Debra and Tripp will be married on the Vista at the Inn on Biltmore Estate this June. Debra is a Nurse Anesthetist and Tripp works in finance focusing on the sale and pricing of financial instruments. Debra and Tripp met nine years again, and the have lived in Omaha, Naples, Boston and New York! They are so nice, and I am very happy for them! Please read more about this wonderful couple!.
How did you meet each other?
Tripp: We both were offered positions as camp counselors at a camp in Maine. I was a generalist but she taught gymnastics. Even though my cabin did not show a speck of talent or interest in gymnastics they all signed up for a rotation.
Debra: And in walked Tripp and six 8 yr old boys to learn gymnastics. I taught them all cartwheels. He definitely caught my attention and the rest of the summer we were inseparable.
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
Tripp: I had the ring for a few weeks and was planning to ask her on the anniversary of the first day we met. She was deeply involved in her graduate studies at Northeastern and had an exam on Monday. She worked hard that week and wanted to go to the beach on Friday, but as I had a big day planned for the anniversary on Saturday so I persuaded her not to go. Of course, this backfired as I couldn’t escape her on Saturday to set up my “engagement scavenger hunt.” After being almost caught countless times throughout the day, she finally frustrated at the lack of anything going on, cracked open her textbooks and started angry studying. It was then that I came clean, explained why I was so subversive the entire day and dropped to one knee. We still made it to our favorite restaurant, The Top of the Hub, for a champagne toast at sunset immediately followed by dinner.
Debra: In retrospect I should have had an inkling but at the time was caught up with studying for that exam. Tripp isn’t the type to tell me to skip the beach and study, so I cleared my schedule for the whole day. He really couldn’t shake me for long enough to get his scavenger hunt setup. He was acting so strange–now I know he was nervous and desperately trying to pull off the “perfect engagement”!
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
We are up for trying everything at least once…snowboarding, surfing, snorkeling, but on a consistent basis we play tennis, go fishing with my dad, take Remy (our dog) on long walks in the South End, and we drink coffee constantly.
Why did you choose Asheville and the Biltmore Estate as your wedding location?
We were spending time with Tripp’s grandparents in Burnsville, NC around our second anniversary. He arranged for us to stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate to celebrate our anniversary. That was the first time I had ever been to the Biltmore-we saw the house, toured the winery and spent hours exploring the estate. We have traveled all over the world and the Biltmore continues to be one of our favorite places. We wanted to share the enchantment we felt there with the rest of our family and friends.
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
Both of us moved away from family & friends to live in Boston and subsequently New York so just seeing faces we have not seen in awhile will be the highlight of the wedding for us. Also since we have dated for 7 years, been engaged for two years, we are pretty confident in our relationship and it is a way to share our little family with our loved ones.
What do you love most about each other?
Debra: What I love about Tripp is…
I love Tripp’s enthusiasm for life- he is always ready to checkout a museum, discuss current events at a local coffee shop, surf the North Shore or just hang out with “the fam” (me and Remy). He is by far the smartest person I have ever met and he makes me laugh relentlessly! Plus he makes a mean egg-in-the-hole and Mickey Mouse pancakes.
Tripp: What I love about Debra is…
How passionate she is about ideas that inspire her. How once she sets her mind to a task she pursues it endlessly. How she is a selfless person who cares more about the needs of others over her own; in her self-sacrifice I get to see the best part of what humanity can be.