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Katie and John


Katie and John are two people that you instantly like as soon as you meet them.  They are so sweet, so genuine, and I love that I have had a chance to get to know them. They will be married at the Basilica St. Lawrence followed by a reception at the Lioncrest on The Biltmore Estate. They have been together for 5 1/2 years, and with every day that passes they get more excited to become husband and wife.  Read a little bit more about them…
How did you meet each other?
We met freshman year, in Sloan dormitory (where my two best friends and Maids of Honor lived) at Elon University. I thought he was a bit obnoxious, but he thought I was cute!
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
We got engaged November 25, 2010. It was Thanksgiving break and I had just finished my preliminary exams for my doctorate and was trying to de-stress after a very high-pressure situation. I was in the midst of catching up on some work when John asked me if I wanted to go on a hike to one of our favorite locations in Pullman, WA where we shared our first home. I remember being slightly annoyed because I had a lot of work to do, but he was persistent and convinced me. We hiked to the top of a butte where there is a beautiful view of Pullman and the surrounding hills. This location had been a very special place for us as we had frequently made trips there when we needed to relax and feel some peace. There, surrounded by pine trees, taking in the bucolic scenery, relaxing with our pup Gus, John got down on one knee and popped the question! After we shared some tears I enthusiastically said yes!

What do you two do for a living?
I am starting as a political science professor at Augusta State University in August. John works in sports and recreation marketing and previously worked for Washington State University’s Recreation Facility; he is currently looking for similar work in our new home of Augusta, GA!

What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?

We love being active and anything outdoors! Also, anyone that knows us knows we love to eat – whether tasting new foods, trying interesting restaurants, or cooking together at home. We also love to travel together and experience new cultures. Part of the reason I love John so much is that he is always up for an adventure!
Why did you choose the Basilica St. Lawrence and the Lioncrest at The Biltmore Estate as your wedding location?
My family lives in Asheville and the Biltmore is just an iconic part of Asheville’s history, not to mention gorgeous! John and I have spent many holidays and long weekends in Asheville with my family, and we could not think of a better place to share with our extended family and friends. And the Basilica has been my family’s church for more than 10-years so it holds a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to marry the love of my life in this historic, and beautiful church!

When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?

I am just so excited to share this special day with all of my family and friends. John is such an important part of my life, and everything I do is for our little family – I can’t wait to showcase that love and commitment in front of the people that matter most to us.

What do you love about each other?

Katie: What I love about John is…
I love how he can always make me laugh, even when it seems like everything is going wrong! He understands me like no one else – and he loves me with his whole heart despite my many flaws and idiosyncrasies. But more than anything I love his beautiful, generous, and kind heart; he inspires me to be a better person.
John: What I love about Katie is…
I love that Katie is my best friend. Every day I feel lucky to have such a wonderful girl who is compassionate, caring and full of love. She makes me feel special like no one else does. I love that she is an adventurous person and is able to have fun each and every day with a smile. I wouldn’t want to share my life with anyone else.
Anything else you would want people to know?
Tara Jordan is the best wedding planner ever! She is worth every penny and ten times more!
(thank you!!! I will pay you later for this, Katie!)

  1. Can’t wait for her wedding day! She’s gorgeous!!!

  2. Maggy Gilbert says:

    Dear Katie and John,
    This is such a lovely idea, thanks for sharing with me. I’m really, really hoping to be able to get to your wedding! You both seem perfectly suited for each other. Wishing you many blessings on your new adventure together as husband and wife.

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