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Bridesmaid for hire makes a living by being in strangers' weddings

A 29-year-old Florida woman gets paid to put on polyester dresses and walk down the aisle with complete strangers. 

But that’s not all. Holding up 18 layers of pure dress so that a bride can use the restroom with ease, catching a bouquet like a champ then following that with an “OMG, I can’t believe this” speech and always participating in the obligatory cha-cha or electric slide are just some of the ways Jen Glantz is the MVP of bridesmaids.

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For the past two years, she has been in more than 40 weddings. In other words, she’s made a living being a bridesmaid. Most recently, she built an entire business around her new profession and wrote a book about what it means to be a bridesmaid-for-hire.  

“I’ve seen people get married for other things -- not love. I’ve seen people completely back out of their situation. But I’ve also seen people look at each other in a way that I’ve never seen before,” she said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post in February. 

If you thought an angry, overwhelmed, hungry bride was the scariest thing anyone could experience at a wedding, you’re wrong. “Bridezilla” got nothin’ on a messy bridesmaid! Glantz has seen couples fist fight all the way to the altar and has found a bride blackout drunk behind a couch on her wedding night.

“I worked a wedding when the bridesmaids were doing everything they could to sabotage the day for the bride. One chose not to buy the bridesmaid dress and told the bride that day she was going to wear whatever she wanted,” she wrote in a blog post on

Jen even had to deal with a bridesmaid who showed up an hour late for photos -- this meant an extra hour of guests waiting for the wedding to start -- because the bridesmaid wasn’t satisfied with her own hair. 

Her crazy, one-of-a-kind career is a result of her creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Now she's going on tour to promote her book, "Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire): Stories on Growing Up, Looking for Love, and Walking Down the Aisle for Complete Strangers."

Read the full story at The Palm Beach Post.

One of my most favorite interviews yet ❤"Carry on even after you fail miserably. "Posted by Jenny Glantz on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Man asks girlfriend to marry him after police 'arrest' her

Two police officers helped a man pull off an epic proposal to his girlfriend, complete with a fake arrest.

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"I don't get in trouble so when the officer asked me to get out of the car, my stomach dropped," Brooklyn Schrupp, 20, told ABC News. "That was perfect for us. I know how much he loves his job and my whole family is in law enforcement so it was really sweet."

Schrupp's boyfriend, Greg Morris, is a correctional officer in Tennessee. He popped the question on Feb. 24 after he solicited the help of Medina police Officer Kevin Vester and Officer Steven Morgan of the Gibson County Sheriff's Office.

Posted by SamSlay Photography on Saturday, February 25, 2017

The officers pulled Schrupp and Morris over and told the 20-year-old that she owed money for a traffic violation and her license was suspended. They told her they had no choice but to arrest her.

Posted by SamSlay Photography on Saturday, February 25, 2017

"I said (to Schrupp), 'Stay calm. We are going to work it out.'" Morris told ABC News. "(Morgan) said, 'Anyone in the back of the car has to get cuffed.'"

The officers "released" her a short time later, and a moment after that, Morris was down on one knee.

"I wasn't focused on anything else going on around me," Schrupp told ABC News. "I was just focused on him going down on one knee."

She said yes.

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"She thought it was a great prank," Morris told ABC News. "She took it really, really well and enjoyed it. I wouldn't have done it if it was something she wouldn't have taken well. We're still laughing three days later ... seeing her laugh is the ultimate goal."

Greg's surprise proposal was the most exciting engagement that I have ever witnessed. About a week or so ago, Greg came...Posted by SamSlay Photography on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Want to get married at Taco Bell? Now you can

Have you and your true love always dreamed of exchanging your vows at Taco Bell?

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The popular fast food chain will help couples tie the knot through its “Love & Tacos” contest and by providing couples the chance to order a wedding right off the menu for $600 this summer.

Taco Bell launched its “Love & Tacos” contest on Valentine’s Day, inviting taco-loving couples to win the ultimate Taco Bell wedding at the franchise’s Las Vegas Cantina restaurant, which has its own chapel.

Here’s how to apply: Take a photo or make a 30-second video telling your Taco Bell love story with the hashtag #LoveAndTacosContest and share it on Twitter or Instagram.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 26.

Starting March 1, fans will get to vote on their favorite picks and judges will evaluate the finalists.

You must be 21 years or older to participate.

