Equal, at last

By PHILIP EIL  |  May 14, 2013

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WHO Derick Gough, 26 and Kyle Willis, 23 (with their dogs, Lily and Meko)

WHERE Central Falls, via Warwick (Derick) and Burrillville (Kyle)

HOW "Good ol' social networking," Derick says.

He first saw Kyle out at the Alley Cat in Providence, then messaged him the next day on Facebook. Their first date was a trip to see A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.

"We haven't been apart since then," says Kyle.

THE PROPOSAL "I went out shopping for a ring and then decided to do it on Valentine's Day," Derick says. "I ran around, went and got roses, cleaned the whole house, put on a suit. And then [when] he came home I had every candle in the world lit, rose petals going down the hallway."

When Kyle walked through the door, Derick was waiting on one knee.

WEDDING PLANS Kyle has been dreaming of his wedding even before Derick came along, he says with a laugh. His vision? Plenty of guests, a mansion in Newport or Warwick, both grooms decked out in designer tuxedoes. "I know that I want to change jackets from ceremony to reception," he says. "We're probably going to wear white jackets during the ceremony, and then we'll switch to black."

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WHO Stefanie Silvia, 38 and Kim Pare, 42

WHERE Swansea, MA

HOW Stef was one of Kim's clients at the Providence fitness studio where she works. On their first date, they went downtown to Union Station Brewery after a workout. That night, Stef says, "I was like, 'OK, so this is the person I'm going to spend my life with.' "

THE BACK STORY "I'm a true Rhode Islander," Stef says. She grew up in Bristol, attended URI, and now works in Providence. And yet when Rhode Island lagged behind on gay marriage, she moved to Swansea with Kim and Kim's three kids (Cassie, Cole, and Jeremy) so that the couple could legally marry. Then Rhode Island passed the law, and wedding plans shifted back to the Ocean State.

DOLLARS AND CENTS Rhode Island "totally lost our taxes," Stef says. "Our house tax, everything we would have paid . . . they kinda lost out on us living there. Which is stupid, right?"

WEDDING PLANS "I already have the whole wedding planned," Kim says. It's going to be in September 2014, on a beach Narragansett. One of Stef's high school friends is going to DJ, she says, and one of Stef's cousins is going to make the cake.

"The colors are aqua, red, and white," she continues. "The flowers are going to be gerbera daisies and white calla lilies, which is what we gave each other for Valentine's Day this year."

"I just want [it] to be at the beach," Stef says. "That's all I care about."

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