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You can now have a fairy tale wedding by Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Dreaming of a fairy tale wedding? 

A new offering at Disney World's Magic Kingdom can give you just that.

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Disney recently announced that happy couples can become newlyweds in a magical wedding at Disney's Fantasyland at the park's East Plaza Garden.

Brides can ride in Cinderella's horse-drawn carriage accompanied by royal coachmen as trumpeters announce her arrival at the wedding site, right in front of Cinderella's Castle. The park will remain open to regular guests during ceremonies. 

For their receptions, couples can choose among a variety of locations on the resort's property.

"Brides will be able to live out a fairy tale dream like no other," said Korri McFann, marketing and sales strategy for weddings and honeymoons at Disney. 

Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings package collections start at $2,500, and custom experiences begin at $12,000. A completely customized ceremony and reception for up to 100 guests at the Magic Kingdom starts at $75,000. 

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Two friends reunite after making promise in bar 40 years ago

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Sitting in a bar, people sometimes get the wildest ideas.

Like, why not plan to meet in 40 years at this very spot, “when we’re really old,” to see how life has treated us?

To seal the deal that night at the El Cid Bar, a legendary West Palm Beach dive, Joe Whitehead took a dollar bill from his wallet, ripped it and gave half to his pal, Steve Morris.

On one side of each half they inscribed that day’s date, 4/4/76. On the other half they wrote a date so far in the next century it seemed unfathomable: 4/4/2016.

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Morris was 23; Whitehead 24. Still unmoored from responsibilities like marriages, mortgages and children, the years stretched ahead, long and rich with possibility.

“We just decided, no matter what happens, sometime in the future we’ll meet up again. So we shook on it,” recalled Whitehead.

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Forty years is Monday.

The men lost touch over the years until last Christmas Eve when the phone rang at Morris’ house in the Acreage.

“Steve, it’s Joe,” said Whitehead, not bothering to give his last name.

It had been 25 or 38 years since they talked, depending on who is doing the recounting.

“4-4-2016,” Morris replied, like it was some kind of code, a password to the past.

Neither man had forgotten. Each still treasured their half of the dollar bill.

Morris’ was as fragile as old parchment, kept in a box of important papers. Whitehead always kept his in the window pocket of his wallets.

Will the El Cid be the same when they reunite Monday? Click here to find out.

Photographer seeking the key to happy marriage goes straight to source

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"Baby, we found love right where we are," Ed Sheeran croons from an iPhone as Tess and Ray Johnson dance just feet away. Actually, it's more swaying than dancing; that's as much as Tess's bad back will allow. Fifty-four years of shared footwork has gotten them where they are now, along with sharing a song, aches, pains and memories.

Photographer Stephanie Jarstad is capturing this new one, her Canon clicking with every lean of their hips.

"Our younger generation faces a lack of confidence in marriage," the 28 year-old says between snaps. She wants to rediscover some hope, so she started a project called "To Grow Old With You."

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"I really wanted to hear from seasoned couples, to find out what it takes to have a strong and lasting relationship," she says.

The pictures capture some clues: Tess's hand on Ray's knee, laughter about a fight involving thrown eggs, smiles over Ray's long career.

But it's between the pictures that Stephanie gets her greatest lesson. She asks questions about the keys to happiness and marriage and love. Sometimes Ray gives her long answers about something else completely: the 6 miles he had to bike to work; the supermarkets he wired as an electrician; the long string of children Tess baby-sat through the years.

Then Tess explains: In all their time together, the last four have been the toughest.

"The hardest thing I've had to face is Ray's problem," she says.

His problem is Alzheimer's. He remembers all the good years, but not the recent minutes.

Tess and Ray grew up in England during World War II with childhood memories of bomb raids. They went through the long process of immigrating to the United States. They raised their two children and more grandchildren. Ray finally left work behind after 58 long and honest years and months later received his diagnosis. This isn't the retirement they planned, but it's the commitment they made.

"Sometimes I just have to cry," Tess says, "because if you don't, you'll explode -- cry so hard that my back aches from crying."

Then she looks at Ray, and puts her hand on his knee again."But then you pull your boot straps on and carry on, you know. What else can you do?"

Ray's gentle face breaks into another laugh. It's his sweet default when he can't hear or understand. It is both a symptom of what he's lost and a sign of what remains at his very core.

"He's still a good guy, he's still a loving guy," Tess says with another smile.

Near her Stephanie's camera clicks again. She has the real picture.

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Longest married couple in America honored for their devotion

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A California couple who married in the 1930s was honored for their long-standing devotion to one another on Valentine's Day.

