Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Durham-themed scavenger hunt leads to a proposal

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Alexander Richani & Julianna Somers

Wedding Date

June 10, 2018

Occupations

Juli is the assistant manager at The Cookery, and Alex is a financial professional at TIAA Financial Services.

Crossed Paths

Juli and Alex first met in an honors English class their senior year at Jordan High School but parted ways to attend different universities. In 2011, when Juli transferred to East Carolina University, they reconnected and have been together for seven years.

The Proposal

After dropping some major hints, Juli thought she would be able to recognize when the proposal was coming – but Alex’s plan took her completely by surprise. At a dinner with her family, Juli was handed an envelope by an enigmatic waiter, and upon opening it, she discovered that Alex had a six-step scavenger hunt prepared. Alex sent Juli to several of their favorite Durham locations – Fullsteam Brewery, The Parlour, Morgan Imports, the Lucky Strike Water Tower – and finally joined her at The Durham Hotel rooftop bar, where both Juli and Alex’s family watched as Alex got down on one knee. “We laugh about it now, but in the moment I knew he was saying the sweetest words to me about family, love and our adventure, but all I could hear was my heart beating,” Juli says. “[It was] such an easy, ‘Yes.’”

Now, “I Do”

The wedding and ceremony will take place at The Cookery, with help from Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair. Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary will provide floral arrangements. Durham Catering Company will take care of the meal, and guests will enjoy after-dinner treats from Two Roosters ice cream truck. Jodi Galeazzo and Liz Misiewicz of Bella Trio Salon & Spa will help create Juli’s bridal vision.


Photo by Liz Condo, Heirloom Collective