Eat Your Heart Out: A Very Durham Wedding

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Photo by Samantha Floyd

Date July 1, 2018

Neighborhood Tuscaloosa-Lakewood

Occupations Raina is the salon coordinator and product facilitator at Union Hair Studio, and Tracy is the owner/manager of Hutchins Garage. 

Crossed Paths While grabbing a drink at Bull McCabes, Tracy’s friend Gee Barger (who would become their wedding officiant) and Raina’s friend Laura Jones encouraged each of them to go out with the other. A date at Frankie’s Fun Park in Raleigh, and a mix CD from Tracy to Raina sealed the deal.

The Proposal Raina decided to take the proposal into her own hands. She picked out a ring setting at her family’s jewelry store, and Tracy chose the stone. While waiting for the ring to arrive, Raina ordered a pint glass engraved with the question, “Will you marry me?” on the bottom. One night during dinner, Raina offered Tracy a beer and as soon as he finished it, told him to look at the bottom of the glass. When he responded with, “Yes, of course,” she pulled out the ring box, they opened it together, and Tracy placed the ring on her finger. 

Photo by Samantha Floyd

The Big Day The ceremony was held at The Rickhouse; the reception, at Hutchins Garage, the new bar that Tracy and his business partners opened together. Grace Beason of Grace Leisure Events helped plan the day. Hutchins Garage Chef Michael Morrone baked pizza for the event, and the cake by The Cupcake Shoppe honored Tracy’s favorite dessert: three layers of Rice Krispies Treats – traditional, Cocoa Krispies and Fruity Pebbles. The women of Union Hair Studio created the wedding-day look along with Redwine’s Floral, who designed Raina’s headpiece. After purchasing plants from Pine State Flowers, The ZEN Succulent, Barnes Supply Co. and Stone Brothers & Byrd, Raina tended all of the greenery that decorated her ceremony and reception. “There was something about growing and nurturing the plants that would be there with us on our day and still be able to come home with us and grow, which was a good analogy for how I wanted our marriage to be,” Raina says. 

Key Players Among many others, Tracy’s mother, Martha Hancock; groomsman, Malachy Noone; Raina’s mother, Theresa Gregory; stepfather, Keith Rost; father, Stephen Langley; and bridesmaid, Alexis Nance.

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Julia Baker

Julia is a UNC-Chapel Hill grad who majored in Photojournalism and will become a double Heel upon completion of her Master's of Public Health at UNC's Gillings School of Public Health. She enjoys traveling, running, cooking, learning and speaking Spanish and watching Carolina basketball.

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