Engagements & Weddings

A League of Their Own: Durham Couple Weds in Ballpark

By Durham Magazine | March 4, 2017

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 […]

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Durhamite and Duke Grad Become a Doctoral Duo

By Durham Magazine | January 19, 2017

Durham native Anna Jaffe knew she was headed to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; what she did not anticipate was meeting and falling in love with fellow classmate and Duke graduate Brandon Ruderman. Three years later, she was surprised again when she found a note from […]

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Saying ‘I Do,’ Durham Style

By Durham Magazine | January 7, 2017

My mother founded Southern Bride & Groom magazine 30 years ago, when I was a toddler, so I grew up surrounded by weddings. Yet this early exposure did not leave me fantasizing about my own walk down the aisle. Maybe that is because the “elegant” weddings of that era were […]

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A Match Made in the Carolinas

By Durham Magazine | January 2, 2017

David Hamilton and Jennifer Gallagher were destined to fall in love … if mutual friend Katherine Calhoun Leib had anything to do with it. But after Katherine’s attempt to seat the two together at her own wedding failed, Jennifer took matters into her own hands and contacted David herself. Soon, the […]

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Hometown Couple Celebrates Big, Beautiful Greek Wedding

By Durham Magazine | December 24, 2016

Irene Pappas and Ben Rudnick have crossed paths all their lives; the two were born – by chance – in the same Boston hospital, and after their families moved to Durham (at different times), both graduated from Durham Academy. But it wasn’t until they had each moved to New York […]

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The ‘Royals’ Treatment

By Durham Magazine | September 30, 2016

Nicole Spahich picked out her own engagement ring, but then-boyfriend Nick Brandley “held it hostage” until the time was right. In this case, that moment was “in the midst of Duke students and empty beer cans” during T-Pain’s live rendition of Lorde’s “Royals,” a popular karaoke song with the couple, at the […]

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She Said ‘Yes,’ … and the Bulls Won!

By Durham Magazine | June 29, 2016

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 […]

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Durham Academy Alumni Tie the Knot

By Durham Magazine | May 31, 2016

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 […]

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A Scientifically Proven Love Story

By Julia Baker | April 29, 2016

Jennie Wilburn and Ian Belle were grad students at Duke University when they met at the bar of the Armadillo Grill in the Bryan Center. Four years later, and Ian was brewing his own beer and cider for their wedding. The festivities began with a rehearsal dinner at The Pit, […]

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Love Found 12 Years After Debutante Ball

By Durham Magazine | January 27, 2016

Meredith Williams and Matt Chilausky’s story started 
in 2000, when both attended the Durham/Chapel Hill Debutante Ball at the downtown Marriott and Durham Convention Center. The pair had been acquaintances in high school – Meredith at Durham Academy and Matt at Jordan – but didn’t connect until their respective dates […]

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