Rapper Pusha T Gets Married With Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams in Attendance

Oh happy day in hip-hop!

Rapper Pusha T, who made headlines this year for his epic war of words with Drake, has tied the knot with longtime love Virginia Williams.

The wedding took place on Saturday at the historic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. The happy pair had some very famous friends on hand to help them celebrate. Pharrell Williams, a close friend of the groom, served as best man, while Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West enjoyed the ceremony with other guests.

Just ahead of the ceremony, Kardashian posted video of her glam ensemble on Instagram. Posing in front of a mirror, she showed off her gold Balmain mini dress, which she paired with a sparkling Judith Leiber clutch that’s shaped like a retro cell phone. After showing off her look, the reality star announced, “Mr. West is in the building!” turning the camera on her husband, who was adjusting his black suit.

The joyous occasion comes in the midst of a busy year for Pusha T (né Terrence Thornton), who’s the current president of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music record label. Pusha T dropped his West-produced new album Daytona on May 23, and its cover art immediately caused controversy.

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Just after his album’s release, the rapper and Drake struck up beef over lyrics in Pusha T’s new song “Infrared.” In response, Drake issued a diss track called “Duppy Freestyle,” where he mentions Pusha T’s then-fiancée by name. This led Pusha T to release his own blistering diss track, in which he outed Drake for having a secret child.

Things seem to have smoothed over, and both Drake and Pusha T have happily moved on.


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Bachelor in Paradise’s Ashley Iaconetti Reveals If She and Jared Haibon Would Get Married on TV

Much of Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon‘s love story has played out on the small screen — so it only makes sense that their wedding probably will, too.

The newly engaged Iaconetti opened up about the couple’s relationship and plans for the future on the latest episode of iHeartRadio’s Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous podcast, and it’s safe to say they’re fully basking in the honeymoon phase.

“Since we’ve been dating in March, we haven’t had any sort of fight,” she revealed. “I feel like Jared and I kind of did it in reverse. We had all our challenges — as not a couple — in the beginning, and now we’ve entered this honeymoon phase which is so weird, because normally the honeymoon phase happens for Bachelor couples on the show, which it was definitely not for us.”

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The Bachelor in Paradise alum also confirmed that their engagement will play out on the upcoming season 5 this summer. As for whether she saw the proposal coming?

“I had an inkling — I was like, 50/50,” she said. “I thought it was going to happen for a couple of weeks leading up to it, and then the week of everyone was throwing me off. So I knew that Jared would ask my dad — he always said he would ask my dad — but I talked to my parents and they were like, ‘Ashley, he did not call.’ Total straight faces. He did call; my parents are apparently really good actors. So is my sister!”

Now, Iaconetti says she’s “the happiest ever” — and is anxiously awaiting her Neil Lane ring to get sized.

“Oh my god — it’s perfect, perfect, perfect,” she gushed. “It’s exactly what I always imagined on my finger. Jared and my sister kind of worked together on putting it together.”

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And last but not least, Iaconetti confirmed that she and Haibon are definitely interested in televising their nuptials — under one condition.

“I think we’re both down , but our caveat is that we want as many guests as we want and we don’t want to be limited to that,” she said. “So I think if we couldn’t have it the way we imagined is the only reason we wouldn’t do it. We want it!”

Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise premieres Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Jennifer Aniston Turns 49! Inside Her Married Life with Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston sure does have a lot of reasons to celebrate.

The actress rings in her 49th birthday on Sunday, just days ahead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with husband Justin Theroux.

The occasion marks another busy year for the couple — Aniston recently signed on with Reese Witherspoon for a new Apple TV series, while Theroux filmed the comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me in Budapest.

“They have figured out a life that works for them,” a source previously told PEOPLE of the couple that married in 2015. “Jennifer’s life with Justin is great.”

A second source said the distance helps them appreciate the time they do have together even more.

“This has not hurt their marriage at all, it seems to help,” an entertainment source previously told PEOPLE. “They love and respect each other and do spend a lot of time apart. For them, it is a healthy part of their romance.”

Added the first source: “By not spending every minute together, it’s like their honeymoon is lasting longer.”

But when they aren’t working, Aniston and Theroux, 46, enjoy a quiet life at the Los Angeles home, which they designed together.

“There was a time when I thought there was something romantic about picking up and trotting off somewhere different every three months. Now I’m becoming more particular about the projects I take,” Aniston told Architectural Digest. “I look around at my husband and my dogs and our home, and there’s nowhere else I want to be.”


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Idina Menzel is loving married life.

The Broadway star opened up to PEOPLE about newlywed life with actor Aaron Lohr at the Disney/Pixar premiere of Coco in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

“He’s my guy,” she said.

Menzel, 46, and Lohr, 41, tied the knot in September in an intimate backyard ceremony.

And while the actress said she’s loves being able to call Lohr her “husband,” the word family has also taken on a new meaning since their special day.

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Menzel, who attended the premiere solo, said Lohr has developed a close bond with her eight-year-old son Walker.

“They’re very close,” she said. “They’re probably watching a film, or they run around play dodgeball with a sock, they make a ball out of socks and they hit each other.”

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Kevin Hart Says He’s ‘Lucky’ to Be Married to Wife Eniko Parrish Weeks After Sex Extortion Scandal Broke

Kevin Hart considers himself to be one lucky man.

The comedian took to Instagram on Wednesday to express love and gratitude for his wife Eniko Parrish, calling her a “beautiful strong woman.”

“Thanking God for this beautiful strong woman that I am lucky enough to still be calling my wife today. You are truly amazing….Love you,” he wrote.

In the photo, Parrish, who is nearly nine months pregnant, is seen cradling her baby bump as she smiles for the camera.

Following the sweet message, Hart also issued a warning to his followers: negative comments don’t affect him.

“P.S please feel free to insert your hate below….Im as strong as it gets people so that s— doesn’t faze me. Im not a b—- which is why my page isn’t private. I hope your negativity makes your day better. Love ya,” he wrote.

The romantic post comes just weeks after Hart found himself at the center of a media storm over an alleged sex extortion scandal.

In a headline-making Instagram post earlier this month, the comedian opened up about an alleged extortion attempt that included a “sexually provocative” video of the comedian and another woman. Hart apologized to Parrish and his children for the incident in the Instagram video he shared on Sept. 16.

A source previously told PEOPLE that Parrish “is fully cooperating with the law enforcement investigation” in regard to her husband’s alleged extortion scandal. But the cheating allegations have taken a toll on Parrish, a second source told PEOPLE.

“She has been hounded by the press, and is very upset,” the source said. “She is trying to stay healthy and enjoy her pregnancy, but the latest drama is too much.”


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It’s going to take some time to understand why Josh Peck seemingly didn’t invite Drake Bell to his wedding. 

The former Nickelodeon star married his longtime girlfriend Paige O’Brien in Malibu, California, this weekend surrounded by friends and family. His “Grandfathered” co-star John Stamos made the cut, appearing in a handful of wedding photos, but it appears his former TV stepbrother was persona non grata. 

Bell, who starred on the hit Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh” for four seasons in the early 2000s, was extra salty on Twitter when photos of Peck’s happy day came pouring out on social media.

“When you’re not invited to the wedding the message is clear….” he tweeted and later deleted, according to E! Online

“Loyalty is key,” he continued. “ALWAYS remember where you came from.”

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It’s unclear whether we have a future feud on our hands, or if Bell’s invite got lost in the mail. The two have seemingly remained close since their Nickelodeon days, with Bell making a guest appearance on Peck’s sitcom “Grandfathered” last year. 

They also regularly stay up on each other’s social media pages ― Bell even shared a throwback photo of himself and Peck from the “Drake & Josh” days just last week. 

We’re gonna choose to remember this Drake and Josh.

HuffPost has reached out to Peck’s representatives and will update this post accordingly. 

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‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Stars Carly Waddell And Evan Bass Get Married

Amid drama in Bachelor Nation, these two fan favorites got their happy ending.

Carly Waddell and Evan Bass, who fell in love and got engaged last season on “Bachelor in Paradise,” tied the knot on Saturday in front of a small group of family and friends at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. According to People, fellow “Paradise” couple Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, as well as “Bachelorette/Bachelor” stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth and Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi were in attendance as Chris Harrison officiated the ceremony. 

Waddell wore a strapless, form-fitting dress and had her hair in a braid. Bass donned a grey suit. 

Although they didn’t initially hit it off romantically on Season 3 of “Paradise,” Waddell and Bass soon realized they were a match and became one of the franchise’s favorite couples. They currently live in Nashville with Bass’ three sons, Nathan, Liam and Ensley.

Their wedding comes amid the investigation into “allegations of misconduct” on the set of “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4. After a field producer filed a complaint, ABC suspended filming and Warner Bros. is currently looking into an alleged nonconsensual encounter between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, who are both taking legal action.

In a statement last week, Olympios said she does not remember what happened during her time with Jackson. “As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality,” she added.

Jackson, on the other hand, released his own statement, saying, “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations.” 

Although the truth has yet to come out, former cast members are sharing their experiences on the show, which gives “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants another shot at finding love. Bass himself wrote a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, in which he defends “Bachelor in Paradise” and the production team behind it. 

“Bachelor in Paradise” is my show. It’s my jam. Personal redemption, lifelong friends and the woman of my dreams are just a few of the many takeaways I found living on set for weeks at the air-condition-less resort. When the news about “Paradise” production broke the internet, it also broke my heart. While to some it’s a silly TV show, for me, it was an experience that changed my life in unimaginable ways. I am troubled thinking about the allegations happening on my favorite beach, and I’m sad that some couples will not have the opportunity to find love in a powerful and unique way. I can’t help but think about Jade and Tanner [Tolbert], the fast-approaching birth of their baby and how that beautiful family wouldn’t exist without “Paradise.” And for me, I will be forever grateful to “Paradise” for guiding me to an incredible stepmother to my own children.

Family creation aside, I’m equally disturbed by the way the production of the show is being portrayed. At first I wanted to stay quiet and let the dust settle before speaking out, but as the show has come under more sensationalized hostility and more unnamed “sources” speak out, I feel compelled to share my experiences with the show and its production team. Between Carly and I, we’ve appeared on five “Bachelor”-themed series, including appearances on the entire seasons of “BIP” two and three. So we know how this show works, why it works, and I’m going to tell you why ABC should keep the show.

This season of “Paradise,” which is still in limbo, was set to air Aug. 4.

To read Bass’ full column, head to THR

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Running a marathon is a major commitment. One couple took that notion to the next level

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis veered off course during the Vancouver Marathon on May 6 for the best reason: to get married in front of friends, family and lucky marathon spectators.

The couple, who wed around mile 20, had been looking for fun wedding options when the idea struck Makokis, Runner’s World. Both were training for separate races when they decided to use the running event as their wedding venue. 

“We kind of started seeing marathon training as a metaphor for a relationship in terms of you have to put in the work and you have to have a good attitude,” Johnson told Runners World. “So we thought it would be a great way to celebrate our union by getting married.”

In honor of the occasion, the pair dressed up in tuxedo T-shirts that read “We said ‘I Do’ at 32 km” and put on jackets for the 30-minute ceremony, according to Runner’s World. 

Long distance physical activity appear to be a theme in the couple’s relationship. As Johnson explained to The Cut, a marathon of sorts marked the beginning of the couple’s relationship, too. “[Makokis] visited me in New York for my 30th birthday where we biked the entire city and had one of those only in New York romantic kind of days,” he said. “That’s the day that really started our relationship.”

Their wedding comes a month after a woman named Jackie Scully got married right before the London Marathon and raced in her wedding dress as she recovered from cancer. 

Sounds like the most rewarding way possible to multitask. 

H/T Runner’s World

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Even strong relationships are susceptible to marriage mistakes, particularly if the marriage is relatively new, according to Pastor John Gray of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Pastor Gray often counsels couples and newlyweds in matters of marriage, and he says there are three particular marriage mistakes that are toxic enough to tear two people apart.

MISTAKE #1: Holding your spouse hostage to past mistakes.

People make mistakes. When your partner says or does something that offends you, it’s important not to harp on that mistake in the future. Instead, Pastor Gray says, you must give your spouse the opportunity to learn and grow. “That can mess up a young marriage because nobody knows how to do it right at the beginning,” he points out.

MISTAKE #2: Assuming married life won’t be different from dating.

