Manassas Couple Wins Contest, Takes the Cake

Virginia really is for lovers

Essence photo cropped
Matthew C. Anderson

A couple from Manassas Park, Va., is getting their cake, cash, dress and a fantasy honeymoon after winning Essence magazine's "Will You Marry Me?" contest, thanks to the soon-to-be groom.

Gabriel Sheffield came up with the proposal that made him and Jasmine Harris one of four couples chosen by the magazine for its fourth annual contest. Readers then voted on the couples with the best love story, and Sheffield and Harris won.

Proof that Virginia really is for lovers.

In addition to having their proposal featured in the pages of Essence,  Sheffield and Harris will receive these gifts, courtesy of WE tv:

  • A wedding consultation with renowned wedding producer and designer Diann Valentine
  • A wedding dress from the David Tutera by Faviana Collection, designed collaboratively by design house Faviana and celebrity wedding planner David Tutera;
  • 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.

And that's not all. The winning couple also gets to fly away to a fantasy honeymoon in Maui, courtesy of the Maui Visitors Bureau, for six nights in two luxurious resorts, romantic dinners, traditional luau, couple spa treatments and more.

At that rate, we calculate their wedding will cost them, oh... so much less than what the rest of us paid or will pay for our special days. Not a bad way to start a Valentine's Day weekend.

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