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2014 Bridal Trends

To find out what’s hot in the wedding world this year, we went straight to the experts.

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Love Demonstrated

Garrett Hall and Zach Howell, who began dating their senior year at UNC, hope that their wedding can be a step toward reaching equality in North Carolina. more »

Jan 10, 2014 Weddings


Easy Like Sunday Morning

Dave Moore and Rebecca Lorenz, who got engaged on a lazy Sunday morning in their pajamas, said their vows in a beautiful Fearrington Village wedding. more »

Jan 2, 2014 Weddings


Happiest of Housewarmings

When Kristin Oguntoyinbo and Pat Mallett combined families and began living together, their housewarming party turned into a big surprise for their guests. more »

Jan 2, 2014 Weddings

Heart of the City

After a Central Park proposal, Becky Nielsen and Adam Boyle tied the knot at the historic Carolina Inn. more »

Oct 9, 2013 Weddings

Be Mine

Virginia Crumpler wasn't a fan of Valentine's Day, but her boyfriend, Bart Fox, intended on changing that. more »

Jun 3, 2013 Weddings

Mad About You

For John Gualtieri and Ericka Lewis, the third round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament – despite a Tar Heel loss – was a very "sweet" 16, indeed. more »

Mar 26, 2013 Weddings

An Intimate Affair

Mark Graves and Christy Bray said their vows in a small garden ceremony at Chapel Hill Country Club, where they met two years earlier. more »

Jan 8, 2013 Weddings

Rustic Charm

After Brittany Holland and Trai Strowd tied the knot at The Fair Barn in Pinehurst, the newlyweds rode off on a vintage 1927 firetruck belonging to the Southern Pines Fire Department. more »

Dec 4, 2012 Weddings

Sweet Serendipity

Although their mothers were swim partners at UNC's Bowman Gray indoor pool in 1972, JoAnna Shoaf and Seth Pomerantz -- who attended Chapel Hill High and East Chapel Hill High, respectively -- ultimately met through eHarmony. more »

Dec 4, 2012 Weddings

Hometown Glory

Samantha Poer and Ryan Kemper met at McDougle Middle and carpooled to Chapel Hill High, but there was no romantic spark until after they moved home from college. more »

Sep 24, 2012 Weddings

From UNC to NYC

When Thomas Porter suggested going up to the rooftop garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kasey Gore had no idea the surprise he had in store for her. more »

Jun 8, 2012 Weddings

That's Amore

Samantha Buckner and Graham Terhune met while both working at local Italian restaurant 411 West. They started out as friends, but it wasn't long till they fell in love. more »

Apr 19, 2012 Weddings

Winter Wonderland

For Anna Katherine Clemmons and Matt Clay, a snow day was the perfect way to start the rest of their lives together. more »

Feb 23, 2012 Weddings

A Good Team

Dianne Stabler and Lennie Rosenbluth, captain of the undefeated UNC men's basketball championship team in 1957, knew they were a perfect match after the very first date. more »

Dec 9, 2011 Weddings

Language of Love

Andrea Ide and Hank Saye met on the first day of their freshman year at UNC in an 8 a.m. Spanish class. As Andrea says, "He had me at hola." more »

Dec 8, 2011 Weddings

Setting the Stage

Lindsay Northen and Jared Bradshaw, both professional actors, said their vows in a relaxed and intimate ceremony on the beach after seven years of long-distance dating. more »

Dec 8, 2011 Weddings

Cross-Country Connection

Sparks flew when Harry Kaplowitz and Lindsey Rava met while working together on a production of The Nutcracker at Memorial Hall. more »

May 12, 2011 Weddings

A Knight in Shining Armor

Anna Ploghoft and John Siragusa met in the cinema club at Chapel Hill High School and started dating in 2005. Four years later, the couple got engaged in a proposal befitting their love for the dramatic arts. more »

May 12, 2011 Weddings

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Mike Triplett and Emily Krebill get married.

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Gala in the Garden

Emily Krebill and Michael Triplett, former acquaintances from the Chapel Hill music scene (he is a member of Fin Fang Foom), reconnected at a party on Super Bowl Sunday in 2008. more »

May 12, 2011 Weddings

Virginia is for Lovers

Jacoby Lyght and Carmaleita Willis were undergraduates when they met one afternoon at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. more »

May 12, 2011 Weddings

Like a Fine Wine

Breana Lai and Scott Beck both attended Chapel Hill High School, but this isn’t a story about high school sweethearts. more »

May 12, 2011 Weddings

Head Over Heels

Although Beth Marushak and Brian Bersticker attended UNC at different times, a mutual friend introduced them, and the two Tar Heels hit it off from the very start. more »

Jan 10, 2011 Weddings (1 Comments)


A Snowy Surprise

Eleanor-Scott Best thought it peculiar when her then-boyfriend, Hill Davis, suggested she change out of her workout clothes into something a little nicer for their walk through the January snow. She suspected he had something up his sleeve. more »

Jan 10, 2011 Weddings

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Howard & Mitchell


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The first time Kyle Mitchell met Chanell Howard, he was sitting in her chair at J Roberts Salon in Durham getting a haircut. Eleven years and many dates later, Kyle proposed at the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Hilton Head Island. Chanell grew up going to the beach there, and he knew it would be a special place for her to get engaged. The couple will tie the knot at the Chapel of the Cross on June 28, 2014. Chanell, a Jordan High graduate and the daughter of Nancy Howard and Maj. Harvey E. Howard Jr., USMC Ret., of Norfolk, Va., is a hair stylist at Citrine Salon in East 54. Kyle, the son of Tommy and Marty Mitchell of Chapel Hill, went to East Chapel Hill High and now runs Mitchell Restorations, which specializes in antique restoration, artwork repair and faux finishes. They live in Chapel Hill with their dog, Lyla.

Pilewski & Sayre


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Kate Pilewski and Alex Sayre met at a mutual friend’s wedding in which they were both members of the wedding party. Although their paths crossed multiple times, as Kate attended the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Alex worked in downtown Chapel Hill, they didn’t reconnect until a few years later. Their first date was at Kitchen, but their engagement took place far outside town limits. While on a skiing trip in Salt Lake City, Utah, the couple went for a hike (on a trail that was fittingly named Memory Park) and at the top of the mountain, Alex got down on one knee. The couple will host their rehearsal dinner at The Carolina Inn, and their wedding will take place May 17, 2014, at the Haw River Ballroom. Wedding party members from Orange County include Breana Lai, Scott Beck, Jay Linke, Wes Heymann and Taylor Woodson. Kate, the daughter of Joe and Janet Pilewski of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., and Alex, the son of Jack and Martha Sayre of Chapel Hill, will live with their two boxers, Lola and Cooper, in Chapel Hill. Kate works as a dietitian at Duke University, and Alex owns and operates the locally-based Argyle Building Company.