Alex Lefitz & Jacob Stark
June 14, 2020

A Chanukah party in Charlotte brought Alex and Jacob together in 2017. Alex had just moved to Charlotte, and Jacob had just moved back, and both were looking for ways to be more involved in the Jewish community. Lucky for them, that shared desire led them to one another. The pair dated for two years, cultivating a love of hiking and backpacking, despite Jacob being in Kentucky completing his master’s in biology for part of that time. One of their first hiking trips was to Shining Rock Wilderness in Western North Carolina, but bad weather forced them to cut the journey short. So when it came time to propose, Jacob brought Alex back to this spot and popped the question atop Black Balsam Knob, with the ring hidden inside a compass. True to their love of the outdoors, the couple was married at a friend’s mountain house near Table Rock State Park, overlooking Jones Gap. It was an intimate, family-orientated ceremony, in which Jacob and Alex said “I do” under a handmade chuppah that Alex’s twin sister had bedecked with flowers. They celebrated afterwards with dinner and cake made by her parents and grandparents. The couple remains in Charlotte, where Alex works as a geologist and Jacob as a biologist.

By Chelsey Ashford Photography.