Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Christopher and Kahmari Ellis

By : Tiffany Razzano
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As Christopher Ellis waited for the SkyConnect to take him from Tampa International Airport’s main terminal to the gate of his California-bound flight in November 2018, he paused when he overheard a guy exiting the tram discussing “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“This piqued my interest. Being an ex-bartender at Flamingo Resort, I know some of the girls,” he says.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Ruth George and Liz Lopez

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For Liz Lopez, networking is a way of life. The Keystone Mastermind Alliance co-founder and CEO loves to connect with new people.

That’s why when Arizona native Ruth George moved to St. Petersburg in Sept. 2011 and joined the Good Old Girl Network, a meet-up group geared toward professional lesbians, she was the first to reach out to her. “Naturally, I’m the welcome wagon,” Lopez says.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Dawn & Christye Greene

By : Aaron Drake
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“We met like most,” Dawn Greene says about meeting her wife Christye Greene. “Online. She messaged me. She had a 10-mile radius search on her profile and thankfully I had used a different city in my profile, because at the time we met we were 30 miles apart. She says I was the only girl she messaged.”

Dawn, formerly Koch, is from Boise, Idaho, and Christye is from Lexington, Ky. “I decided to take her name and am now officially Mrs. Dawn Greene,” she says. “For me that was an easy decision, as a way to close the book on my previous life and move forward with my wife.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Jamie DeHay & Jay Hawkins

By : Aaron Drake
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Jamie DeHay and husband Jay Hawkins really knew how to make an entrance to their wedding—by seaplane.

“Because the wedding venue was located on a lake and to go along with our travel theme, we arrived to the wedding by seaplane—underscored by ‘Game of Thrones’ theme music—to the surprise of the guests, who all assumed we would be coming by boat or jet ski,” says DeHay. “It was by far the most thrilling and memorable part of the wedding.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Harmony & Angela Moorehead

By : Aaron Drake
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“They say that love at first sight can be a cheesy statement,” Harmony Moorehead says. “I had always hoped for that but deep down never thought it would happen.” Then she fell head over heels for her wife, Angie. “When I stepped out of the car that day and Angie pulled me into her arms, I knew at that very second I would marry her one day.”

“It was over the whole course of that first weekend we spent together,” Angie says. “Every second was like a too-good-to-be-true moment; I just knew she was definitely my better half that had been missing.”

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Watermark Wedding Bells: Aly and Lyndsay Moony

By : Aaron Drake
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When you hear of a couple having a pirate- and mermaid-themed wedding, something just tells you they’re destined for a happy future—even if they’re married on Friday the 13th.

“Yes, we specifically chose a Friday the 13th,” Lyndsay Moony says about her wedding date with wife Aly. “That day has always been lucky for us.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Keimy and Pamela Milanes

By : Aaron Drake
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Keimy Milanes and her wife Pamela had a rather interesting agreement when it came time for wedding proposals. The pair first met at work in 2014 and became very close friends.

“Once we realized we wanted to spend forever together, the topic of proposing came up various times,” Keimy, a Wellness Manager from Miami, shares. “In those conversations we both agreed that even when one proposed to the other first, the other would still propose so that we both get our own special moment and engagement ring.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: John Bartholomew and Robert Pica

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John Bartholomew first met Rob Pica more than 30 years ago.

“In March of 1982, I had just moved to New York City from Chicago after having recently broken up with my partner at the time,” says Bartholomew, who hails from Jamestown, N.Y. “My colleague Russell happened to be dating someone who worked with Rob.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Grace Peek and Elie Harris

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“We had been in the same place at the same time many times before without knowing,” Elie Harris says about when she first met her wife Grace Peek. The couple says they first interacted in January 2017 at the funeral of a mutual friend.

“Our friend Becky had been trying to introduce us, but it never quite worked out. It took a few weeks after our first meeting before we exchanged numbers, and since then we have been inseparable,” Harris says.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Sarah Wilson and Stacey Schulz

By : Aaron Drake
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There were multiple instances I knew Stacey was the one, but it started to become obvious when I had a pretty significant shoulder injury early on in our relationship,” Sarah Wilson shares about the beginnings of her romance with her now-wife Stacey Schulz. “I was a mess. I was angry, sad, in excruciating pain constantly, irritable, spending all of my money on any treatment that would help and she just kept on taking care of me.”

Wilson recently moved back to St. Pete from Noblesville, Indiana and works as General Manager at the Mad Hatters Ethnobotanical Tea Bar. She shares where they were when she first met Schulz, who is a St. Pete native currently employed as a Software Product Specialist at SCC.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Christopher Boldys and Kyle Rogers

By : Aaron Drake
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Sometimes you’ve got to put the “classic” into classically gay; that’s exactly what Christopher Boldys did when he proposed to his now-husband Kyle Rogers in May 2016. He popped the question at Tiffany’s in Manhattan.

Boldys and Rogers first met in June 2013 at a Starbucks in Royal Oak, Michigan. Both are from Metro Detroit and now live in their new home in Sarasota.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Tiara and Robert Kelley

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The Rev. Tiara Latrice Kelley and her groom Robert Charles Kelley IV date their first meeting back to November 2016, during the first day of training for a call center job.

“We had an introduction game in class; at that time, I disclosed I was a transgender woman who was a local advocate,” Tiara shares. “Afterwards, while on a break, he came and introduced himself to me by saying, ‘Hi, so you’re trans, huh? That’s pretty cool! My name is R. Kelley, except I don’t have his money and I don’t pee on lil girls,” Tiara laughs.

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