ULC - IN THE NEWS - 2024

May 31

Discovering ‘This Was a Forever Romance’

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Once Timothy Murray landed a date with Michael Bullard, the two were inseparable — except when they were separated by their work as actors. The two were wed by Jeenie Yoon, a mutual friend who was previously ordained by Universal Life Church Ministries.

Source: The NY Times

May 31

When ‘Girlfriend’ Just Isn’t Enough

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Jen Tullock and Marie Ronn met through a dating app, but didn’t start dating until months later when they saw each other at a film premiere. The couple were married at a private social club by Riley Berris, one of Ms. Tullock’s oldest friends. Ms. Berris was ordained by the Universal Life Church for the occasion.

Source: The NY Times

May 24

First She Scored a Spot at Her Restaurant. Then She Won a Place in Her Heart

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The actress Maria Bello and the Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn said they owe their journey to the “three C’s”: cancer, Covid and, now, commitment. The couple were legally wed in the backyard of their Los Angeles home by Seano McFarland, a close friend who was previously ordained by the Universal Life Church.

Source: The NY Times

May 14

After Living Much of Life at Sea, Captain Sandy Finds Love on Land

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Sandy Yawn of “Below Deck Mediterranean” married Leah Shafer on — what else? — a superyacht in Florida. Nadine Rajabi, the showrunner of “Below Deck Mediterranean,” who is ordained by the Universal Life Church, married them on the yacht’s bridge aft deck.

Source: The NY Times

May 10

A Broadway Star Gets Married on Her Day Off

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Lindsay Mendez, nominated for a Tony in “Merrily We Roll Along,” married actor J. Alex Brinson in a Monday ceremony officiated by castmate Jonathan Groff, who is a seasoned officiant with the Universal Life Church. Daniel Radcliffe was their ring bearer.

Source: The NY Times

May 10

The Plot of a Rom-Com, In Real Life

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Rober Lawrence and Shawna Rodrigues, high school crushes, waited until after graduation to make their love story official. After years of admiring each other from afar, the two came together after 25 years of being apart — this time, for good. Mr. Lawrence’s nephew, Caleb Lawrence, was ordained through the Universal Life Church to marry them.

Source: The NY Times

May 05

How a One-Month Fitness Pass Turned Into a Lifetime Commitment

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Andrew Matt met Kayla Dye six years ago at an indoor cycling studio in Dallas after signing up for a class she was teaching. Both instructor and student were immediately smitten. After dating for four years, the two tied the knot on April 20, 2024. Ms. Dye’s friend Elizabeth Furlong, who was ordained by the Universal Life Church for the event, officiated their wedding.

Source: The NY Times

May 03

The Two-Week Sublet That Led to Love

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Wiktor Freifeld lived in Tusia Dabrowska’s apartment when she left Warsaw for New York. The two maintained a long-distance relationship for years—first as friends; later as more. They moved back to the U.S. and decided to get married, and were wed by Elissa Jiji, a mutual friend who was previously ordained by the Universal Life Church.

Source: The NY Times

Apr 19

A Steady Stream of Road Trips Made Falling in Love Easy

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As Deborah Yarchun and Benjamin Parr traveled across the country during the pandemic, their bond became stronger at each stop. They were married in Austin, TX in front of 91 guests by Christina Beleck, a Universal Life Church minister and the mother-in-law of Ms. Yarchun's younger brother, Daniel.

Source: The NY Times

Apr 12

A High School Reunion Reignites a 50-Year Crush

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Elaine Hall and Roland Passaro, both 88, met in junior high school in 1950 but lost touch before acting on their connection. They finally did, five decades later. James Passaro, Mr. Passaro's son who was previously ordained through the Universal Life Church, officiated their wedding in front of an intimate audience of loved ones.

