It was a big year for weddings and proposals. Many skaters skated into matrimony in the spring and summer of 2016, along with some surprising romantic proposals across the globe.
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Jeremy Barrett, 32, and Lucy Gelleher, 30, married on April 30 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in an outdoor ceremony with the Atlantic Ocean providing a scenic backdrop for the nuptials. Groomsmen included John Kerr, John Zimmerman, Ryan Bradley and Ethan Burgess. Silvia Fontana, Felicia Zhang, Judy Blumberg and Sinead Kerr were among the 200 guests in attendance.
Russian ice dancer Ekaterina Bobrova, 26, and pairs skater Andrei Deputat, 23, will tie the knot in a formal ceremony in Moscow on July 16. The couple got engaged on March 17, but did not announce it until May. “We will celebrate our wedding in Moscow because we both need to continue training after the wedding,” Bobrova said. “Both our partners (Dmitri Solovyev and Vera Bazarova), our coaches and Adelina Sotnikova will be attending the wedding.”
Grant Hochstein kept the momentum of his success at the 2016 World Championships going by popping the question to his longtime girlfriend, Caroline Zhang, in New York’s Central Park on April 5. “Today, the love of my life said yes! I’m the luckiest man in the world,” Hochstein wrote in a Facebook post.
“We are thinking possibly August 2018 after the chaos of the Olympic Games is over,” Hochstein replied when asked about a wedding date.
Tara Lipinski & Todd Kapostasy celebrated their engagement in Beverly Hills on May 21. Lipinski could not hide her excitement about the proposal and her wedding, which will take place sometime in 2018.
Stacey Kemp & David King, Great Britain’s most successful pairs team in modern history, married on April 23 at St Chad’s Church in Whittle-le-Wood. Following the ceremony, they travelled to Hoghton Tower in a carriage pulled by white horses named Will and Kate. Their wedding breakfast was served in the banquet hall, where King James I famously knighted a loin of beef. The newlyweds continued the tradition with a menu that included sirloin beef.