written on the Calendar

Establishing a joint Google calendar may not be a standard marker of a flourishing romance, but for Efrain Guerrero and ...
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A Bond Built on Family, Faith, Hard Work and Sushi

Soon after he began dating Rexanah Wyse, Eric Morrissette began receiving text messages that he found suspicious.The messages would arrive ...
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Taking the Slow Route to the Altar

Amy Ogbonna and Samuel Oiwoh both swiped right on the dating app Tinder in December 2014, but neither of them ...
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Love Letter: A New Life Together, Thanks to Quarantine

The pandemic has reshaped many of our relationships in significant ways. For Meaghen Brown, the writer of this week’s Modern ...
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Twin ‘Love Lamps’ Kept Them Close Even When They Weren’t

On an early September afternoon in 2015, Raquel Begleiter and David Godow met while eating pizza at a mutual friend’s ...
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Finding Common Ground in the South, San Francisco and South India

It was ultimately a dating app that introduced Sree Arimilli and Sandheep Surendran of San Francisco. But more traditional and ...
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Making the Jump From ‘Girlfriends’ to Spouses

With that, the wheels of a Hollywood-style proposal were set in motion. But not before Ms. Gist and Ms. Brown, ...
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A Wedding 18 Years in the Making for Colorado Governor

Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado gets one question a lot about his Sept. 15 wedding to Marlon Reis. “People say, ...
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‘The Most Beautiful Proposal’

When Leslie Arffa was asked what she thought were Samir Doshi’s best qualities, she cleared her throat, and hesitated with ...
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A Hawaiian Wedding, Complete With Tractors and Cattle

A wedding in Hawaii usually conjures images of sandy white beaches and clear blue waters. But Alexa Wilhelm and Ikaika ...
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After a Few First ‘Dates’ the Relationship Turned Serious

On what they considered their first official date — a Halloween party in 2012 at a pub in New Haven, ...
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A Bond That Began With Football

The following weekend, she and Mr. Wiley and other classmates went out for a night on the town, and while ...
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Giving Love a Second Chance

In September 2017, Joseph Ernest Glisson Deaux checked his phone during work and saw a text from a woman he ...
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A Bond Built in Brooklyn

Justin Cooke and Erik Wallin couldn’t get married without showing their 194 guests around Brooklyn. It wasn’t a long trek, ...
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An ‘Accident of Geography’ Was the Start of Forever

It all started at a bar on St. Patrick’s Day in 2014.Valeria Estefania Dueñas was at the Brass Monkey in ...
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In Love Thanks to Politics — and Transparency

In November 2017, Varun Anand sat next to Hannah Smith at a bar in Manhattan’s West Village. They were attending ...
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A Courtship Built on Adventure

The first time Dana Rhoden spent time with Michael Baran was in 2010 at a mutual friend’s wedding in Coral ...
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The U.K. Prepared for a Jobs Crisis, but Got the Unexpected

So the government doubled its army of so-called work coaches, who help people on unemployment benefits find jobs. It hired ...
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The ‘Guests’ Swam Alongside the Couple

“Laminate vows” was included on the prewedding checklist for Catarina Salvador Espírito Santo Cristovão Neto.After all, when you’re getting married ...
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Putting Down Roots After Finding Love

Isaiah Bryant said he wasn’t much for traveling before he met Emily Maretsky.He’d gone abroad with USA Ultimate, which is ...
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No Longer a Weekend-Only Romance

If there was one constant in the courtship between Rashmitha Vasa and Varun Murthy, it was distance.They met in Columbia, ...
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Divorce Stinks, But It Could Be Your Superpower

Three years ago, as I contemplated ending my marriage, I looked out my kitchen window and saw my husband mowing ...
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When Your Wedding Day Is Sept. 11

One evening in March 2020, Angeline Disante, 29, was tasting teriyaki steak on a stick to be served at her ...
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Mutual Friends Gave the Match a Big Thumb’s Up

Mutual friends from their teen years had told Sapna Maheshwari that Devjoy Sengupta was a “keeper” at 17. She was ...
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Can You Manifest Your Perfect Match?