What does a little piece of paper end up changing? A lot, says Pastor John. “When you engage another human being willingly with the opportunity to walk away, which is what dating is, there’s less pressure,” he explains. “When you get married, now you’re saying, ‘I’m building with this person.’ … There will be tension.”

MISTAKE #3: Telling your business to your parents.

Pastor John calls this one of the biggest mistakes young married couples make. “Lady, if he offends you, don’t tell your mama. Because when he ends up apologizing and getting it right, and you’re healed from it, the mother still remembers it,” Pastor John says. “Keep your business to yourself.”

Pastor John’s new series, “The Book of John Gray,” premieres Saturday, April 15, at 10 p.m. ET, but you can  watch the first episode in full now on WatchOWN.tv.

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Two Veterinarians Got Married And Had Rescue Kittens At Their Wedding

Michele Bangsboll and Nick Anderson’s wedding day was absolutely purr-fect.

The couple, who are both veterinarians and cat lovers, had two very special feline wedding guests by the names of Jeeves and Houdini at their March 25 nuptials at Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur, Colorado.

Both kitties are rescues from Divine Feline in Denver, Colorado, where the couple volunteers in their free time. 

“We thought of the idea to help promote our volunteer organization by featuring some adorable adoptable kittens in our wedding photos,” the bride told The Huffington Post. “Nick and I have always adored cats, which is why we decided to volunteer with the Divine Feline and have them be a part of our special day.”

The couple posed with the kitties during their bridal portrait session after the ceremony. And can we just say that they are exceedingly photogenic? 

Only the bride and groom knew about the fur-tastic surprise. 

“Everyone in the bridal party was freezing since we had been standing outside without jackets for a while and we told them all to wait for one more surprise and then we brought out the kittens,” Michele told HuffPost. “I think everyone’s voice jumped up an octave when they saw the cuteness overload and no one cared about being cold anymore. One of the groomsmen was even reluctant to go back inside when we were done with group photos because he wanted to hold them!”

Jeeves and Houdini will be looking for forever homes in a few weeks, once they are big enough to be neutered.  

The couple also incorporated their love of animals into their cake toppers:

Their table names:

And even their shoes. 

Michele and Nick first met in 2011 during their first semester of veterinary school at St. Matthew’s University on Grand Cayman Island. While they were there, they adopted two cats named Bam-Bam and Wiggles from a local shelter. 

For more information on Divine Feline, you can visit their website. Below, more photos from the couple’s big day.

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Two Pizza Lovers Got Married And Served Pizza Instead Of Wedding Cake

Bride Jess Melara and groom Tony Sanchez’s wedding day was cheesy in the best way. 

The high school sweethearts, who tied the knot in December in Miami, decided to forgo the traditional wedding cake and served their guests a tiered pizza “cake” instead. 

“Tony and I love pizza and aren’t huge fans of cake, so we surprised our guests with pizza cake,” the bride told Wedding Chicks. “It was saucy and delicious and what pizza dreams are made of.” 

Just look at this cheesy goodness:

Some of the couple’s other wedding details were baseball inspired because the groom plays for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 

There were mini baseball bat key chains as escort cards. 

Drink napkins had baseball phrases like “Game over” and “Fits like a glove” printed on them. 

 And of course, dessert wouldn’t have been complete without boxes of Cracker Jacks. 

Below, even more photos from the couple’s big day:

The Huffington Post reached out to the couple for comment, but had not heard back at the time of publication. This story may be updated. 

H/T Wedding Chicks 

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Samira Wiley And Writer Lauren Morelli Get Married

The confetti was surely flying during this particular wedding day!

Orange Is the New Black” star Samira Wiley on Saturday married her longtime girlfriend, Lauren Morelli, in a special ceremony celebrating their mutual love for Pillsbury Funfetti cake, Martha Stewart Weddings reports. The nontraditional, confetti-themed nuptials took place in Palm Springs, California.

Wiley’s parents officiated the ceremony, which began with a procession up the aisle to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” The actress and Morelli, who is a writer on the Netflix series, wore custom Christian Siriano ensembles, with Wiley changing her look before hitting the dance floor to Justin Bieber’s “Baby.”

Martha Stewart Weddings shared a photo from the event on Instagram and will feature the wedding in an upcoming issue. 

Wiley and Morelli met while on the set of “OITNB.” Morelli divorced her husband of two years in 2014 after realizing she was gay while shooting the show. She came out in a Mic essay that same year, and subsequently began dating Wiley. 

“Samira became my outlet,” Morelli told Out magazine in December, “and through that process I fell in love with her. But I thought, This will be the one that got away. Being with her felt too good to be true.”

Congrats to the happy couple!

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YAS QUEEN: Ilana Glazer Of ‘Broad City’ Reportedly Got Married

It looks like congratulations are in order.

“Broad City” creator and star Ilana Glazer wed her longtime boyfriend, according to a few Instagram posts shared by her close friends. Actor, comedian and well-known podcaster Phoebe Robinson shared a photo on Monday of Glazer, with a note congratulating her.

Two weeks earlier, writer and director Chioke Nassor shared the same photo with a similar message.

What can I say? I love love! Happy matrimony to two of my favorite people.

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Glazer has not shared news of her nuptials on her social media accounts, and her reps did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment. 

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This Couple Got Married On A Sandbar In The Middle Of The Caribbean Sea

Bride Susana Zamos and her groom Jovany had dreamed of getting married in the middle of the ocean, but their original wedding planners promptly shot down the idea. 

“We had a wedding planner who told us, ‘No, you can’t get married in the ocean, it’s far too complicated,’” the bride said in the video above. “So I said, okay, he’s right. We’ll just get married on the beach like everyone else and that’ll be it.”

But photographer Sol Tamargo and her team at Del Sol Photography were committed to making it happen. In November 2016, Susana and Jovany’s dream became a reality when they, along with 100 of their guests, were boated to the El Cielo sandbar in Cozumel, Mexico for the wedding ceremony. The photos are nothing short of breathtaking. 

“I have always loved the water,” the bride said in a blog post on the Del Sol Photography website. “I’m a scuba diver and was fortunate enough to grow up with a pool in the backyard and the sea not far away. My happiest days were always in the water.”

Holding a wedding ceremony in the middle of the Caribbean Sea was a challenge that involved a lot of logistical planning and the proper camera equipment. But the end result made it all worth it.

“I was shooting from the boat, then I jumped into the water wearing a snorkel, mask and wetsuit and mermaid cap in the middle of a wedding!” the photographer said. “When do you ever get to do something like that?”

Below, more photos from the couple’s beautiful big day: 

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21 Tweets That Are Pretty Much Married Life In A Nutshell

A good marriage provides love, support, and companionship ― oh, and plenty of comic relief, too.  

Below are 21 hilariously relatable tweets that capture the realities of married life in 140 characters or less. 

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7 Resolutions Every Married Couple Should Make Together

For BRIDES, by Elizabeth Mitchell.

New year, new marriage. Well, sort of. Whether you just got hitched in 2016 or are coming up on your 10-year anniversary, it’s never too early (or too late) to start working on your relationship and building toward a healthier, happier future together. But exactly what goals should you set, and more importantly, how in the world will you actually get yourselves to stick to them? That, couples, is the question.

According to research from the Journal of Clinical Psychology, approximately 8 percent (yep you read that right) of Americans actually make good on their New Year’s resolutions, which, admittedly, doesn’t look so promising. The biggest problem, however, is the goals themselves. Instead of thinking big (i.e. we’ll do spinning together five times a week), in reality it’s best to start small (i.e. we’ll do one spinning class a week) and work your way up from there.

You’ll also want to get much more specific with your resolutions, as opposed to keeping them very vague and general. For example, don’t just vow to be more affectionate in 2017; find measurable ways you can achieve this goal, like touching each other every time you watch TV, and make that your New Year’s mission. See, easy right? And definitely not nearly as overwhelming as just trying to get in more physical touch.

From learning his “love language” to playing the appreciation game, we’ve put together 18 New Year’s marriage resolutions to get the love flowing and the bonds growing in 2017. Remember: you can tailor any and all of these to make them reachable and achievable for your own relationship.

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1. Plan a weekly (or bi-weekly) date night.

Even if it’s at home once in awhile, commit to a weekly (or bi-weekly) date night to reconnect and keep the romance alive in your relationship, suggests psychologist and relationship expert Paulette Kouffman Sherman, author of Dating from the Inside Out.

2. Practice more positive talk.

Vow to say five positive things for every negative remark toward your spouse, recommends Sherman. Not only will this help nip the negativity in the bud, but it will also build both of you up and encourage you to focus on the good in each other — as opposed to dwelling on the not so good.

3. Play the appreciation game.

Every evening at dinner, practice telling your partner one thing you appreciate about him and have him do the same for you. It can be something specific like how he helped you solve a dilemma that day or more general like the fact that he works his booty off to support you and the fam! Switch it up nightly, and let the love flow.

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4. Actively seduce each other.

And vow to make it a priority at least once a month (if not more), advises NY Times Bestselling author of 101 Nights of Great Sex, Laura Corn.

“Dream up something unique to do together in the bedroom, make a plan at least a week out and let your partner know something special is coming.” Drop hints along the way (sexting works well!) until the big, unforgettable night. “The elements of surprise and anticipation that this helps create are critical to a lasting, powerful sexual relationship.”

5. Fight fair.

According to marriage and family therapist Alicia Taverner, LMFT, owner of Rancho Counseling, the best New Year’s resolution for couples is to fight fair.

“This means refraining from things like name calling, criticism, attacking personality or character traits and bringing up past issues into a current fight. You want to fight about the topic at hand and discuss it until you feel there is resolution or an agreement to disagree.”

Here’s how she recommends structuring the gripe: “I’m upset/angry/sad about ____. In the future I’d like it if you could ____.”

6. Touch each other every time you watch TV.

One thing Crystal Rice, owner of Insieme Consulting, finds that couples in trouble have stopped being affectionate in non-sexual ways. So vow to do better!

“By simply sitting next to your partner on the couch, you increase the probability of affection, a commodity often seen far too little in long-term relationships,” she says.

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7. Stop lying about the little things.

Like looking good in a sweater that’s gotten too small! Yep, you heard us right.

When we lie about the little things, it gets easier and easier to lie about the bigger stuff, explains Rice. “And then one day you wake up and realize you’ve been lying about feelings or thoughts or concerns that should have been brought to light many months or years earlier. You don’t have to be a rat about it. You can say, ‘I like you better in the blue sweater.’”

Whatever you do, just don’t lie.

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Couple Married 63 Years Dies Hours Apart: ‘I Know They Are Together’

After 63 years of marriage, Dolores and Trent Winstead of Nashville, Tennessee just couldn’t bear to be apart. 

On Dec. 9 at around 9 p.m., Dolores, 83, died after suffering a brain aneurysm; the following afternoon at 4 p.m., Trent, 88, died after his heart had weakened from kidney failure.

“I know they are together and happy for eternity, and that is a comfort to me,” the couple’s daughter Sheryl Winstead told Today. “But I never in a million years dreamed I would walk out of the hospital without either one of them.”

The pair would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in January.

When Trent was hospitalized at St. Thomas West earlier this month for kidney failure, Dolores was seemingly in good health. One day at the hospital, she appeared to have fallen asleep in a chair at Trent’s bedside after complaining of a bad headache. It wasn’t until Sheryl tried to wake her up and couldn’t that the family realized something was wrong. Nurses tried to revive Dolores but her brain activity was gone after the aneurysm, according to the Washington Post. They hooked her up to a ventilator and eventually moved her and Trent into the same room. 

For their final hours together, the couple held hands as they laid in beds side by side.

The couple has two kids, three grandkids and eight great-grandkids. Their son Eddie was the one who told Trent that Dolores had died. 

“I had to lean down next to him, and just kind of tell him, ‘Mom has passed,’” Eddie told ABC affiliate WKRN. “When that happened, it was kind of like his whole spirit just changed.”

He continued, “I told him, I said, ‘Dad, if you want to go be with Mom, that’s quite alright with Sheryl and I.’”

Losing both Trent and Dolores in such a short span of time was undoubtedly difficult for the family, but knowing the couple didn’t have to live long without one another brought them some comfort. 

“It’s like God made their travel arrangements and they went together,” Sheryl told WKRN. “It’s just really sweet.”

Watch the video above for more on their story. 

