Embrie & Brian
OFTENTIMES WE MEET PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES, and then we say goodbye to them, never expecting that they’ll come swooping into our lives years later and completely change it. Embrie and Brian had one such story. It was New Year's Eve, 2007, in Raleigh. Embrie was out ringing in the New Year with her girls; Brian was simply out celebrating the birthday of a friend. As they both enjoyed the night with their friends, he spotted her across the room, instantly remembering her from years ago. Embrie noticed him as well, and though his face sparked a memory, she couldn’t quite put her finger on who he was. It was after a few moments of questioning glances and brief smiles that they finally approached each other and she asked if she knew him.
“I know who you are, Miss Embrie.” It was with those words that they reconnected, exchanging brief conversation, laughter, and each other’s numbers. As they departed back into their separate lives, ready to embark on a new year, they swore to keep in touch. And they did!
Their relationship grew over the next few months, as they continued to chat more and more often. Embrie’s feelings quickly began to grow after a few dates, but her brain told her ‘no’ as she considered her future. Her dream of going to school in New York was at the forefront of her mind, and Brian was far too nice for her to bring into a difficult long distance relationship. Brian didn’t accept those obstacles, however, and when she was accepted into college in New York, he made every effort to keep their friendship growing, even from nearly a thousand miles away!
Brian was the utmost gentleman and patiently bided his time for this special girl. Almost a year and a half after they reconnected, he visited her in New York City... and blew her away. He made her laugh, shared her love for UNC, and even agreed that “The Wire” was pretty much the greatest show on television. As all the pieces fell into place, Embrie finally began to listen to her heart, and after two years, Embrie and Brian made it Facebook official - they were finally “in a relationship!”
On December 31st, 2011, Brian and Embrie were on a two week trip in Texas. Embrie woke up early, excited for another fun-filled day in Dallas. As she headed out for the day, she spotted a white envelope in the driver seat of her car. Inside was the day’s pre-planned itinerary, and with a huge grin, she embarked on a romantic adventure. As evening approached, they headed out to dinner, both of them dressed up and looking fabulous. Nervousness set in as Embrie picked up on the fact that something BIG was about to happen. After dinner, Brian led Embrie away, blindfolding her and leading her into another room. When he removed the blindfold, he showed her an engraved silver photo album filled with all the photos Embrie and Brian had taken over the course of their relationship. He continued to speak to her, regaling her words describing the love he had for her and how much she meant to him. With tears streaming down her face, Brian finally asked, “Would you honor me in spending the rest of your life with me? Will you marry me?”
With smiles and tears, she said yes! It was four years to the exact hour of when they reconnected back in 2007 - a perfectly timed proposal.
The wedding planning began over the course of the next few months, and they were married on a beautiful and perfect Saturday in September 2013. The Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel filled up with 200 of their family and friends as Embrie and her eight bridesmaids got prettied up for the big day. One sand ceremony and broom jump later, Embrie and Brian walked out as Mr. and Mrs. Wrighten!
Stephen Cannoy of Human Graphics whisked the wedding party away for photos while guests headed over to the beautiful Grandover Resort for the cocktail hour and reception. Embrie and Brian personalized their cocktail hour with a signature drink called the emBRIan, while former anchorwoman Sandra Hughes shared their love story with their guests. Guests were also invited to share their own love journeys - a sure way to keep a beautiful romantic theme throughout the wedding day!
The bride selected navy, moss green, and gray as the primary wedding colors. A subtle natural theme began to sprout up as they filled the reception with real grass covered tables. Their wedding guests also wrote messages on gray stone rocks to really round out the theme. ShutterBooth NC set up a photo booth that kept busy as everyone partied through the night.
Embrie and Brian put together a day just as sweet and beautiful as their relationship, and we’re sure they’ll be remembering it for each New Year to come!
High Point University