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Cheryl and Ron

6/20/2009

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Cheryl and Ron are getting married in the Butterfly Gardens at the Biltmore Estate on June 26th, with a reception following at the Conservatory. Cheryl and Ron dated for four years before they got engaged on April 18, 2008.  They are ready to get married and excited about sharing this special moment with their closest family and friends!  Continue reading to find out more about this couple…
How did you meet each other?
Ron accidentally sent a misdirected email to the wrong Cheryl – me!  Instead of letting it go, I responded & asked him if he was the Ron Raugh that was friends with my buddy Jan and her husband (his former co-worker) Shane.  He was, and we started bantering via email about how there was snow on the ground where we were – Philly & Raleigh & how we’d both rather be visiting them in Tampa.  Before you know it we were trading phone numbers & pictures via email, then calling each other, and we finally descended upon our mutual friends in Florida (who DIDN’T) set us up.  And the rest, as they say, is history!
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
Our Golden Retriever Cody takes me to the local VA Hospital every Friday night to do therapy dog visits.  On April 18, 2008 we came back from our visit & Ron planned a quiet evening at home building a fire in the chiminea on the back patio.  It was just the two of us, the dog, a bottle of wine & a crackling fire.  He came into the house for something (he’d stashed the ring in a kitchen cabinet by this point).  He went into an eloquent spiel about how he probably should have gotten around to this sooner and I remember thinking – are you going to get to the part where you ask me to marry you?  He did and I said yes!!!!
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What do you two do for a living?
Cheryl is a project manager for Nortel Networks.  Her job is home based which is what allowed her the flexibility to move from Raleigh to PA to be with Ron.  Ron previous position was Vice-President of Advanced Services for the Central PA region of Comcast.  After spending a few years learning the front line business, Ron elected to move into a more technology based role and is now testing wireless based architectures in order to develop new wireless products for Comcast.
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
Walking our dog together in the evenings to unwind from work.
Working in the yard on the flowerbeds or the garden.
Ron’s favorite pastime is scuba.  Cheryl has become scuba certifies as well.  After all, a hobby that forces you to go to sunny, warm, tropical locations can’t be all bad!
Why did you choose Asheville as your wedding location?
Since Cheryl is from NC we searched potential wedding locations literally from one end of the state to the other – from the Biltmore in the mountains, to several bed & breakfasts around Raleigh, to a few locations at the beach.  Ron had never been to the Biltmore Estate before, however once he saw it everything else paled by comparison.
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
That’s an easy one for Ron to answer – the honeymoon!  And for Cheryl it’s changing her last name so she doesn’t go through life with her ex-husband’s last name anymore!  Ha!  Seriously, we are excited to have all of our family and friends come together for what we hope will be a fun-filled celebration and are excited that the folks that are closest to us can help us share in this joyous experience.
Tell us the things you love about each other…
Cheryl:  What I love about Ron is…his positive attitude and how he instills confidence in others to push you beyond what you truly think that you are capable of yourself.  Who knew that I would ever become scuba certified?  Plus he is the most meticulous and organized male that I’ve ever met.  He makes lists for everyone and everything and is always, always, always knocking items off of the to-do list.  But what I truly love about him is how happy me makes me and how our relationship is truly a collaborative effort.
Ron:  What I love about Cheryl is…she is very supportive and family oriented which was very important considering I have children from a first marriage.  She has put the effort into finding a relationship with each of them.  I had built a
house prior to meeting her and she has helped to turn it into a home.  For once in a very long time I am both happy and content.
Anything else you would want people to know?
We’re so happy together and looking forward to our special day and celebrating with family and close friends!
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  1. John Cox

    June 20th, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Congratulations to the both of you ! Hope your wedding goes smoothly , honeymoon goes swimmingly , and life together as wife and husband gets better and better all the while . Best Wishes and Regards , John and Mary Jane Cox

  2. Steve Kaps

    June 20th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    This is so cool, The Butterfly Gardens at The Biltmore Estate is a superb choice. I wish you both all the happiness in the world!

  3. Becky Young Selleseth

    June 20th, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I enjoyed reading the stories, and the pictures are great! Congratulations, and best wishes!
    Becky, Dean, and Zander Selleseth

  4. Stephanie Smaltz

    June 20th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    This was so awesome to read about you both. I am so happy for you and wish you both the best that life has to offer. I’ll take great care of Cody while you’re gone!

  5. Lisa Oberholtzer

    June 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    How nice to be able to read about such a nice couple! Have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon but more importantly a wonderful life together.

  6. Ashley Howard

    June 21st, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Congratulations! The pictures are beautiful and I can’t imagine how incredible The Biltmore House will be as a backdrop for your happy day! Best wishes to you both now and always! Ashley & Tim Howard

  7. deborah and fred

    June 21st, 2009 at 7:58 am

    i am so glad that you two are tying the knot. i knew from day one that you were meant for each other. i hope you have a long and prosperous marriage with love and affection for each other. looking forward to you growing old together. hugs fred and deborah

  8. Becky Waugh Richard

    June 21st, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    What a great article on you two! Fabulous pics! I am sure that your wedding pictures will be amazing, with such a beautiful venue!!! I wish you guys the best. I am so sorry that I was unable to meet Ron on my brief visit to Hershey. I look forward to meeting him next trip in! I can see that Cheryl met her match in the organization category!!! It is obvious that you make each other happy. Keep putting the other half first, and you will be amazed at how easy it will be to grow together and contunie to communicate. Congratulations on your marraige!

  9. Debby Lienemann Fillgrove

    June 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Cheryl, Ron and Cody – So happy for you all!!! The day has almost come and I know that you all will have a lifetime of happiness together. Enjoyed the pictures and can’t wait to see more. Congrats!

  10. Monica Angelucci

    June 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Dan & I are both so very very happy for you! We wish you a life together filled with love, light & laughter! And the greatest gift…laughter! Laughter fills the room with light & keeps the love alive! 🙂

  11. Sue Breitsprecher

    June 22nd, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Cheryl,
    Congratulations!! What a wonderful story of how you met. I hope your future is as happy as you are at this moment in time!
    Peace, Love and Blessings to you both! 🙂

  12. Cindy Tatem

    June 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    How lovely! The location the couple… filled with romance and beauty! I’m so happy for you both and can’t wait to see the photos (I hope you take a couple 🙂

  13. Angie

    June 23rd, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    The whole meeting story is so Cinderella like & romantic. Butterflies are supposed to signify new beginnings…………may your lives be forever full of butterflies!!!! Congratulations!

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