Tag: Weddings and Engagements

Should I Report Officiants Who Won’t Marry Same-Sex Couples?

I’m a professional wedding officiant and longtime L.G.B.T.Q. rights advocate. While I recognize that some officiants and other vendors may have ethical or religious objections to same-sex unions, I rejoice that marriage equality is the law of the land. Many wedding expos, websites, registries, professional organizations and social media groups have nondiscrimination policies requiring all […]

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Wedding Photography Collides With ‘Ruin Porn’

About half of all marriages end up in ruins. A few start out that way. For some couples, abandoned buildings — train stations, warehouses and century-old churches, often found in declining or deindustrialized cities — are proving the perfect haunting aesthetic for their weddings. Call it a twist on something old, something new. Sarah Budzowski […]

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‘Our Love Is Built to Last’

On Easter Sunday in 2014, Anthony Hemingway, a director and producer, was mingling with fellow congregants after a service at the Potter’s House at One LA in Los Angeles. Through the crowd gathered outside on La Brea Avenue, he noticed a friend chatting up a handsome stranger in a black suit, bow tie and round-frame […]

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The Coaches’ Game Plan: Beat Cancer, Get Married

Marc Rybczyk admits that before he met Aloysia Jaques in January 2014, he had some misguided ideas about women’s basketball. “I didn’t view it as important,” said Mr. Rybczyk, who was a 6-foot-2 shooting guard for Central Connecticut State University from 1990 to 1993. “I looked down upon it.” In essence, he said, “I hated […]

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A Same-Sex Couple Changes Bachelor Nation

On the season finale of “Bachelor in Paradise” Tuesday night, two women professed their love to each other and got engaged on a beach in Mexico — no bachelor needed. “There was a lot of things that came between us, mostly myself and my own struggles,” Demi Burnett said to Kristian Haggerty, their blond hair […]

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Mississippi Event Hall Refuses to Host Interracial Wedding, Then Apologizes

Video LaKambria Welch said that a wedding venue in Booneville, Miss., would not allow her brother’s wedding to take place there because the venue doesn’t “do gay weddings or mixed race” citing its “Christian beliefs.” The owners of an event hall in northeastern Mississippi apologized on Tuesday for refusing to host a wedding for an […]

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What I Didn’t Do This Summer

So I missed the eclipse. It turned out that in early July something equally cosmic would be happening — likewise accompanied by crying, laughing, drinking and a last-minute, nail-biting weather watch — albeit something more local and hopefully far more lasting. I performed a wedding. In all, I’ve witnessed eight total solar eclipses, from 35 […]

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Falling Into Each Other’s Arms, a Step at a Time

Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia met through social media in the spring of 2015. She was living in Harlem and had been performing for three years with Ballet Hispánico, a contemporary dance company in Manhattan. He was in Miami working as a day laborer, hopping on trucks bound for South Florida fields in need of […]

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