Weddings Took a Big Hit in 2020. Enter the Micro-Wedding.

As nuptials were canceled across the country, wedding planners have downscaled — and in some cases their new offerings will stick.

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The Officiant Finally Becomes the Bride

Victoria Hogan has married thousands of couples in Las Vegas, and after meeting Stephen Fetterusso, got to experience her own wedding.

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Finding the Right Recipe for a Happy Life

Jamila Ross and Akino West met as culinary students. They communicated through their love for food. A little therapy helped, too.

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In Translation: A Friendship Redefined

After Maddy Belloff joined Danny Martinez for his family vacation in Colombia, she went from “mi amiga,” my friend, to “mi novia,” my girlfriend.

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First a ‘Little White Lie,’ Then a Solid Commitment

Summer Hofford and Dr. Sujay Kulshrestha met for drinks after connecting on Tinder. Their first round went smoothly. The second, not so much.

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First ‘the Group Thing,’ Then a Couple

Nicole Nelson and Kyle Kriewall attended several activities together with friends, but it would be months before a romance developed.

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Their Essential Interest in Common Was Each Other

As they got to know each other better, Emily Capilouto and Dr. James Harb realized they had more similarities than differences.

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Wedding Bells for Two 95-Year-Olds

Joy Morrow-Nulton and John Shults Jr., both widowed twice after 60-plus years of marriage, celebrated their 95th birthdays and wedding.

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See You in 2022: Wary New Yorkers Are Delaying Celebrations Again

Many people are putting off wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs and quinceañeras, underscoring persistent fears about the virus.

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Wedding Receptions Are Back, and Italy’s Candy Makers Are Delighted

The sugarcoated almond confections known as confetti are the favorite of brides but also of the Vatican.

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An Intro to Art Appreciation, With a Little Nudge

Ben Wald was one of the first to join the Jewish Museum’s Young Patron Program after Jacqueline Spar followed up with him, twice.

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A Romance Author’s Muse Becomes His Real-Life Love Interest

Kimberlee Stevenson was a fan of John Murray’s books. After they connected on social media, he became her biggest admirer.

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Making a Good Impression With Flowers, Street Art and Dog Treats

Charles Finkel was intent on winning over Lauren Thomas on their first date three years ago. His efforts worked.

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The ‘Kick in the Pants’ That Kept Their Relationship Going

When Joshua Kappel first met Samantha Presnal in October 2015, she was dating someone else. However, Mr. Kappel felt that they were a better match and issued an ultimatum.

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Boris Johnson Married in Stealth Ceremony

The British prime minister’s marriage to Carrie Symonds at London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral was carried out in extreme secrecy.

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Boris Johnson Married in Stealth Ceremony, Reports Say

The British prime minister’s marriage to Carrie Symonds at London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral was carried out in extreme secrecy, according to news reports.

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A Perfect Match Written In the Stars

Danielle Lavey and Drew Feldman met in April 2020 through a Facebook group for Jewish singles. A few months later an astrologer in Israel confirmed their compatibility.

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A Good Kind of Upstaging

Stephen S. Miller, a cabaret performer, is used to the limelight, but when it came time to getting engaged, the more introverted Brian Geldin took center stage.

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When a Two-Week Stay Becomes a Permanent Move

Madeline Hollander and Samuel Parker, who met four years ago, forged a close relationship while quarantined at his home in Los Angeles.

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When a Good First Impression Lingers

Christine Sun and Michael Hurwitz first met in 2015 at a party at the University of Virginia. They reconnected months later through Tinder.

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A Spiritual Meeting in the Sand and a Wedding There, Too

Emily Arnold and Youssef Ait-Khouya met while riding camels in Morocco.

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Two Notes a Day While the Doctor’s Away

Dr. Matthew Levitsky, an orthopedic surgery resident, leaves Deb Reich a note every morning, and she adds one for him during the day.

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A Funny Thing Happened While Researching Algorithms

Carrington Moore signed up for a dating app to better understand user preferences for a start-up business. Then he came across Schnelle Shelby’s profile.

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A Last Hurrah a Year After the Wedding

Brides and grooms who eloped or had micro weddings during the pandemic are finally having their prewedding parties a year later.

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Both Played Their Cards Right and Now They’re Married

She intended to win the game of spades, but she won over her opponent instead.

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Falling in Love With Another Model Was Never the Plan

Neither Amanda Lauren nor Adam Mann, both models with significant Instagram followers, were actually looking to date when they joined Hinge. But then he saw her profile.

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A Clear Connection Leads to Marriage

Elizabeth Conway’s mother and Kyle Manley’s aunt are childhood friends who talk frequently on the telephone. The longtime friends had a hunch.

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He Promised a Dreamy Wedding Proposal. Fans Got a 5-Hour Sale.

