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.