Popping the Big Question? This Is How You ‘I Do’ It

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Chelsea Whitfield and Roy Hawkins – popping the big question

By Janet Alsas
Photo by Dawn Michelle Downey

Wedding Date Oct. 17, 2020

Neighborhood American Village

Occupations Roy Hawkins is an instrumentation technician at FCX Performance out of Charlotte. Chelsea Whitfield is a research health science specialist at Durham VA Health Care System.

Crossed Paths They were both at the right place, at the right time, Roy says. Chelsea was in her first year at UNC-Greensboro when she went out for a fun night with a few friends. Roy, who’s from Hartsville, South Carolina, was completing a job in High Point and decided to unwind after work with a game of pool at the same spot. Chelsea boldly approached Roy, tapped him on the shoulders and said, “So, do you want to be my man?” That got the pair chatting, they exchanged numbers and eventually began dating.

The Proposal The proposal was a complete surprise. After four years of dating, Roy invited Chelsea on the Hawkins family cruise to the Bahamas. Roy waited for the perfect moment during their vacation to propose. While the family was taking photos in their suits and dresses before dinner, Roy and Chelsea took a few pictures as a couple. In the middle of the shot, Roy said, “It has been 1,514 days since we first met. Like I said when we began, I want my next relationship to be my last.” He got down on one knee and asked Chelsea to marry him. She was completely shocked and said, “Yes!”

Now, “I Do” The couple plans to host their ceremony at the Moon Palace in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and have a reception locally, but are still looking for a venue.

Are you a recently engaged couple living in Durham? Want to share your proposal story and plans for the big day in the magazine? Send a note to hannah@durhammag.com for more info on how to feature your engagement in our next issue!

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