Tom Daley shares wedding day video with Dustin Lance Black

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tom Daley invited the world to his wedding celebration with Dustin Lance Black in a special video uploaded to his YouTube channel.

Daley, 23, married Black, 43, on May 6 at Bovey Castle in Devon. The video shows the couple getting ready for their nuptials and describing why they fell in love with each other.

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Watermark’s Wedding Guide 2017

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It’s time to celebrate your LGBT love! Watermark is very, very proud and excited to present our third annual Wedding Guide. A wedding guide made specifically to help out YOU plan your big day.

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Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black tie the knot

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black exchanged vows at Bovey Castle Hotel in Devon, England on Saturday after a two-year engagement, BBC reports.

Daley, 22, and Black, 42, announced their engagement in the Births, Deaths and Marriages section of London’s The Times in 2015. Daley came out as bisexual in 2013 in a YouTube video that mentioned he was dating a man, who would later be identified as Black.

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Wedding Bell’s: Brian and Mike Cahill

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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weding-bells-2324-brian_mike“It felt empowering,” Brian says about being married. “I feel less self-conscious about putting my arm around his waist as we’re walking down the street. Getting it on paper adds a legitimacy I guess, that’s one way to put it, that I’ve never considered before. I can hold my head a little higher that my relationship is just as valid as everyone else’s.”

Brian Cahill, who is a software engineer with a defense contractor, and Mike Cahill, a metrics specialist at the blood bank, met in 1997 while Brian was traveling to Little Rock Air Force Base to deliver a simulator he helped develop. Brian had a couple—Tony and Denise—who he was friends with that lived in Little Rock, Ark. Little did he know when he went to visit them, he’d run into their neighbor—Mike.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Lissette Reyes and Karen González

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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WeddingBells“She’s very adventurous. She loves trying new things and just being herself and just being out there,” Lissette says about Karen. “She taught me that you just have to live life to the fullest and enjoy every day and not to be afraid of trying new things. If you fail, that’s the just a part of the whole business of being alive.”

Lissette Reyes and Karen González met through a mutual friend. Lissette went to Miami to visit her friend. Karen was staying with her at that time, and that’s how they met – at a party at her friend’s house. Lissette said that from there they just hit it off and the rest was history.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Steven and Gerald Wagner-Young

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Steven and Gerald Wagner-Young“My favorite thing about Steven is that he never ceases to amaze me in that he’s always willing to try new things every day,” Gerald says. “We do all kinds of things, and he has opened my eyes to a different way of life and a different way of thinking about life.”

Steven Wagner-Young, who is a waiter at Disney, and Gerald Wagner-Young, a wedding planner, met at Disney but didn’t know at the time they both worked at the theme park.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Blair Jackson and Susan Jackson

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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blair and susan jacksonWhen we met again and had a longer conversation, it was obvious we had a lot more in common, and there was definitely something more there,” Susan says.

Blair Jackson, who is a systems administrator, and Susan Jackson, who is a network clinical director at Florida Hospital, met through mutual friends. They used to get together and play Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Blair was in and out of another relationship when the women first met, but they eventually hit it off and there were sparks when she was finally single.

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Watermark Wedding Bells: Juli Textor and Julie Milford

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WB_TextorMilford“Everything about her, that is who I want to be with,” Julie Milford says. “I just knew that if we ever had an opportunity to be together one day that it would be forever – everything just seemed absolutely perfect.”

Juli Textor, an executive assistant, and Julie Milford, a creative director, met through mutual friends. They knew of each other, and they were finally introduced, and from that point forward, they had their eyes on each other. When they first met, the timing wasn’t ideal, but then everything just fell into place.

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Watermark Wedding Bells: Daniel Giaquinto and Blake McEntyre

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Daniel Gianquinto and Blake McEntyre“My favorite thing about Dan is I’ve really learned so much more about what love is and about what a relationship is,” Blake says. “I often struggled with just being truthful and honest. Just saying what was on my shirt sleeve — I’ve always been guarded. But my love for Dan and his love for me, I’ve learned that being honest and communicating with each other is really the strength and the backbone of our relationship.”

Daniel Giaquinto, 51, who is a chiropractor, and Blake McEntyre, 49, who is a personal trainer, met through a mutual friend who always said they needed to meet. They finally crossed paths at a softball league party. The couple had their first date on St. Patrick’s Day of 1998 and have been seeing each other ever since.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Melissa Crispo and Candace Salemi

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Melissa Crispo and Candace Salemi“My favorite thing about Candace is she has a beautiful heart,” Melissa says. “She has so much love in her, and not just for me but for everybody—and it just shines.”

Candace Salemi, who is a senior higher education specialist, and Melissa Crispo, who is a musician/songwriter and paramedic, hung out in the same circle of friends for 15 years. Candace came to see Melissa perform regularly, but they only ever considered themselves acquaintances.

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Overheard in Orlando: Aid an ally

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You’re in the Jungle Baby, and you’re gonna dance! The new gala-fundraiser for the Center gets a brand new name, Welcome to the Jungle, a Savage Soiree, previously titled Jungle Fever has a new name and will be held on June 17. The event page on Facebook promises a night of dancing (courtesy of DJ Twisted Dee), silent auction, casino and surprise performances. The invite also suggest that costumes are not required but highly suggested, and although a location has yet to be named, we’re already picking out various animal print patterns for the big night.

Zebra Hopes-ta Win-a
The Zebra Coalition is hoping you share their post and hashtag it #WinABellaGala. By doing so, you will increase the chances for the Zebra Coalition to win a $25,000 gala thrown by the beautiful Bella Colina. The venue, popular in the wedding markets and seen in our 2015 LGBT Wedding Guide, looks like it was plucked right out of Tuscany and placed in the beautiful hills of Monteverde, FL – minutes outside from Downtown Orlando. On February 17, The Bella Collina met with the Zebra Coalition as they were in the running for the Win a Bella Gala. Visit the Zebra Coalition’s Facebook page and share and hashtag the post to increase their chances to win.

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Texas Supreme Court reinstates ethics complaint against Attorney General

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Austin (AP) – Already indicted on felony securities fraud charges, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay marriage legal in June 2015. A month later, a complaint filed and co-signed by more than 200 attorneys said Paxton’s stance encouraged officials to violate the U.S. Constitution and break their oaths of office.

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