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Dana Franklin of Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

How to travel now   Join our Publisher, Rebecca Barnes as she talks with Dana Franklin, Honeymoon and Wedding Specialist with Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons about travel in today’s world. Learn about safety protocol and what are the deals and hot destination right now! 703-282-8178 – office dana@divinedw.com www.divinedestinationweddings.com Featuring: Destination Weddings, Romance Travel, Fiji, Tahiti, Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Asia, Africa…we sell the world!

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Tang’s Bridal

Join Brides & Weddings publisher Rebecca Barnes as she speaks with the team at Tang’s Bridal about Maggie Sottero Designs, In-house alterations for wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedos and more! And their amazing stress-free memorable experience for all. Tang’s Bridal | 703-393-8458 www.tangsbridal.com www.tangsalterations.com https://www.pinterest.com/tangsbridal/  

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A Tahitian Anniversary Surprise

By: Dana Franklin, Independent Travel Advisor, Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons I surprised my husband for our 37th anniversary with a 17 day trip to French Polynesia.  We started the trip flying Poerava business class on Air Tahiti Nui for the 8 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles.  Upon arrival into Pape’ete, the country’s capital and international airline hub, we transferred to an inter-island airline and flew to Rangiroa, one of the outer islands about 220 miles northeast of Pape’ete, where we spent two nights at the fabulous Kia Ora Resort & Spa. We went to the Blue Lagoon where we experienced a motu picnic and snorkeled with reef sharks and 6′ – 8′ lemon sharks! We also did a wine tasting at the only winery in French Polynesia! After flying back to Pape’ete, we boarded the Paul Gauguin, a …

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Wedding Stories by Tania

Tonia Hossain Photography

Limited time offer for Engaged Couples Our publisher, Rebecca Barnes speaks with Tania Hossain of Wedding Stories by Tania about her bookings, advice for brides, blogging, and her thoughts on the wedding industry. Mention Brides & Weddings Magazine when booking your 2020 or 2021 wedding for your 20% Discount by June 20, 2020. Welcome https://www.facebook.com/weddingstoriesbytania/

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Elopement Wedding During COVID-19 | Eddie and Melissa

By: Rob Jinks of Rob Jink Photography This wasn’t what Eddie and Melissa expected their wedding day to look like. When I had my first video consultation with them, Melissa was excited to get married in the same church where her parents were married, St. Hugh of Grenoble Church in Maryland. Eddie was looking forward to having all of this family together, including his father who lives in China. Then COVID-19 struck. Eddie and Melissa’s May 2020 wedding had to be cancelled. All of their hard work and planning changed dramatically. But instead of canceling altogether they chose to reschedule to another date and go ahead and elope! Having a full party with family and friends is still something they are exited to do but in the meantime they simply wanted to be married. But then other challenges came. Melissa …

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Historic Rosemont is Booking Brides and Taking Care of Clients

Brides & Weddings Publisher Rebecca Barnes speaks with Michael Haymaker, Historic Rosemont’s Director of Weddings and Design about how Rosemont is adapting and serving their clients as well as taking care of their staff. Wedding Package Questions or to Schedule a Tour weddings@rosemont1811.com http://rosemont1811.com/weddings/ https://www.facebook.com/RosemontManor/  www.womensweddingnetwork.com 

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On Celebrating Your Original Wedding Date

By: Tania Hossain of  Wedding Stories By Tania If you have had to delay your wedding date due to any reason out of your control, you are not alone, especially if your original wedding date was in the spring or summer of 2020.  Due to social distance notices to protect public health, staying 6 feet apart with only 10 people was hardly the wedding you had imagined or planned. After working closely with a dozen couples whose 2020 wedding dates were postponed to 2021, I know how much sadness, confusion, and utter sense of loss our couples felt as they worked to schedule their wedding team for their new date. There was a reason our couples had picked their wedding date, so I asked a few of them what they did to celebrate their original date.  I picked a few …

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Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase to Spotlight Loudoun County Venues, Wedding Professionals

Provided by FNP Events Visit Loudoun and FNP Events announce a new wedding event designed to connect couples to Loudoun County venues and wedding professionals. “Love Loudoun: A Wedding Showcase” will be hosted at West Belmont Place at The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, on March 15, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., with the first hour open to VIP ticket holders. “The wedding industry contributes more than $118 million to Loudoun’s economy annually and continues to grow,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said. “With everything from historic settings and vineyards to modern ballrooms, Loudoun has one of the most diverse offerings of wedding venues in the D.C. region. This Wedding Showcase will give couples a chance to meet with dozens of wedding vendors all under one roof.” The Love Loudoun Wedding Showcase will feature almost 100 …

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Get Married and Honeymoon in Style with Divine Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

Iceland, Divine Destinations

By Erin Pittman Sponsored by Divine Destination Weddings and Honeymoons So, you’ve found the person you want to marry, gotten the ring and have enough excitement bottled up inside for years to come. Now it’s time to make plans for your unforgettable wedding and honeymoon. But where do you start? No matter what you’re looking for, turn to Divine Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. Expert Travel Planners When you contact Divine Destinations, you’ll receive tailored service from the very beginning. Dana Franklin and her Virginia team of agents bring years of expert service to the table. Franklin has been a travel agent for 14 years and has been with the company since 2014. “People will find that human connection from start to finish,” said Franklin. “Our clients will receive multiple options, and we will walk them through the booking process, often …

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Weddings at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

By Ashley Simpson Sponsored by Hylton Performing Arts Center Many would say that you’re the star of your own show on your wedding day. And, the Hylton Performing Arts Center – an opera house and theater venue in Manassas – gives this idea a whole new meaning for local brides. The Hylton Center opened in 2010, and the first wedding took place the very next year. “We’ve been doing weddings almost since the beginning,” said Susan Landess, Sales and Community Relations Manager of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. “The Hylton Center began reaching out to the wedding market as a way to enhance our community outreach when not being used for performances.” Hylton Center performers include the Northern Virginia Ballet, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band, the Manassas Ballet Theater, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and even the National Symphony …

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Three Generations of a Blooming Business: Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers

By Marianne Weaver Sponsored by Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers, with locations in Kensington and Olney, Maryland, has established itself as the go-to for floral arrangements, plants and garden products. But that was not the vision when the business was founded 87 years ago. “In 1932, in the midst of the Depression, Raymond T. Johnson Sr. opened a small grocery store at Wisconsin and Van Ness Streets in Washington, D.C.,” said Thomas Johnson, Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers Director of Store Operations. “In the spring of 1933, an individual who lived on Van Ness Street and raised geraniums as a hobby offered him a few geranium plants to sell on consignment. And the plant business was born.” After World War II, the grocery department suffered from the competition of the new, larger supermarkets. The floral …

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