Maury Goosenberg, 102, and Helen Goosenberg, 100, of Carlsbad, California, were recognized as the oldest known married couple in the country. The two celebrated 80 years of marriage on Jan. 1.

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"Everyone told us it wouldn't last," Maury Goosenberg told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "Now there's no one left alive for me to say 'See? I told you so.'"

The couple met when they were teenagers and married a few years later, in September 1935, after Helen convinced Maury they should elope, the newspaper reported.

They eloped in Philadelphia but kept their marriage a secret, afraid of how their families would react.

"We weren't taking any chances," Helen told KNSD. When they later revealed their secret, "his family wasn't too happy with me and mine wasn't too happy with him."

Representatives from Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the faith-based marriage enrichment group that searched for the longest married couple in America, honored the Goosenbergs with acknowledgments from the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House and the California Governor's Office, Patch.com reported.

The two were nominated for the distinction by their great granddaughter, who was on hand for the celebration Valentine's Day, according to the website.

The pair couldn't say what it was that made their marriage so special.

"I don't think there's a secret" to staying together, Helen told KNSD. "Keep your sense of humor. It's very important. And just, go along. Get as much pleasure out of the relationship as you can and just hope that it will continue and that you will be happy with its continuance. That's all I can tell you.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter received more than 250 nominations for the longest married couple from October 2015 to January.

"What an inspiration Mr. and Mrs. Goosenberg are to all of us," said Joe and Sue Talarico, the U.S. ecclesial team for Worldwide Marriage Encounter, in a statement. "They made a commitment to each other 80 years ago and they have kept that commitment. They truly are an inspiration and sign of hope to all of us."

This year marked the group's sixth year searching for the longest married couple. In 2015, the organization honored Dale and Alice Rockey of Olathe, Kansas, as the longest married couple with 81 years together.

Man uses cover of British magazine to propose to girlfriend

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Katie Moore and James Greig have been a couple for over a year, but for the majority of their relationship, the two lived 3,500 miles apart. 

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Moore, 28, lived in New York, where she dated a bit but to no avail. When a friend of Moore's friend reached out to her to tell her he'd be visiting Manhattan from London, she agreed to go to dinner with him. That man was Greig. The two had met at a party years before, and he had known since then that he would take advantage of any opportunity to spend time with Moore again. 

The dinner was a success, and Greig returned to New York six weeks later to take Moore on another date. The two spent three days hanging out and laughing and began to wonder if a long distance relationship would work for them. 

Before Greig returned to the U.K., he told Moore he loved her. 

Greig and Moore became a couple, spending thousands of dollars on plane tickets to spend as much time with each other as possible. After a year, Moore moved to London in 2014 to be with Greig. 

On Valentine's Day 2016, Greig proposed to Moore in a very special way: He dominated the cover of a popular British magazine.

The couple spent the holiday weekend at a hotel for a relaxing getaway. On Sunday morning, hotel staff delivered the magazine and breakfast to Moore.

Plastered across the front cover of The Observer Magazine was Greig, kneeling on one knee with a ring outstretched. 

"Will you marry me, Katie?" the caption read. 

Moore, who thought a single copy of the magazine had been printed and issued to her, later learned all of the magazine's subscribers had received the issue, which said the couple was "in a hotel in the countryside." The magazine promised to let readers know her answer as soon as they found out.  

It's unclear if Greig paid to have his picture featured on the front cover of the issue or if he had a close relationship with an influential person at the magazine. The Observer has not responded to questions about how he earned the principle placement.

What's most important is Moore's answer: She said yes.

Watch: Adorable 5-year-old girl discusses breaking up with boy

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Valentine's Day can be stressful. 

Some people struggle with deciding what to purchase or what to do for their partners. 

Others try to avoid extensive planning altogether by breaking off relationships just before the love-dedicated holiday.

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One 5-year-old girl was faced with the latter. The young girl had a conversation with her mother, a television anchor in North Carolina, about a relationship that she was considering ending.

"He is sweet and romantic," she told her mother. "But I think I'm too young to have a boyfriend."

But she didn't want to hurt the boy's feelings.

"I don't want to break his heart. He looks so happy," she said. 

Ultimately, she came to a conclusion: 

"It's the only thing I can do. I guess I'll just tell him it's time to break up," she said.

Boy troubles already!!! Heaven help me!! #wralPosted by WRAL Sloane Heffernan on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Family delivers roses to widows on Valentine's Day

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A Missouri couple has high hopes to bring love and happiness to widows and widowers on Valentine's Day.

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Jimmy and Cynthia Chouteau started the nonprofit organization Widow Wednesdays in the Kansas City area five years ago. 