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7 ‘If We’re Not Married By…’ Pacts That Actually Ended In Marriage

In “How I Met Your Mother,” Ted and Robin make an agreement that if they’re still single at 40, they’ll just marry each other. 

Spoiler alert: They do eventually end up together (with a whole lot of ups and downs in between). But to our surprise, this kind of thing isn’t just a pop culture trope; it happens in real life too.

Read on for seven stories of real couples who made similar “if we’re not married by…” pacts and actually ended up together. Some didn’t wait until the agreed-upon age, but that doesn’t make their love stories any less sweet. 

1. We made the pact as a joke in high school. At 30, we tied the knot.

“Brittany and I were in each other’s lives longer than my memory will go back. We were always good friends, but got really close in middle school and high school. Sometime in high school we started joking that if we were both single at 30, then we would get married. At 24 we started hanging out a lot. By 25 we were in an official relationship. And on our 30th birthday (yes, we share that) we were married. We didn’t force anything because of the pact we made. It all happened as it was supposed to. We celebrated our first ‘birthiversary’ earlier this month, and we are still madly in love!” ― Byron 

2. After some heart break, we made the marriage pact in jest. Now we’re 30 and planning a wedding.

“Rey and I met online and became good friends when we were both 23, and since we lived 2000 miles apart, it was only a friendship. After each of us had a few bad relationships and shared mutual heartaches, we jokingly made our pact; If by 30, if we were still single, I’d take the leap of faith, move across country and we would date for a year or two before getting married. We both tried dating others, but by 28, we reconnected through social media. Our friendship grew and when the pact was mentioned again, we both embraced it. I moved to Texas in 2014, and now at 30, we are happily engaged and planning a wedding for the spring of 2018.” ― Heather W.

3. We decided on age 33, but destiny couldn’t wait that long.

“Jason and I met in high school in 1996 (we were 17) and ended up going to senior prom together since neither of us had dates. We decided that we were such good friends that if we weren’t married to other people in 2011 by the time we turned 33 (our birthdays are five days apart) that we’d marry each other. Fast forward to 1997 when we had our first child before getting married on Valentine’s Day in 2000. We were both so scared of finding ‘the one’ so young that we fought it, but fate had plans for us and they couldn’t wait until 2011! We now have two children, 16 years of marriage and are looking forward to old age together. Even when we are angry with each other, we can find a laugh because our friendship is so strong. It’s pretty damn awesome.” ― Dawn-Maia S.

4. We agreed that if we were single at 30, we’d get together. At 34, we were married.

“I first met Burnill in fourth grade and didn’t like him one bit. When we were 13 we met again at a skating rink while I was on a date with his friend and he was on a blind date with my friend. We eventually started spending time together, and we became a couple at 16. We broke up and lost touch for about a year after, and ran into each other again when we were 18. That’s when we made our pact that if we weren’t both married at 30 then we would get married. After this I didn’t see him for about nine years until he found me on Facebook. At the time I was married and had two kids. About six years later, I was single and he contacted me again via Facebook. We got married at 34 and have one beautiful little boy together, along with my two older children.” ― Rae M.

5. We started out as best friends with an “if we’re still single at 30…” agreement. Six months later, we were husband and wife. 

“My best friend of 10 years said to me one day in a group conversation that if we weren’t with anyone by the time she was 30 (she was 25 at the time) that we would have to be together. As beautiful as she was/is, I never made a move because I used to date her best friend, so I thought the ‘girl code’ would halt my advances. Sure enough, once she said that, I was like, ‘Hold up, she’s possibly into me?!’ So I made the move! Six months after that conversation, we got married. It was a fairly easy transition. Currently married for three years with two children. I’m loving every moment of it.”― Korderius D.

6. We made the pact in college. Two years later we were married ― long before age 40.

“Sarah and I became best friends after working as EMTs on our college ambulance service. We were never single at the same time, so when I was 20 and she was 22 we made a pact to get married when I was 40 if we were both single. I made it to age 22 before asking her to marry me. Our wedding was in 2013 and it was a ton of fun ― she’s a private pilot and I’m in the Air Force so we had a formation flight before exchanging vows on the taxiway at the small airport where she learned to fly.” ― Ahmed H.

7. We agreed to be each other’s backup spouse if we weren’t married by 30. Just a few years later, we got married. 

“I met Sam in 2010 during our freshman year of college. At the time we were both seeing other people, but we became very good friends very quickly mostly because of our mutual interest in self deprecation. Sometime that year we were talking about the inevitability of our current partners giving up on us and decided we should probably have some sort of contingency plan so we didn’t die miserable and alone. We decided if we were both single when we were 30, we would give up on love and resign ourselves to lives of senseless banter. She and I were 18 and 19, respectively. We decided we did actually love each other, so we moved our timetable up a bit and got married in April of 2013.” ― Ethan W.

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Cynthia Bailey Tells Estranged Husband Peter Thomas ‘I Just Can’t Be Married to You’ in Tearful RHOA Sneak Peek

 

An emotional Cynthia Bailey made the tough decision to begin divorce proceedings from husband Peter Thomas on the Real Housewives of Atlanta premiere. And on Sunday’s episode, the 48-year-old supermodel and her estranged husband come face to face for an emotional meeting.

In an exclusive sneak peek at the episode, Thomas tells Bailey that a hospital visit recently made him realize that she could no longer be his emergency contact. It’s a revelation that brings Bailey to tears.

“Just because we’re going through a divorce  mean I don’t care what happens to you,” she tells her ex, 56. “You’ve been my friend for eight years. You’ve been that person that I call.”

Like she had revealed to her lawyer previously, Bailey tells Thomas she wants their marriage to end peacefully.

“People say when you get divorced you can’t be friends and it’s going to be all this nasty stuff, like we’re gonna hate each other. And I don’t hate you. I don’t want to hate you,” she says. “I still want to be friends with you.”

Bailey even mentions her 17-year-old daughter Noelle Robinson, telling Thomas, “ still want you to have a relationship with Noelle — she’s know you since you were 8 years old. You’ve been like a second dad to her.”

“I love you, I respect you. I just can’t be married to you — that’s it,” she confesses.

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She brings up a conversation the two had in their early days of dating. “When I first met you, we had that conversation about if we’re ever not happy, are you the kind of person to just settle to just be in something?” she said. “And you told me no.”

It’s a conversation that appears to give Thomas the motivation to move forward. “I do want to see you happy,” he tells her — before calling her lawyer, Daniel Meachum, and agreeing to sign off off on whatever he sends.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo.


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See Who Got Married This Weekend!

Wedding season may be winding down, but that didn’t stop our readers who tied the knot this weekend from going all-out with their celebrations. 

Check out some of the lovely photos from their big days below: 

If you go to a wedding or get married yourself, hashtag your photos #HPrealweddings or e-mail one to us afterwards so we can feature it on the site!

For photos from other real weddings in 2015, check out the slideshow below:

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Allison Williams Is Married

Wedding bells rang for Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen on Saturday.

The “Girls” star and Van Veen, who co-founded College Humor, exchanged vows in front of celebrity guests including Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Seth Meyers, People reported.

The gorgeous bride walked down the aisle in an Oscar de la Renta gown. Williams shared a photo from the wedding on her Instagram account early Sunday morning: 

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The 27-year-old, who is the daughter of journalist Brian Williams, told Glamour magazine in March 2014 that she would like to have children some day.

“My goal is to create a career I can walk away from and become a mom,” she said.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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4 Things to Remember When You Want to Get Married, But It’s Not Happening

Back when I was in my early to mid-20s I was worried and concerned about getting married, but every attempt to create a stable, loving and committed relationship turned into an utter failure.

Based on what I’ve learned, here are four things to remember when you want to get married, but it’s not happening:

#1 — You gotta focus on making yourself happy.

Be your own best friend. Learn how to love your life whether there is a guy in your life or not. The more joyful and loving that you are when alone with yourself, the better because others are going to recognize that energy that you are putting out.

And trust me — being joyful, happy, and loving is a lot more attractive then being depressed, self-conscious, and anxious. Just imagine what it’d be like going on a date with someone who is really depressed, self conscious and anxious. Would you want to go out with them again? Enough said.

#2 — Know that you deserve and are capable of having a loving relationship.

We can be happy and joyful in our lives and with ourselves all we want, but if we don’t think that we deserve and are capable of having a loving and joyful relationship that can turn into a successful marriage then it’s not going to happen. We have to really truly know and believe that we are worthy.

Doing this doesn’t have to be super complicated. It can happen at any given moment that you choose to fully admit to yourself and the universe what it is that you truly desire and you choose to fully know you are worthy. And, as a result, the universe can respond very quickly.

I know this very well from experience. A few years ago I was traveling in Japan after spending several months suffering with the aftermath from a breakup. I was working on being happy by myself but nothing new came along because I didn’t really believe I was ready for a new relationship. I deeply believed that I’d screw any new relationship up. I didn’t trust myself.

While walking around the Golden Pavillion (Kinkai-ju) in Kyoto I saw a section where you could buy candles for various different things and light them for a prayer. These were all in English so I felt inclined to light one. At first I rationalized and started telling myself to do one for world peace, but my eyes kept going back to one that was for finding love.

In that moment, finally admitted to myself and the universe my true desire and I knew that I deserved it. I lit the candle and left — forgetting about it.

Later that day, upon trying to get to the airport, a storm came through that caused me to miss my flight. I ended up meeting a man in this this stressful situation who helped me with language translations. This man I ended up having a stable relationship with for about a year.

Which leads me to my next point…

#3 — Always be open to possibilities.

When we have this very specific picture of what it is that we want then we are not going to be open for all of the creative possibilities. We may overlook or not even allow ourselves to see what is right in front of us.

It’s okay to have some standards of what you want: Like someone who is honest, loyal, caring, and so on. But if we’re going so far as to being very particular about how someone looks, their job, or where they grew up then we may be blocking ourselves from being with who we are truly mean to be with.

Also, I think it’s very important to remember that when I say “be open to possibilities” it’s not about letting go of the desire completely. It’s not about shifting your thoughts in a way to be forcing yourself to be thinking, “I don’t want to get married” because that doesn’t leave you open to the potential of marriage ever. It’s like going up to the universe and saying “I’m closing up shop” and the universe is thinking, “But, wait, I had all these customers lined up for you. What gives?”

The key is to learn how to get into a neutral space of “I am happy and love my life no matter what happens”. It’s about letting go of any concern or worry about the outcome and being open for all creative possibilities. That creates the foundation for a real change (or miracle) to occur, internally and, ultimately, externally.

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#4 — Have faith.

Trust that what is going to happen will happen. Not all of us are meant to get married or have children by a certain age. It’s also true that not all of us are meant to only be married once. Things happen — it’s just the way life works out sometimes.

So trust and have faith that what comes to you is what is in your highest good. You have you own individual lessons to learn in this life that is totally unique to you. Nobody else shares those same specific lessons that you need to learn with you. So trust, have faith, and follow the flow of your own intuition and inner guidance.

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Jennifer is a self and relationship coach and the founder of JenniferTwardowski.com. Her mission is to help women create loving relationships with both others and themselves. Click here for her Free Self and Relationship Healing Meditation and weekly blog updates. To learn about how you can work with her, click here.

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Congratulations go out to our readers who tied the knot over the weekend and looked oh-so in love in their wedding photos! 

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100-Year-Olds Married 75 Years Share Secrets To Wedded Bliss

Seventy-five years after saying their “I dos,” Lisette and Walter Kimmel celebrated their platinum anniversary by cutting a cake at the same time they both walked down the aisle, all those years ago.

The couple have not only defied the odds by staying married for so long, they’ve also both accomplished the great feat of living to 100. They’ve been together for three-fourths of their lives.

 

The pair met when they were just 22 at a Maryland church. They married in that same church just a few years later. Lisette played the organ and Walter was in the choir. They went on to have two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

They celebrated their milestone with a party at the Charlestown Retirement Community where they now live, with staff and other residents. They enjoyed cake accompanied by classic songs, including “What a Wonderful World.”

As to their secret to happily wedded bliss for 75 years, they advice was short and sweet. “Stay true to each other,” said Lisette in a release. “Be honest with each other and enjoy each other.” Walter said, “Be happy with each other every day of your life.”

