The Happy Couple
Lorie-Ann is the Director of Specialty Clinics at Duke Health System. A native of Long Island, NY, she came to North Carolina for college at Duke University. After graduating, she moved away, but decided to move back to North Carolina before long. Brett is the Dean of Students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and he’s a High Point, NC, native with deep roots in the area. Their autumn-themed November wedding was filled with personal touches and references to the places that matter most to the fun-loving, outdoorsy couple.
What Made This Wedding So Special
Lorie-Ann’s parents, Melvin and Gertrude, have been married for 42 years, and their anniversary is in November. Lorie-Ann says, “Their relationship has truly been an inspiration to us, and even though we did not initially plan to have a November wedding, it is extremely meaningful to us that our anniversaries are just a few days apart.” Brett and Lorie-Ann especially appreciated that so many of their friends and loved ones were able to celebrate their happy occasion. Brett’s eight siblings are spread far and wide; one of his sisters and two brothers were in the bridal party, and the others were in attendance. In addition, many of Lorie-Ann’s friends and family members – as well as the minister who married the couple – traveled from Long Island to be there.
The Design & Color Palette
Lorie-Ann’s favorite season is autumn, and the rich, inviting colors of the fall were her inspiration for the wedding décor. Gold-painted branches, gold flatware, gold-beaded chargers, gold Chiavari chairs, and even an elegant gold wedding cake brought warmth to the reception dinner in the Weaver Room. The bride’s two favorite colors provided the accents: bouquets, boutonnieres, cake decorations, and table arrangements featured deep fuchsia roses; and the bridesmaids wore dresses in a sophisticated navy blue hue.
Immediately after the ceremony, guests enjoyed the bride’s and groom’s signature drinks—the Blushing Bride, a sparkling cocktail of citrus vodka, elderflower liqueur, and cranberry juice; and Pebble Beach, made from citrus vodka and blue curacao—along with passed hors d’oeuvres:
- Potato and parsnip croquettes with leek mustard cream
- Mini crabcakes with remoulade sauce
- Baked brie with fig, honey, and orange marmalade
- Shrimp remoulade shooters
After the bride and groom were announced and first dances were complete, dinner was served, beginning with a salad of seasonal greens with house vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing, then guests’ choice of:
- Seared salmon with honey lime beurre blanc, served with mashed potatoes and green beans
- Lemon chicken paillard with shallots and preserved lemons, served with crème fraiche mashed potatoes and squash medley
- Filet with Diane sauce, served with mashed potatoes and green beans
- Phyllo parcel with lentils, swiss chard, and caramelized onions over forbidden black rice and sautéed greens
How They Met
Lorie-Ann decided to join eHarmony just in the nick of time: Brett was on the verge of canceling his subscription. Lorie-Ann showed up as a “flex match” for Brett because she lived in Durham, not High Point, but the two began communicating via eHarmony and before long had their first date at Six Plates in Durham. (The pair discovered they had lived right around the corner from one another in High Point a few years back, but their paths had never crossed!)
Lorie-Ann is big on surprises. She loves to plan little—and big—ones for Brett, but this time, the surprise was on her! In honor of Brett’s October 1 birthday, the two had planned an adventure-filled weekend of camping and kayaking, followed by a round of golf at Brett’s favorite course, then a lovely dinner. On arriving home, Lorie-Ann discovered that Brett had a gift for her, too. She opened the gift bag to see a photo frame, and while she was expecting to find a framed photo of Brett and her, she wasn’t at all expecting that photo to be inscribed with a message: “Will you marry me?”
The Wedding Magic Makers
Lorie-Ann complimented the QWRH staff, saying, “Their people are great to work with. I wasn’t one of those people who had already thought of every detail … I didn’t have an idea of the logistics, and they were really patient walking us through the steps, meeting us at convenient times, and giving valuable feedback.” She also said that QWRH coordinated beautifully via Skype with the couple’s wedding planner, Courtney Carter, who lives in Louisiana.
Wedding Planners: Courtney Carter | Jacob Bennett, Proximity Hotel
Officiant: Reverend Doctor Lynn Collins
Florist: Chapel Hill Florist
DJ: K2 Productions
Harpist: Abigail Van Patter
Photographer: Megan Kime
Videographer: 21 Films