Inside Matias Di Martino and Farren Hilliard’s Laid-Back Wedding

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Matias Di Martino and Farren Hilliard kept their big day fun with a central focus on food and drink and a ceremony at Durham Food Hall

Matias Di Martino & Farren Hilliard

Matias Di Martino & Farren Hilliard

By Makayla Williams | Photography by Mark Maya, markmaya.com

Wedding Date Aug. 27, 2021

Neighborhood Eno Trace

Occupations Farren works as a recruiter for Investors Title Insurance Company in Chapel Hill, and Matias is an assistant research professor at Duke University.

Backstory Farren grew up in West Columbia, South Carolina, while Matias grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay. The couple dated for five years and traveled the world together, which included living abroad in Matias’ home country. They also have a puppy named Tula.

The Big Day Farren and Matias wanted a wedding that encompassed what meant most to them.“We wanted to leave out the unimportant things and traditions that didn’t suit us,” Farren says. Thanks to the assistance of associate planner Rebecca Gonzalez from Events by Emily, the couple kept the wedding fun and laid-back with a central focus on food and drink and a ceremony at Durham Food Hall, which featured florals by Bowerbird Flowers & Apothecary. The nuptials were followed by an outdoor reception at The Roof at The Durham to ensure the safety of their guests. One important aspect for Matias was to have a quality Old-Fashioned served, whereas Farren ensured there were decadent desserts to be had courtesy of Afters Dessert Bar at the Durham Food Hall.

Desserts from Afters at Durham Food Hall
Cake by Afters, served on The Roof at The Durham.

Favorite Details The couple says getting ready with friends at Unscripted Durham and eating all the delicious foods, like the fried green tomato and pimento cheese biscuits catered by The Durham Hotel, were some of their most memorable moments.


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