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This Gay Man Was ‘Humiliated’ And ‘Degraded’ Trying To Get Married In Texas

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage, Jim Cato and his partner of 27 years were “ecstatic.” But their euphoria was curtailed three days later when they called their county clerk’s office in pursuit of a marriage license, Cato recounted to HuffPost Live on Thursday.

After going to the office, the couple was told that “it was against the religious beliefs of the county clerk” to wed them. They were then “kicked out” with the assistance of six sheriffs.

“It was just like someone had sucked all the air out of you at that time,” Cato recalled of the experience. “We just couldn’t believe it. It was a clear violation of our civil rights. … After waiting 27 years, just to wait one more hour, to me, was unacceptable. We were humiliated. We were degraded.”

Cato secured a marriage license on July 6, 12 hours after filing a case against the Hood County Clerk’s office in federal court, but his lawyers are continuing on with the lawsuit until the country clerk vows to stop turning away other gay couples.

Over a month later, Cato says fighting for the right to marry was entirely “worth it.”

“I would do it again and again if I had to,” he affirmed. “Whatever you have to do to assure your civil rights and the civil rights of others is important.”

Watch more from HuffPost Live’s conversation on states refusing gay marriage in the wake of SCOTUS’ decision here.

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Olivia Palermo and Solange Join the Growing List of Married Celebs Who Don’t Wear Wedding Rings

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14 Universal Realities Of Life As A Married Person

Every relationship is different, of course, but there are certain universal truths about married life that ring true no matter who you love or where you live. 

On Thursday the hashtag #MarriedPeopleIssues was trending on Twitter, giving spouses around the world a chance to bond over shared experiences like arguments about how to properly load a dishwasher and the nightly struggle of sleeping next to a bed hog. Read some of the most spot-on tweets below: 

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Married Once (or Twice) And For All

I was up in the air when the decision came down.

As soon as my plane landed, my seatmate pulled out her phone (I couldn’t bear to look) and her screen lit up with the news: The Supreme Court of the United States had ruled in favor of marriage equality. Love had conquered all!

I grinned. I wept. I pulled out my phone and texted my beloved. “Will you marry me (again)?”

“Sure!” she replied.

As I scurried through the airport to catch my next flight, I couldn’t stop crying. Twenty-six years ago, when my beloved and I married each other for the first time, we never dreamed this day would come. It was September 10, 1989. Two lesbians in love couldn’t legally marry anywhere. But that didn’t stop us from vowing to have and to hold ’till death do us part. Dressed in our finest, we stood under the chuppah, exchanged gold wedding bands, said “I do,” and kissed the brides.

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Our ceremony certainly looked like a wedding. It sounded like a wedding. It felt like a wedding. And it was… and wasn’t. We called it a “commitzvah.” Our union was not recognized by our home state of Massachusetts or the Federal Government. In the eyes of the law, we were still unmarried women.

But despite having to check “single” on our tax returns and lie when one of us was in the hospital (“she’s my sister”), we knew who we were: a married couple deserving legal rights.

Then came May 17, 2004, the day Massachusetts recognized our right to marry. My beloved and I stood outside Northampton’s City Hall and watched hundreds of couples enter and emerge proudly waving their marriage licenses. Bakers handed out slices of wedding cake. Supporters waved signs that read, “Equally ever after.” Newscasters wiped tears from their eyes. My beloved, a diehard romantic, convinced me to wait until September 10 — our 16th anniversary, to re-tie the knot. Wearing the same outfits, we stood in our backyard, recited our vows, re-exchanged our rings and wept as our officiate said the words we never thought we’d hear: “By the power vested in me by the state of Massachusetts, I now pronounce you legally married.”

Once more we were married… and we weren’t. We were legally married at home in Massachusetts, but not when we visited my parents in New York. Or vacationed in Maine. I was, in effect, my beloved’s “unlawfully wedded wife.”

Which brings us to June 26, 2015. Time to take our wedding outfits out of the closet again. My beloved and I know we don’t have to get married again. We want to get married again. Why not seize this moment of joy?

The problem was, I was heading for the west coast and my beloved was keeping the home fires burning. Ah, well. If I couldn’t be home with her, San Francisco was the next best place to be.

And talk about perfect timing: It was Pride weekend and I was in town to promote the new twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Heather Has Two Mommies at the American Library Association Convention.

After signing countless copies of my book, I headed over to Market Street to watch the Pride Parade. And as I stood there, my eyes misted over as I thought about all the ways the world has changed.

In 1983, I attended my first Gay Pride March, which is what we called it back then. We strode up Northampton’s Main Street singing, “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Homophobia’s got to go!” We yelled, “What do we want? Gay rights! When do we want them? NOW!” We chanted, “Two, four, six, eight. How do you know your wife is straight?”

I remember marching beside a teacher who wore a paper bag over her head for fear of losing her job. We passed a minister standing next to a wooden coffin he had dragged onto the sidewalk, yelling that we were all going to hell. We turned in unison, pointed our fingers, and shouted, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” The minister was not deterred. He shouted louder. And no one came to our defense. No businesses, schools or religious groups marched with us. We were out there by ourselves. Volunteer peacekeepers warned us not to walk home alone.

What a difference three decades make! As I watched the San Francisco Pride Parade stream up Market Street and cheered for the Gay Straight Alliances, the Apple employees, the poodles in purple tutus, the PFLAG contingent, the churches, synagogues and politicians, I broke down completely. Even though I couldn’t imagine the outcome of Obergefell v. Hodges turning out any differently, I hadn’t realized that for weeks, I’d been holding my breath. And I couldn’t predict how exhilarating it would feel to no longer be seen as a second class citizen. To see thousands of people taking to the streets with joy. To know that today’s LGBT youth live in a new world. To have fought so hard. To have won.

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I used up many boxes of tissues during my week’s stay in San Francisco. I cried every time a librarian thanked me for writing Heather Has Two Mommies and every time an LGBT children’s book author acknowledged me for paving the way. I cried when I visited the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library and gazed at the photo display of LGBT teens all dressed up for their high school proms. I cried when I visited the Human Rights Campaign Activity Center, which occupies the same storefront on Castro Street that had once housed Harvey Milk’s camera shop. I cried as I followed the Rainbow Honor Walk through the Castro, especially when I came upon the sidewalk square honoring Allen Ginsberg, my dearly departed mentor, who would have been so delighted to see this day.

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And of course I wept tears of joy when I spotted my beloved at the airport striding towards me with open arms to welcome me home.

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Sparks were flying for our readers who tied the knot over the 4th of July holiday weekend! Check out some of the beautiful wedding moments that were captured in the photos below:

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Open Letter to Same Sex People Getting Married in Red States

Dear Same-Sex Wedding Participants in Red States:

If you live in one of the 14 states that have to suddenly grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, you may be tightening your tie and singing Old Fashioned Wedding on your way to City Hall. I’d like to help you navigate a few of the issues you may face when you go to get your marriage license. In 2005, my partner and I traveled to Toronto, Ontario to marry — same sex marriage was as new then in Toronto as it will be today in your red state. Many marriage offices will be unprepared. Here are four tips for dealing with the processes and people you may encounter.

Rejoice if your clerk is kind and helpful. Of course you’ll feel a certain trepidation about coming out to your Marriage Court clerk. You may be surprised, then, when you catch a clerk — like we did in Toronto — who is excited to help a bunch of same sex people obtain the full liberty of government benefits. When you get a good one, celebrate them just like you celebrate the union.

Decide who is the “husband” — for the form. To talk to the government, you fill out a form — getting married is no different. Until today, only marriages comprised of a “husband” and a “wife” were eligible to fill out the papers, so the forms will be gender coded. It can be an uncomfortable moment when you’re standing at the clerk’s counter, pen in hand, one looking over the other’s shoulder, and that’s the moment you have to decide which name goes over “husband” and which goes over “wife.” In advance, flip a coin, have a heavy talk, allocate a gender between the top and the bottom. But, work it out on the way. Our clerk in Toronto picked for us, and I still disagree with his choice.

If you get a bad clerk, take a minute…. You may encounter a nasty clerk. Don’t jump to the conclusion that the nastiness comes from hate — he might be an indifferent government worker. Just this year, at a city hall “gay” wedding, we encountered a cranky clerk and an imperious officiant — in San Francisco. It’s not always bigotry — sometimes, it’s just bad manners. You should still push back, but on their conduct, not their motives.

Make Your Own Choice. You may get a bona fide homophobe, hissing, “You want to get married to each other?” Of course, if the clerk refuses to issue a license or an oath, call Lambda or your own lawyer and raise some hell. But, what if the knuckle-dragger starts the licensing process — with contempt? Should you stay and suffer? Or should you walk away, find another city hall, another clerk, another day? The answer is not as clear today as it was before Justice Kennedy spoke. When our rights were neither clear nor dependable, you owed it to yourself and our gay and lesbian ancestors to stare down disdain, stand your ground and get that license. But, now, the most powerful ally is on our side — the United States Constitution. Your dignity owes it to no one to take a punch, certainly not from a bureaucrat using the power of the counter to ruin your day – after all, you’re a human, a taxpayer, an adult and a fiancé. Those of us who came before you brought an edge of defiance on an undercurrent of rage to our ceremonies. Today, it is so ordered that you can feel the same jitters and excitement and doubts as every other bride or groom without the political angst. You’re like everyone else — you can take, leave or complain about bad customer service, because now that’s all it is.

Mazel Tov and Happy Pride!

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Some of our readers who tied the knot this weekend had to deal with lousy wedding day weather. Womp womp. Fortunately, the couples and their photographers made the best of the crappy conditions and managed to capture some amazing moments anyway.

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Our readers who tied the knot over Father’s Day weekend gave their dads the best gift — a joyful, love-filled celebration with family and friends in attendance. Check out some of the gorgeous shots below, with commentary from the wedding photographers:

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Sofia Hellqvist, Kate Middleton, and 9 More Non-Royals Who Have Married Into Royalty

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Amber Heard on What It’s Like to Be Married to Johnny Depp

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10 Gorgeous Portraits of Real Brides and Grooms Who Got Married Today

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Into Our 40s: 10 Signs You’re Comfortably (and Happily) Married

I’ve been married 15 years, and no, it hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been a 15-year Ironman that requires the equivalent of a daily training regimen. Throughout the years, we’ve confronted major adversity and also have experienced moments of nirvana and immense joy. We’ve grown to appreciate that marriage is a lifelong journey we’re on together. And it has taken us 15 years to get to the place we’re at today and like all other couples, are continuously evolving in our communication, roles and relationship as a whole.

So without further ado, in true Letterman fashion, I humbly present my top 10 signs you’re in a good place:

1. You either finish each other’s sentences when out in public or sit comfortably in absolute silence when alone together.

2. Daily dialogues exist in your own peculiar code language. For example, taken from your network of contacts, you’ve developed a vast database of aliases whereby each one conveys an entire life perspective. Thus, when your spouse’s behavior requires a tune-up, you effectively snap him to his senses with a quick “alias (name) drop.”

3. You still make each other laugh a lot, and have built up a repertoire of witty material that would rival that of any career comedian.

4. You’re 100 percent yourself and unreservedly confide your hidden agendas and Machiavellian aspirations.

5. You come clean about your biggest insecurities, anxieties and fears and encourage each other when the other feels weak.

6. Your kids know they face a united front and no longer bother trying to play one parent against the other.

7. You challenge your spouse to sniff unwashed parts of your body — just for kicks, because you’re still immature like that.

8. Your spouse forces you to look in the mirror and face your biggest flaws then mercilessly challenges you to somehow work them out.

9. You attend weddings and witness newlyweds profess their undying love and devotion to one another. And in unison, nod knowingly, for only through pain and suffering will those proclamations ultimately prove true or false.

10. You know that together, you can conquer the world and have the years, wrinkles, gray hairs, and history to prove it!

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Get Married at a Brewery—and 3 More Ways to Save Money When You’re Wedding Planning

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I Used to Be a Lesbian. Now I’m a Happily Married Man

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Meet The Lovable Couple Who Got Married And Went Viral On The Same Day

A day before their wedding, an emotional video of Kristie Scherrer and Tavis Doucette aging 70 years in six minutes (thanks to makeup and prosthetics) hit the Internet. The collaboration between YouTube channels Cut Video and Field Day quickly became a viral sensation with more than 14 million views.

