Engagements & Weddings

Can I Have This Dance?

By Kayla Anderson | September 16, 2015

Not long after moving to Carrboro in late 2009, New Orleans native Katherine Richards began climbing at the Chapel Hill Community Center. Soon, her friend (and future groomsman) Paul Alabanza introduced her to fellow climber Mauro Calabrese. A post-climb brunch at Foster’s Market (now The Root Cellar) was the beginning of their friendship. Pals from the climbing wall offered […]

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Sweet Tooth

By Dree Deacon | July 22, 2015

How many couples can say a root canal brought them together? Nathan White, a fourth-year dental student at UNC, was starting a root canal surgery when he needed assistance from Annie Chu, a first- year dental hygiene student. Annie quickly caught his attention, and she immediately noticed his checkerboard Vans. A year later, […]

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Boot Scootin’ Boogie

By Stephanie Randall | May 8, 2015

Jessica Hayes and Luke Blitchington instantly clicked upon meeting at a Brooks & Dunn concert in June 2010. After a few years of dating, Luke surprised Jessica by proposing on a weekend trip to Asheville. The couple got married at The Carolina Inn. There was not a dry eye at the ceremony, and there […]

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A Loving Environment

By Kaylee Brown | May 8, 2015

Chapel Hill native Leigh Tyndall met Samuel Snow in Atlanta. Leigh, a UNC grad, was working toward her master’s degree in public health at Emory University while Samuel was pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Georgia Tech. The pair shared an interest in water quality and health, which led […]

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Gone to Carolina

By Abigail Ancherico | April 8, 2015

Shontel Jung, a UNC alumna, met Duke alumnus Whitney Grumhaus through a former client of his while she was interviewing for her current job at UNC. They discovered a shared love for live music and realized a mutual friend had actually introduced them 10 years earlier. One morning in March, during a hike through […]

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Going To The Chapel (Hill)

By Jessie Ammons | January 26, 2015

Heather Kileff and Robert Hutchins met on a blind date orchestrated by Susan Gravely and Bill Ross, friends of Heather’s family who were living in the house above UNC School of Medicine student Robert. (Susan also co-founded Hillsborough-based VIETRI.) The two were both surprised at how nicely they hit it off, […]

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Written in The Stars

By Paige Patterson | January 7, 2015

Terry Howell Gunnels, a Goldsboro native and UNC alumna, and Paul Mitalas spent decades apart before they learned through their children’s Facebook connections that they were both single. The two, who originally met when their toddlers were in swim class together, reconnected and bonded over their shared history and irreverent sense of […]

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Summer Celebration

By Kelly Archer | January 6, 2015

College sweethearts Alexandra Hershey and Conrad Gordon met and dated at Duke University but were separated when graduation took Conrad to New York City and Ali left for Washington, D.C. Reunited a fateful five years later, he eventually proposed to her on their former campus. The rehearsal dinner was held at Elaine’s on Franklin and afterward, […]

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Summer Lovin’

By Stephanie Randall | December 9, 2014

East Chapel Hill High graduate Joey Hawkins met UNC alumna Christie Pennell while working in the after-school program at the YMCA. That summer they both worked at Camp Clearwater and soon Joey asked Christie out to a Durham Bulls game. Two years later, Joey completely surprised Christie with a proposal in the middle of a skit on the last day of […]

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The Love Boat

By Leah Komada | December 1, 2014

  Chapel Hill native Taylor Williams met Outer Banks native Mik Lisenby at the end of their freshman year at ECU and not long after, they started dating. In October 2011, the couple went on a cruise with 40 of their family members and friends who were all let in […]

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