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Today's brides have an energy that allows for no simpering o coyness. They're doers and movers. In all likelihood, they chart their wedding in the moments allowed them between a busy career, an exercise schedule and an active community life. They cherish tradition, but on that important day when they are the focus of attention they may tweak protocol and make their grand getaway in unconventional mode. Just a way to remind the party that marriage should be a romantic adventure.


Cover and Page 6 -- Gown, $2,700, and headpiece, $550, by Richard Glassglow at Robinson's Bridal & Formal Wear. Necklace, $150; earrings, $30, both at Treasure House. Gloves, $32, at Nordstrom. His floral vest, $165, by Norah Shaw at Romance Studio.

Page 7 -- Her suit, $368, at Trillium. Hat, $180, at Romance Studio. Necklace, $110, and earrings, $35, at Panache. Shoes, $88, from Kenneth Cole store at Tyson's Corner Town Center. His suit, $495, by Andrew Fezza; shirt, $100, by Ike Behar; both at Firma Menswear. Tie, $70, at Nordstrom.

Page 8 -- Gown, $450; wreath and veil, $600, both at Romance Studio. Gloves, $24, at Nordstrom. Earrings, $84, at Trillium.

Page 9 -- Gown, $2,700, by Po Couture at Gamberdella's Salon for Brides. Snood, $250, at Bridal Fashions by Niko. Earrings, $25, at Treasure House. Gloves, $45, at Nordstrom. His tuxedo from Robinson's Bridal & Formal Wear.

Page 10 -- Gown, $281, by Dessy at Bridal Fashions by Niko. Headband, $200, at Romance Studio. Earrings, $35, at Treasure House. Gloves, $17, at Nordstrom.

Page 11 -- Dress, $158, by Niteline at Dressy Affair. Crown and veil, $300, by Jennifer Brown at Romance Studio. Earrings, $48, at Bridal Fashions by Niko. Gloves, $42, at Nordstrom. Boots, $128, at Stikky Fingers.

Styling by Suzin Boddiford. Floral and set designs by Eleanor Oster. Hair and makeup by Jill Turnbull for Etches Salon & Spa. Styling assistance by Karen Martin. Models: Ally, John, Molly and Joseph Beckford for Nova Models. Candi, Fabian, Marcia Griffith for 3 West Casting. Thanks to Friendship Hot Air Balloon Co., Bob's BMW Motorcycles of Jessup, Hayes Field Airport and Moran Towing tugboat company for locations.

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