Chapel Hill natives Helen Meyer and Lee Frankstone crossed paths all through childhood at school, church and social gatherings. Although not especially close growing up, they had deep family and community ties: their mothers were childhood friends from summer camp, and their fathers’ families had lived in Chapel Hill for generations. Eventually they forged different paths: Helen went to UNC to study art history and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at an art museum, while Lee went to Georgia Tech for engineering before getting his MBA at Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Around the same time, they returned home from their separate ventures and caught up on a hike together. Casual get-togethers as old friends slowly evolved into official dates. A little over a year later, in December of 2016, Lee created a scavenger hunt for Helen. The final clue led her to a Christmas tree, where Lee put an engagement ring – a family heirloom – on one of the sentimental ornaments. Helen turned around to find Lee down on one knee, and the rest is history.
The weekend kicked off with a rehearsal dinner at Morehead Planetarium State Dining Room. The couple said their “I do’s” at The Chapel of the Cross on July 1, 2017. One of the couple’s favorite memories was when the priest asked them to turn around to see everyone – including parents Paula and George Meyer, Frances Gravely and David and Laura Frankstone – gathered to support their marriage. Afterward, guests made their way to Fearrington Village for cocktails on the Garden Terrace and dinner and dancing in the Barn. The band played away, the dance floor was full all night and the couple exited under a shower of sparkers – a joyful end to a magical day.
The newlyweds reside in Raleigh.
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