I am really looking forward to Kelly and Jason’s wedding on September 12th. They are both wonderful people with big hearts, and I have had a great time working with them on their wedding. The ceremony will be on the Vista of the Inn on Biltmore with a reception following at the Lioncrest. Should be a beautiful weekend! Read more about Kelly and Jason below…
How did you meet each other?
We met when we were in graduate school together at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. We were friends for a while before we started dating. When we realized there was more than a friendship between us, we mistakenly thought that it would create an awkward dynamic among our friends. So we decided we needed to keep our relationship a secret for a while before cautiously breaking the news to our close friends. Of course, they knew the whole time and could not have cared less, but we had fun sneaking around at least!!
How long did you date before you got engaged?
We dated for about 5 years before we got engaged.
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
After several failed attempts at getting the right ring (something we laugh about often now), Jason ended up surprising me on a random Tuesday night in Atlanta. I walked into our house expecting our weekly “date night” and was greeted at the door by my dog Stella who had the ring tied around her neck with a ribbon. It was absolutely perfect, and most importantly, I was so surprised!
What do you do for a living?
Jason is a Senior Vice President for a policy research firm here in Washington, DC. I am a Principal at a small private equity group. Usually no one knows what any of that means, so we just say that we’re both in Finance/Investment Services.
What are some of the activities you like to do together as a couple?
We both love to stay active and enjoy running and exercising together. We also like cooking together, watching the Longhorns play football, watching Mad Men and The Wire on TV, traveling to new places, playing with our dog Stella, and enjoying a good bottle of wine together.
Why did you choose Asheville and the Biltmore Estate as your wedding location?
For a few years during our relationship, Jason lived in Atlanta and I lived in Charlotte. We were both very busy with our jobs at that time and would often meet each other in Asheville for the weekend to get away from the city. We quickly fell in love with everything about Asheville and find ourselves getting so happy every time we return. We have always been in awe of the gorgeous views and magnificence of the Biltmore Estate and once we got engaged, it was first on our list of places to check out.
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
We can’t wait to have all of our close family and friends with us as we exchange vows and make our commitment to God and each other known to everyone. We’re also looking forward to having all of our extended family together for a whole weekend to celebrate. And…Jason is really looking forward to eating some cake!
What do you love about each other?
Kelly: What I love about Jason is his sincerity and his strength of character. Jason knows what he believes in and is comfortable with himself no matter where we are or who we are with. He has an ease about him that other people seem to be drawn to, and people feel comfortable letting their guard down when he is around. Jason knows me better than anyone in this world, and understands my complexities more than even I do at times. He is so patient with me and always makes me feel safe and loved. I know that I can always count on him. I also love that he can laugh and be silly with me over nothing at all. Basically, he is my best friend and my true soul mate and I couldn’t imagine life without him.
Jason: What I love about Kelly is her big heart – she is a huge softie and it’s so cute to see her get teary-eyed during movies. She cares about people who are less fortunate and is always considerate of other’s feelings. Kelly is the person I trust most in the world and I know that no matter what, I can depend on her to give her honest opinion in any situation. I also love her sense of humor and witty comebacks. She makes me laugh at the most unexpected times and I love that she can keep me on my toes, even after five years. She also challenges me in a very loving way, pushing me to be a better and more loving person. No matter where we are or what situation we are in, I can always feel her love.
Anything else you want people to know?
We know that so many people will be traveling from afar to attend our wedding and we just wanted to say thank you to everyone for being there to celebrate with us. We feel so blessed be surrounded by such wonderful people and we can’t wait to see everyone in Asheville!