“There’s that old paradigm that even though we think we’re self-aware, there are parts of us that are still wounded, ...
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How to Tell Your Family and Friends You Eloped

DJ Kaiser and Tom Saggio didn’t necessarily plan to marry last September — it just happened. The couple had bought ...
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The Wedding Business Is Booming, a Short-Term Jolt to the Economy

Marvin Alexander, a makeup artist in New York City who decided to shift from the fashion industry to bridal during ...
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Clumsy Moves on the Dance Floor Lead to Romance

Sara Saxner and Daniel Coughlin met by pure accident in January 2017. “We literally backed into each other dancing to ...
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Making it Official After Nearly Three Decades Together

If not for the political turmoil of the last few years, Eric Ostrow and Scott Linder would probably not be ...
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After Matching on Words With Friends, a ‘Match of My Life’

Three years ago, David Gracey was going through the breakup of his marriage of 25 years. He still lived with ...
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Welcome to ‘Healing Girl Summer’

Although the summer opened with promises, or threats — depending on your perspective — of a “hot girl summer” and ...
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Together for Each Other in Sickness, Health and New Locks

Brittany Muszynski remembers the old saying about all brides being beautiful. But when her own wedding was approaching, she started ...
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High School Sweethearts Together for Good

Kendall Anne Michaelis and Michael Joseph Harrell started out as high school sweethearts. They met and began dating in 2005 ...
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Finding Love in the Wilderness

“Her legs are a lot shorter than mine and I kept turning around to make sure she was there, but ...
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The Q Train Kept Their Relationship on Track

Two weeks before Melissa Leigh Hochman of Brooklyn met Dr. Alexander William Peters of Manhattan in January 2017, their train ...
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Finding Love Across the Hall

Chris Wiggins moved to Manhattan with two friends in 2013 after they graduated from the University of Central Florida in ...
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Always a Bride and Groom, Now Together as a Married Couple

Mr. Pasqualone agreed. “The biggest thing that has brought us together has been the concept of family,” he said, choking ...
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Two Eagles Take Flight in Washington

“We talked about investing in youth, the Jesuit tradition of giving back, and the loss of his older sister,” a ...
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They Finally Got Their ‘Happily Ever After’

On a summer evening in a previous century, Garrett Foster, then 27, summoned up his courage and entered a gay ...
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After a Tragic Beginning, a ‘Happily Ever After’

Date No. 2 took a while. But at the bar at the Baccarat Hotel in late April, Ms. Katz decided ...
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A Commitment to Nonprofits, and to Each Other

In 2014, Derek Owens and Chelsea Segal randomly sat next to each other at the orientation session for their two-year ...
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A Night of Noshing Leads to Love on the Fast Track

Mosheh David Oinounou and Alexandra Lauren Sall were shushed a few times as they whispered nonstop during a hefty lineup ...
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Feeling a Vibe From the Get-Go

A little shark-bait subterfuge was necessary, Chris James judged, to get Anthony Gavranic into exactly the right spot for a ...
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Sixty Guests at a ‘Six-Word’ Wedding

The entire world, it seemed, knew that Taylor Hollenkamp had received a marriage proposal.It was written about in The New ...
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‘The Hot Doctor’ Finds a Life Partner Close to Home

It took him nine months. But on a rainy morning in March 2016, in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of Philadelphia, the ...
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Slow and Steady to the Altar

Connor May originally planned to propose to Kaitlin Brown, his girlfriend of three years at the time, after they had ...
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They Had Some Experience With Wedding Planning

In August 2019, Anna Freimuth, the daughter of Matthew Freimuth, was unofficially wed to one of her stuffed animals, a ...
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The Life-Changing Trip to the Principal’s Office

Mason McDowell went to a Wichita, Kan., job fair in March 2020 expecting his hands to get sweaty and his ...
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She Said Yes. Twice.

Damon Holick could hardly believe it when his mother called in April of 2021 to say she thought she saw ...
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After 20 Years, ‘We Never Stopped Being Married’

“I think at first we thought it wasn’t going to stick, especially when Trump became president in 2016, and then ...
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No In-Law Jokes for These Two

Alexis Joondeph-Breidbart let Ryan Linden know before their first date that if he wanted to win her over, he should ...
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‘The Heart That Keeps Us Together’

In 2011, Eddie Rosenbaum had just returned to his hometown Cleveland from a year in Rio de Janeiro, when he ...
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Promising to Love, Honor and Remain Quirky

Six weeks after Dr. Lauren Grossman and Glenn Kramon were introduced by mutual friends via email in November 2015, they ...
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These Scientists Took the Illogical Route

Emily Bick was in New York, visiting her parents over the winter holidays in 2014, when the online dating service ...
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When a First Date Becomes a Family Reunion

Matthew Hayes was immediately attracted to Anne Muscarella when they first matched on the dating app Bumble in February 2018 ...
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A Romance Bloomed Behind the Cameras