Jimmy, a 37-year-old life insurance agent, first started requesting Wednesdays off from his job to help older people he worked with complete small household repairs like painting and yard work. He and his wife later began delivering special packages including sweet treats, cards and flowers on holidays. 

"I'd noticed that a lot of my elderly clients seemed lost about what to do about repairs after their spouses died," Jimmy told People. "So I started taking Wednesdays off to do handyman jobs for them. From there, the idea just grew. Now we have more than 100 volunteers to do everything from ripping up carpet, changing light bulbs and raking leaves to deliver a hot, home-cooked meal." 

The Chouteaus also enlist the help of three of their children, aged 7 to 11, to help make and deliver cards, hugs and long-stemmed roses. 

 "My kids have about 50 extra grandmas because of all the widows we're now close to," Cynthia said. "This has become a ministry for us – we don't want anyone to feel forgotten. Women tell us all the time that about a month or two after their husbands pass away, everybody goes back to their lives and they don't hear from or see anyone after that." 

"It's important at a time when they're hurting to bring them a hug and a personal message," she added. "A lot of times, they'll cry because they're so happy that we came to see them." 

During the Christmas season, the Chouteaus help organize caroling and gift basket deliveries. They also host a "Widow's Day" banquet each summer, to which they invite instructors from a local dance studio to teach the women – and a few men – some new moves. "We'd love nothing more than to start a movement and get other other people across the country to adopt a widow or widower in their lives," Jimmy said. "We all know them, so why not reach out to them? It takes such little effort, but the rewards are so great. I can't tell you how many times I've driven away from helping someone with tears streaming down my face. There's no place I'd rather be every Wednesday than helping them out."

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Elderly women celebrate 71 years of friendship

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A California woman recently posted a short video to her Twitter account, and it's serving as a heartwarming reminder that friendships can last a lifetime.

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Kamari Copeland posted the video of her 99-year-old great grandmother, Lil, and her friend, a 102-year-old named Jane.

In the video, the two women smile, laugh and hug one another proclaiming that they've been friends since 1945. 

Copeland points out their age, but asserts that they still look fabulous. 

“We know it. We can’t help it," the older friend answers playfully.

Florida man charged with having three wives

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An Orlando man was arrested and charged with bigamy after deputies discovered he was married to three women at the same time.

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Steven Rembert, 43, married his first wife, Evondria Marshay Bryan-Rembert, in March 2006 before moving on and tying the knot with Frances Rembert in May 2011, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Deputies said the second Mrs. Rembert alerted them when she noticed that her husband had married Takesha Stephens.

 

Frances Rembert told deputies she split up with her husband in April after she fell ill and was hospitalized. When she returned home, deputies said she told them Rembert “wasn’t as friendly or caring toward her, so she moved out.” After that, she discovered that he began dating 27-year-old Stephens, who was close to the family and had been “treated as though she was their daughter,” deputies said.

Frances Rembert told deputies Stephens updated her Facebook status to read, “Mrs. Rembert,” which led her to call the authorities. 

According to deputies, records showed that Rembert, who also is a registered sex offender, had not divorced his previous two wives. 

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Facebook friends are fake friends, according to a study

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You might have hundreds or even thousands of friends on Facebook. 

But how many of them would be there for you in a time of need? 

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A new study reminds social media users to distinguish the difference between a Facebook friend and a real friend.

In fact, the report says that almost all Facebook friends are entirely fake.

The research, conducted by Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University, and published by the Royal Society, compares real-life friendship to virtual ones. According to Dunbar, for every 150 Facebook friends a user has, only four are dependable and 13 would express sympathy during an “emotional crisis.” In total, only about 15 Facebook friends could be counted as real friends.

“There is a cognitive constraint on the size of social networks that even the communication advantages of online media are unable to overcome,” the report says. “In practical terms, it may reflect the fact that real (as opposed to casual) relationships require at least occasional face-to-face interaction to maintain them.”

Dunbar said that instead of growing one's social circle, Facebook and other social media platforms help slow the pace at which friendships fade. Generally, friendships that are limited in face-to-face interaction are also limited in potential to prosper.

“Friendships, in particular, have a natural decay rate in the absence of contact, and social media may well function to slow down the rate of decay,” Dunbar wrote. “However, that alone may not be sufficient to prevent friendships eventually dying naturally if they are not occasionally reinforced by face-to-face interaction.”

The study also found that younger people are more likely to have more Facebook friends, but older social media users tend to have more friends in real life. One reason for this is because social media encourages “promiscuous ‘friending’ of individuals who often have very tenuous links.”

Plus, people who do and don't use Facebook have, on average, the same amount of friends.

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