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Something Blue Some of the Baltimore area’s best wedding planners share their worst wedding-day disasters.

As anyone who’s ever planned a wedding knows, there’s a lot more to the perfect union than a few flowers and a beautiful venue. Sometimes, no matter how many hours of effort have gone into crafting the day of a bride’s dreams, things just fall apart—and spectacularly so. Here, some …

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Be More Festive It’s festival season in Maryland! Whether your idea of fun is cracking crabs, sipping chardonnay or even shearing sheep, there’s a festival for that.

Charm City Comedy Festival Laugh out loud with Charm City Comedy Project at this hilarious two-weekend festival. (The first is dedicated to improv and sketch comedy, and the second to standup.) Acts include musicians, comedy groups of all sizes and stand-up stars from across the nation, all bringing their unique …

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Booze Crews When it comes to creative marketing, these area alcohol entrepreneurs know how to party with a purpose.

Boordy Vineyards reposes on a pastoral corner of northeast Baltimore County—barely 15 minutes beyond the Beltway but a world away in terms of bucolic charm. Rows of vines arc gracefully over the undulating lands, sweeping down to a series of trim green-and-white outbuildings clustered around a 19th-century stone barn. Visit …

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Horse Power Building on her father’s legacy, thoroughbred trainer Elizabeth Voss has established her own reputation for success.

At 10:25 on a clear, brisk, but warming Monday morning in early March, Dream Verse and Al, separated by more than 30 lengths, jog eagerly under their exercise riders around the 1/6th-mile sheltered ring at Atlanta Hall horse farm in Monkton. Standing in an opening on the perimeter of the …

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Taking Flight The $100 million expansion of BWI Marshall’s international wing aims to meet the growing needs of Maryland travelers.

“A road warrior”—that’s what Monyka Berrocosa calls herself. The 46-year-old Hampden resident travels once or twice a month, usually by air. An international strategic consultant and investor and publisher of MyCity4HER.com, a Baltimore- based online resource for women, Berrocosa depends on flying to meet her business’ expanding needs. This month, …

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International Love Destination weddings are more popular than ever—and with these four hotspots just a direct flight from BWI Marshall, they’re easier than ever to reach, too.

“It’s not just one special day—it’s a week,” says Stacey DeSalvo, a Canton resident who was married in Cancún, Mexico, in February 2016. “Having a destination wedding is an absolute blast. It’s like a vacation for everyone.” The sun-soaked wedding of Stacey, a nurse at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, …

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Human Nature As the seasons change, four local poets reflect on the (meta)physical world.

Why I Don’t Write Nature Poems Because I’m always wearing the wrong shoes, I rarely stray from the path. There’s recollect, there’s tranquility and the way the trains punctuate each hour, shrill the shaken fields.  Let’s bide a bit here, thinking why we love them—the tracks, the transit, a train’s …

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Shrinking Waistlines Though gastric bypass is still a mainstay for dramatic weight loss, new, less-invasive procedures are gaining a place at the table.

Susan Hess struggled with excess weight her entire adult life, and six years ago her endocrinologist gave her an ultimatum she couldn’t ignore. “You will never be able to lose a significant amount of weight without doing something drastic,” she told her. “You might be able to lose 10 pounds …

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