>> Domino’s delivers wedding registry

The winning duo will also win airfare for six to Las Vegas, professional wedding photography and videography, a Taco Bell catered dinner at the Las Vegas restaurant, wedding T-shirts, champagne flutes, a garter and a bow tie.

The taco lovers will also win a room at the Planet Hollywood hotel, two tickets for the High Roller at the LINQ, admission for two and a $100 credit at Qua Baths and Spa, a private pool cabana at the Planet Hollywood hotel pool and a VIP table for six at Drai’s Nightclub.

Couples who don’t partake in the contest will get their chance to say “I do” by ordering a $600 Taco Bell wedding package filled with wedding classics right off of the menu beginning this summer.

Couple who postponed wedding because of separate cancer battles finally ties the knot

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

A couple who both battled cancer together finally tied the knot after spending 11 years at each other’s side.

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Ashley Wood and Kevin Sochanchak, of Deptford Township, New Jersey, have been planning their wedding for a long time.

The couple planned to marry years ago, but in 2011, Wood was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, and their wedding plans were put on hold.

According to WPVI, three years later, Sochanchak was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach and esophageal cancer. He was given just six months to live.

But this month, after completing a difficult stretch of cancer therapies, the couple wed with the help of Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, New Jersey. The restaurant hosted a contest promising an all-expenses-paid wedding that the couple won. 

Sochanchak said the hope of marrying Wood helped him get through his most difficult treatments. The wedding was a time to focus on their love for one another instead of their illnesses.

According to WCAU, Wood was declared cancer-free in 2016, and Sochanchak is still fighting the disease. 

“I’m just really grateful for everything they have been doing to get me through this moment,” Wood said of Adelphia Restaurant. “I can’t believe this is happening.”


Must-see: Celine Dion accidentally photobombs fan's wedding proposal to girlfriend

When a couple got engaged right in front of Celine Dion, the pop diva's reaction was written all over her face.

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According to BuzzFeed, Nick Janevski and his girlfriend, Austin McMillan, both 24, recently attended a meet-and-greet with Dion in Las Vegas.

After the couple posed for a photo with the legendary singer, Janevski shocked McMillan by dropping to one knee and proposing.

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McMillan wasn't the only one surprised: Two now-viral photos captured Dion's priceless reaction.

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Couple married for 22 years reportedly separates over Trump spat

President Donald Trump – the homewrecker?

A woman from Bellingham, Washington, says her marriage of 22 years is over because of the thought of her husband voting for Trump.

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Retired prison guard Gayle McCormick told Reuters that she is a “Democrat leaning toward socialist,” and that when her husband casually said he was going to vote for Trump, it was over.

“It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump,” she said, adding that she felt “betrayed.”

Party lines in the sand: 13 percent admitted to ending a relationship because of U.S. election - Reuters/Ipsos poll.— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 7, 2017

“My jaw kind of dropped, and this was before the primaries, so it wasn’t even known yet who was going to be the nominee, and I didn’t speak for the rest of the luncheon, and we didn’t talk about it,” she said. “I was incensed. I said, ‘I can’t believe that somebody I could be married to could vote for someone whose track record is so obviously poor in terms of civil liberties, his feelings about women, how he treats people in general.’”

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She continued: “I felt like I had been fooling myself. It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger.”

But here’s the kicker: McCormick’s husband, Bill, didn’t even vote for Trump.

According to the New York Post, Bill “changed his mind about Trump and wrote in former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich in November.”

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McCormick said that, despite appearances, the separation is amicable.

“I like the fact that Bill and I are staying connected for the positive stuff in our lives. I’m very, very proud of that, for him and me,” she said. “I think we’ve done a marvelous job in doing that and maintaining the friendships that we’ve made together. I’m very proud of that.”

Read more here.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor to marry firefighter who saved her

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

A Boston Marathon bombing survivor who had part of her leg amputated after the blast is now engaged to the firefighter who saved her life.

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In April 2013, Roseann Sdoia, 48, was cheering on runners at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a bomb exploded near her. Her mother was comforting her later in the hospital when a firefighter caught her eye.

“She was like, ‘Oh, did you see that firefighter? He’s so cute.’ And I was like, ‘Mom, I just got blown up,'” Sdoia said, according to Fox News.

The firefighter, Mike Materia, stayed at Sdoia's side to comfort her after she was injured.

“I asked him if I was going to die. And he told me that I was going to be OK,” Sdoia said.

Materia, 37, also stayed by her side during the ambulance ride to the hospital and held her hand the whole way there.

