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  1. Groom's cakes see rise in popularity and creativeness


    Baseball stadiums, poker chips and racks of saucy ribs don't usually come to mind when you think "wedding." But these manly pursuits have found their way to the dessert table through a new breed of groom's cake that is more elaborate and personal than ever.

  2. From This Day: Newlyweds say they quickly realized they were soul mates


    The ring was wooden but it carried his whole heart.

    Todd and Monica Stanley, in a wedding day portrait, realized soon after they met that they have surprising things in common, including birthdays a week apart and mothers of the same name.
  3. Love Notes: Photographs capture the happiness of a couple in love


    Shipra Panosian Photography

    Katie DeArmon, 22, and Jake Ford, 22, of Clearwater. Married Oct. 8, 2011.

  4. Plan for a honeymoon that doesn't break the bank


    Beach honeymoons are popular with newlyweds at any time of year, but they often come with a prohibitive price tag. Couples who share an adventurous spirit can enjoy frugal waterfront fun with these simple strategies.

    Looking for outdoor fun? Consider a day trip to Fort Jefferson, part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. Fort Jefferson, about 70 miles off Key West, is accessible by ferry, seaplane or private watercraft.
  5. Love Notes: For these two couples, marriage is worth the wait


    Joan Lawton, 57, and George Buzby, 56, of Port Richey. Married Sept. 10, 2011.

  6. Odessa newlyweds already withstanding the test of time


    On the middle school bus he asked her to wear his Swatch watch. Eric Smothers had never met a girl like Holly James. She was bright and bubbly. He felt good being around her.

    Holly and Eric Smothers of Odessa tied the knot on the beach in Key West. The couple’s history goes back to middle school, when Eric asked Holly to wear his Swatch watch — and she did. She still has the Swatch, and wore it for some of the photographs that were taken after the two wed.
  7. Love Notes: A match made on bicycles


    Linda Osmundson, 62, and Maurice Kurtz, 58, of St. Petersburg. Married Aug. 20, 2011.

  8. From This Day: Couple create a Florida-China love link


    One day four years ago, Bill Nelson logged on to for the first time.

    Bill Nelson proposed by FedEx, but in August he put the ring on Mei Hong’s finger himself in Madeira Beach.
  9. For cheaper wedding, tie knot off-season, do more yourself


    In this rough economy, brides and grooms are scaling back the cost of their weddings. In the first six months of the year, the average cost of a wedding was around $21,000, down from nearly $24,000 in 2010. But the special day can be done for less, according to Cara Davis, author of Cheap Ways to Tie the Knot

  10. Love Notes: Her one and only love

    Human Interest

    Alexis Affleck, 22, and Joe Price, 23, of Clearwater. Married Sept. 4, 2011.