It was marriage 40 years in the making.
And it happened right outside the Carolina Hotel on a clear December day. It was 12/13/14 to be exact, an unseasonably warm day at 62 degrees.
For Paul Sebo, it was like a dream seeing Lynda Hall walk down the aisle.
Draped in a sequined gown, the sun hit the bride just right.
“For a brief moment, it looked like she had an aura around her,” Paul said. “The Lord gave us such a gorgeous day.”
The pair exchanged vows in the gazebo on the West Lawn, a spot that brought them together in 1974.
It was Paul who had the idea to build a gazebo. As the manager of several musicians set to perform during the hotel’s Fourth of July celebration, he wanted his singers to have a stage and there simply wasn’t enough room for the crowds inside.
“We said ‘We’ll do it in Pinehurst because that’s where our story began, it began at this hotel, at that gazebo.'”
Lynda, who went by Linda in those days, was the first performer to belt out a song from the gazebo
A few years after that performance, Lynda and Paul parted ways. They saw each other once in 37 years.
The couple reconnected in 2012 after linking up on Facebook.
“We talked for 40 hours that first week, catching up on everything,” Lynda said.
It didn’t take long for Paul, 73, and Lynda, 67, to realize they never wanted to be apart again. As planning for the wedding got underway, they needed to decide on a venue.
The couple had a few options in mind. Paul, who teaches political science at Coastal Carolina University, lives at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Lynda’s family resides in Kernersville, North Carolina.
“We said ‘We’ll do it in Pinehurst because that’s where our story began, it began at this hotel, at that gazebo,’” Paul said. “For us, it was a no-brainer.”
Read more of Paul and Lynda’s story in The Pilot.