I Won a Wedding on Instagram

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This spring, at a roadside opera house in Death Valley, I proposed to my girlfriend. It was the ideal beginning to what would become the monthslong, painstaking process of planning the best wedding we could pull off. Like many couples, our preparation involved everything from the joys of sampling cake with grandmothers to the headache of figuring out all the different ways to reserve a block of rooms at a hotel, sending out a slew of “save the dates,” paying a fortune in deposits to vendors, and knowing that at some point the

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