On May 19, the watchful eyes of Samford Hall saw something a little out of the ordinary. As a crowd of more than 60 people waited on its lawn, the clock struck 7 p.m. A guitarist began to play, and a blushing bride walked toward the old brick building. Guests turned their heads to get a better look, and Samford Hall watched on as the first in recent memory Samford-lawn wedding took place.
Weston Dean ’08 and Casie Norred ’10 met at the 2008 Auburn vs. Louisiana Monroe football game. Though they both worked at WMXA radio in Opelika, their paths had never crossed until that day. They made plans for dinner with friends and agreed upon a meeting spot—Samford lawn.
They sat on the building’s front steps and talked as they waited for their friends to call. Two years later, they met again near those same steps to intertwine their paths forever.
Though the couple now lives in Philadelphia, their hearts belong to Auburn. “Without knowing it, Auburn is responsible for giving us so much more than an education,” Casie says. “And that is why we not only love each other, but we believe in Auburn and love it.”