By Daniel Stevenson / Photography by Bri Hines
Hillsborough native Kristen Summey met Kameron Winburn, who grew up in Elon, North Carolina, met through mutual friends while in college – Kristen at UNC, and Kameron at North Carolina Central University – and they started dating in 2014.
Kameron proposed to Kristen on a surprise detour to a plantation garden when the couple visited Charleston, South Carolina, for her birthday in 2019. “What I didn’t know was that he had been doing research on proposal destinations for Charleston,” Kristen says. “We walked the entire garden until we reached the exact bridge that he had picked.”
Their original April 2020 wedding date was postponed by the pandemic, so Kristen and Kameron pushed their ceremony to June, and then again to July 11, 2020. When Kristen learned that her venue was no longer available, the doctors she works with at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry lent a hand. “They couldn’t stand the thought of me having to reschedule my wedding again with a week to go,” Kristen says. “[Dr. Lenise Clifton, Dr. Charles Mauney, and co-worker Amber Braxton and her family’s business Braxton Tire Company] graciously offered their land for me to recreate my wedding outdoors.”
In one week, they reimagined a large indoor ceremony into an intimate outdoor ceremony, working with new vendors like Danny’s Cafe and Nantucket Grill. They were also able to incorporate antique furniture given to them by Kristen’s grandparents, who both worked at White Furniture Company and Craftique in Mebane, North Carolina.
The couple lives in Hillsborough. Kameron works as a service coordinator at PowerSecure, and Kristen works as an administrative coordinator at Clifton.