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  1. From This Day: After 16 years, couple ready to tango for life

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    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.
  2. From This Day: Life's an adventure for this couple

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    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.
  3. Wedding tradition of saving 'anniversary cake' requires care

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    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 …

  4. From This Day: From spontaneous kiss to matrimony

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    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.
  5. From This Day: Their paths finally crossed

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    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.
  6. St. Petersburg muralist Bask proposes to girlfriend by screaming 'it off the rooftop, literally'

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    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]
  7. For fans, college football poses wedding dilemma

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Emily Younker isn't getting married until next year, but she's already made sure the date doesn't conflict with college football and sent one invitation: to Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Angela Hall and Brandan Teague met through a love of sports, especially college football. They married June 7 in Clearwater with Florida State’s Chief Osceola and Auburn Tigers toys.
  8. From This Day: Gambling on each other

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    SAFETY HARBOR — Meeting someone on the Internet is always a gamble, but Terry Kuhn and Jennifer Miller are born risk takers.

    Jennifer Miller and Terry Kuhn were married at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa on Aug. 23.
  9. From This Day: Couple connect through love of sports

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    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — It's amazing Brandan Teague didn't pull a muscle straining to stare at Angela Hall working out at the University of Tampa gym.

    Since he first saw Angela Hall in the gym, Brandan Teague was her biggest fan. The couple connected through a love of sports, especially college football.
  10. Say 'I don't' to these wedding trends

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    Maybe the simulated lap dance by the bridal party at a reception gave you pause. You probably cringed when you saw the bride and groom request money through a Facebook wedding invitation. Or you might have suffered whiplash after seeing the picture of a bride who tanned so much that she appeared to be an Oompa …