Hannah Lee and Brendan Marks’ Mountaintop Engagement

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After a magical engagement in Acadia National Park, this couple plans to tie the knot at a lower altitude this fall

By Valeria Cloës

Wedding Date Sept. 9, 2023

Occupations Hannah works in marketing at CBRE | Raleigh, and Brendan covers Duke and UNC basketball for The New York Times.

Crossed Paths The couple met at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media in fall 2016. They were enrolled in two classes together, and on the first day of class, Brendan moved seats to be beside Hannah. It was raining the next day when Brendan caught up with Hannah and walked alongside her – both underneath his umbrella – to the Student Recreation Center. Their relationship became official five months later.

Popping the Question The proposal was not a complete surprise for Hannah – Brendan accidentally left a browser tab open for engagement photographers in spring 2021. That August, the couple set off on a trip to Boston and Maine to celebrate Hannah’s birthday. While hiking in Acadia National Park, Brendan kept insisting that Hannah take pictures with the camera and tripod he’d brought along. As they climbed Gorham Mountain, Hannah was exasperated when he asked for a photo for the 10th time, just as the sun was setting. That’s when he proposed a much more important question, and asked her to marry him.

Now, “I Do” The couple’s ceremony and reception, in the hands of event planner Michele Workman, will take place at Old Lystra Inn with catering by Rocky Top Catering and drinks by Carolina Party Partners. The couple currently lives in Woodcroft.

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