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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!

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.

Sarah + Kelly: A Rustic Outdoor Wedding in Denver
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:43
Sarah + Kelly: A Rustic Outdoor Wedding in Denver

Kelly and Sarah had a lovely rustic wedding in Denver!

It's Not All About the Dress: Wedding Lingerie for the Feminine Bride
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 16:46
It's Not All About the Dress: Wedding Lingerie for the Feminine Bride

Your wedding isn't all about the dress—you want to feel fabulous underneath it, as well!

Feeling Visible: Filing Taxes Together as a Married Lesbian Couple Should
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:17
Feeling Visible: Filing Taxes Together as a Married Lesbian Couple Should

It’s tax day, and I’m feeling visible, which is a pretty damn spectacular feeling for someone who has felt invisible in her country for the past five years of being married to the woman I love.

Same-Sex Couple is the First to be Married in UK Church
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 14:29
Same-Sex Couple is the First to be Married in UK Church

A UK couple becomes the first to legally marry in a UK church.

Become a Preferred Local Vendor Today
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 02:18
Become a Preferred Local Vendor Today

equallywed.com is the nation’s premier same-sex wedding magazine. We invite you to become a preferred local vendor today!

Ohio Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States
Published: Monday, 14 April 2014 16:47
Ohio Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed in Other States

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state.

Eric + Nick: A Romantic Rhode Island Engagement
Published: Monday, 14 April 2014 15:50
Eric + Nick: A Romantic Rhode Island Engagement

Eric and Nick planned an entire day for their engagement photos, starting with their favorite coffee shop and ending with a piano serenade in the park!



plan-your-marriage-before-your-wedding-handsCouples tend to spend months preparing for their wedding day but wait until after they say "I do" to think about a game plan for the marriage. While caught up in the excitement of planning such an affair it's easy to forget to address real issues, which in turn leads the realities of marriage to come as quite the shocker. Marriage is great, but it requires work. In between cake testing, ordering flowers online and dress shopping, flip through a few of these books to prepare for your marriage, too.

The 5 Love Languages

Dr. Gary Chapman If you only read one book from this list, read this one. After years of counseling troubled couples, Dr. Gary Chapman (pictured) saw a pattern in relationships where both parties were trying but neither were feeling completely loved. He discovered that the main reason is because everyone has a primary way they express and receive love, and it is often different from and unknown to their spouse. In this book, Chapman describes what he has labeled as the five love languages—words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch—and helps couples realize how to better speak each other's language. It's a simple concept that can have immediate and lasting results, and lead both partners to feel more fulfilled in the relationship.

The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

There's a lot you might want to skip through in this book, but enough gold nuggets here and there make it worth the read. Through his discussions, author M. Scott Peck aims to debunk the myth of romantic love. Instead of encouraging the idea that love is a feeling, Peck affirms that love is a decision and an action (which leads to all those happy feelings). He touches on delaying gratification, responsibility and individual growth. Though a bit heavy at times, Peck's book can help couples learn to set realistic expectations and distinguish dependency from love.

1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

A fun and interactive read, this book by relationship expert Monica Mendez Leahy will help you and your significant other dig deeper and discuss hypothetical situations that will inevitably come up in the future. Ranging questions from "is there such a thing as innocent flirting?" to "is it OK to cheat on your taxes?" the book includes many fun formats with multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank worksheets. You may have discussed many of the topics already, but chances are you'll find quite a few you hadn't considered.

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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.

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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.