Garrett Dixon & Leah Josephson
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September 1, 2019 Occupations Garrett works as a sales account manager at Raleigh-based computer software company Red Hat. Leah is the co-founder and managing partner of Emergence Collective, a consulting firm that works with nonprofits and philanthropies. Crossed Paths Leah and Garrett grew up in the Triangle – Leah in Cary and Garrett in Raleigh – but did not meet until after college when they were both working in politics. Durham, in particular, is “where we really got to know each other and had our first home together,” Garrett says. The Proposal “We did not have a traditional engagement,” Leah says. “In fact, we booked the Durham Armory as our wedding venue four months before we were officially engaged!” The pair celebrated their engagement privately before sharing the news with friends and family. After meeting through campaign work and getting engaged during election season, they ordered a mock yard sign to celebrate: “Josephson/Dixon 2019!” Wedding Date
The couple spent the weekend with friends and family; one highlight for Garrett was the Friday night Durham Bulls outing spent with guests “and getting pulled on the field for a trivia game.” Garrett and Leah chose the Armory for their ceremony and reception because of its rich history as a community space. “Long before I even thought of getting married myself, any time I went to an event … at the Armory, it seemed like the perfect place for a wedding,” Leah says. Floral arrangements by Bluebird Meadows adorned the venue. Guests danced to music by Vox DJ Company and enjoyed a family-style dinner from Snap Pea and dessert by Yellowbird Baking. Rabbi Dr. Jenny Solomon officiated the ceremony, and Amanda Scott of A Swanky Affair coordinated the big day. A Favorite Moment Following the reception, the couple joined friends for an after-party at Kotuku Surf Club, where Leah defended her bocce record against Garrett as usual. Then, Leah says, “we stopped by Cook Out, still dressed, at 3 a.m. once all the guests went home.” The Big Day
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