A Scientifically Proven Love Story

A Scientifically Proven Love Story

For this Durham couple, it was all about chemistry

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Photo by Morgan Henderson
Photos by Morgan Henderson

Jennie Wilburn and Ian Belle were grad students at Duke University when they met at the bar of the Armadillo Grill in the Bryan Center. Four years later, and Ian was brewing his own beer and cider for their wedding. The festivities began with a rehearsal dinner at The Pit, followed the next day by a ceremony at First Presbyterian Church. the bride wore a dress from Tre Bella Bridal, and Posh the Salon assisted with hair and makeup. In planning a wedding reflective of their interests, the couple chose to hold their reception at the Museum of Life and Science. Keeping with the scientific theme, their wedding cake from Whole Foods featured a DNA helix with a custom cake topper of Jennie in her wedding gown standing beside Ian – who works as a postdoctoral in Duke’s Department of Medicine – in a lab coat. The personalization continued with a game of trivia led by host Mike Kiehart from their favorite local bar, the now-closed Doolin’s Irish Pub, in addition to homebrew supplied by Ian. “[It’s] something that he loves and wanted to share with everyone else,” Jennie says. “I even designed cute labels with names like ‘No Cold Feet Wheat’ and ‘Big Day IPA.’ We gave away pint glasses as favors and also had coasters where people could write down advice to us.”

2015 6 13-70Ian and Jennie’s best-loved moment was their first dance. “We did a very cheesy choreographed dance to the beginning of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You’ and then busted out into ‘This is How We Do It’ to get everyone on the dance floor,” Jennie says. “It was such a fun moment because it was a total shock to everyone who did not expect my husband (who hates dancing, especially in public) to dance. … It is going to sound corny, but the most important thing to us was for our guests and us to have fun.”