A Black-Tie Affair Set Against the Backdrop of the Biltmore

A Black-Tie Affair Set Against the Backdrop of the Biltmore

The director of catering at The Carolina Inn and a North Carolina native celebrate their wedding with a glamorous evening surrounded by family and friends.

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Photography by Heba Salama Photography.
Photography by Heba Salama Photography.

William Dawson III has roots in Greenville and Greensboro, while Heidi Werner is a New York native. The pair met on Christianmingle.com in October of 2013.

William decided to surprise Heidi and pop the question at the site of their first date, Oakleaf in Pittsboro. Unbeknownst to Heidi, William had the waiter place an engagement ring in the middle of their first course, a cheese platter. The scheme didn’t exactly go as planned; Heidi says she didn’t notice the ring for at least 10 minutes. “The waiter kept coming over to ask how I liked the cheese plate, and the whole time I was thinking, ‘Geez, can I just eat my cheese?’” she recalled. Finally, once they were nearly finished, Heidi spotted the ring and screamed with excitement. The couple shared the news with friends and family and topped off the night with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

No stranger to weddings as the director of catering at The Carolina Inn, Heidi made sure her own black-tie occasion was nothing short of glamorous from the food to the flowers. On December 5, 2015, with the grand backdrop of the Biltmore in Asheville, the couple exchanged vows in front of friends, family, flower girls Blum Brantley, Harper Cummins and Alexandria Corcoran and ring bearer Nicolas Corcoran. After the ceremony, the newlyweds danced the night away with guests like bridesmaids and Chapel Hill natives Kristin Prescott and Tiffany Dawn Jackson.

The Dawsons enjoyed a European getaway for their honeymoon, starting in London and ending in Switzerland.

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Caroline is a third-generation Tarheel majoring in broadcast journalism and American history. Born in Alabama and bred in Arizona, she has maintained a steady affinity for both coasts. She has lopsided ears, a borderline religious reverence for Mr. Walker Percy and an unshakeable trust in the healing properties of Wild Turkey Bourbon. Caroline is a shameless daddy's girl who listens to an unreasonable amount of Simon & Garfunkel. In May, she will be walking the plank — graduating, that is. In the meantime, you can find her skipping down Franklin Street or devouring a Mookie at Al's Burger Shack.