By Makayla Williams | Photography by Tracy Timmester; timmesterphoto.com
Brianna Ottman of Cary and Duncan Kennedy of Winston-Salem met one night on the town in Raleigh in 2017. They dated for three years after Duncan graduated from Appalachian State and Brianna from UNC Charlotte.
In 2020, Duncan surprised Brianna with a fun weekend in Charlotte for her birthday. They enjoyed brunch at their favorite restaurant, Tupelo Honey, and cheered on the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium. When the couple returned home to Chapel Hill, they discovered that their loved ones “[had] transformed [it] into the most magical engagement celebration.”
Brianna and Duncan’s wedding was held at Rivers & Bridges in Siler City on Oct. 17, 2020. The couple trimmed their guest list from 120 to 50 due to pandemic precautions, and included a small wedding party of Brianna’s sister, Kristina Ottman Crnkovic, and Duncan’s father, Brian Kennedy. Brianna’s uncle, Robert “Bob” Ottman, officiated the ceremony. Blossom Floral Artistry decorated the venue and provided the bridal flowers. Rocky Top Catering served dinner at the reception with desserts from Maxie B’s. Although the couple originally planned for an additional, larger reception in May 2021, they decided to cancel it because their wedding “turned out to be the perfect day, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Brianna and Duncan live in Chatham County.
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