E VA RU F F & A NT HO NY PENNINGER
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Wedding Date May 25, 2019 Crossed Paths Anthony and Eva met through a dating app. They planned to meet in person for dinner and a movie at Silverspot in Chapel Hill in the summer of 2017. Shortly after, Eva left for school, so they committed to a long-distance relationship. The couple says the year that they were apart was surprisingly easy, and their relationship continued to deepen despite the miles apart. “I attribute this to us both being very secure and trusting individuals,” Eva says. The Proposal On August 20 last year, Eva scheduled a consult with photographer Clay Souza of Photos by Clay, who took her outside for “test shots.” Meanwhile, Anthony had secretly arranged with Clay to surprise Eva by proposing during the photo shoot. Anthony snuck up behind Eva completely undetected, and when he was close enough, put his arms around her, dropped down on knee and popped the question. “When she turned around and saw me there dressed up for the camera, her face and exclamations let me know that Eva was completely surprised and had no idea what was happening,” Anthony says. Now, “I Do” The couple will say their vows at Duke Chapel. Among local friends and family attending are Eva’s parents, Brian and Amy Ruff, maid of honor Abigail Griffo and bridesmaids Alexa Clayton and Hannah Spear. The reception will be held at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Guglhupf will provide the cake, and Allegiant Luxury Limousines will provide transportation for the big day.