Source: The NY Times

Mar 29

He Offered Her a Seat at His Table, and Later, a Place in His Heart

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Arnim Kaiser and Pamela Grace were both out-of-towners dining alone in Arles, France. Mr. Kaiser offered Ms. Grace a seat at his table, sparking a romance. Both were previously married and, despite neither believing they would ever remarry, the couple was wed a year later by Jane Croft, a Universal Life Church minister found through an internet search.

Source: The NY Times

Mar 22

Once in a Blue Supermoon, a Lifelong Commitment Is Made

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Just a few weeks after meeting, Tiffany Langlinais and Michael Graves evacuated New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Ida. A tumultuous two weeks on the road solidified their relationship. In August 2023, Mr. Graves proposed on a beach in Door County, Wis., while watching the blue supermoon gleam above the water. The two were married by a friend who was previously ordained by the Universal Life Church.

Source: The NY Times

Mar 15

The Proposal Expert Gets Her Own Surprise Ring

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Ben Cohen wanted to make sure Lexi Tobin, a wedding influencer and proposal planner, got the proposal of a lifetime. After solving a series of clues that led her to a romantic destination, Ms. Tobin was met with an unforgettable proposal. The two were married by Ms. Tobin’s uncle, Erik Powers, who was previously ordained by the Universal Life Church.

Source: The NY Times

Mar 08

A Wedding Do-Over After a Broken Heart (Not the Kind You’re Thinking)

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Just minutes after Eli Newell and Dr. Erika Amundson exchanged vows last spring, he was rushed to the hospital. Their second go-round was far less traumatic. At the first wedding, they read handwritten vows before their guests and Matthew Donnelly, the Universal Life Church minister and friend who married them.

Source: The NY Times

Mar 05

I Now Pronounce You, Whatever the Hell You Want

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Singer Cassadee Pope shared her distress at Tennessee’s new marriage law, which states that public officials are no longer obligated “to solemnize a marriage.” Pope voiced her support for same-sex couples, 'if you run into any issues, I’d love to help you out,' revealing that she received a Certificate of Ministry from the Universal Life Church in 2020.

Source: Billboard

Mar 01

A Secret Crush and a Not-So-Obvious First Date Leads to Romance

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Talia Bernstein and Kristen Zublin became friends after meeting at an improv class in Los Angeles, but their relationship shifted after Ms. Bernstein invited Ms. Zublin over for homemade pizza. The two were married 8 years later by actor Blake Lee, one of their close friends who was ordained by the Universal Life Church for the event.

Source: The NY Times

Feb 23

From ‘Letters Across the Sea’ to Marriage in Under a Year

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Alison Eggert and Raylynne Perez met through a dating app last June, and just two months later they were engaged. Ms. Eggert’s cousin, Daniel Streit, who was ordained by the Universal Life Church, officiated their wedding in front of a close group of family and friends.

Source: The NY Times

Feb 16

Two Writers Craft Their Own Love Story

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After a trip to promote her best seller “Mostly Dead Things,” Kristen Arnett detoured to meet Kayla Upadhyaya in person for the first time. Basking in the light of their vibrant relationship, the two authors were married in Florida by a Universal Life Church minister.

Source: The NY Times

Feb 02

After a Breakup, Their Reunion Played Out Like a 'Rom-Com'

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Kavi Packiam and Stephanie Rodriguez met at a Manhattan nightclub and became official less than three months later. However, the pandemic and distance got in the way. The couple finally married on Jan. 27 at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, the same place Mr. Packiam proposed. Mr. Packiam’s childhood friend, Arjun Krishnamoorthy, who was ordained by the Universal Life Church, officiated.

Source: The New York Times

Jan 19

A Psychedelic Trip Leads to a ‘Cosmic and Divine’ Celebration of Love

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Josh Radnor, the star of “How I Met Your Mother,” and Jordana Jacobs, a psychologist in Brooklyn, met while exploring the far reaches of consciousness and later said “I do” in a winter storm. The ceremony included Jewish wedding traditions and was led by Jacob Azia, a friend of the couple who is a Universal Life Church minister.

Source: The New York Times