Jennifer Covington and Austin Emory both grew up in Durham; Jenny graduated from Durham School of the Arts and Austin, Riverside High. They recall attending the same summer camp, Ventures, but don’t remember meeting until mutual friends brought them together during college (Jenny was at St. Mary’s College of Maryland while Austin attended Western Carolina University). They connected over a shared passion for sports, and after seven years of dating, Austin was ready to pop the question.
During Triangle Restaurant Week in January 2015, Austin suggested he and Jenny try somewhere new for a date night. After a drink at Tyler’s, he walked her out to the lawn in front of the American Tobacco water tower and proposed in front of Jenny’s family, who had been hiding before the magical moment. They all went to dinner at Bleu Olive afterwards to celebrate.
“Being true Durhamites,” Jenny says, “we knew a wedding at the Durham Bulls stadium would represent us and our love so well!” With the help of event planner Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair, the couple held a June ceremony on one of the decks overlooking the field before the party moved indoors to the PNC Club. Bluebird Meadows provided the flowers, Bernard’s Formalwear, the tuxes, and Durham Catering Co., the eats. The newlyweds ended the night with a Pedicab tour of downtown before joining the after-party at Tyler’s. “The best part was celebrating with all our friends and family,” Jenny says, “but especially the folks we grew up with in Durham.”
Jenny, a nurse at UNC, and Austin, who works at The Duck Shop and with Riverside’s men’s basketball team, reside in north Durham.
Photography by Jessica Arden Photography