Durham Academy high school sweethearts Rob Kirkland and Kyle Sloate got engaged New Year’s Eve 2014 through a Durham-themed scavenger hunt. It took Kyle from the spot at their school where Rob asked her to be his girlfriend, to the Hope Valley Country Club (where they would later host their wedding reception), to the water tower at American Tobacco Campus, where Rob was waiting for Kyle on one knee.
Their ceremony took place last October at First Presbyterian Church, where Rob and Kyle’s families shared a special collective prayer. A family friend, Morgon Moylan, served as florist for the event and the bride’s rings were a special collaboration of Rob and Kyle’s families – her engagement ring originally belonged to Rob’s grandmother and her wedding band came from her great-grandmother.
After their time at DA, the bride and groom both attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad. Kyle went on to receive her master’s at Duke and is now a physician assistant at North Carolina Orthopedic Clinic. Rob is a sales executive for TIBCO Software. Both Rob’s parents, George and Leslie Kirkland, and Kyle’s parents, Steve and Carolyn Sloate, are from the Hope Valley area, where the couple plans to reside in the future.