Born, Bred and Wed in Chapel Hill

Born, Bred and Wed in Chapel Hill

This born-and-bred couple became inseparable after a chance meeting in Chapel Hill and were married in May.

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All photography by Ashley Frisk.

Born and bred in Chapel Hill, Kelly McSwain couldn’t stay away from the place she called home for so many years. Not long after moving back in 2010, Kelly reunited with best friend Ericka Gualtieri for drinks at La Residence and was introduced to Pittsboro native Zeke Taylor. The pair hit
 it off and, over the next few years, grew to be inseparable. As Kelly puts it, “There was this instant bond between us, something that is so hard to put into words.”

Zeke popped the question in July 2014, during a trip to Chicago. After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, they headed to one of Kelly’s favorite spots on Lake Michigan. There, Zeke got down on one knee.

The May 2 nuptials took place at a family friend’s estate, where the couple shared their own written vows then surprised everyone with a dance down the aisle to Hall and Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True.” Zeke and Kelly had taken lessons months prior to the wedding and were excited to showcase their new moves.

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All photography by Ashley Frisk

Kelly is the property manager at Berkshire Manor and Berkshire Manor West, while Zeke is the dinner manager at La Residence and a broker with Fathom Realty.