Caroline and Dan tied the knot on September 20, 2014. These newlyweds said their “I dos” under the Crab Apples, and danced the night away in the Fearrington Barn.
How did you and your partner meet?
Caroline and I met each other during our sophomore year at UNC-Chapel Hill. Although we both lived in the same residence hall, we first met each other at a meeting for our study abroad program – we both studied abroad in Germany during our Spring semester. After seeing Caroline a few times, I got her AIM screen name and started talking to her online any chance I could get. Before we left for Germany, we shared a few late night biscuits at Time Out and even went skiing at Snowshoe. I was sad that we were not studying abroad in the same city, but I made it clear that I wanted to see her while we were in Germany. Caroline and I managed to meet up early in the program and hung out every chance we got. I was able to meet Caroline’s aunts and uncles in Germany and she came with me to meet my sister’s family in Switzerland.
Tell us about the engagement?
I proposed to Caroline during a vacation to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. About a week before we left, I bought Caroline’s ring. Once I got the ring, it was burning a hole in my pocket the whole way to Cabo. With the help of the hotel’s staff, I had a bonfire set up on the beach so we could roast marshmallows and make s’mores. The tricky part was getting Caroline down to the beach without her getting suspicious. At dinner, I told her I had a special dessert planned. Caroline, of course, got suspicious and knew something was coming. With the promise of s’mores, I convinced Caroline to go down to the beach with me. While we were sitting by the fire, I told Caroline how much I loved her and asked her to marry me. I think there was a “yes” in there somewhere!
What made Fearrington the place for you to say “I do?’
Caroline: Growing up, my family and I would visit Fearrington to see the cows, go to the book store, get ice cream and walk around the village. One of my favorite things to do at Fearrington was look in the garden to see if someone was getting married that day. I loved seeing the bride and groom taking pictures in the apple orchard, and I always thought I would love to get married here one day. Fearrington was our first choice, and we knew from the beginning getting married in the apple orchard would be perfect.
Describe the highlight moment of your wedding day.
Leading up to our wedding day, several people asked us what we looked forward to the most, and the answer was our venue! We chose to have our rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception at Fearrington. Fearrington has so many great venues for events so we never felt like we were in the same space or area of the village. We also loved how our family and guests could stay at the Inn and be near all of the festivities. It was nice to be together before and after each event—it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves.
Anything you want to add about your wedding story?
Cheryl Ann and Gilda were both amazing to work with and helped our rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception run smoothly. When you are focused on getting ready for your wedding, you don’t want to have to worry about the little things and at Fearrington you definitely don’t have to!