Philadelphia weddings: Courtney Hoffer and Joe McClernon

They were each giving online dating one last try.

Philadelphia weddings: Lauren Pahl and Guido Rodrigues

He sent her a drink. She went over to thank him.

Philadelphia weddings: Lauren Pahl and Guido Rodrigues

He sent her a drink. She went over to thank him.

Philadelphia weddings: Alexa Miller and William Schaub

Their parents were neighbors, but they had never met.

Philadelphia weddings: Alexa Miller and William Schaub

Their parents were neighbors, but they had never met.

Philadelphia weddings: Sandy Saull and Steve Leberstien

He was her junior prom date. They were in their 60s when they married.

Philadelphia weddings: Sandy Saull and Steve Leberstien

He was her junior prom date. They were in their 60s when they married.
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The Parent Trip: Sandy Kerstetter and Adam LaPierre of West Mount Airy

“He was crying, all bundled up. They put his face next to mine. I said, ‘Shh…Mommy’s here.’ He just stopped crying, and all the fear, all the pre-partum strife, went out the window.”

Philadelphia weddings: Heather Rittenhouse and Bob Rafferty Jr.

They met down the Shore. He proposed on a banner plane.

The Parent Trip: Brian Collins and Fred Cusick Jr. of Passyunk Square

They’d been on this path before. Twice they were matched with a birth mother who planned to relinquish her baby for adoption.Twice the mothers changed their minds.

Philadelphia weddings: Melissa Butler and Ryan Joyce

They first met in kindergarten.

The Parent Trip: Soleil Bacho and Eoin Halpin of Ardmore

They had just moved to a house—their clothes and kitchenware still in boxes—when Soleil’s labor began in the middle of the night.

Philadelphia weddings: Christina Kaissi and John Wells

From “How was your day?” to “How would you handle this?” they talked like people who had known and trusted each other for a long time and truly cared how the other was doing, John agreed.

The Parent Trip: Ana Calderon and Matthew Bledsoe of Fairmount

Ana was 36 weeks pregnant—she and Matthew had just moved into a house in Fairmount—when she got a phone call from her brother: their father had suffered a severe heart attack. They flew to Spain immediately.

The Parent Trip: Devon and Andrew Klinger of Roxborough

The night before the induction, the baby seemed ready to elbow her way out. Andrew shot a video of Devon's belly, bulging erratically from the inside, "like a dance party," he says.

Philadelphia weddings: Doreen Wirzman and Franklin McGlynn

I think your dad may be someone I was stationed with in Germany," she messaged his son.

Philadelphia weddings: Jamie Shanker and Rick Passero

She was in a new relationship with someone kind and wonderful. But when faced with crises, she wanted Rick.

The Parent Trip: Amy and Jake Ginsburg of Lower Gwynedd

Amy had never abandoned her hope for three; she was so ecstatic to see the positive pregnancy test that she immediately texted a photo to Jake while he was at work.

‘Manspeak’ and ‘womanspeak’: Interpreter needed

I live with a man who can honestly sum up his entire day in a couple pithy and logical sentences. I can spend twice as much time describing a room as I spent in that room.

Philadelphia weddings: Victoria Doyle and Gabriel Morales

The reception featured favorite Philly foods, including soft pretzels that spelled out "Mr. & Mrs. Morales."

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