Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Erik Neinstedt and Stuart Whitfield

By : Lora Korpar
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Erik Neinstedt described his wedding to Stuart Whitfield as an amazing day and a whirlwind, with everyone from their friends and family to coworkers and even a high school teacher to support the couple and give them a sparkler sendoff.

“Our officiant, Jim, told us at the beginning of the ceremony to look around and take in the moment,” Erik said. “I can clearly remember looking around to see all our family and friends’ faces and just feeling so appreciative they were there supporting us.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Barbara and Morgan Banno

By : Tiffany Razzano
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Barbara and Morgan Banno were friends before they ever started dating. In fact, Morgan was a regular at Barbara’s popular Gulfport restaurant, Stella’s.

When they first met, Morgan owned a shaved ice business with an ex. “We would try to frequent Stella’s to support local,” she says, “especially female-owned and operated businesses like the one I had.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bell: Kevin Ligad and Nate Rohenkohl

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Kevin Ligad proposed to husband Nate Rohenkohl in front of the Eiffel Tower using the magic of numbers.

Nate said that though the couple were in one of the most romantic cities in the world, he never expected Kevin to get down on his knee right as the tower lit up and say “It’s been 1,830 days since we met, 1,700 days since we started dating and 1,550 days since I first told you I loved you – and now I want to spend every single day of the rest of my life with you.”

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Dolly Ferraiuolo and Katie Shrum

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In the fall of 2011, Katie Shrum was working full-time and taking night classes at St. Petersburg College. One was an introduction to sociology class at the Clearwater campus. She liked the professor so much that she followed her to the Tarpon Springs campus the following semester for the follow-up class.

“It was really far, but I was like, why not? Turns out, it was fate,” she says.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Nick Oyler and Tyler Winik

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Tyler Winik and Nick Oyler first connected through Growlr, a “by bears for bears” dating app.

Tyler sent the first “woof.” Nick accepted, having previously seen a photo of Tyler on an acquaintance’s Facebook page, and the rest is history.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Paul and Wesley Ray

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After the death of his longtime partner in the late 1990s, Paul Ray didn’t think he would ever love again. “I gave up,” he says. “I never wanted to go through anything like that ever again.”

The Cape Cod native purchased an old RV and lived a nomadic life, taking on consulting jobs in different locales. Two years later, at the end of 1999, he traveled to Ocala to visit a friend. It was a trip that would forever change his life, as it’s when he first met his future husband.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Rob and Tony Domenico

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Rob Domenico says he has the “Facebook algorithm gods” to thank for introducing him to his husband Tony Domenico.

While looking through the “People You May Know” section of the site, Rob came across Tony’s profile.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Christopher and Kahmari Ellis

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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: Tish Dhumrongyud and Natassia Wekarski

By : Marianella Falbo
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“I was feeling lucky that day and drove to Tampa to play some poker. Little did I know, I hit a jackpot and found the love of my life,” says Tish Dhumrongyud.

Tish and her wife Natassia Wekarski had met at Southern Nights Orlando in 2014, then reconnected at the Hard Rock Casino on Feb. 13.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Rachel and Margaret Covello

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“She offered to buy me a drink and Tito’s Vodka has forever changed our life journey,” says Rachel Covello.

Rachel was looking for a fresh start when she met Margaret Covello at Punky’s Bar. The two had connected on Facebook a few months prior and had even gone through their first argument, about politics.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Carlos Guillermo Smith and Jerick Mediavilla

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“When we met and we first started flirting, in my mind I couldn’t accept that someone so sweet, so kind, and so handsome would actually take an interest in me that had NOTHING to do with politics,” says Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith.

Carlos met Jerick Mediavilla at The Venue in Orlando during an event supporting the Latinx community impacted by the Pulse shooting in 2016.

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