We all remember our first childhood friend. The one you were always excited to see. The one who made every play date feel like an adventure. And most important, the one who accepted you completely, quirks and all.

For Pardis Parker, the writer of this week’s Modern Love essay, it was the misadventures and seemingly insignificant moments that made his childhood best friend (and neighbor) a safe haven where he felt truly accepted.

The Sweet Hearts chapel is the latest small wedding space to land in Brooklyn; it offers couples speedy nuptials and Instagrammable moments at an affordable price.

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And, have you ever wondered why people get married? The season premiere of the Modern Love podcast explores this loaded question. Listen now.

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