“I was probably not the nicest to him from the get-go. I was in pain. But now we laugh and blame it on the morphine,” Sdoia said, according to the New York Post. “He’s seen me on my worst day.”

The pair started dating in June 2013, and last month, Materia proposed to Sdoia on Nantucket Island. They plan to wed in October or November, the Post reported.

“I do feel that, in a sense, some things happen for a reason,” Sdoia said.

The couple plans to release a book called “Perfect Strangers” about how their lives intersected as a result of the bombing.

Materia and Sdoia will participate in the Empire State Building Run-Up, which will raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, in March. 

Posted by Roseann Sdoia on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Challenged Athletes Foundation runner Roseann Sdoia brings quite an inspirational story to this year's ESB Run-Up...Posted by Empire State Building on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

List ranks best U.S. cities to get married

Looking for a place to get married? A new study claims that there is a premiere wedding destination in our own backyard.

According to WalletHub, Orlando ranks as the top city for weddings in the United States, and Atlanta is right behind at third. The study looked at factors such as the average cost of a wedding, the number of wedding chapels, churches and bridal shops in an area and the area with the most attractions.

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WalletHub said its methodology involved comparing 15 U.S. cities in cost, activities and attractions and facilities and services.

Las Vegas lost its top spot in 2018, with Orlando now number one, and Sin City coming in at number 2.

Take a look at the rankings:

  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Atlanta
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Miami
  6. San Diego
  7. San Francisco
  8. Chicago
  9. New York
  10. Portland, Oregon

Austin, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the list at 11th, 19th, 23rd and 28th, respectively.

Other cities on the list include Spokane, Washington, 54th; Pittsburgh 35th, Seattle 12th, Tulsa, Oklahoma, No. 46th, and Memphis, Tennessee, 51st.

The full list ranking 182 cities can be found at WalletHub.

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

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Maid of honor hits wedding guest, almost drives over best man at Florida wedding

A wedding in Florida described as beautiful went downhill quickly after the reception began, and now the maid of honor faces several charges.

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Amanda Willis, 20, of Port Charlotte, Florida, began drinking alcohol at the reception and wound up almost backing over the best man with his own car, according to WBBH-TV

Jennifer Butler, the new bride, told WBBH that Willis became obviously intoxicated within 20-30 minutes of the reception. One guest, Robert Templeton, said she drank nearly a whole bottle of Fireball whisky.

At one point, Willis asked people for their keys, then grabbed the best man's keys out of his pocket, according to Templeton. She got in the car, reversed and nearly ran over the best man. 

"She just went up to the best man and grabbed his keys out of his pocket and jumped in his car," Templeton said.

Wedding guests managed to pull Willis out of the car. 

Butler said Willis went back inside and "grabbed the big bottle of Captain Morgan and just guzzled it."

Later, according to Templeton, Willis became violent when she "came up and cracked (Templeton) upside the face."

Guests called the police, who responded at the scene.

Deputies said Willis said she was having an asthma attack, so they took her to a hospital, where they said Willis exposed herself, assaulted two medics and kicked over a bed pan.

"It was insane. Absolutely insane," Jena Templeton said.

Willis faces charges of larceny, battery, grand theft of a motor vehicle and violation of probation.

Templeton said Butler's decision to designate Willis as maid of honor was "a bad decision."

Read more at WBBH.

Barack Obama serves as groomsman at aide's wedding

A politically connected couple celebrated their union this month in a private ceremony that featured some special guests.

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President Obama's longtime aide and friend, Marvin Nicholson, got married last weekend to Helen Pajcic, who also worked for the Obama administration. According to The Washington Post, Nicholson is Obama's White House trip director, personal aide and golf partner, and Pajcic has worked on policy for the U.S. Department of Education. 

President Obama Was One Dapper Groomsman At His Aide's Wedding - Huffington Post via #hng #news #political— Trip Trundle (@TripTrundle) January 10, 2017

Instead of just inviting Obama to their wedding, the couple asked him to be in their wedding. 

Obama accepted their invitation and made the trip to Florida to stand by the couple's side as they were married in a private ceremony. The wedding was held at a residence near the St. Johns River in Jacksonville and was closed to the media. 

Photos posted on Twitter from the event show that Obama wasn't the only big name at the private event. John Kerry, for whom Nicholson worked during Kerry's 2004 run as the Democratic presidential nominee, officiated at the ceremony.

Just an ordinary wedding? Look more closely. That's John Kerry officiating, and President Obama as a groomsman.— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 10, 2017

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