Angelica Lieth and Ty Fenton don’t remember when they first met. In their defense, they were about 10 years old, and it was probably during one of Ty’s playdates with Angelica’s brother. It wasn’t until 2014, when both were studying at UNC, that they met again at a PlayMakers Repertory Company show. The two started talking during intermission, exchanged numbers and were dating by the next week.
In October of 2015, Angelica was under the impression that her fall break would be spent road tripping with Ty, so she was surprised when he drove to the airport and presented her with tickets to San Juan, Puerto Rico. After a few days of relaxing, the two were watching the sunset when Ty surprised Angelica again by proposing.
The couple wed on the farm of Angelica’s parents, Armin and Amanda Lieth, on March 5, 2016, exactly two years after they met. With family members like Ty’s parents, Joe and Serena Fenton of Chapel Hill, looking on, friend and mentor Julie Lewis officiated the nonreligious ceremony using quotes from the couple’s love letters and favorite books instead of religious verses.
With most aspects of their wedding locally sourced – from using family farm ingredients for the cake and catering to hiring UNC music students to play for the ceremony – the event was the result of communal effort. “Everyone in the wedding party came together to set up the farm for the wedding,” says Angelica. “Even the dance floor was constructed on the farm!”
Angelica and Ty now live in Southeast Asia where they plan to reside for a year before returning to Chapel Hill.