Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

How many couples can say a root canal brought them together?

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Sweet Tooth - Allie Mullen Photo
Photo by Allie Mullen

How many couples can say a root canal brought them together? Nathan White, a fourth-year dental student at UNC, was starting a root canal surgery when he needed assistance from Annie Chu, a first- year dental hygiene student. Annie quickly caught his attention, and she immediately noticed his checkerboard Vans.

A year later, Nathan left a Post-it note in Annie’s mailbox with his phone number. The two clicked, and on their fifth anniversary, Nathan led Annie on a scavenger hunt hitting all their special spots – including the UNC School of DentistryCaffe DriadeCarolina North ForestThe Spotted Dog and Oishii – culminating with a proposal and a resounding “yes.”

At their November wedding at Ephesus Baptist Church, Annie wore three different dresses including a traditional Vietnamese dress and Nathan (along with the rest of his groomsmen) donned Vans to commemorate the couple’s first meeting. When Annie’s bridesmaids walked down the aisle, each handed Nathan a Post-it note with one word on it, finally reading, “It all started with a Post-it.”

The couple kept their nuptials as local as possible with a rehearsal dinner at Sandwhich, catering by Monuts Donuts and accommodations at The Siena Hotel. Annie and Nathan sent their guests home from the reception at City Kitchen with customized toothbrushes, floss and tubes of toothpaste in goody bags labeled “Annie & Nathan 11-22-14.”

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A third generation native Chapel Hillian and soon-to-be graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, editorial intern Dree Deacon is truly a born and bred Tar Heel. She's written for several local outlets and hopes to continue to expand her repertoire in the world of publication upon graduation.