A Chinese influencer was barred from a video-sharing app after luring viewers to a livestreamed engagement, where he promoted makeup, perfume and mobile phones.

#advertising-and-marketing, #china, #e-commerce, #livestream, #weddings-and-engagements

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A Wedding in Hawaii for Sade’s Son

Growing up, Sade’s music had always given Emily Shakeshaft a feeling of comfort. Years later, when she met the recording artist’s son, Izaak Adu-Watts, their connection felt familiar.

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He Said (I Do), She Said (I Do)

Stacey Chen and Nick Cugini first met in high school as members of competing debating teams. In college, they were on the same side.

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United by a Deep Connection to Brooklyn

Michelle Lorenzutti and David Alperin met at a bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. He was waiting for a blind date; she was celebrating her birthday alone.

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Side by Side at Work, and Now in Life

Bria Schirripa and Michael Buccarelli met at work and maintained a platonic friendship. Then one day he asked her out for drinks.

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First a ‘Third Wheel,’ Then a Couple

Dr. Christine Gruessner and Przemyslaw Grabowski met while he was on a date with her best friend. “They didn’t hit it off, but we did,” she said.

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How Do You Want Your Wedding to Smell?

Couples are adding their personal scents to their weddings in the form of diffusers, candles, lotion, perfume mists and more.

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The Pandemic Pod That Became Permanent

After the coronavirus surfaced, Jeremy Lizt and Deborah Breisblatt, who had dated for a few weeks, quarantined together. They passed the time walking around the Bay Area and falling in love.

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A Pact to Go to the Prom Leads to a Walk Down the Aisle

Amy Larko and Blake Falanga knew they had each other if neither was dating anyone else when their senior dance arrived. They have been best friends since seventh grade.

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After a Few Years, a Change of Heart Leads to a Wedding

Valentina Stackl and Alexander Campbell dated for a little while in their early 20s. They got back together years later.

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A 2-Minute Gap and Then a Return ‘I Love You’

Alexandra Ossa and Alexander Wong met at a themed “nerd party” at Duke. They both went dressed as Harry Potter.

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A Marriage That Started With a Search for Justice

Jerome Dixon, who always maintained his innocence during his 21 years in prison, met Raha Dixon two years ago at a talk about racism and social change.

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This Mother Strives to Change the World, One Hug at a Time

Sara Cunningham, the founder of Free Mom Hugs and a supporter of L.G.B.T.Q. people, doesn’t want anyone to be without the love of a parent on their wedding day.

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Finding Love and All Its Quirks, Even If 2,654 Miles Away

“Radical honesty” on Sarah Lenz’s dating profile, along with no geographical restrictions, led to Stephen Paskey road tripping for love.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #okcupid, #online-dating, #polyamory-and-non-monogamous-relationships, #weddings-and-engagements

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One Little Favor Before Their First Date

When Erik Leibovitz and Dara Silverman initially met online, he asked her to not go out with anyone else before they had the chance to meet in person.

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Not-So-Long-Distance Relationship Is Bridged by a Proposal

Dr. Marianne Jacob and Andrew Shenoy kept up a “distance relationship” for three years until she moved across the Hudson River to a New York hospital.

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A Wedding Planner With a Lot on Her Plate

Nathalie Cadet-James had to adjust her luxury wedding planning business during the pandemic. She shifted to reusable table settings in a box.

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Receptions on Wheels: the Food Trucks Roll In

Some couples are mobilizing their wedding meals during the pandemic. Here are six trucks that will feed your wedding guests.

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When the Wedding Is Postponed, Renovate a House in Provence

For Parisians Rime Arodaky, a wedding gown designer, and Greg Finck, a photographer, picking a creative project gave them focus amid the many lockdowns in France.

#dating-and-relationships, #fashion-and-apparel, #marriages, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #weddings-and-engagements

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Matters of the Heart Precede Love and Marriage in Florida

Angela Horan and Gary Bergstrom met online more than six years ago. Both have overcome serious health issues — she a heart transplant, he a motorcycle accident.

#florida, #transplants, #weddings-and-engagements

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A Proposal in His Childhood Bedroom

Carlos Montoya missed a chance to date Rebecca Stella when they met on a boat in Miami in 2014. Two years later, when the opportunity arose again, he wouldn’t make the same mistake.

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Weddings: Believe It. They Met in Person.

Kaitlin Ruby Brinkerhoff met Ian McCann, a Canadian, on a mountain biking trip in her Utah hometown. They then maintained a challenging cross-border relationship through the pandemic.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #british-columbia-canada, #canada, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #st-george-utah, #weddings-and-engagements

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The Bride and Groom Met at a Wedding

Rachel Goldman and Christopher Ruiz, who grew up within two miles of each other, had never crossed paths until they met in 2016 at a wedding.

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