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“We realized it was released when we were on our way to our rehearsal,” Scherrer told The Huffington Post. “When we got to the dinner, we told a few of our friends who knew about it that it released and they all admitted that they had seen it. By then the local news had even picked it up. At the wedding everyone had seen it but us. We really wanted to watch it together and there was no time the day of the wedding.”

So 12 hours after their big day, the newlyweds watched the video for the first time at a screening with family and friends. A crew from Field Day was there to capture their tender reactions.

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“Like [Kristie] said in the film, we couldn’t be more sure of the person that we’re with,” a misty-eyed Doucette says after viewing the finished product.

Although you don’t get to see or hear much from the couple’s family in the reaction video, Scherrer told HuffPost that their entire family was “deeply moved” by it.

“We don’t live anywhere close to our family and never have as a couple, so I think it showed them a more intimate side of our relationship than they are used to seeing when we visit,” she said. “They laughed and cried and were really proud of us.”

The adorable couple first met at a cafe on their second day of school at Wagner College back in 2006. They were introduced by a mutual friend and stayed close friends until their senior year, when their friendship blossomed into something more serious.

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The couple moved from New York City to Los Angeles last year. Scherrer is an account executive at a marketing firm and Doucette is an actor.

“Which means I am a very experienced bar tender,” he joked.

Doucette and Scherrer said that neither of them anticipated the massive and overwhelmingly positive reception to the original video, but feel honored to have been part of the experience.

“Tavis asked if I cared if he submitted us for it and I said sure,” she said. “We went to the audition during my lunch hour and I really didn’t think anything of it. Then we got cast and started to learn more about the project and who was behind it. The director told us we could ‘expect some people to see it.’ But this kind of reaction, the responses and messages we have received, it’s been incredible.”

Watch their reaction video above. To see more photos from the couple’s wedding and from throughout their relationship, check out the slideshow below.

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Getting Married This Month? That’s What You Think

June is the traditional month for weddings. The weather is nice; not too, hot. School is over. Graduations have passed. White is in season. Daylight seems destined to last all night. The season vibrates with promise. It seems an auspicious time for making commitments about the future. Spring has dosed all of our senses with the promised rewards of love. At one time, as you may have heard, weddings were the condition precedent to obtaining the rewards of love. June it seems is the month for weddings because nature has filled it with swelling buds, shoots of tender new growth, a drenching haze of pollen, and the awakening of bees to collect it.

So you may be having a wedding this month, and if so, you have my sincere wishes for a perfect day and the spouse of your dreams. But, don’t think for a minute that just because you’ve had the wedding ceremony, the champagne and cake, that now, lo and behold, “by the powers vested in me,” etc., you are “married”. Not by a long shot.

Marriage isn’t an event, it’s an achievement. You have to work at it. It takes years, typically many years to become truly married. The best description I’ve found comes out of the old, tobacco growing, south. Cigar makers blend different varieties of tobacco, each with its own traits and characteristics. Then they would then pair and roll the different varieties of leaves together and stack them on racks in a special room called a “marrying room“. There the tobacco would be left to age and mellow. Over time, thanks to the skills of the blender, the undesirable traits and characteristics of each variety would be mellowed, or overshadowed by the best traits and characteristics of the others. The result was the best of what each tobacco variety was capable of offering.

People are not tobacco. We’ve pretty much abandoned professional “blenders” for computer matching algorithms. The marrying process requires more time and much more effort and struggle, than for tobacco. We do not give up our rough edges, our egos and competitiveness nearly so readily as tobacco leaves. Mellowing for people usually requires that the rough edges be chipped off and filed smooth. It requires going through a process; determining what is truly important to our being who we are, and what only seems important because of our vanity, ego, and stubbornness. It requires installing a control valve on our deep well of oppositional defiance – the thing that makes us want to stay standing when someone says, “Sit down.” It requires recognizing, that our efforts at ‘correcting’ and ‘removing’ the flaws and short-comings of our spouse create more problems than they fix. It takes quietly giving up on ever ‘fixing’ anything about them, and at last truly accepting them and loving them, as they are – great, good, and bad. So marriage comes, not easily, but after all our efforts at making over our spouse have worn us down. Once the battling is exhausted, marriage still requires persistence, patience, and a great deal of acceptance and giving in.

These adjustments are not easy. They do not happen quickly. But the result – the peace, the depth of love that transcends feeble passions, the merger, the dance, the song of two souls, makes the struggle and the years seem insignificant. The result may be bold and fiery, or placid and cool, but this is what it takes to become ‘married’. It will pay great dividends in the long run. This is the first generation in history that can access help and a head start before the wedding by putting some time and effort into collaboratively planning life after the wedding. There are collaborative marriage planning teams out there that can help. But, with or without professional guidance in the process, you should practice working collaboratively with your spouse-to-be. You will need a vision for where you want to get once you are wed, a plan for how to get there, and a picture of how your partnership is going to work once the honeymoon is past and “real life” takes over. Then as you walk down the aisle, you can have confidence that you’re prepared for the long, and challenging journey you are embarking upon; you will have a valuable head start toward – ‘marriage’. Your wedding is the embarkation point for your life’s journey and marriage. Bon Voyage.

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Drew Carey Just Married The Entire ‘Price Is Right’ Audience In Massive Wedding

Forget the bidding. On Friday, “The Price Is Right” was all about holy matrimony.

In possibly one of the most epic mass weddings ever, host Drew Carey married the entire audience of “The Price Is Right” for a special episode that aired Friday. The event, which was filmed earlier this year, featured dozens of real-life longtime couples. Carey told People magazine that he’d gotten legally officiated in order to conduct the ceremony.

“In the big wheel of love, may you always spin a dollar,” Carey told the audience, before pronouncing the couples “all married.” What better place to tie the knot than on TV at the Bob Barker Studios (besides live at the Grammys, of course).

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See Who Got Married This Weekend!

So many sweet kisses, affectionate gazes and happy faces in this week’s crop of real wedding photos. Below, check out some of the love-filled moments from our readers who said “I do” this weekend.

If you go to a wedding or get married yourself, hashtag it #HPrealweddings or email it to us afterwards so we can feature it on the site!

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See Who Got Married This Weekend!

Our readers who tied the knot this weekend incorporated some fun details into their celebrations, including this sign at Eusebius and Kylie’s wedding: “Eat, drink and be married!”

Now that’s a sentiment we can get behind! Check out more merry wedding moments from our readers below:

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This weekend was a chilly one across much of the country, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at our readers’ sunny, beach-y wedding pics. Check out some photos from their awesome celebrations below:

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In Sickness and In Sleep: Married to a Chronic Sleep Walker

I don’t nag my husband, Isaac, to do chores around the house. But sometimes I wake him up in the middle of the night screaming that there are enormous spiders in our sheets, and evil guinea pigs in the closet. I don’t complain when he watches football all day or puts his dirty clothes on the floor directly next to the hamper. But I have been known to sneak down to the kitchen and eat the lunch he so carefully packed for work the next day. I don’t mind that he leaves the toilet seat up after every trip to the restroom, and I don’t hold onto grievances from past arguments. But sometimes in the dead of the night, I will sit straight up and whisper spine-chilling things to him. Things that would give Marilyn Manson nightmares. And for the remainder of his sleepless night, Isaac will lay next to me wondering what he got himself into when he said, “I do.”

In my opinion, Isaac knew exactly what he was getting into when he married me. It’s not like we said our wedding vows and suddenly my sleep walking and sleep talking disorder was activated. I was not a sleeping beauty whose subconscious beast was awaiting a prince charming to kiss it to life. In fact, very early into our relationship, Isaac got a taste of the “crazy train”, as he so lovingly calls it.

He was playing poker with friends one night when I called screaming that someone was trying to break into our apartment. I was hysterical and told him to please hurry home, I wasn’t sure if I could hold the door shut for much longer. I remember wrestling with the door knob, my sweaty hands desperate to hold it shut while the villain on the other side fought to open it. Isaac raced home not knowing what he would find– his girlfriend missing or dead? His apartment burglarized? He found neither. Instead, Isaac screeched into the driveway and flung the door open to find a soundly sleeping girlfriend, no burglar in sight. He woke me up and I immediately knew what had happened– I had acted out (an Oscar-worthy performance, I might add) the nightmare I was having.

My sleep talking isn’t always of the horror movie variety. There was a night a few weeks ago where I sang so loudly (and badly) in my sleep that I was eventually awoken by Isaac’s howling, tears of laughter streaming down his cheeks. A few weeks before that, I was the one doing the laughing. In the middle of a dead sleep, I began giggling uncontrollably. I wandered around the house to try and stifle my giggles, but it proved futile. I could not stop laughing. Isaac said while funny at first, sleep-laughing with a zombie-like, distant expression on my face became exceptionally creepy after 15 minutes.

The stories go on and on. Almost every night I put on some sort of show, even if it’s simply to ask Isaac if Santa Claus brought him the shirt he is sleeping in, to proclaim that I am wetting the bed followed by maniacal laughter (I didn’t actually wet the bed), or to yell at him to not spill any salsa in the sheets (he never eats salsa in bed).

My sleep stories have definitely been a source of comedy in our relationship, but we recently wondered if there may actually be something wrong with me, and my brain. While Isaac would argue that yes, there is definitely something wrong with me (sleep disorder or not), a visit to a neurologist and a gold star on my sleep study proved otherwise. As it turns out, I am simply in the 3.6% of adults who have a sleep walking disorder. In fact, I even used the intercom to sleep talk to the technician monitoring my sleep study! Regardless, the doctor said I had one of the best sleep studies he had ever seen. Of course I did.

Since the sleep study, I have thankfully found ways to naturally decrease my somnambulant adventures. While Isaac recommended a skilled exorcist or priest, I instead tried altering my diet by cutting out all sugar and preservatives. Within just a few days, my nightmares and night terrors became nonexistent. I still sleep walk and sleep talk, but they are never prolonged, terrifying episodes like they used to be. I also cut down on binge-watching crime TV shows which, to nobody’s surprise, seemed to exacerbate my already overactive dream state. Sorry Detective Benson, it’s not you, it’s me.

Do you need some marriage perspective? Consider yourself lucky if your wife has never sat up in a pitch black room and whispered, “She wants to know what your insides look like.” Is your husband’s sloppiness driving you crazy? Be thankful that he has never frantically rearranged the bedroom in his sleep, moving everything to higher ground in preparation for the approaching flood he is dreaming about. Do you enjoy uninterrupted sleep? Be grateful that your spouse doesn’t push you off of the bed in a moment of panic because you are “sleeping on a pile of puppies who need rescuing.”

While Isaac and I, over the span of our marriage, will surely encounter the relationship problems that most couples face, at least we know things in the bedroom will never get dull.
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Couple Married 81 Years: ‘You’re Damn Right’ We’re Still In Love

After 81 years of marriage, Dale and Alice Rockey still haven’t lost their spark.

“You don’t see them together without holding hands,” their son Tom Rockey told Kansas City’s FOX 4 News.

On Saturday, the Rockeys were honored by the Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a Christian group based in San Bernardino, California, as part of the organization’s 2015 Longest Married Couple Project. The title is based on nominations, so this does not make the pair the indisputable longest-married couple in the country — just the longest-married among the 375 nominees.

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The Rockeys — who tied the knot on December 29, 1933 — grew up just a couple blocks from each other in Hemingford, Nebraska. According to the Kansas City Star, their romance began one afternoon before a double date they had planned — but Alice was supposed to be going with another guy and Dale with another girl.

When the other girl was still at work, Dale Rockey pulled up in front of Alice’s house. She was sitting on the front porch.

“He came by and says, ‘You want to go for a ride?’” recalled Alice Rockey. “So we went for a ride, and that was our first date.”

The pair went on to have five sons, 15 grandkids, 28 great-grandkids and six great-great grandchildren.

When asked on Saturday, “Do you still love each other after all this time?”, Dale replied with a laugh, “You’re damn right!”

For more on their love story, watch the video above or head over to the Kansas City Star.

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Empire’s Costume Designer: “I Did Some Research on Woman Bosses Who Are Married to the Mob”

As of last week, superfan Nikki almost convinced me to log some quality time with OnDemand to catch up on Fox’s Empire, but with this peek into what goes into crafting the style of Taraji P. Henson‘s character, I’m probably going to shut down my laptop as soon as I’m done typing this and turn on the TV instead. The show’s costume designer Rita McGhee talked to Essence.com about Taraji’s character, Cookie, and what goes into her style.