Having a long, dark, Burt Reynolds-style mustache can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the circumstances. For Sean ...
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After Strict Protocols, an Unconventional Relationship

Just as was likely true of the diplomatic event at which Hillary Liepa and Dwight Lin met, in November 2013 ...
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The ‘Long-Overdue’ Wedding

Stephen Klein recalled answering his phone on May 27, 2002, and being told that his mother was taken to a ...
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Changing Their Minds About Marriage

“My next thought was, Oh, this is a date, because we had been flirting,” she said. “He had also paid ...
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Judge John Hodgman on Wedding Traditions

Brandon writes: My fiancée, Ashley, is against wedding traditions like the garter toss and particularly the “cake smash,” where bride ...
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A Perfect Moment For a Private Proposal (With a Drone)

Dr. Olivia Janssen was clear that she did not want a public proposal. So when Andrew Perra got down on ...
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The One-Night Stand That Went on Forever

It was supposed to be just a one-night stand. Instead, Karina Lopez, 33, and Curtis Rogers, 35, have been together ...
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From Fast Friends to Suddenly in Love

Despite now undertaking a doctoral degree in psychology at Pepperdine University, Mr. Song, 26, continued to land D.J. gigs. In ...
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A Happy Union for a Couple Who Skipped Their First Date

John Zey was 50 years old when he asked Avis Ranney permission to date her 46-year-old daughter, Kris Ranney, in ...
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A Dynamic Duo, on and Off the Stage

It was through music, not movement, that Julie Benko and Jason Yeager first introduced themselves as a married couple to ...
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Overcoming Disability and Finding Love

As a child, Kevin Brousard loved the surf vibe of his hometown San Clemente, Calif., where his family lived for ...
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Her Prescription for Love? ‘Divine Organization’

Though Dr. Jennifer Berman devoted her life to urology and studying women’s sexual health, she made room for “divine organization.” ...
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This Season’s Wedding Crashers: Cicadas

The bride and groom were in the middle of exchanging vows when something landed on David Levi’s head. “I particularly ...
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A Good Kind of Upstaging

It’s usually rare that anyone upstages Stephen S. Miller, or Mama Rose as he’s known in some corners of the ...
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When a Two-Week Stay Becomes a Permanent Move

Samuel Parker gave Madeline Hollander a piece of jewelry before they had gone on even a single date. It was ...
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A Perfect Match Written In the Stars

With so little to do in April 2020, Danielle Lavey and Drew Feldman quickly learned they had easy banter. That ...
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When a Good First Impression Lingers

When Christine Sun and Michael Hurwitz first encountered each other, at a party hosted by the University of Virginia business ...
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A Spiritual Meeting in the Sand and a Wedding There, Too

On the morning of April 24, Emily Arnold and Youssef Ait-Khouya walked over the dunes at Coral Pink Sand Dunes ...
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Waiting for That Defining Moment

Jaeyeon Janice Park and Dr. Joseph Jisoo Hong began dating shortly after meeting on the dating app Hinge in December ...
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Two Notes a Day While the Doctor’s Away

Deborah Rachel Reich got a preview of Dr. Matthew Michael Levitsky’s hectic schedule in June 2019 when she asked if ...
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A Funny Thing Happened While Researching Algorithms

While he opened the safe, she did. “I’m reading the entire Wiki on mayflies on the couch,” she said. On ...
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When the Only Sure Descriptor of Jewelry Is Love

The shift toward personalized rings actually began before the pandemic, especially among millennials and Generation Z couples. But lockdowns and ...
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They Grew Apart, Then Became Close Again

In Unhitched, couples tell the stories of their relationships, from romance to vows to divorce to life afterward.Trent and Denise ...
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Falling in Love With Another Model Was Never the Plan

Not everybody who signs up for dating sites is looking to date. Amanda Lauren, a Playboy and Maxim model, joined ...
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A Clear Connection Leads to Marriage

Elizabeth Conway and Kyle Manley were brought together in an old-fashioned sort of way.Theirs was not a relationship born of ...
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The Mystery Text That Sparked a Romance

If it were not for Christian Zavala’s spontaneity and bravery, he and John Berno would not have met. The two ...
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Both Played Their Cards Right and Now They’re Married

On the last day of Raquel Smith’s freshman year of high school, in 2006, she found herself on a card ...
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A Wedding in Hawaii for Sade’s Son

The soundtrack of Emily Margaret Shakeshaft’s childhood became a means of comfort and grounding as she grew older. One of ...
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