Both Rachel Mills and Justin Anderson grew up and went to school outside the area, but they now call Durham home. Rachel, a South Carolina native, moved here in 2008 for a clinical research job at Duke. She now works in Duke’s Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, hosts trivia nights and events regularly at Fullsteam Brewery and is part of the Durham Bulls game day staff. Justin grew up in Oxford, N.C., and moved to Durham in 2009 when he landed a position at Watts Grocery. He has since become the sous chef at Gocciolina.
The surprise of Justin’s proposal at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park was accidentally made known to Rachel before he popped the question during the first inning on August 30, 2015, but the occasion was still very much a cause for celebration. “To top it all off,” Rachel says, “the Bulls won the game!”
Their September 16 ceremony will take place at The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, with a reception to follow at the Durham Armory. Pie Pushers will cater the event, and Tre Bella is providing the flowers. Local wedding party members include Rachel’s sister, Hanna Mills, Sunny Gerhart, Joseph Barker and the couple’s pup, Beau.