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On who Cookie is:

“She’s bold and she’s fierce, but she’s also very vulnerable and she’s also a sexy boss. She’s a woman so she cares about her appearance, and she cares about herself and she cares about how she presents herself to the world.”

On what we can expect Cookie to wear:

“She likes bold colors, she likes loud colors. She likes all the animal prints, tigers, zebras. She likes the leathers, she likes the fur, she likes the loud colors. So she blings and she’s loud and ostentatious, but also in a way that’s just refined style.”

On her signature pieces:

“You see these music girls and Hollywood wives, they’re going to rock something different all the time. She has a fur that she may wear three times, but that’s one of many looks. She has a one-of-a-kind Gucci bag. She keeps it fresh and when she recycles it, it’s fabulous.”

On her fashion icons:

“Definitely Diana Ross and Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. I did some research on the style of woman bosses that are married to The Mob. Leading ladies who are with mobsters, boss ladies. She’s a combination of everyone, like a Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rita Ora. She’s music, she’s a mother, she’s fashion.”

On using pieces from real women in music:

“In Cookie’s closet we have clothes from different women in the industry, their own personal clothes that they let us use for the show. Janet Bailey, the first wife of Philip Bailey from Earth Wind and Fire, we have some of her furs. Monique Mosley, Timbaland’s wife, we have some of her personal clothes.”

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Are Reportedly Getting Married Tonight!

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8 Things Married Couples Get Wrong When It Comes To Sex

By Jillian Kramer, BRIDES

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“A healthy sex life is a key ingredient to a happy, loving, and lasting marriage,” says sex expert Nikki Ransom-Alfred. Yet, “after the excitement of the wedding day and settling into marriage, couples will often find that the quantity and quality of sex will take a downturn.” So what’s a married couple to do? Check out these eight things you’re likely doing wrong without even knowing it, and have fun correcting the problems beginning tonight!

You’re not doing the deed often enough.
“Sex is how you express love and desire for each other, and connects the two of you on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level,” Ransom-Alfred says. What’s more, when you orgasm, your brain releases dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin — the love hormone — that keeps you crazy about your guy. “Discuss with your partner how often he would like to have sex and then see how you two can compromise so that all parties are satisfied,” Ransom-Alfred suggests. Hint: The more often, the merrier you both will be.

You’re not openly discussing what you want.
“Couples are often embarrassed to discuss sex with each other, even though they have it with each other,” explains Ransom-Alfred. “Some are nervous to talk about their wants and desires for fear of being judged or turned down by the other.” Start by telling your significant other that discussion about sex and sexual desires are a safe zone. Then, “talk with each other about sex acts that you’ve always wanted to try, new sex positions, what turns you on, what turns you off, and more,” Ransom-Alfred says. “This will only enhance your sex life together and enhance your marriage overall.”

You’re playing it safe — and repetitive — when it comes to sex.
“It’s common to become so comfortable in our relationship that we neglect we need to keep our sex lives new, fresh and exciting,” says Ransom-Alfred. “Marriage is forever, and you can’t expect to have the same kind of sex for the rest of your lives. You will indeed get bored in the bedroom and that spells trouble for the marriage.” Ransom-Alfred suggests cracking open the Kama Sutra for inspiration and new positions you could try.

You’re wearing your sweats to bed.
“We definitely need to keep it sexy in the bedroom, whether we’ve been married for two months or two decades,” insists Ransom-Alfred. “Taking the time to be appealing for your partner shows them that you really care about them, about looking good for them and about your marriage.” Make it a habit to slip into something silky when you get under the sheets. “Or wear one of his T-shirts to bed if that’s what he finds sexy,” she says. Of course, you can also go naked, too, and we doubt your husband will complain!

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You’re not taking your time with foreplay.
“Discuss foreplay with your partner and ask what they like, what really gets them hot and also how long he wants foreplay,” suggests Ransom-Alfred. “Sexiness starts in the mind, so foreplay should begin well before taking your clothes off.”

You’re not spontaneous enough.
“Sex does not always have to happen at night, nor does it always have to be in the bedroom,” Ransom-Alfred says. “Keep things spontaneous by surprising your partner with a sex session in the morning, in the shower while you two are getting ready, or the middle of the day.” Another tip to keep things extra-hot? “Call your spouse right before lunch and have them meet you at home for a quickie!” she suggests.

You’re not making your bedroom a pleasant place to make love.
“Many couples do not realize it, but the décor in your room will have either a positive or negative effect on your mood,” explains Ransom-Alfred. “If your bedroom looks bland and boring, you will feel the same when you enter it. Your bedroom is your sensual space, so you want to feel sensual when you walk inside of it.” Up the sex factor in your personal space by investing in fresh flowers, scented candles and plush pillows that beckon for romance.

You’re not showing enough non-sexual affection.
“While a slap on the bottom or a sexual grope is hot, be sure to still show your partner affection and love in non-sexual ways such as hugging, massaging and holding them,” advises Ransom-Alfred. That kind of physical love and affection translates outside the bedroom, and last until your next sex session. “The more loved a spouse feels, the more open he or she will be sexually.”

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Oregon Fans Get Married In Rose Bowl Parking Lot Because They’re ‘Big Football Fans’

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Steven Twomey and Lisa DeFluri were set to have a beach wedding in Oregon in July. But when their beloved Oregon Ducks got a berth to the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl, they changed their plans.

Twomey and DeFluri were married Thursday at the tailgate party in Pasadena about 100 yards from the entrance to the stadium.

DeFluri said it just felt right. “We’re big football fans.”

The two 25-year-old teachers from Eugene were married by Twomey’s stepdad, who registered online to perform the ceremony. DeFluri’s parents couldn’t make it but they were able to watch via Skype.

There were plenty of Oregon fans stopping to congratulate the happy couple when they saw the green and gold arch and ‘just got hitched’ sign.

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Playing the Married Name Game

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After saying “I do” there’s a whirlwind of well wishes, honeymoon travel and settling into newlywed life. Typically as soon as the wedding ring is on her finger, a bride is inundated with questions about changing her name from everyone including well meaning relatives (ahem Mother-in-Laws), TSA, friends, and colleagues. You may be thinking “Why all the name change drama in 2014?” The truth of the matter is that name change has been and still is a highly charged topic.

Amal Alamuddin made major waves after she changed her name to Amal Clooney last month. Many feminists were outraged that a high profile international lawyer would take her spouse’s last name, while other women applauded what they saw as a romantic gesture. Regardless of what side they were on, the general public had an opinion on what should be a newlywed woman’s private decision on her name change.

Similarly, Michelle Nunn is facing controversy around keeping her maiden name after marriage. As a Democratic Senate candidate her competitors were voicing concerns that she kept her maiden name to cash in on the political goodwill associated with her father. There’s also speculation that Hillary didn’t take Clinton as a last name until her lack of name change was implicated as part of the reason Bill Clinton was not re-elected as Governor back in 1980.

With all of these high profile women dealing with name change turmoil, what is a newlywed to do? Follow this five steps to ensure that playing the married name game results in your perfect name:

  1. Know Your Options Today’s brides can opt to hyphenate their maiden name with their spouse’s, take two last names sans hyphen, take their maiden name as a middle name, take their spouse’s last name or keep their maiden name post marriage. The multitude of choices allow women to find the options that best suits them and their lifestyle.
  2. Understand State Laws The state you live in dictates what name change options are available to you, so it is important to research your state’s laws. For example, brides living in CA, WA, NJ and OH cannot take their maiden names as a middle name and brides living in NY and PA have to file their government forms in a specific sequence in order to do so.
  3. Consult Your Spouse Knowing your spouse’s thoughts on name change is a must. They may be adamant that you take their family name or they might offer to take yours. Starting newlywed life with open communication and compromise is the key to a happy marriage.
  4. Consider the Future Do you plan to have children and/or build a business off of your current name or career? Is it important that you have the same name as your family or to be recognized under your maiden name? Thinking about future plans can lend clarity to your name change choice and prevent years of regret.
  5. Be True to You At the end of the day, your name change is your choice. While it is wise to consider the various aspects of your life and relationship that may influence that choice, you need to make the decision that you feel most comfortable with. Remember you’re the person who will use that name for the rest of your life!

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This Is What It’s Really Like To Be Married

Agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone is a big decision, to say the least.

So many questions emerge when contemplating marriage: Is it worth it? What will our relationship look like in 20 years? Will our sex life die a horrible death?

Thankfully, a Reddit thread emerged Sunday asking users what it’s really like to be married, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Coming home is the best part of your day.
“You know on bad days all you want to do is come home, put on comfy clothes, order take out, maybe drink a few beers and watch TV with your cell phone shut off? Well, if you’re lucky, you have someone at home to enjoy that experience with you. Instead of them annoying you, you are glad you can be that comfortable with someone. It’s nice.”

2. Someone always has your back.
“Everyone’s marriage is unique, but we derive a lot of our relationship’s meaning from shared experiences. We love each other more because of what we have been through together, and what we are going to go through together in our future. There may be days that we don’t like each other, but when the chips are down we both always have someone who loves us and has our back.”

3. A (hopefully) thriving sex life.
“You always have someone to play games with, you don’t have to do all the cooking and chores by yourself, and lots of sex. It’s pretty great. :)”

4. Two people are better than one at facing life’s challenges.
“My wife is my best friend. It isn’t all sunshine and lollipops, it requires effort from both people. To me, the benefits of facing life with someone that you are compatible with makes it all worth while.”

5. You can be yourself without fear of judgement.
“With the right partner, it’s incredible. I love knowing that when I come home from work, my husband will be there to greet me with a smile and a hug (and maybe a snack). I can be myself around him and he never judges me.”

6. It’s like having your own personal superhero.
“Being married means I know someone always has my back. And I always have hers. Sometimes it feels like us against the world– but no matter what happens, it’s us against the world.”

7. Easy access to your BFF.
“It’s great! It’s like living with a best friend.”

8. You never have to put on a show.
“I married my wife because I feel like I am by myself when I am with her. What I mean is that I feel no need to be on. I don’t need to entertain or be funny or be sociable or any of the hundreds of exhausting things you have to be to function in society.”

9. The good outweighs the bad.
It’s having a partner in crime. If I want to do my own thing I can while he does his. It’s sharing, its work and it can be incredibly hard not to murder the other some days. But it’s wonderful. It’s completely worth every single argument and annoyance.”

10. Someone in the world loves you for exactly who you are.
“She loves me even though I’m not the best person – I love her because she is the best person.”

11. The rewards are endless.
“Best decision I ever made. As others have said, it’s frustrating and a lot of work at times but if you marry the right person it will be well worth the sacrifice. And the rewards will grow exponentially. The longer my wife and I are married, the better it is to married.”

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If We Weren’t Already Married, Would You Choose Me Again?

When I deal with married couples facing difficulties in their relationship, I know that the key to help them effectively resolve their current problem lies in finding the core of love they felt for each other when they began their relationship. If they can revisit the reasons they originally chose each other, they will automatically be more motivated to triumph over their current distress. Their answer to this specific question tells me what commitment energy is still available for us to work with.

“If you weren’t married right now, how likely would it be that you would choose each other again?”

It would be a welcome surprise if the answers were always a resounding “yes.” More often though, the question is met with a perfunctory reassurance that might not reflect what each really feels underneath. It is more probable that I’m going to see two once-beloved partners struggle to answer what each would want to hear, but may no longer be fully true.

Perhaps they haven’t asked each other how they have changed who they are inside or what they have wanted differently for a very long time. Maybe they haven’t even thought of the individual dreams each may have left behind in service of the parallel team they have become. Dealing with the challenges and unexpected pitfalls they’ve had to face, what if they’ve forgotten how to love each other above all else? If their common goals didn’t materialize because tragedies emerged, illnesses took their toll, or outside temptations threatened their mutual trust in each other, how has that affected their relationship?

Significant challenges might have given opportunities for renewing their prior closeness, but perhaps the stresses were too difficult or too many for them to hold on to what they once knew. Most probably, after each succeeding crisis, they were just glad to return to life as it was, back in the day-to-day groove they came to know as comfort.

You Are Not Alone

If you are one of these committed couples who have drifted far away from your initial vows to love and treasure each other forever and above all else, please understand that your current state is not unusual.

Most people marry with the best of intentions to live out their lives together. They believe that their love is strong enough to weather any and all challenges that life will bring, strong enough in their union that they will triumph over all odds.

