Kellie Patrick Gates

Love columnist Kellie Patrick Gates writes from the Montgomery County home she shares with her extraordinary husband, a formerly stray cat and an adopted greyhound. Born and raised in Elk County, Gates previously was an award-winning news reporter for The Inquirer and other newspapers in Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. DO YOU HAVE THE DATE? Tell us in a short e-mail -- at least six weeks before your ceremony -- why we should feature your love story. Send it to weddings@phillynews.com. Unfortunately, we can't personally respond to all submissions. If your story is chosen, you will be contacted in the weeks before your wedding. Please include with your Love column submission the date of your wedding and a phone number where you can be reached.

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Weddings: Sharon Dougherty and Stephen Elliott

They exchanged emailed stories about their life experiences, moved to phone calls, and then, the Sunday before Christmas, hopped separate trains to Center City.

Weddings: Katie Stoudt and Josh Olmstead

Weddings: Katie Stoudt and Josh Olmstead

Philadelphia weddings: Connie Flynn and Casey Smith

“We have a lot in common. We are both very family-oriented and hardworking. We are always setting new goals, and we are always doing something,” she said.

She guessed when he was proposing, yet he still managed to surprise her

“I thought I had ruined his big moment, and I felt so awful!” Tess said. But Rob wasn’t even a little upset.

Philadelphia Weddings: Jill Hanley and David Owen

Their love affair began in Oxford, they got engaged in Orlando, and got married in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia weddings: Elise Del Casale & Bill Viscuso

In February 2015, Nick invited Elise to the movies. She said yes, and he texted Bill, his friend since high school: “I have a good friend from East Stroudsburg who I think would be a really good match for you.”

'When we met at the Wawa, I knew I was going to marry you one day'

Later that night, everyone was dancing to Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” and there was another tap on Niko’s back. “I turn around, and Mike Scott puts his arm around me.”

His first proposal? Via Instagram. His second? Over late night pancakes.

“Kurt is talking, but I’m not paying attention, because I have pancakes,” she said. “And then he is all of a sudden next to the bed, on one knee, with a ring box.”

Philadelphia Weddings: Elizabeth Folger and Michael Zubert

Mike spent much of the time he wasn’t singing beneath a tree, reading the poetry of Stephen Dunn. Liz was not impressed. “I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I had ever seen,” she recalls. Mike said Liz made hardly any impression on him at all.

Philadelphia Weddings: Their love began with a Spin the Bottle kiss

Their first kiss was quick, awkward, and in full view of all the other teenagers playing Spin the Bottle at a mutual friend’s Sweet 16.