Keeping It Low-Key

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McKenzie Middlebrooks and Henry Camp engagement – photo by Lucinda Smith
Photo by Lucinda Smith

By Katie Barham

Wedding Date March 13, 2021

Occupations McKenzie Middlebrooks graduated from Duke University in May and will start a midwifery program in the fall while also working as a nurse at a local hospital. Henry Camp will attend Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC in the fall.

Crossed Paths During their sophomore year at Duke University, Henry and McKenzie both signed up to be staff members on Duke’s Project WILD, a student-run trip that takes a group of students backpacking through the Pisgah National Forest. After getting to know each other for two weeks, McKenzie and Henry started dating when they returned to campus.

The Proposal Henry bought an engagement ring from Jewelsmith, so McKenzie knew a proposal was coming, but she didn’t know when. They’d discussed marriage before, but Henry still wanted to surprise McKenzie. One day while they were doing chores in their apartment, Henry popped the question. McKenzie thought it was a joke until she turned around and saw him holding the ring. “It was super low-key, but that’s pretty fitting for us,” McKenzie says.

Now, “I Do” The ceremony and reception will be held at The Rickhouse, with flowers by Tre Bella and reception music by DJ Ryan. Emily Byrd from The Nest Hair will style McKenzie’s bridal look. The couple rescheduled their wedding from its original date of June 6 and might additionally host a smaller ceremony this summer.

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