A committed couple, who transforms too often from personal intimacy to parallel commitment, may inadvertently and unconsciously exchange their original love bond for a more platonic friendship. In leaning on each other to get through the tough times, they can easily forget to recreate what brought them together in the first place.

As that parallel orientation becomes habitual, the original sweetness that made them pledge their hearts together can easily fall away without their knowing. Habits and rituals have replaced innovation and discovery. Compromise has suppressed individuality. The lure of secure predictability has become a way of life.

On the surface, this established couple may seem to have found a time-worn compatibility to be proud of, but underneath there may be a different story. They may have forgotten so much of what they once deeply knew about each other, or what may have changed dramatically inside that is no longer shared. Whatever newness, discovery, adventure, and exploration they had for themselves, each other, and the world when love was new has given way to doing whatever they can to make the relationship work.

If you ask them whether they still love each other, they will say, “of course.” If you ask them how their relationship is doing, they will say, “as good as you can expect, considering the challenges we’ve faced.” If you asked them, instead, “Given the chance to do your relationship over, what would you change?” and they were honest, you might hear stories about long-lost dreams that did not materialize, or decisions that they wish they could have made differently.

If you then ask them how they might make their relationship become more alive, passionate, and exciting, you might hear “I don’t know,” “That would be nice, but it’s okay the way it is,” or “I’m not sure.” It would be clear that they are not necessarily unhappy, but it is a far cry from what they felt at the altar place when they committed themselves to a lifetime together.

The couple is deeply entrenched in practicality and security, but their romantic connection has diminished. Even as their answers state the status quo, there are hopefully two people somewhere deep inside who once loved each other more passionately and are wishing desperately that the other will notice their fading light.

How can couples who have substituted comfort and predictability restore the significant connection they once knew and promised to each other? What tools can they use to prevent losing each other in the first place or find each other again if they are too far apart?

Prevention: Yearly Check-ins and Renewed Commitments

Every year of every love relationship, it would be ideal if intimate partners would take stock of what they wanted to happen during that year and whether or not they are on track. They could re-assess what changes have happened to each of them internally and inter-personally and whether they need to change some of their expectations. They would openly and honestly face any disappointments either partner might be feeling and how they could be addressed. They would make certain that their intimate connection stayed intact regardless of the outside challenges they might be facing. They would remember who they were when they pledged their forever love and would be willing to do whatever they needed to feel that way again.

Then, they would ask each other the crucial question: “What would I need to do or become today that would make you want to marry me again?”

As if in a new beginning, each partner would immediately make the other’s request of utmost importance and instantly begin making plans together to implement them. Willing to make each other front and center again, the couple would together strive to foresee potential disconnects and head them off before they gathered steam. They could help each other view the past year and evaluate what they had done, what resources were depleted in the process, and what they needed to do to repair any damage.

Repair: If You Need to Love more Deeply Again

If you love each other still but have forgotten how to show it to each other, begin with writing down the answers to each of these questions. Do that separately first before sharing them with your partner. Take your time and answer each one as completely and honestly as you can.

Before you share your answers, look deeply into each other’s eyes for five full minutes before you speak. During that time, ask yourself silently that, of this were the last time you would ever see each other, what would you feel? Hopefully, it would be great sadness.

If so, this exercise will prepare you to share and receive your authentic answers from each other with consideration and kindness, and begin your commitment to love each other more deeply again.

1) What did you most love about me when we married?
2) Why did you think I chose you?
3) What were your dreams then for us?
4) What have you felt have been some of our most precious moments over the years?
5) What experiences have pushed us apart?
6) What do you still love most about me?
7) How would you like me or our relationship to be different?
8) What do you need from me now to feel more treasured?
9) If you could have any kind of future with me now, what would it be like?
10) Would you like us to have more time alone together, and, if so, doing what?
11) Can you tell me your innermost thoughts and feelings? If not, what would that take?
12) If our relationship were to end, how would you be?
13) What are your disappointments in our relationship?
14) What good things have happened to us that you didn’t expect?
15) What would make you feel more alive and excited about your life?

This exercise is an opportunity for re-doing your wedding vows based on a long-term relationship of shared history and a much deeper knowledge of who you both have become. Whatever aspects emerge will be the foundations for change because you now have the best of a new beginning along with the lessons from the past. Hold on to all that is still sacred, leave behind what no longer is helpful, and commit to a new, re-ignited future.

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Dave Coulier Got Married And His Wedding Was A ‘Full House’ Reunion

Congrats to Dave Coulier and Melissa Bring!

The couple tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Paradise Valley, Montana on July 2, and the guest list was full of familiar faces (because you know Joey Gladstone would never get married with out Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis by his side).

Yes, Coulier’s wedding was practically a “Full House” reunion with former co-stars Bob Saget, Candance Cameron Bure, John Stamos, and Andrea Barber all in attendance. And while even the show’s creator Jeff Franklin was there to witness the 54-year-old actor’s big day, there were a few members of the Tanner family who were missing. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who shared the role of Michelle, were not present for the festivities, nor was Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie.

While the whole cast didn’t make it out to the wedding, it looks like those who did had a wonderful time:


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13 Secrets Of Happily Married Couples

It’s often said that marriage is a lot of work — so it’s refreshing to hear from couples who not only figured out how to make their love last, but are having an awesome time doing it.

On Sunday, a Redditor posed the question, “Why are you still married?” The replies, from real-life couples who are just as in love now as when they said “I do,” give a glimpse into the makings of a lasting marriage.

Below, 13 secrets of happily married couples:

1. They trust each other.

“We don’t judge each other. We trust each other. We don’t have one of those wild tempestuous marriages. No one will ever write a book about us and there will never be a Lifetime movie based on our relationship. But I am in exactly the kind of relationship I have always wanted.”

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2. They take the good with the bad and become stronger for it.

“We are coming up on 19 years next week. I am still married because I totally respect him for how he has held my hand through the bad times. The good times were good, but the bad times were 10x worse. His friendship and commitment never wavered.”

3. They respect each other.

“Married for 39 years. Why? I still get that funny warm feeling in my stomach when I hear his car drive into the driveway. He treats me with respect and he’s a hell of a lot of fun on a road trip.”

4. They’re honest with each other.

“11 years together, two years married … he provides me support when I need it and tells me when to ‘suck it up, princess’. He deals with all of my family bullshit and brings me ice cream … he gives the best hugs and is amazing in bed.”

5. They find joy in the little things.

“He’s the person I most want to hang out with whether it’s going out eat, acting like an idiot at a concert, or just sitting together watching TV. And he feels the same way about me. It’s great. No matter what life throws us (and it’s thrown a lot so far!), we always know we will be there for each other.”

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6. They embrace each other’s differences.

“I love being married. My wife and I are opposites. I am impulsive, she is detailed. I am aggressive she is reserved. Together we are like a fucking superhero, winning and conquering all!”

7. Sure, they argue, but they always fight fair.

“[My husband] never has unkind words for me, even when he’s upset. It means the world to me that we can ‘argue’ and still say ‘I love you.'”

8. They have fun, even when doing absolutely nothing at all.

“The most important thing starting out was that we loved being with each other. We made each other laugh. We could do something or nothing and have a great time because we were together. We just fit.”

9. They cheer each other on.

“Married for 25 years. She is a force of nature, all 104 pounds of her. This woman does everything, sings like an angel, dances, cooks, mixes cement, lays tiles, does woodworking, quilts, builds mosaics, gardens, runs her own restaurant and bed and breakfast. She is so alive. She lights up the room every time she walks in with her joy.”

10. They love each other — flaws and all.

“[My wife] made a man out of a mess. She allowed me to make mistakes without hating me for it … she loves me when no one else does … she made me whole.”

11. They feel lucky that they found each other.

“We’ve been together for 10, married for three. He is literally the best person I have ever known. I would do anything for him. We make each other ridiculously happy, it’s kind of gross … We play video games together, go climbing together, cook together, you name it. Sometimes I cannot believe how lucky I am because this relationship is so damn easy.”

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12. They support each other.

“[My husband] is so supportive in everything I do. He lifts me up when I’m down, always encourages me when I feel discouraged and when I need to talk about my feelings, he’s always there to listen. I mean it when I say I married my best friend.”

13. They understand that “in sickness and in health” is more than a phrase — it’s a promise.

“We’ve been married nine years, together for 13. Eight years ago I became significantly disabled. We were a two income house and I took care of pretty much everything at home. And then I couldn’t work anymore. I couldn’t cook or clean. I couldn’t do our grocery shop or pay our bills. I know he didn’t think he could do it, but he does it all. He finished his PhD while still working and having to do all the housework and even down to having to bathe me when I couldn’t … He’s a remarkable man and I adore him.”

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’19 Kids And Counting’ Star Jill Duggar Gets Married To Fiance Derick Dillard

Jill Duggar, one of the stars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” went from being a Duggar to a Dillard on Saturday, June 21.

The second daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, 23-year-old Jill Duggar married fiance Derick Dillard this weekend in her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas. Much of the Duggar family took part in the wedding, as five of Jill’s sisters were her bridesmaids, five brothers were ushers, a brother and a nephew were ring-bearers, and her sisters and a niece were flower girls.

The newlyweds waited until their engagement, which was back in April, to hold hands and saved their first kiss for after they each said, “I do.” The bride’s parents told People magazine it was an emotional time to realize that their married daughter would now be leaving home. Her sister Jinger mentioned how great Derek is for Jill saying, “I couldn’t have picked a better person for my sister. We are going to miss her so much.”

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Almost Every Comedian You Love Is In The Trailer For ‘Jason Nash Is Married’

Here’s a combo you don’t often get in a trailer: cameos by tons of comedians you know and love PLUS some truly sage advice about marriage (“One person eats shit and the other person soars like a bird feeding off the lost dreams of the first person…”).

And who do we have to thank for it? Titular comedian, Jason Nash.

Nash wrote and directed “Jason Nash Is Married” based on his web series of the same name and packed it with an amazing cast that includes Busy Philipps, H. Jon Benjamin, Rob Corddry, Andrew Daly, David Koechner, TJ Miller, Patton Oswalt, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Andy Richter, Paul Scheer, Nick Swardson, Paul F. Tompkins, Matt Walsh and Casey Wilson.

The film is the first feature to be released by Comedy Central’s CC:Studios and it will be available for download on June 24.

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New Survey Sheds Light On What Married Couples Fight About Most

It is said that money is the root of all evil, so it’s no surprise that married couples fight over money more than any other subject, according to a new survey.

Money Magazine polled 1,010 married adults ages 25 and over with household incomes above $ 50,000 to find out how couples manage their finances once they’ve tied the knot.

Survey results showed that 70 percent of couples argued about money more than household chores, togetherness, sex, snoring and what’s for dinner.

So what exactly are those financial fights all about?

Couples cited frivolous purchases, household budgeting and credit card debt as the biggest sources of friction.

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The survey also revealed that husbands are happiest when their wives earn the same amount or more money than they do. Men with high-earning wives also reported hotter sex lives.

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Now for the not-so-fun facts: 60 percent of husbands and wives said they check their bank accounts more than they have sex and 22 percent said they hide purchases from their spouses.

Head over to Money.com for the full report.

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This Married Couple Knows Each Other A Little Too Well (PHOTO)

After 32 years of marriage, couples are bound to start thinking alike.

This couple certainly is. A redditor posted this photo Monday with the caption, “My parents got each other the same Valentine’s Day card by accident.”

The long-married spouses were 240 miles apart at the time the cards were bought, the Redditor explained, so they didn’t buy them at the same store.

At least they can agree who the “fartsy” spouse is!

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You’re Married. Now What? How to Say ‘I Do’ to a Solid Financial Future Together

“I do.”

Remember when you spoke those words at your wedding? Perhaps it was in front of family and friends. Or maybe it was just the two of you on a beach or in front of a justice of the peace.

Do you recall the tears streaming down your face as you looked into your partner’s eyes, knowing that this was the person you’d committed to spend the rest of your life with, until death you do part?

At that moment, you probably weren’t thinking about savings and checking accounts, stocks and other investments or credit scores. You were thinking, “This is the happiest day of my life.”

Well, not so fast.

While being married has put you in a state of bliss, you need to come down off of your cloud for a minute and have a conversation with your partner about finances. In fact, I’d love to help you and your partner secure a solid and happy financial future together, now and forever. Just follow these tips.

