Deer-Ly Beloved: A True Chapel Hill Love Story

Deer-Ly Beloved: A True Chapel Hill Love Story

A family tradition on a hunting trip was the perfect place for this guy to pop the question.

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All photos by Brent Deitrich.

UNC grad Samantha Moore was coaching the C.W. Stanford Middle School cheerleading squad at an away basketball game when a cute fan caught her eye. The good-looking guy in the bleachers turned out to be Orange County native Parker Cannady, who asked Samantha out on a date shortly after she found a way to introduce herself.

The couple officially began dating in March 2007. It was exactly eight years later that Parker decided to surprise Samantha with a proposal during a search for deer antler sheds on his hunting property – a tradition they enjoyed together every spring. Before their quest began, Parker planted an antler with a note attached for Samantha to discover. He took her to a nearby pond, she spotted the antler, and soon he was down on one knee with a ring in his hand before she knew what was happening.

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The night before the September nuptials, Samantha and her twin sister, Sierra Burns, retired to The Carolina Inn for some quality time together. When they woke up, they realized their room overlooked the outdoor wedding ceremony space where Samantha would be getting married that afternoon. After a stroll around campus and a drink from the Old Well for good luck, Samantha walked down the aisle and married the love of her life.

The couple currently resides in Louisburg, where the antler is displayed on their bookshelf.