By Melanie Vidovich / Photography by Heather Gunter
Courtney Goldston was unpacking her suitcase in late June 2018 after a trip to the Bahamas when she heard her boyfriend, Brad Jones, say, “You need to take a look at this.” When she turned around, Courtney found Brad on one knee, ring in hand.
Born and raised in Siler City, Courtney attended Chatham Central High School and then Guilford College. She met Brad, who grew up in Apex and attended N.C. State University, while working for the Chatham County government; Brad is an environmental health program specialist, and Courtney is a human resources analyst. The two dated for four years before the aforementioned Bahamas vacation that ended in Brad’s proposal. As they began to plan their big day, the couple wanted the ceremony to reflect the special place Chatham holds in their lives.
For that, there was no better place to exchange vows than the Historic Chatham County Courthouse, where they held an intimate ceremony on April 6, 2019, with family and friends. Courtney’s mother, Rhonda Goldston, of Siler City, and the groom’s parents, Rodney Jones and Kay Capps, were in attendance. Brad’s son, Aiden Jones, 13, and Courtney’s son, Cameron Franks, 16, served as groomsmen and ushers. The bride’s 7-year-old nieces, Jayla Ray and Anisten Goldston, were flower girls. Blossom Floral Artistry designed the bridal bouquet and floral arrangements, and Courtney Goins of Makeup By Courtney created the bride’s final look. Afterward, the wedding party and guests all stepped across the street for the reception at Pittsboro Roadhouse, with food and drink by 39 West Catering. The day was coordinated by Sherry Elmore of Bee-utiful Events.
The couple will continue to reside in Pittsboro where, Courtney says, every trip past the courthouse on Hillsboro Street is now a reminder of her and Brad’s big day. “I will never forget walking downtown in my dress!” she says.