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Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed
Published: Friday, 18 April 2014 14:29
Ohio Gay Marriage Ruling is Stayed

The Ohio gay marriage ruling has been stayed. Appeals will likely take months.

How to Get Legally Married in Vermont
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:19
How to Get Legally Married in Vermont

All you need to know about getting legally married in Vermont!

How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 21:44
How to Get Legally Married in Rhode Island

Same-sex couples can be legally married in Rhode Island. 

Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 20:49
Patricia + Julissa: An Autumn Wedding Under the Texas Sun

Patricia and Julissa were married under the hot desert sun of the Texas landscape!

Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:15
Oklahoma Marriage Equality Case Appealing to 10th Circuit

The 10th Circuit is hearing arguments in the Oklahoma marriage equality case.

Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men
Published: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:09
Under the Tux: Wedding Day Undergarments for Men

Guys, it's not all about the tux. Wow your man with some fun unmentionables!

Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:48
Barbie + Alexa: An Intimate Garden Wedding in DC

Barbie and Alexa decided to make their love legal on their 8-year anniversary!

Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:00
Wednesday Wedding Song: All of Me by John Legend

John Legend's song All of Me touches me to my core every time I hear it, and that's why I'm choosing it as this week's Wednesday Wedding Song.

Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed
Published: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 02:23
Ohio Marriage Ruling May Be Stayed

A federal judge is considering staying his recent ruling that same-sex marriage be recognized in the state.

Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:31
Patrick + Arive: Celebrating 10 Years Together

Patrick and Arive recently celebrated 10 years of love together.

Tips for an allergy reaction-free wedding day

One of the biggest diet crazes right now is the gluten-free diet. Some see it as just a fad, but for others, it’s a lifestyle if they are gluten-intolerant or have Celiac disease. What exactly is gluten? “Gluten is a group of proteins found in grain such as wheat, rye, spelt, kamut, bulgur, barley, etc.,” says Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach Katrine van Wyk. “It's what makes bagels so chewy and sponge cake spongy—that's exactly why wheat in particular is the chosen grain for breads and pastries.” Gluten can become an issue even though it’s in stuff from the earth. “Industrialization of our food system has led to breeding of a specific strain of wheat that has a much, much higher content of gluten.” says van Wyk.  “Today's wheat is not the same as our ancestors ate. Gluten shows up in a lot more foods and we’re eating a lot more of it.”

So, for couples who are gluten-free, how does one go about getting a delicious wedding cake that doesn’t taste dry? We have a few tips:

 

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circle_1Do Your Research: Being gluten-free isn’t as terrible as it was even five years ago. There are many dedicated gluten-free bakeries such as BabyCakes NYC, which recently started making multiple allergen-friendly wedding cakes and other specialty pastries.

 

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circle_2 Talk to Your Baker/Caterer: There are some companies that use "allergen-friendly" as a marketing gimmick, and the allergen-friendly element is they don’t use peanut butter icing. It's also possible that they don’t know exactly what gluten-free entails. Schedule time to talk to the baker or caterer, so you and other allergic guests will be safe.

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circle_3 Seek Other Options: When in doubt with gluten-free cakes, think outside the cake box! A wide variety of cake alternatives, such as ice cream bars and fruit pops, have grown in popularity. As long as the presentation is beautiful, nobody will complain.

 

Photo: babycakesnyc.com; pop-bar.com

TRAVEL

Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Always Among Friends: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Published: Friday, 21 February 2014 00:56

Many consider the island of St. John to be the jewel in the Caribbean crown. Affluent and tranquil, this tiny tropical paradise is only 13 miles long and four miles wide.

Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Glaciers, Humpbacks and Bears, Oh My: Honeymoon on an Alaskan Cruise
Published: Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:11

Cruises serving the LGBT community have long been popular, but gay-friendly traveling options are widening as cruise lines increasingly welcome same-sex couples. 

Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Pocono Mountains Retreat: Mount Airy Casino Resort
Published: Tuesday, 30 April 2013 05:00

Mount Airy Casino Resort offers a picturesque honeymoon and wedding destination to gay, lesbian and allied couples alike.

ASK KIRSTEN Wedding Advice from our Editor

Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Our Families Don't Know We're Queer or Our Gender Identification and We're Getting Married
Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:00

As we approach our engagement party where our families will meet our partner for the first time, as well as each other, we are feeling really nervous that they will be uncomfortable and confused.