This Couple Kept Their Franklin Street Celebration Full of Surprises

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A freshman year birthday party at UNC-Greensboro facilitated a fast friendship for Chapel Hill native Alicia Lanham and Ronald Sisco II of Boston and eight years later, it would result in a marriage. After their graduation, the couple moved to Chapel Hill where Alicia would attend and graduate from Watts School of Nursing in Durham. On a celebratory post-graduation trip to the Dominican Republic, Ronald surprised her during a romantic photo shoot they had planned by dropping down on one knee to propose.

The couple stayed close to Franklin Street during their wedding weekend with a rehearsal dinner at Carolina Brewery and ceremony and reception at The Great Room at Top of the Hill. An assortment of cupcakes from Sugarland and bouquets of blue hydrangeas and white roses from Victoria Park Florist complimented their classic Chapel Hill celebration.

While Ronald may have taken Alicia by surprise with his proposal, the roles were reversed at their reception. Alicia, along with the wedding planner, DJ and members of the wedding party kept a secret from Ronald – a special video recorded by the couple’s favorite band, Cash Cash, that would congratulate them before they began their first dance. After the wedding, the couple honeymooned in Hawaii.

Alicia and Ronald now reside in Brier Creek with a special member of the wedding party: their dog, Alpha, who walked with Ronald down the aisle. Alicia is a nurse at Duke Raleigh Hospital and Ronald works at Cisco Systems.

Photography by Shaun King

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Courtney Dennis

Courtney is a Fall editorial intern and UNC Communication Studies and Comparative Literature major. A North Carolina native, she loves to explore southern cities. When she's not on campus, you can most likely find her enjoying a brioche at Bread & Butter or telling anyone who will listen about the last movie she watched.
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