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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. https://t.co/LbZuzM6aSL pic.twitter.com/jMQkrgI66Y— 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.”

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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

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 https://t.co/cPPzAsrVDq via #hng #news #political pic.twitter.com/GbrbNOXs1I— 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. pic.twitter.com/6SPw15FRpP— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) January 10, 2017

Watch: Man's adorable flash mob proposal goes off without a hitch

A couple in Texas recently got engaged with the help of a flash mob.

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Hannah Griffin was at a local Gold’s Gym when a group began dancing.

Suddenly, her boyfriend Daniel Kissoon emerged from the crowd, dancing to Bruno Mar’s song “Marry You.”

Daniel organized the proposal with the help of friends and coworkers.

The couple are both personal trainers at the gym, where they met. Hannah says she was “completely floored” by the surprise.

Woman turns wedding dress into Christmas tree skirt

A South Carolina woman found a creative use for her wedding dress decades after wearing it on her big day.

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Tess Heidelberger, of Mauldin, South Carolina, said she decided to turn her wedding dress into a Christmas tree skirt after finding the dress in her basement earlier this year, The Knot reported.

The dress, which Heidelberger wore on her wedding day in 1990, sat in a box untouched for more than 20 years.

Heidelberger's daughters thought the dress was outdated and didn't want it for their weddings, but Heidelberger felt it was too sentimental to throw away.

"I thought, 'What a waste,'" she told The Huffington Post. "My basic Christmas tree skirt was on the top of the box of Christmas decorations, and that's when I got the idea to put the two of them together."

So she got some scissors and a hot glue gun, and she got to work.

"I laid out my wedding dress and cut the skirt off the dress. The first cut is the hardest," she told the Post. "Then, I cut off any details on the dress, like appliqués, bows and beading. Then I pinned the wedding dress skirt on the plain Christmas tree skirt until I liked the way it looked. Then I just hot glued it in place, and I added the extra appliqués I cut out earlier."

"Now my tree looks like it's floating on a cloud," she wrote on Facebook. 

Heidelberger said the project took an hour to complete. She said it was easy to do and liberating.

"You just go crazy because it's just so freeing," she told ABC News. "There's not one stitch in the whole thing. Anyone could do it."

Heidelberger told ABC News she's pleased with the result and her husband is happy to have more storage space in the basement.

"I'm so happy I can look at it every year. It's so pretty," she told ABC. "And it's so much better than staring at your dress through that cellophane window in the box." <script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> I TURNED MY WEDDING DRESS INTO A CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT!  NOW MY TREE LOOKS LIKE ITS FLOATING ON A CLOUD!  :)Posted by Tess Heidelberger on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Groom-to-be paralyzed during bachelor party

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Less than three months before Meg Alexander and Brett Greenhill's wedding, the Atlanta couple's family and friends are asking for help through a GoFundMe page after an accident left the groom-to-be paralyzed.

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The pair were in Naples, Florida, on Dec. 3 celebrating a joint bachelor/bachelorette party when members of the bridal party spotted Greenhill floating in the water.

"Brett went into the water and all of a sudden my friend, Kelsey, says, 'Why is Brett doing that? Why is he floating like that?'" Alexander told People Magazine. "I was like, 'I don't know. He's a goofball,' and she went to check on him."

Though they found him conscious, Greenhill was unable to move, according to a post on GoFundMe.

"I grabbed him, flipped him over and he said, 'Help me, Kel. I can't move,'" Kelsey Rice, a nurse and one of Alexander's best friends, told People. "It went from an incredible weekend to devastating."

Greenhill, 39, was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where doctors told the couple that he was paralyzed from the neck down after possibly hitting his head on a sandbar. 

Doctors removed fragments of Greenhill's vertebrae, which had lodged into his spinal cord, in a successful surgery. He remains in ICU at Lee Memorial, where he is unable to speak. Doctors told Alexander they expect Greenhill to regain the ability to speak.

"I go through the alphabet, and he'll tell me what letter to stop on so I can write words out," Alexander said. "The first thing he said to me was, 'I love you,' and the second thing he said was, 'Please be patient with me.'"

For now, plans for the couple's Feb. 11 wedding and their honeymoon to New Zealand are on hold. Doctors have said Greenhill has a 1 percent chance of mobility.

"Our entire world has taken a very different turn than we thought," Alexander told People. "We had the trip of a lifetime planned for our honeymoon ... Obviously, this situation is extremely trying. But together we can get through this. I know we can." 

According to their GoFundMe page, named "Go Greenhill," the groom-to-be will begin rehabilitation at Atlanta's Shepherd Center when doctors clear him for travel back to Atlanta.

To help with medical costs and transportation, the couple and their loved ones have been asking for donations. So far, they've raised more than $118,000.

Read more at People.

not that I'm counting or anything, but in 117 days, I get to marry this guy𾮞🏻𾔗𾠪Posted by Meg Alexander on Monday, October 17, 2016

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WATCH: Man fakes arrest for officer-involved proposal

An Alabama man planned an unusual proposal for his girlfriend that he knew she would never expect.

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"She knows my every move. I can never surprise her," Daiwon McPherson told AL.com after proposing to his girlfriend of five years on Friday.

