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There's an excellent Vows column in this week's NY Times Weddings & Celebrations. It's the one for Fran Boyd and Donnie Andrews, two Baltimore residents whose difficult lives were the basis for the HBO dramas The Corner and The Wire. Boyd and Andrews were featured in a page one story in the Times last week, and the Vows column explains more of how they met and how they supported each other during prison sentences, while overcoming addiction, and as they tried to put their lives back together.

The Wire cast members Dominic West, Sonja Sojn, and Andre Royo attended the wedding, as did, "Michael A. Millemann, the University of Maryland law professor who helped Mr. Andrews gain his freedom, and Charles P. Scheeler, the lead federal prosecutor who won Mr. Andrew’s conviction and later worked for his release." David Simon, who co-created The Corner and The Wire (and whose book was the basis for the television series Homicide), was Andrews' best man and told the Times, "Everything has a second act and a third act. And everybody gets to write their endings."

And in other up-and-down love news, on Thursday, Teri Muroff and Robert Meyer got married on the Cyclone in Brooklyn. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Cliff Herring, who the Daily News described as a "card-carrying member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts."

And here are highlights from the NY Times' weddings announcements:

  • There are 35 wedding/commitment ceremony announcements, plus the Vows column (there is one same-sex union)
  • There are 20 photographs of couples and 1 photograph of a bride only
  • The youngest bride is 22, the oldest bride is 55
  • The youngest groom is 24, the oldest groom is 61
  • The oldest couple actually met at the groom's wedding 25 years ago; many years later, their respective non-smoking spouses died of lung cancer and they became friends as they supported each other through times of grief.
  • No real concerns about whether the bride or groom will change their names in the union for one couple: The bride's last name is Green, the groom's is Greene.
  • One couple met in a psychology class at Wesleyan; the professor officiated the wedding ceremony.
  • One groom is a congressional representative from Connecticut
  • Volunteering can be romantic: One couple met during a training session for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NYC.
  • One bride's great-grandfather was FDR.
  • Best wedding reception food might have been at the wedding of the Gramercy Tavern's executive chef, who was the groom.

Photograph of the Cyclone at Coney Island by f.trainer on Flickr