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Wedding planner Amanda Morris incorporated the 4-year-old daughter of a Chicago area couple into their wedding in a variety of ways. One was this semi-sweetheart table, in which the little girl sat between her mother and father during the reception. Signs reading “I’m hers,” “I’m theirs” and “I’m his” decorated the chair backs. Photos by Courtesy of the Pros

Couples find new ways to include their kids in the wedding

When Angelina Jolie wed Brad Pitt in one of the most publicized nuptials of the 21st century, she wore a jaw-dropping silk and satin gown designed by Donatella Versace. Embroidered on her floor-length veil were colorful drawings by the couple's six children. One even read "Buttock Fatock." Eldest sons Maddox and Pa …

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  1. What to expect when you're invited to your first same-sex wedding

    Relationships

    "Cousin Delroy is getting married …" says the family patriarch to his clan, "to a man … which is crazy!" Despite the gasps, he announces he's bringing in Gary, a gay weddings expert, who tries to calm the anxiety-ridden relatives by explaining, "A gay wedding is just like a straight wedding," before being …

    Certain wedding traditions, especially those based on gender roles, are often not a part of same-sex ceremonies.
  2. From this Day: a couple, right off the bat

    Relationships

    ST. PETERSBURG — His profile on eHarmony.com mentioned baseball, and Betsy Dunn thought they would have at least that in common.

    Betsy Dunn and Gary Bozich were married Nov. 26, 2014, on Limetree Beach in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  3. From This Day: Stacey Endicott and Paul Raspitizi

    Relationships

    ST. PETE BEACH — Paul Raspitizi knelt in front of his new wife, Stacey Endicott, and playfully reached up her gown for her garter — receiving a fake kick for his efforts.

    Stacey Endicott, 34, and Paul Raspitzi, 30, of Riverview married Nov. 22 at the Grand Plaza Hotel in St. Pete Beach.
  4. Couples find new ways to include their kids in the wedding

    Relationships

    When Angelina Jolie wed Brad Pitt in one of the most publicized nuptials of the 21st century, she wore a jaw-dropping silk and satin gown designed by Donatella Versace. Embroidered on her floor-length veil were colorful drawings by the couple's six children. One even read "Buttock Fatock."

    Wedding planner Amanda Morris incorporated the 4-year-old daughter of a Chicago area couple into their wedding in a variety of ways. One was this semi-sweetheart table, in which the little girl sat between her mother and father during the reception. Signs reading “I’m hers,” “I’m theirs” and “I’m his” decorated the chair backs.
  5. From This Day: After 16 years, couple ready to tango for life

    Relationships

    The year was 1998. Desiree Munera moved to Clearwater that summer. Her father had died, and she came up from Fort Lauderdale to be nearer to her mother, Minerva.

    Desiree Munera and Victor Crichton married at Cay Pointe Villas in Indian Rocks Beach.
  6. From This Day: Life's an adventure for this couple

    Relationships

    PALM HARBOR — With only seven days to go before the wedding they'd been planning for two years, Denise "Dee" Rea and Justin Coté were both in a moment of crisis.

    Denise “Dee” Rea and Justin Coté married Oct. 31 in a steampunk-themed wedding at the home of Coté’s parents in Lutz.
  7. Wedding tradition of saving 'anniversary cake' requires care

    Relationships

    WASHINGTON — The face my husband made after I offered up a forkful of wedding cake was like the one a child makes when offered a first taste of an unfamiliar food. A wrinkling of the eyes, lips slightly pursed, his twitching nose betraying the search for comprehension of what this aroma was, exactly.

    "Pork …

  8. From This Day: From spontaneous kiss to matrimony

    Relationships

    TAMPA — She went with a couple of girlfriends; he flew to the Bahamas with a buddy. By Saturday afternoon, they were part of a pack of 20 Tampa singles lounging around the Atlantis resort, drinking, splashing, gambling. And kissing.

    Photo from Michelle Pattee Photography Renier Gobea took Michelle Burrell to Havana to see where he grew up, to meet relatives he hadnÕt seen in 30 years... and to ask her to marry him. The south Tampa couple wed Sept. 26, 2014 at the Durham Ranch in Napa Valley.
  9. From This Day: Their paths finally crossed

    Relationships

    ST. PETERSBURG — They'd both been in long-term relationships that had ended. Hope trumped experience, and they turned to the Internet.

    Byron and Lori Spradlin included their Labrador retriever, Hank, in the wedding party.
  10. St. Petersburg muralist Bask proposes to girlfriend by screaming 'it off the rooftop, literally'

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    The day started like every other Saturday. Early riser Dana Hershkowitz, 27, jumped on the bed to wake her grumpy-in-the-morning boyfriend, Ales Bask Hostomsky, 37. He goes by Bask, and you have probably seen his murals all around downtown St. Petersburg.

    Dana Hershkowitz, 27, says "yes" with a kiss for local artist Ales Bask Hostomsky, 37, in front of a banner he had unfurled to surprise her during a morning walk Saturday, November 8, 2014 in downtown St. Petersburg. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]