Jim Denton and Avery Williamson’s Pandemic Love Story

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Jim Denton couldn’t wait to pop the question – he abandoned his initial proposal plans and asked Avery Williamson to marry him just hours after purchasing her ring

Jim Denton and Avery Williamson

By Megan Tillotson

 Jim Denton, 33, first met Avery Williamson, 27, in December 2019 at a lively piano bar in Raleigh. Pandemic restrictions made dinner dates difficult, so the couple spent the first few months enjoying date nights at Jim’s family farmhouse in his hometown of Henderson. 

This year, Jim shopped for engagement rings. After picking up a ring from Raleigh Diamond mid-week, Jim couldn’t wait until the weekend as planned. Instead, he popped the question the very next day on March 17. “Jim does not do well with holding on to presents or keeping surprises to himself,” Avery says. His timing came as a surprise when Jim walked into the kitchen of Avery’s Durham townhome to present the ring. The couple spent the rest of the evening FaceTiming friends and family sharing the big news. 

The ceremony is planned for April 8, 2023, at the Beaufort Hotel. Avery is director of marketing and membership at Governors Club, and Jim is an asphalt production manager at Carolina Sunrock. 


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