A Kitty Hawk Proposal Took This Couple’s Relationship to New Heights

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Chapel Hill native Arwen La Dine and James Broughton became friends in college, bonding over math and aerospace homework. They started dating during their senior year at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana. Following graduation, the couple worked and lived in separate states for a year, until they realized that long-distance dating wasn’t for them. With help from college friend and future groomsman Clark Harris, James bought a ring and booked a one-way ticket to North Carolina to be with Arwen.

For their two-year anniversary in 2018, James planned a weekend trip to Kitty Hawk to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The couple shares a love of planes, and James, wanting to take their relationship to new heights, proposed at the memorial.

Arwen and James hosted a welcome party at The Siena Hotel the evening before their wedding. They married on June 22, 2019, at Orange United Methodist Church. A reception followed at the Chapel Hill Carriage House. Attendees included Arwen’s parents, Jeff and Barbara La Dine, Arwen’s sister and maid of honor, Anna La Dine, and James’ parents, John and Debbie Broughton. After the reception, which featured lawn games, visits with the Carriage House’s llamas and food from Hillsborough BBQ Company, the newlyweds were sent off by guests with sparklers and retired to The Fearrington House Inn.

Arwen says she wanted the weekend to be a chance for friends and family to gather and catch up. “We were overwhelmed by how many people genuinely had a good time,” she says.

Arwen and James, both mechanical engineers by trade, live in Morrisville, North Carolina.

By Lindsay Rusczak

Photography by Tara Parker Photography

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