Bridget Dean and Sean Wamsley met within the first week of starting their MBA programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2015. When a mutual friend invited several classmates out for sushi, Sean and Bridget were equally charmed by one another. It didn’t take long for the duo to realize they were a match made in Tar Heel heaven.
Bridget came home one November evening to a living room lit with tea candles and their favorite song, “Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne, playing. Bridget asked, “Is this really happening?” and Sean proposed. They celebrated at 411 West.
The couple married on April 21, 2018 at the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish with parents Jim and Jan Dean and Dave and Pat Wamsley, and Chapel Hill High School alumni and bridesmaids Noelle Hagen, Miriam Stone and Trilce Marquez in attendance.
At a reception held at The Carolina Inn, Sean and his mother danced to “The Wonder of You” in honor of his grandma, Ruth. Guests enjoyed a table of 84 dozen cookies, baked by friends and family in honor of Bridget’s grandma, also named Ruth.
For many, the wedding was a goodbye. Bridget’s dad, former dean at Kenan-Flagler and UNC Provost, starts a new job as president of the University of New Hampshire this summer. The family has lived in Chapel Hill since July 1997.
Photography by Kayla Coleman