From a Chance Encounter to ‘Happily Ever After’ in Hillsborough

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Lillian Stewart and Will Aumiller’s wedding was a day to remember

By Leah Berry | Photography by Beth Ely

Lillian Steward and Will Aumiller

Lillian Stewart, a graduate of Orange High School, and Charlotte native Will Aumiller first crossed paths at Hillsborough pub, the Wooden Nickel. Their growing friendship eventually turned to romance, and they never looked back. On their first date in 2019, the two went magnet fishing along the Eno River. Although they didn’t catch anything, the date itself proved to be a hit. It all came full circle on Aug. 24, 2020, when Will suggested that they “try” magnet fishing again. This time, though, Will retrieved a ring and asked Lily to marry him.

On Oct. 6, 2022, the couple tied the knot at Sunnyside at Baldwin Farms in Hillsborough with a co-worker and longtime friend of the groom, Dave Ramirez, officiating the ceremony. Will describes the reception at The Rickhouse in Durham as “flawless, unique and fun,” utilizing as many local vendors as possible.

Lillian Stewart and her bridesmaids

The cakes were from Weaver Street Market, where Will works as a manager, and the groom’s cake was from Samantha’s Pupusas. The Rickhouse was adorned with floral arrangements from West Queen Studio, and Lily herself did calligraphy for the chalkboards, a skill she showcases on weekends working at the Wooden Nickel, another full circle moment. The day was perfected by Heather Thomas of Bona Fide Events. The two were joined in celebration by Lily’s mother, Katy Stewart, her sister, Emma Law, and sister-in-love, Carla Janney Stewart, as well as groomsmen, Patric Yeaman and Steven Barrett.

Lillian and Will share a sweeping kiss on the dancefloor surrounded by bubbles and friends and family holding glowsticks.

The couple lives in Hillsborough with their dog, Pearl. Lily works as a legal assistant for Coleman, Merritt, Murphy & Rainsford.

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