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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The Last Page: Jessica Thomas, Thomas Law Firm, PLLC

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Last Page is dedicated to individuals who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community in Central Florida and Tampa Bay.

This issue, we check in with owner of Thomas Law Firm, PLLC, Jessica Thomas from Central Florida. Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the movers and shakers of your community.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Nick Oyler and Tyler Winik

By : Lora Korpar
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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

By : Tiffany Razzano
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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

By : Lora Korpar
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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

By : Tiffany Razzano
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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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