I know how full of uncertainty and challenges long distance relationships are. A couple must have strong faith that what is meant to be is meant to be! Katie and Ian are a shining example of two people making it work over the miles. They weathered a nearly 4-year separation while Ian was back home in the UK. But they listened to their hearts all the while…and they’re clearly meant to be together. Such an inspiring story!
Katie was just a week into her graduate studies at Duke when she found herself hosting a birthday party for a friend. A biomedical engineering student, Katie had plenty of skills and talent, but no idea how to mix a mojito! Luckily Ian (who was in Durham as an international student, starting his Masters of Law degree) was on hand and just happened to have an excellent recipe in his back pocket. Go pre-college bartending days! The fact that Ian also had a torn knee from a recent football game was no impediment to these two hitting it off! A few days later, a Facebook message tempted Katie into a dinner date. The rest is history!
Now, six years on (and lots of time spent apart), Katie and Ian are finally together for good! Their family and friends came from around the world…Hong Kong, England, France…to show their love for this sweet couple that held their wedding at the Fearrington Village NC. The bride and groom took the time to make each and every guest feel special with kind words and embraces. Beautiful emotion shone in their eyes many times throughout this long-awaited day. Watching them tie the knot, I was deeply aware of a truth: when the love two people share is a safe haven, no matter how far apart they are, or how difficult the situations they face…it’s something worth holding on to, always. This was a very special day indeed. Very, very special…
A (true!) fairytale ending: Katie completed her PhD, won the Whitaker Fellowship, and will join her husband in England to start a dream job she nabbed at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. See? It was all worth the wait, you two. 🙂 What an honor to be your wedding photographer!
Coordinator: Gilda McDaniel – at Fearrington Village
Florist: Mary Stevens – at Fearrington Village
Cake Artist: Emma Isakoff, also at Fearrington Village
Catering: Fearrington Village
Reception music: Eric Hodgden, All Around Raleigh DJ
Make-up and hair: Updo Studios
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero Melanie In Ivory over light gold
Bridesmaids dress: Wtoo