McPherson, 33, spent days setting up the surprise proposal, in which he and his friends staged a fake arrest with the help of the Mobile Police Department.

McPherson's plan began when he intentionally upset his girlfriend, 28-year-old Shawna Blackmon, and then told her he would take her on a date Friday night to make up for it. 

"She always told me when I proposed to make sure she looked nice. She (had just gotten) her hair done (and) her nails done," McPherson told AL.com. 

But McPherson didn't show up for the couple's date, and he didn't answer Blackmon's texts or calls. 

Eventually, one of McPherson's friends called Blackmon and told her that he was in trouble. The friend, a member of McPherson's biker community, told Blackmon that he was being chased on his motorcycle by police and that he had a gun. 

The story was especially believable because McPherson does have a gun, and he was previously arrested for fleeing police.

Blackmon rushed to a nearby gas station, where McPherson's friend said police had cornered him.

"I thought he was going to jail," Blackmon said. Police pointed tasers at a kneeling McPherson, and Blackmon told them she would retrieve the gun on his person to hand over to authorities. 

But before she could search for the gun, McPherson reached into his pocket for a ring box and popped the question. 

Blackmon said yes.

"This proposal was designed around a message I wanted to get out that not all cops are bad cops," McPherson wrote on Facebook. "I did this to get people's attention because this is what we are used to seeing so I used (the situation) to create a positive message." 

"I appreciate the way he did it," Blackmon told AL.com of the proposal. 

<script>(function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v2.8";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script> My friend Daiwon Mcpherson collaborated with Mobile Police Department to create an interesting marriage proposal to...Posted by Tyler S. Colvin on Friday, December 9, 2016

Father, daughter perform epic surprise wedding dance

What wedding guests thought was going to be a traditional father-daughter dance turned out to be an epic mashup of popular songs and entertaining dance moves. 

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For nearly four minutes, Mikayla Ellison Phillips and her father, Nathan Ellison, danced in front of 400 wedding guests to songs including LMFAO's "Party Rock," Sugar Hill Gang's "Apache," M.C. Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" and NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye."

A video of the dance, recorded by wedding videographer Bethany Petersen, has garnered more than 4 million views on YouTube.

"I'm the oldest and the only girl, so that was my dad's only chance to do something like this," Phillips, 25, told ABC News. "He, for years, has talked about doing that, and he finally convinced me."

Phillips, a trained dancer who lives in Utah, and Ellison spent only a week choreographing the dance and practicing its execution.

"Every night (in the week) prior to the wedding, we'd run through it a few times," Phillips told ABC. "I think since we'd talked about it for years that it was pretty easy for it to come together."

Phillips said seeing how happy her father was during and after the dance "was a dream fulfilled."

Woman asks 85-year-old grandfather to be 'flower grandpa' at wedding

In the months before an engaged couple's big day, lots of planning and preparation goes into making sure their wedding day will be a memorable one that goes off without a hitch.

What color will the bridesmaids' dresses be? What song will the bride walk down the aisle to? Who will be the flower girl? 

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One Georgia woman broke tradition when she asked her 85-year-old grandfather to be the "flower girl" at her Oct. 1 wedding.

"The idea of having him be a 'flower girl' started out as a joke, and I teased him that I was going to have him wear a tutu and patent leather shoes like a typical flower girl," Jennifer Briskin, 29, told Country Living. "He liked to joke that this would make him 'go viral!' My whole family thought that I was crazy, but I couldn't let it go. I wanted our wedding to be memorable and different without being cheesy, and I thought that this would be the perfect addition to our ceremony."

Briskin officially asked her grandfather, Stanley, to be her "flower grandpa" a few months before the wedding in a message she had embroidered on a handkerchief.

"Papa, will you be my flower grandpa? Love, Jen," the message read.

Briskin, who said that her grandfather is an avid walker, said that he was hesitant to take on the role. 

"He was worried that he wasn't up for the task, but I assured him that if two-year-olds can do it, he could figure it out," Briskin told BuzzFeed. "He insisted on practicing before the big day, so my sister Allison, my maid of honor, bought a pumpkin bucket and fake leaves from the dollar store and they practiced on his driveway."

On the day of the wedding, Stanley was the last person to walk down the aisle before Briskin and her parents. Wedding guests didn't know that Stanley would be serving as a flower grandpa.

"As soon as he walked out, I heard constant laughter," Briskin said.

Stanley forgot what he had practiced with his granddaughters, but he entertained guests while he walked down the aisle.

"He still wasn't sure what he was supposed to do, and instead of throwing the petals down the aisle, he started throwing them on our guests," Briskin said. "It felt like our style to have all of our guests laughing right before we started our life as husband and wife."

Briskin said that during the wedding reception, guests treated Stanley "like a celebrity."

"Everyone wanted a moment with the man of the hour, and he could not have been more proud of himself," she told Buzzfeed. "He still enjoys talking about all of the guests' reactions to his big moment."

Briskin, who said she spends lots of time with her grandfather, said she always knew she wanted him to play a special part in her wedding. 

"I feel very lucky to have a grandfather who, at 85, is still young at heart and willing to participate in my crazy ideas," she told Buzzfeed. "I'm excited that I have pictures and videos to show my children and grandchildren when I recount stories about my amazing grandfather."

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