Love

Vows, weddings, Modern Love and more.

Vows, weddings, Modern Love and more.

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    Akeel Shah and Marley Brown exchange rings at their Sept. 10 wedding ceremony in Belleville, Ill.
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    Vows

    At a Michelin-Starred Restaurant, the Ingredients for Romance

    Marley Brown had no appetite for dating when she met Akeel Shah, her colleague at the restaurant SingleThread. But after they bonded over passions for cooking and their careers, love was on the menu.

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    After becoming engaged to Tim Bell, left, Joshua Farrar said he wanted a ring that reflected how, as a gay man, he has “been defying what I’ve been expected to do my whole life.” For its stone, he chose a salt-and-pepper diamond, a once overlooked variety that has become more popular among L.G.B.T.Q. couples.
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    Field Notes

    For Queer Couples, Engagement Rings With Subversive Stones

    As one jeweler put it, many of her L.G.B.T.Q. clients want “the opposite of what a diamond is supposed to stand for.” Sapphires, opals and other nontraditional stones have in turn grown more coveted.

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    Stefan Kienle and Emily Thompson share a kiss after their Aug. 28 wedding at the Black Mountain Lodge at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Dillon, Colo. Their nuptials took place eight months after their house was destroyed by wildfire.
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    After a Fire, Rebuilding What Matters

    Months before their wedding, Emily Thompson and Stefan Kienle lost most of their possessions in the Marshall fire that destroyed their home and many others in Louisville, Colo.

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    What Did You Wear to That Wedding?

    Were you invited to a wedding with a nontraditional dress code (think: desert chic or coastal glam)? We want to see what you wore.

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Mini-Vows

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    She Thought He Was Too Good to Be True

    After being matched online despite the long distance between them, Brian Guyer said he had to assure Tisza Bell she wasn’t being catfished.

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    Finally the Right Time for a Second Chance

    Lisa Jenkins and Vincent Brown first met at choir practice in 1993. What followed was a nearly 30-year journey through life and love that ended, eventually, in a reunion.

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Modern Love

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    How to Feel Yourself

    At 83, and legally blind, a woman needs help with one of her favorite pastimes: visiting the sex shop.

Vows

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    Chelsea White and Tash Neal were married July 30 at the Bordone LIC in Long Island City, Queens.
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    ‘It Was Magic From the First Second’

    When Chelsea White, a writer and producer, first met Tash Neal, a musician, their attraction was instant. By the end of their first date, he felt “butterflies” and she found her “dream man.”

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    Instead of choosing the typical wedding format of ceremony followed by reception, Megan and Craig Pyndinski caravanned with their 14 guests in super jeeps to at least a half-dozen locations after being married in Iceland in September 2021.
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    Roving Weddings Take Guests on a Ride

    Couples who want to savor as much of a wedding day as possible are organizing chauffeured excursions to see sights, bar hop and shop with their guests.

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    Julene and Charles Wood were married in May on the pickleball court where they met, in Bloomington, Ill.
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    Marriage, With a Side of Pickleball

    As pickleball rides a wave of popularity, couples are marrying on courts, hosting games at their receptions and finding other ways to incorporate the sport into their nuptials.

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Unhitched

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    They Grew Apart, Then Became Close Again

    Trent and Denise Montagu never stopped caring for each other after their divorce. “I didn’t ever stop loving Trent,” she said “I stopped wanting to be in marriage with him, which is different.”

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    Challenged to Sustain Their Lifestyle

    Therapy and fancy vacations couldn’t remove the strain on this couple’s marriage, which was brought about by ongoing financial problems.

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    Pulled Apart by Addiction

    Eli Falk and Rina Shapiro say expectations from their upbringing and Jewish communities caused them to marry prematurely.

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    Can’t Talk, I’m Busy Being Hot

    A social media movement inspired by the rapper Megan Thee Stallion strikes back at the gatekeepers of beauty.

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    After more than a decade in business, the powdered supplement company Athletic Greens is becoming a household name.
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    You Can’t Outrun Athletic Greens

    In the oversaturated world of wellness, the company has forced itself to the front with prolific podcast ads and a network of influencers.

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    The Worst Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth

    When assessing how likely a given meal, snack or drink is to harm your dental health, there are two main things to consider, experts say.

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