How Hearts Full of Love Led to An Empty Gas Tank

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Irving ‘Sears’ Driscoll III and Chapel Hill native Dorothy Hutchison met on a blind date set up by one of Dorothy’s best friends and future bridesmaid, Anna Brantley, in 2014. One date turned into two and then three as the pair became inseparable.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Dorothy was waiting for Sears to come home from work so they could head to Chapel Hill to visit her family. Arriving late, Sears made up for it by surprising Dorothy with a bouquet of flowers and an engagement ring hidden inside a box in a vase. After the proposal, the two set off for Chapel Hill and began calling family and friends to share the news. In their excitement, they completely lost track of the fuel gauge and actually ran out of gas on I-85!

Dorothy says sharing a moment alone together during the first look set the tone for the rest of the festivities on November 7, 2015. “After seeing him, I knew the day was going to be wonderful regardless of what the weather was doing,” she says. The bride says she made sure to savor every minute from the ceremony at The Garden Terrace to the reception at The Barn at Fearrington Village. “Someone told me to really take everything in and try to remember every moment of the wedding because it goes by so quickly – which is so true,” she says. “I am so glad I did.”

The couple resides in Charlotte, where Dorothy is a nurse and Sears is a tennis professional.

Photo by Graham Terhune

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Tatiana Quiroga

Tatiana Quiroga is a master’s student on the reporting track at the University of North Carolina School of Media and Journalism. The Orlando, Florida native has happily traded in perpetual summer for the beautiful seasons of the Tar Heel State. She loves cheering on the Gators, reading at the beach and hiking in the North Carolina mountains.
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