We Are Getting Married

Portia & Charles

Save The Date

April 27th 2024

Our Story


“Once upon a time in Greenville, North Carolina, our love story unfolded within the now-closed doors of Boli’s 5th Street Pizzeria. It was the spring of 2011 (or December 2010, depending on who you ask), when Portia and Arielle found themselves sharing a delightful meal and engaged in deep conversation. As fate would have it, Portia’s roommate happened to work at the pizzeria, leading her to frequent the establishment. Meanwhile, Charles and his fraternity brother Justin, both proud natives of Pitt County, were back home for the weekend, contemplating their Saturday night plans. In a delightful twist of destiny, they decided to treat themselves to the mouthwatering pizzas of Boli’s. Little did Charles know that this visit would mark his one and only encounter with the now-extinct pizzeria.

Spotting the two gentlemen wearing their Omega Psi Phi shirts, Portia and Arielle couldn’t help but be intrigued. Brimming with curiosity, they mustered the courage to approach them. Introducing themselves as members of Zeta Phi Beta at ECU, the conversation sparked, and the four of them instantly connected. Justin and Charles, both students at UNC Greensboro, revealed that they were home for the weekend. Portia and Charles exchanged contact information on Facebook, and a special bond began to form.

Over the following months, playful banter and lighthearted exchanges filled the air between Portia and Charles. Charles, being in the National Guard, would frequently return to Greenville for monthly drills, providing them with precious opportunities to deepen their connection. However, as the summer of 2011 approached, Portia graduated and embarked on a new chapter in Florida, pursuing her graduate studies. Despite the geographical distance that separated them, their bond only grew stronger. In 2014, fate stepped in again when Charles also found an opportunity that led him to Florida. By 2018, their friendship had withstood the test of time and distance, and they both found themselves back in North Carolina. Love had silently taken root in their hearts. Although they had not yet made the leap into a romantic relationship, they remained intimately connected, nurturing their friendship through constant communication. While life took them on different paths, their hearts remained intertwined. It wasn’t until October 2021 that their relationship blossomed from friendship to a deep and romantic love.

Fast forward from that fateful night at Boli’s through a decade filled with countless cherished memories: celebrating graduations, renovating a home together, exploring new cities, honing their culinary skills, and sharing endless laughter. Their love story was built upon a solid foundation of heartfelt conversations, unforgettable dates, and treasured moments. Their bond grew stronger with each passing year. And then, on Portia’s 34th birthday, in a picturesque moment in Jamaica, Charles decided to seize the perfect opportunity and proposed, surrounded by love and beauty. With overwhelming joy, Portia said yes, embracing the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.

Now, as we stand here on the threshold of our wedding day, we look back at the beautiful journey that brought us together. We are filled with gratitude for the people, places, and moments that shaped our love story. We cannot wait to embark on this exciting new chapter together, hand in hand, and create a lifetime of cherished memories filled with love, laughter, and endless adventures.”

1 Corinthians

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs

Event Information


The Hollander Hotel
421 4th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
See FAQ Below for details

Courtyard by Marriott St. Pete Downtown

300 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Code: W14


There will be a professional photographer on site to capture all of the moments.

Elizabeth Baxter Photography

What to Wear

Black Tie attire.
Men: Tuxedo | Women: Elegant dress.

Our entire wedding is outdoors so we recommend comfortable heels/shoes.


Please join us after the ceremony for cocktail hour followed by the reception.

Parking Area

Parking will be available but we encourage Uber, Lyft, or Taxi so that you can safely enjoy the party!

Food & Drinks

Food options will be available during the RSVP process.
Open Bar Cocktail Hour.
Cash Bar Reception.

Wedding Registry

Will You Attend?

If you’ve received specific instructions, kindly fill out the form  to confirm your attendance (RSVP). Guests will be authenticated by their names and email addresses, and you can verify all members of your party here.

When & Where

We love to see you soon

The Ceremony

Cocktail Hour & Reception


Q: Do you have hotel group codes? Yes! The codes are first come first serve.

For The Hollander: Call the hotel at (727) 873-7900. Tell the hotel staff that you are looking to book a room for the Harris/Jones Wedding for whatever nights you will be staying there. (April 26, 27, and/or 28)

For The Courtyard: Book online and use discount code W14.

Q: Do I need to RSVP? Yes, an RSVP is absolutely required by “date” for every invited guest. It is essential in planning for the ceremony seating, and reception meals.

Q: Are children included in the invitation? No, our wedding will be an adults only event. 

Q: Can I bring a date/guest? We are so excited for our special day, and carefully selected each of you to celebrate with us. While we would love to share our love with the world, our venue capacity is limited. Any plus ones that are invited are listed on your invitation. 

Q: My plus one can’t make it, can I bring someone else? No, we have carefully selected each of you to celebrate with us and would love to maintain intimacy on our special day. 

Q: What if I’m running late to the ceremony? Our ceremony begins promptly at 5:00pm. Please make plans to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. If you arrive after the start of the ceremony, you will be asked to wait outside of the venue for the completion of the ceremony. 

Q: Can I take photos? We want you to be fully present with us to experience every moment and therefore this will be a completely unplugged wedding ceremonyThe photographer and videographer will be the only one expected to take photos & videos during the ceremony.

Photography will be provided by the talented Elizabeth Baxter Photography.