Diane and Dina tied the knot on April 19, 2014. They said their, “I dos” under the Willow Oaks and danced the night away in the Fearrington Barn!
How did you and Dina meet?
We met starting new jobs on December 31, 1988 in Winston-Salem at Wachovia Bank. We were being processed in HR and Dina asked Diane if she was nervous starting a new job. We were both new to Winston-Salem and did not know anyone in town. After multiple attempts, Dina was finally able to persuade Diane to come over to her house for a dinner party. Diane was impressed with Dina’s matching dishes (we were very young and right out out of college).
Tell us about the engagement?
While spending the holidays on the coast, Diane asked Dina if she wanted to walk out on the beach with her while Diane took some sunset photos. While walking down the beach, Diane asked Dina to take a look at a special shell she found. When Dina took the shell to look at it, she was rendered speechless after seeing her engagement ring in the “special” shell. It is not often that Dina is speechless but Diane seized the moment and asked Dina to make their 24 year relationship official by legally marrying her. The answer was an excited, “Yes!”
What made Fearrington the place for you to say “I do?’
We were looking for a location that offered a “turn-key” option. Since we own and operate our own business, we knew we wouldn’t have the time to devote to planning a wedding that would honor our relationship with the grandness we felt it deserved. This wedding was going to be the public declaration of a relationship that had thrived and grown over the years. It was going to be a celebration of love and celebration of a legal union that was 24 years in coming. We “eloped” to Washington D.C. in March for our legal union and wanted a large celebration with our friends and family in our home state.
After meeting with Gilda, it was an easy decision. Gilda conveyed a confidence that what we wanted our celebration to convey would be easy for her and the team at Fearrington. The outdoor setting for the ceremony, the barn for the reception, the world-class food selections, and the amazing floral options were exactly what we were searching for. The Fearrington team welcomed us with open arms and made us feel very comfortable, special, and like we were the only couple in the world wanting to have a wedding.
Describe the highlight moment of your wedding day.
Since we’ve spent so many years together, we did not expect to have an “aha” moment on our wedding day. Boy, were we wrong! The emotions of joy and excitement were as strong as they would be for any other couple on their wedding day. Despite our long time together, when we each saw each other, all dressed with hair, makeup, and our wedding attire, for the first time, we were both overcome with how beautiful and special this day was going to be.
Is there anything you want to add about your wedding story?
Our wedding day was Easter weekend, April 19th, 2014. What is normally a warmer time of year in the south, this particular weekend had cooler than normal temps and rain on our wedding day. Our ceremony was planned for outside so the weather provided an extra challenge for Gilda, Mary, and their teams. Mary and her floral team made our outdoor ceremony amazingly beautiful with their creativity and artistic abilities despite a cool rain, soaked grounds, and a tent covering the ceremony site. We felt like we were in a floral wonderland.
It is hard to put into words the special place the Fearrington team holds with us now. This group of people allowed us to have all of our expectations come to life for our special day. From the smallest details to the most significant steps for planning and hosting a wedding, there is no comparison for the Fearrington staff, location, and ambiance. We knew about the outstanding reputation Fearrington had, but after experiencing it first hand we know it is fully and wholly deserved. In our minds, there was no other choice.