From Long-Distance to Life in Durham

From Long-Distance to Life in Durham

Chloe Rockow and Xander Madsen tie the knot June 2017

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Photo by Mikkel Paige Photography

Chloe Rockow and Xander Madsen adore this city, whether they are grabbing a beer at Motorco, sipping coffee at Cocoa Cinnamon or taking their Corgi, Fionna, to the Piney Wood Dog Park. Yet they’ve spent most of their three-year relationship apart, with Chloe working in politics from Washington, D.C., Minnesota and New Hampshire while Xander – who works at technology marketing firm Principled Technologies – was living in Durham. The two met through mutual friends when Chloe, a Duke alumna, was visiting North Carolina. “We fell for each other and, against our better judgment, started a long-distance relationship,” says Chloe, who recently moved back to the Bull City.

Xander asked Chloe to marry him while visiting D.C. last summer. The couple went on a hike with some friends, and, while posing for a photo near a scenic overlook, Xander quickly switched positions to kneel on one knee, looked up at Chloe and said he wanted to be teammates forever. “I, of course, said yes!” Chloe says.

Their June 2017 nuptials will take place at The Rickhouse, with Southern Harvest Catering and The Parlour providing the meal and desserts for the evening. Durhamites in the wedding party include Sarah Van Name, Ben Azevedo, Sunny Frothingham, Grace Berbaum and Zoe Madsen.

“Xander always makes me laugh,” Chloe says, “and we can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”