How to Say “I Do” to a Solid Financial Future Together

1. Review bank accounts, credit scores and credit card statements.

Gather your bank statements, credit scores and credit card statements and compare notes. How much money do the both of you have? What are your credit scores? What are your credit card balances? Review all of this information. And if one of you has a lower credit score than the other, it’s a good idea to create a plan to raise the credit score. How? First, stop using your credit cards! Second, double your monthly payments, if you can. It’s important that you and your partner are on the same page when it comes to finances.

2. Create a monthly budget, and stick to it.

Creating a budget is super easy. You can either grab a pen and paper or use a software program. You’ll want to include the following:

  • Rent/mortgage
  • Insurance: car, home and/or renters
  • Expenses: utilities (gas, electric and water and sewer) and phone
  • Car payment (if any)
  • Grocery
  • Child support (if any)
  • Child’s school (if any)
  • Adult education
  • Entertainment
  • Cable (or another provider)
  • Internet
  • Cell/mobile phone
  • Other

After you’ve created your budget, review it together and make necessary adjustments. See where you can cut back. If you can’t adjust the figures, make sure you stick to your monthly budget, no matter what.

3. Review investment portfolios monthly.

If you have investment portfolios, sit down with your financial advisor/manager and discuss how you can make changes to increase your investments and/or diversify. For example, if you’ve been playing it safe, you may want to look into more aggressive stocks. On the flip side, if you’ve been too aggressive, you may want to rethink your strategy and be more conservative. Your financial manager will help you choose the best investment options.

4. Compare salaries and know when to ask for a raise.

How much do you make? If you’ve been working your way up the company ladder and earn a healthy salary, congratulations! But if you’ve been working and haven’t received a raise or don’t think you’ve received a raise that is worthy of you and your work, you may want to approach your boss and ask for a raise. While this may scare you, it can be done — the right way. Do not be confrontational. Point out your contributions and market value. If your boss pushes back, gently remind him/her of your results. If the answer is “No,” either accept it or look for another job.

5. Choose a monthly amount to deposit into a separate savings account.

Now, more than ever, it is important to have an emergency fund. Why? Because you don’t know what could happen now or in the future. You or your partner could get laid off from work, permanently lose your job, need to take care of an aging parent or sick child, or experience another life-altering event. Establishing a monthly amount to be deposited into a savings account that is not to be touched is a must. You may not want to do it, but you need to do this, now.

6. Live within your means.

Your mom and dad may have told you to live within your means. Did you listen? If not, it’s time to start listening. Whenever you’re about to purchase something, ask, “Do I need or want this?” If you don’t need (fill in the blank), why do you want it? Make sure you have a good answer. If you don’t need (fill in the blank), don’t buy it. Why? Because you may have buyer’s remorse or you could find a better deal at another store or online; keep your options open.

7. Start investing.

If you don’t have an investment portfolio, you and your partner may want to hire a financial advisor. It’s never too late to invest. Here’s a tip: Go through your home and look at the products you bought. Find the company and/or brand name and conduct an online search to see if they’re on the NYSE or NASDAQ. Research, i.e. has the stock gone up or down? Ask your financial advisor about the fluidity (money flows, hardly any debt) of the companies. If the companies are solid, consider purchasing their stock. You may want to look into real estate investing. However, you must be ready and prepared to be a landlord. You may consider “fixing and flipping” homes, but this takes some skill. Plus, when you start tearing down walls, you may find problems like faulty electrical work that you didn’t anticipate. Consult a professional real estate investor before you buy an investment property. But whatever you do, start investing, now.

8. Get a side job or start a business.

Okay, so you and your partner work 40 or more hours per week and may not have time for a side job. However, you can earn extra money doing what you love. For example, do you like to bake? Consider opening an online cupcake business. You could specialize in gluten-free and vegan cupcakes or offer customers specific cupcakes, e.g. red velvet and chocolate. Maybe your partner is a fantastic artist. He/she could create paintings and sell them online. You may find that both you and your partner have a knack for running your own business. You could eventually quit your day jobs.

9. Sell your stuff.

Now that you’re married, go through all of your stuff and get rid of what you haven’t used in a year or more. Toss out anything that is worn out, but sell everything that is gently used. Why? Because you can earn extra money and deposit it into your emergency savings account; every little bit helps.

10. Keep the lines of communication open.

Most important is to keep communicating with one another. Do not shut down if your partner makes a mistake, i.e. charges a pair of $ 500 shoes. Sure, you may not be happy about it, but it’s not the end of the world. Calmly speak about the importance of creating a solid financial future together. If you need help, seek counseling from a marriage or financial counselor or both. Whatever you do, do not throw your marriage away at the first bump you have. It won’t be 100 percent perfect all of the time. And remember: Sometimes, marriage isn’t like a merry-go-round; it’s more like a roller coaster. And if you think about it, what’s more fun? A ride that goes around and around or one that’s filled with thrills and chills?

To secure a solid financial future, you and your partner need to be willing to be honest about finances and hopefully were on the same page before you got married.

If you save $ 100, a month that’s $ 1,200 a year plus some interest; multiply that by two years and that’s $ 2,400 with some interest. After a few years, you could take some of the money, invest it and triple, maybe even quadruple your investment. Your financial manager can assist you with this.

Having a solid financial future together is closer to possible than you think.


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‘Big Bang Theory’ Recap: Penny’s Married?!

The problem with big swings is sometimes you hit a home run and other times strike out. Maybe a football metaphor would be more appropriate for tonight’s “Big Bang Theory.” The problem with Hail Mary passes is sometimes you complete and score a touchdown and other times the ball lands yards away from the receiver. Bringing all the characters together for what felt like a big Thanksgiving episode and then making Penny married on top of all that felt like a big swing Hail Mary combination — and it didn’t hit a grand slam or reach the end zone. That’s not to say the episode didn’t have its highlights. It just didn’t all come together.

Do I find it plausible that when Penny and Zach were dating they had a drunken holiday in Vegas and got married by a fake Elvis? Yes, I find that entirely plausible. Do I find it plausible that Penny would think Vegas weddings aren’t real? Absolutely not. The entire premise of the episode’s A-story is comical but broad and flimsy. One would have to be really dumb and have little cultural awareness for this to ring true. It’s another example of the writers stretching her stupidity to its breaking point, and while it can be funny at times, it ruins her credibility. As frustrating and neurotic as Leonard is (and he is very), Penny doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on when she gets angry. Her mistake is so hair brained and epic, any anger comes across as false. Paired with Leonard’s extreme reaction, it equals a whole bunch of off-putting behavior.

This is all cut somewhat when Zach arrives, as he’s humorously less intelligent than everyone else (and he gets a few good jokes in). But it’s not enough. By the episode’s end, it was a lot of high concept story with little payoff. Penny and Leonard’s reconciliation is swift in the spirit of the holiday — and true to “Big Bang Theory” — but vague and inconsequential. Will Penny and Leonard get married someday? Probably. Did this episode bring them closer together or farther apart as a couple? It did neither.

Meanwhile, various shenanigans are happening on the fringes of this story. In a somewhat meandering, yet eventually humorous subplot, Sheldon starts out the episode dreading going to Wolowitz’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving. (He compares his plight to African American slavery in a series of three jokes all told in poor taste.) But he ends up bonding with Bernadette’s father Mike over football and making fun of Howard. It’s fun to watch Parsons play drunk and see Sheldon’s gridiron knowledge again (introduced in season three episode six). On the other hand, the humor at the expense of Howard’s daddy issues is more problematic, as it undermines the superb episodes from last season that tackled his problems. Bernie’s father as the straight man among all the crazy was a good touch. The show mined a lot of comedy out of throwing him into that dynamic. Amy’s reaction to Sheldon’s slap on the butt too was a winning moment, thanks to Mayim Bialik.

Then you have Raj cooking and Howard’s mother upstairs and the episode begins to feel stuffed. These runners were tolerable and worked once or twice, but made the half-hour feel scattered. Putting all the characters in one place and letting the sparks fly should have worked like gangbusters for “Big Bang,” but its aspirations ended up being the episode’s biggest failure. Little moments and jokes broke through but this wasn’t up to par with stronger recent installments. But sometimes Thanksgiving can be dysfunctional, so who can blame them? Now let’s go throw around the pigskin … as long as this isn’t a kosher household.

“The Big Bang Theory” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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5 Good Reasons To Get Married While You’re Young, According To Research

The average age for Americans getting married has reached a historic high — 27 for women and 29 for men — a jump from the 1990 average marrying age of 23 for women and 26 for men.

While delaying marriage has advantages — a lower divorce rate, higher income for women and fewer and less intense arguments between spouses — studies show there also may be benefits to tying the knot before age 30. (However, there is such a thing as marrying too young. Research shows that marriages beginning when a woman is 18 are twice as likely to end in divorce as those beginning when she is 22.)

Below are five reasons to get married in your 20s.

1. It could make you happier.
According to the National Marriage Project’s 2013 “Knot Yet” report, the highest percentage of people ages 20 to 28 who consider themselves “highly satisfied” with their lives are married, as opposed to single or cohabiting. What’s more, the largest number of women who described their marriage as “very happy” tied the knot when they were 24 to 26. A 2010 study found that “the greatest indicated likelihood of being in an intact marriage of the highest quality is among those who married at ages 22–25.”

2. You’ll make more money (at least if you’re a man).
An analysis of American Community Survey data from 2008 to 2010 revealed that among men in their mid-30s, those who married in their 20s had the highest levels of personal income. Economists have found, in general, that married men earn more than single men — even when you control for other factors like age and education.

3. You’ll have more sex.
Couples who marry in their 20s tend to have more frequent sex than those who marry later. In a 2011 paper, Dana Rotz of Harvard University wrote that “a four year increase in age at marriage is associated with a couple having sex about one time less per month.” What’s more, married people as a whole have more sex than their single counterparts. The sooner you marry, the more time you’ll be spending between the sheets.

4. You’ll drink less alcohol.
A 2012 study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior found that married and engaged young adults reported lower frequency of drunkenness than those who are not in a serious romantic relationship. “Marriage and engagement likely carry with them a heightened sense of responsibility and obligation and a less active social calendar, which leads to less drunkenness,” the study’s authors wrote. Laying off alcohol has many health benefits, including weight loss, better sleep, better skin and a reduced risk of some cancers.

5. There’s nothing to be gained from waiting — if you think you’re ready.
We certainly aren’t advocating a rush to the altar, but if you feel like you’re prepared for that next step, go for it. Research says there’s no advantage to delaying marriage just for the sake of delaying it. A 2010 study by sociologists Norval Glenn and Jeremy Uecker states that “A 25-year-old person who meets an excellent marriage prospect would be ill-advised to pass up that opportunity only because he/she feels not yet at the ideal age for marriage. Furthermore, delaying marriage beyond the mid-twenties will lead to the loss during a portion of young adulthood of any emotional and health benefits that a good marriage would bring.”

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Getting Married Could Boost The Economy, Says Gallup Poll

Want to do your part to help America’s economy? Get married.

A recent Gallup poll says that married Americans spend more money than their single counterparts, which means if more people got hitched, the economy could benefit as a result.

According to the poll — based on telephone interviews with over 135,000 Americans aged 18 and older — married Americans reported spending $ 102 on average per day. That number dropped to $ 98 for those in domestic partnerships, $ 74 for divorcees, $ 67 per day for single and never married people and $ 62 for widows and widowers.

In the report, Gallup attributed married couples’ spending habits to the fact that they tend to have higher incomes.

Jay Zagorsky, a research scientist at Ohio State University who has studied wealth trends by marital status, told Today.com earlier this year that married couples had about four times the wealth of those who had never tied the knot. And the same story cited U.S. Census data that found that, “In 2010 the median net worth for a married couple between the ages of 55 and 64 was $ 261,405. That compares to $ 71,428 for a man heading a household, and $ 39,043 for a woman heading a household.”

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Speak Up With Jimmy: Project Runway’s Bradon McDonald on Getting Married and Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

In this episode of Speak Up With Jimmy, I speak with Project Runway finalist Bradon McDonald about getting married. After winning a challenge with guest judge Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who launched the Tie the Knot organization to support marriage equality), Bradon was inspired to propose on the show to his longtime boyfriend Josh. Bradon talks about plans for the wedding, changing people’s minds about same-sex marriage, and the power of expressing love.

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