Va. Couple Wins Dream Wedding

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Gabriel Sheffield and Jasmine Harris of Manassas Park, Va. won Essence magazine’s fourth annual “Will You Marry Me?” contest, and will have the wedding of their dreams.

The result of the contest, sponsored by WE TV and Tiffany & Co., was announced on February 12 on a pre-Valentines Day edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Essence is thrilled that so many people logged on to vote, and now Gabriel and Jasmine will be able to have the wedding of their dreams,” Angela Burt-Murray, editor-in-chief of Essence said in a statement. “This year, close to two hundred thousand Essence.com viewers logged on to show their support and vote for their favorite proposal. We wish all of our ‘Will You Marry Me?’ couples the very best as they begin their new lives together.”

The winning couple received a wedding consultation with wedding producer and designer Diann Valentine and invitations from her new collection, “Wedding Paper Divas”; a wedding dress from the David Tutera by Faviana Collection; a cake courtesy of one of the bakers featured on the WE TV show, “Amazing Wedding Cakes”; and $10,000 in cash for wedding day essentials.

In an on-air twist, all of the final four couples received a fantasy honeymoon package in Maui courtesy of the Maui Visitors Bureau.