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.
ST. PETERSBURG — They'd both been in long-term relationships that had ended. Hope trumped experience, and they turned to the Internet.
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.
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.
SAFETY HARBOR — Meeting someone on the Internet is always a gamble, but Terry Kuhn and Jennifer Miller are born risk takers.
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.
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 …
ST. PETE BEACH — Misty Myers turned to face the crowd of nearly 200 at the Alden Beach Resorts on the arm of her new husband, Franklin "F.M." Hendry, and found an archway of raised sabers lining the aisle.
As youngsters living in a tight-knit community, Jaclyn Raulerson and Jarod Dicks certainly knew each other.
When I was little and would dream about my big day marrying whichever member of 'N Sync I was most in love with that week, my wedding outfit always looked the same in my imagination: pristine white ball gown, long flowing veil, towering high heels, crusty hair-sprayed updo.