Carolina Bride

She said yes! - Stephanie & Nathan

Stephanie and Nathan met in the spring of 2008 through a mutual friend at the Dean & DeLuca Wine Bar in Phillips Place. There was a mutual attraction at first, but Nathan is a few years younger than Stephanie, and she wasn’t so sure she was interested in dating a younger guy. But Nathan – the tenacious devil he is – pursued and pursued, courting her for months. After tirelessly courting her and not making much headway, Nathan finally decided to stop being so persistent and let Stephanie just come to him. He quit calling and quit trying to make dinner plans. It worked like a charm. After a few days, Stephanie began to miss Nathan and his efforts. Suddenly the roles were reversed – Stephanie began courting him! And the rest – as they say – is history. After a couple years of dating, Stephanie was ready to start thinking about marriage; however, Nathan wasn’t feeling the same sense of urgency to get to the altar. But in the summer of 2010, that altar started to sound like a good idea. Nathan knew that Stephanie had resigned herself to thinking he would never propose, and he took that opportunity to plan the ultimate surprise proposal. With family heirloom diamonds, he designed the perfect engagement ring and then planned a long weekend in Wilmington, N.C., at a downtown bed and breakfast. As the sun was setting on their first day there, Nathan suggested they go for a walk along the riverfront downtown. Unknown to her, he had the ring in his pocket and was about to forever change the course of their lives. Nathan knew he wanted this moment captured in a photo, so as they walked he was scanning the area looking for someone to snap a picture. He finally found a man that looked to fit the bill. Nathan handed him the camera and told him to make sure he gets a picture of what was about to happen. At that moment, Nathan reached into his left pocket, fished out the ring, dropped to one knee and – in front of God and all of downtown Wilmington – professed his love for Stephanie and asked her to marry him. She said, “YES!”

Stephanie and Nathan were married on March 26, 2011.

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