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Elise Kenlea Hayes & Matthew Dakota Potts — Minted
EcoStyle will transport guests staying at the Homewood Suites or the AC Hotel. Departure time from hotel(s): 4:00 p.m. Departure time from The Upchurch: 11:00 p.m.

Elise Kenlea Hayes


Matthew Dakota Potts

Elise Kenlea Hayes and Matthew Dakota Potts

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Our Story

March 2018, Elise and Matt's love story began at UNC Chapel Hill. Matt was introduced to Elise while she was actively playing matchmaker for another friend. However, their connection was instant, Matt's vibrant and outgoing personality beautifully balanced Elise’s calm and introspective nature. Late-night eats, Sunday morning strolls on campus, and shared Chick Fil-a lunches in between classes solidified their bond.

Over time their relationship evolved into something more profound. In a defining moment, Matt realized that he couldn't imagine his life without Elise. On March 13, 2023, He pulled off a stunning surprise on a scenic mountainside in Colorado, and asked Elise to marry him (luckily she said yes). Since then, they have continued to build a life together in Raleigh, close to their beloved alma mater. Their journey has been enriched by their goofy pup, Astro.

Now, as they approach their upcoming wedding, they reflect on six years of love, growth, and treasured memories. Their wedding day will be a joyous celebration, surrounded by loved ones, creating new moments to cherish. With hearts full of excitement, Elise and Matt eagerly anticipate the festivities and the beginning of their next chapter together.