A Lively Los Angeles Wedding Celebration Full of Fall Florals

Not many love stories begin with one person in a minion costume confessing their love in a crowded bar on Halloween. But for Nicole and Ashley Dillon, that’s exactly how their romance started. “She didn’t really hear me, so I pretended like I didn’t say anything,” remembers Nicole of the moment. But a week later, Ashley said they should “revisit the conversation”—proof that she did, in fact, hear Nicole! “We never looked back after that,” Nicole says.    

The couple was first introduced during a flag football league in 2014 and three years later, Nicole popped the question while vacationing in Montauk, New York. Ashley’s ring—a custom aqua stone set on a rose gold band—would eventually serve as inspiration for their wedding day, but not before Ashley returned the favor. “About eight months [after the proposal], I came home from work and found Ashley had strung up a bunch of pictures

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Gardiner’s Swine & Stein pivots to a take-home model for annual celebration

Melissa Lindley, executive director of Gardiner Main Street, sorts through merchandise last Wednesday at the Swine & Stein Brewfest in a Bag pickup location in Gardiner. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal Buy this Photo

GARDINER — Every year, hundreds of people gather on a Saturday in October on Gardiner’s Water Street to celebrate the season in the style of Oktoberfest, but this year’s Swine & Stein will happen wherever the participants are.

This year, Gardiner Main Street is offering Swine & Stein Brewfest in a Bag to the first 300 to sign up. Those bags will be filled with locally made beers and other festive items — for $75 a bag.

Ongoing public health concern about COVID-19, which has resulted in limits on public gatherings, is behind this year’s pivot and the work it has taken to organize.

“It sounds pretty simple: Buy beer and put it in a bag,” said Melissa

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Family plans 100th birthday celebration for ‘Ms. Beauty’ | News

Little Beauty was a tiny baby born in rural South Carolina — a tiny little baby with tiny little hands. But her grandfather knew she would do something special with them one day.

Beauty was told that when she was born, she was so tiny and had very small hands. Her grandfather said, “those little hands will cook someday.” She shared that her grandfather always called her when he was finished eating, so that she could eat his leftovers. In those days, the chance to eat leftovers was a good thing because it suggested that a person was receiving special attention.

Nearly 100 years later, Beauty Richardson has fixed thousands of meals. She has been the family cook, a caretaker, a matriarch, spiritual beacon and community mother. She has carried out the official roles of dutiful daughter, sibling, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In a few weeks, she’ll take on

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VocalEssence choir to launch its virtual season with a celebration of women’s suffrage

Amid continuing uncertainty over when live performances will be possible again, Twin Cities choir VocalEssence has announced its plans for an all-digital 2020-21 season.

Eight specially recorded programs will be presented on a new website called “VocalEssence on Demand,” for streaming on a variety of devices including computer, tablet, smartphone, or smart television.

“The coronavirus pandemic has placed stresses on all performers, performing arts organizations and venues,” VocalEssence artistic director Philip Brunelle commented.

“But the crisis is not without opportunity, and VocalEssence is thrilled our audiences new and old can listen and watch whenever they choose, wherever they happen to be.”

Four of the new programs feature the main VocalEssence Chorus and the Ensemble Singers, its chamber choir.

The season starts Oct. 18 with “Rightfully Hers,” a concert commemorating the centenary of women’s suffrage in the United States, with music by Mabel Daniels, Alice Parker, Jocelyn Hagen and others.

The

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38 Instagram Captions For Backyard Wedding Celebration Pics & The Romantic Mems

Your wedding day came in the blink of an eye. Now, your siblings are setting up white chairs in your backyard as you slip on the gown of your dreams in your bedroom. In this moment, you’re excited and nervous at the same time, and daydreaming about the stunning photos you’re going to pose for after saying, “I do.” The sweet, little details such as the Instagram captions for backyard wedding celebration pics are already taken care of for you, so you can simply focus on soaking up the wedding day bliss.

There’s something truly unique and intimate about having a small wedding celebration in your backyard, and you don’t want to forget one second of it. You’ll want to remember grabbing your bouquet off the kitchen counter and seeing your closest friends take their seats from the other side of the window. When you’re standing in front of your

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