Photography by Morgan Caddell
Jamie Schendt was teaching in Charlotte in 2013, a year after getting a master’s degree from UNC, when he got a text message from a stranger. The stranger, Caleb Fernandez, had met Jamie’s brother Tim the day before at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Raleigh. Tim thought they might be a good match, and Jamie and Caleb met for a date a few weeks later. They’ve been together ever since.
Over Christmas 2016, the pair exchanged gifts in their Chapel Hill home. Caleb opened his last gift from Jamie – a new coat – and tried it on. When Caleb reached in the pocket, he felt something surprising – an engagement ring. He said yes.
They were married on Oct. 20, 2018, at Tandem. The reality of the day set in, they said, as they took pre-wedding pictures at The Carolina Inn and saw each other for the first time in the courtyard. With the weather cooperating, they said their vows on Tandem’s patio in front of friends and family, including their parents, Charles and Angela Fernandez, and Dave and Brenda Schendt. They chose Tandem for both the ceremony and reception in large part because of the food, which did not disappoint, they said, especially the french fry bar. DJ Bosslady provided the music, and the party continued on Franklin Street where they visited their favorite bars, including The Crunkleton.
Jamie teaches social studies at Carrboro High School, and Caleb works in Raleigh at the public relations firm FleishmanHillard. They live in Chapel Hill and will move to Durham this spring.
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