This Couple Bonded Over Their Passion for Public Service

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Meredith Beaton and Jonathan Pruitt bonded over public service
Photography by Jamye Chrisman

By Sterling Roberts

It’s fitting that Meredith Beaton and Jonathan Pruitt met at work at the UNC System Office under former UNC System President Margaret Spellings in 2016. “We share a passion for public service,” Meredith says. “We have dedicated our lives to public service, having both spent a majority of our 20-plus year careers in [that field].” Margaret likes to remind them, “If it wasn’t for me, you two wouldn’t have met.”

On May 1, 2019, Jonathan proposed in their living room with a custom emerald ring and 9-year-old labradoodle, Brewster, “barking – or perhaps cheering him on.” The couple chose Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for their nuptials on Oct. 13, 2019. It was where they spent their first vacation together and felt like a homecoming to the couple. They also share a love of the fall, so the season was fitting for the celebration, though not without its uncertainties: A week before the wedding, the Wyoming weather was below freezing and even called for sleet. Luckily, it cleared up for the big day, with clear skies and temperatures in the 60s. Margaret flew from her home in Dallas to officiate their elopement. The evening ceremony took place at Schwabacher Landing with the Grand Teton mountain range in the background. Margaret wrote the vows and started the ceremony with a speech.

The newlyweds live in Meadowmont with Brewster and Jonathan’s 9-year-old daughter, Harper. Meredith is the vice president for strategic initiatives and academic business development at UNC Health. Jonathan is the vice chancellor for finance and operations at UNC.

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