engagement Julie Hinson & Cody Toellen
B Y M E G A N T I L LOT SO N | PHOTO BY ALEXANDREA LASSITER, COPPERKEYPHOTO.COM
Wedding Date Oct. 25, 2022
Occupations Julie Hinson is the
co-founder of Outer Loop Arts and a full-time artist and pottery teacher. Cody Toellen works in the transportation department for Orange County Schools. Crossed Paths The couple met at the Eno River in 2019, where they instantly hit it off. Julie says it was a magical experience as they spent more than six hours talking and swimming, and they “fell in love in short order.” They dated for six months before moving in together at the beginning of 2020. The Proposal Julie was busy working on a big order and baking pies the day before their families’ first joint holiday this past Thanksgiving. Cody
planned the proposal in secret and designed the ring with the help of the team at Jewelsmith. Cody asked Julie to help him pick up a car part, and instead drove out to West Point on the Eno – the site of their first date. They got out of the car, then Cody bent down on one knee and asked Julie to marry him. Photographer Alexandrea Lassiter, who had hidden behind the McCown-Mangum House, sprang into action to capture the emotional moment. Julie says she had no idea about the proposal and was overjoyed to say yes. Now, “I Do” Julie and Cody plan to host their wedding ceremony at Union Grove Farm in October 2022. “We are total opposites, come from such different backgrounds, but are total soulmates,” Julie says. “We both knew so quickly.” The couple plans on settling down in their newly renovated house just south of downtown.
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