Emily Mason and Ron Stewart’s story started in an Orangetheory Fitness class in Meadowmont near her salon, Caju. After getting to know each other between exercise classes where Ron was the instructor and Emily a participant, they progressed from workout chats to seeing each other outside of the gym and then dating.
Despite having discussed marriage and knowing about the ring, Emily was still taken by surprise after joking about being proposed to soon when Ron got down on one knee on Mother’s Day. Following in her parents’ footsteps having of a courthouse wedding, Emily and Ron were married at the Durham County Courthouse, with her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Zane Stokes, as the official witnesses on June 26, 2017. Ron’s daughter, Skye, and Emily’s nieces, Alissa Mason and Nora Stokes, were also part of the ceremony as flower girls. Emily and Ron were married in front of Emily’s parents, Dan and Nita Mason of Sanford, as well as her friends Megan Power and Paige Feldmann.
Following their courthouse nuptials, Emily and Ron celebrated with cake and champagne at their house and lunch at Top of the Hill. From Top of the Hill, Emily, Ron and their wedding party took Franklin Street, making appearances at the Yogurt Pump, He’s Not Here, and their favorite go-to, Linda’s Bar & Grill. Along the way, the couple’s friends were able to make appearances over frozen yogurt, blue cups and cheese fries to celebrate with the newlyweds.
Photography by Hannah Keller