Our Story

The Tar Heel and I are finally putting the final touches on our wedding website and we can hardly wait to share it with everyone!  I wanted to share one of the pages on the website with my blog readers because it is the most special part of the wedding website to me.  I love Our Story and how the Lord brought us together, so I thought I would share it here first!   I can’t believe I’ve never shared the story of The Stately Lady and The Tar Heel on my blog yet… but here it is!

Despite growing up only 15 minutes from each other and living in the same town their entire lives, Dustin and Regina met for the first time on July 31, 2004. Dustin was the videographer for Regina’s brother’s wedding, and their brief introduction was fleeting at best amid the hustle and bustle of a busy wedding day. It wasn’t until June of 2007 at a collegiate business society conference in Chicago, Illinois, that this brief introduction paved the way for a budding friendship. The two were inseparable at the week-long conference, and they soon found themselves staying in touch months after the conference in Chicago. Regina has always attributed their time together in Chicago as the place where she first felt that they shared something very different and very special.

After the conference in Chicago, Regina began her senior year of college at North Carolina State University and Dustin started his junior year at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Even though life has a tendency to interfere with even the best laid plans, the Lord always makes a way for His children and He made no exception of Dustin and Regina. Though their lives led them completely separate ways for college and soon graduation, Dustin and Regina were eventually led back to the place where they first met 6 years ago in their hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. As fate would have it, Regina began attending Whitley Church, the same church where Dustin had recently accepted his first full-time position as Media Director. After months of lost contact, it only took a couple of Sundays before the two reconnected and a lunch date was set. Both Dustin and Regina would agree that for the first time, their friendship felt like it was on the verge of something much deeper and more meaningful than they had ever experienced before. 

Finally, two years after Chicago in the fall of 2009, after many prayers and patient moments of waiting on the Lord’s perfect timing, the two decided to begin a relationship together that was literally years in the making. Everyone that spent any amount of time with Dustin and Regina knew instantly they shared something incredibly special.  On July 09, 2010, the 55th wedding anniversary of Dustin’s beloved Mema and Papa Sullivan, Dustin asked Regina to marry him in a fairy tale proposal surrounded by the historic charm and southern elegance of Charleston, South Carolina.  Regina excitedly accepted his proposal, and started planning their wedding for March 19,2011.  Both Dustin and Regina are anxiously awaiting their wedding and beginning their new life together as husband and wife in Savannah, Georgia. 




This weekend…

…I am headed to Savannah, Georgia to see this girl get married:

That’s me and my Big, also one of my faaaavorite Pi Phis, from my FRESHMAN YEAR at our very first Formal!!  Please note the amazing Pi Phi ice sculpture behind us.  Legit. Hah!

I am SO excited to spend this weekend with my sweet husband-to-be and some of my absolute favorite people from college, I can’t even tell you! My Lil’ Ave will be there too!  The Tar Heel and I won’t be getting a hotel for the wedding of course, we will be staying at our house!  Our houuuuse! Where I get to live soon! Yay!  How exciting. :)

Can’t wait to celebrate with these wonderful girls this weekend!  Hooray for weddings and best friends!

Heather and I in O’Lunney’s Pub in Times Square!

My Big Heather, My Little Ave, Me, and Kelly at Caffe Luna my junior year!


Amy’s Wedding Part 2

Amy’s highly anticipated day had finally arrived.  And when I say finally, I mean it.  These two dated 8 years and were engaged for 1.5 years.  There is no other word to accurately describe that wait than finally! Alas, finally, it was here.  We started out the day bright and early at Salon 21for all of us girlies to get our hair done. Well, I retract the “bright” part.  That morning I woke up to an all-out thunderstorm, complete with torrential downpours and lightening.  In my mind, I couldn’t help but think, “Did God forget to give Amy a pretty day for her outdoor wedding?”  I mean she was blessed with the best family, friends and fiance you could ever ask for.  Can’t have it all I guess. ;) But I think God really meant for that wedding to take place at Caffe Luna.  It was a gorgeous ceremony, and Amy was so CALM! Literally, calm as a cucumber. :) She pretty much floated all morning.  She was the same sweet Amy that she always is.  I don’t think anyone has ever been more prepared to marry their best friend than this girl. 

We all made it back to the hotel to help Amy get ready and took lots of pictures with the AMAZING Rachel of Millie Holloman Photography.  I have to admit, I was SUPER bummed when Millie broke her ankle the week before Amy’s wedding and had to cancel personally shooting her wedding.  I had no doubts regarding Rachel’s ability to produce phenomenal photos like Millie, but I am a bit of a Millie fan and I was giddy with excitement to meet her.  Oh well. Hopefully one day I will get to meet her for my wedding. :)

We scooted off to Caffe Luna for the wedding and reception and everything went just perfectly.  Amy asked me to read a poem called “Advice from a Tree” during the ceremony and I was pretty nervous about that, but it went very well.  I was only nervous after talking to the Tar Heel who said “You know, this is their wedding and you’re speaking in it. There isn’t a practice round, you only get one good shot!”  Thanks, babe.

I cannot tell you all how much fun we had.  We all (all being me, the Tar Heel, Amy, Matthew, Amy’s sister Megan, Amy’s sister Megan’s boyfriend Taylor, Mindy and her husband Will) wore that dance floor out!! We were the only ones on the dance floor basically all night, with the exception of when the Tar Heel grabbed Mindy’s mom, Mrs. Becky out onto the floor.  It was so much fun, and their Rickshaw sparkler exit was a classic! 

I was so happy  to be a part of Amster’s day.  She has been such a wonderful friend to me over the years and I know there are no two people more perfectly matched for each other than Amy and Matthew.  I use to joke that if they couldn’t make it, absolutely no one else in the world could.  They completely complete each other. :)  So, here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening. (All photos taken by the Tar Heel with the exception of the last one of us, taken by Rachel of MHP)