Chapel Hill native JoBeth O’Neal first met Matt Marriott when they were in high school. (JoBeth attended East Chapel Hill High and Matt attended Riverside High in Durham.) At the end of 2014, JoBeth, an Appalachian State University grad and Matt, a UNC and UNC School of Law grad, reconnected when they both were living in Raleigh and started dating. When JoBeth came home one day in September 2016, she was surprised to find Matt down on one knee with a beautiful ring and the words “Marry Me” spelled out in rose petals.
The couple was married on June 24, 2017 at University United Methodist Church with the reception following at The Great Room at Top of the Hill. They said their vows in front of their parents Daniel and Jackie O’Neal and Bill and Lori Marriott, as well as matrons of honor Andrea Moura O’Neal, the bride’s sister-in-law, and Elizabeth Norkus Pascal, the bride’s best friend of 25 years. Also in attendance were Matt O’Neal as the groomsman and Wells and Henry O’Neal as the ring bearers. “After crying through the vows, there wasn’t a dry eye in the ceremony!” JoBeth says.
The couple lives in Raleigh where JoBeth is a third grade teacher in the Wake County Public School System and Matt is a lawyer with Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham, LLP.
Photography by Steve Exum