Jumping Jumping the Broom is a wedding column for Black brides in need of inspiration for their nuptials. Follow ESSENCE Senior Entertainment Editor Joi-Marie McKenzie as she plans her August 2019 wedding, and see what she learns along the way from experts, wedding planners and vendors.

What happens when you get engaged and you’ve partied so hard in your 20s you’d rather not “party like a rock star” at your bachelorette party? Gather your best girlfriends and check out the only five-star resort owned by a Black woman in the U.S.

Located in Middleburg, Virginia, Salamander Resort & Spa, owned by Sheila Johnson, is tucked away on 340 acres of the greenest land I’ve ever seen. If you’d rather lie by an infinity pool than turn up at a pool party, or visit a nearby winery rather than throw back shots, or enjoy fine dining rather than stuffing pizza to ward off that hangover that might come the next morning, this is the place for you.


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