Mary Andrews and Griffin have chosen one of my favorite times of the year to have their wedding…the fall! In October they will be wed at the Deerpark located on the majestic Biltmore Estate. They have been together for three years now, and you will see below how excited they are to be getting married. I really enjoyed reading about their love for each other, and I know you will too!
How did you meet each other?
I (Mary Andrews) was in town and staying with my parents for a few months after living abroad and before heading to DC, and Griffin (unbeknownst to me) was living just a stone’s throw away. Shortly before an official introduction, I was working out on my parents’ porch and noticed Griffin (in a bright yellow t-shirt) doing a very interesting workout that involved a golf club, a golf ball, teeing off, push-ups, sprinting to said ball only to repeat it all over again. I remember commenting to my dad about the “stranger” doing an even stranger workout.
Little did I know that I would be on a date with him in a few short weeks, which is what brings us to the official introduction from a friend. During a lunch outing, I brought up an interesting conversation that I had with my sister-in-law about twins living nearby. In response, my friend’s eyes lit up –she knew them after helping them acquire their house, and a meet-and-greet was arranged a few days later for the two of us (according to my friend, Griffin was “PERFECT” for me). The rest is history.
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
Griffin proposed just before Memorial Day weekend in May 2011. We had just celebrated our first two years together, and Griffin kept talking about a special gift for me that should be arriving “any day now” in the mail. That Thursday evening I arrived home from the grocery store (in sweats and no make-up), and Griffin said that the gift FINALLY came in the mail, and asked me “do you want to open it before or after dinner?” Of course I said, “now!”
We sat in our living room as I opened up a scrapbook documenting our two years together that Griffin made online. At first, I thought this was sweet and funny as I gave Griffin an “IOU” for a scrapbook the previous year, and of course it never materialized. It never occurred to me that he would be proposing in a few short minutes. He asked me to read it aloud, and as I did I began to sob. The last page in the scrapbook said, “although this book might be coming to an end, we are just beginning our story. The next chapter begins with a question…” As I looked up, Griffin was kneeling beside me with a ring and then asked me to marry him. Obviously, I said yes! =)
What do you two do for a living?
Griffin is currently in his second year of pharmacy school, and I just completed my Masters of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language and plan to teach high school Spanish.
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
Well, let’s see. We are foodies and are members of several beer clubs where we live. We also like to cook and entertain (when we have time). On a more healthful note (and to counteract those former interests), we enjoy working out together and playing sports—kickball, flag football, soccer, tennis, etc. We like going to the movies, college football, spending time with friends and family, and listening and comparing music notes. We also LOVE to travel and explore new places together.
Why did you choose the Biltmore Estate as your wedding location?
The week after Griffin proposed, we were in Asheville on a preplanned trip and decided to go ahead and start looking for a venue. After all, we already knew we wanted to get married in the fall and in the mountains (or close to it). When we started to google “Asheville weddings,” the Deerpark and the Lioncrest dominated the results. We immediately made brunch reservations at the Deerpark, and instantly fell in love. It’s hard to put in words what drew us in, but if we were to try we’d probably say that the Deerpark has a great mixture of elements that we love. It’s natural and elegant all at once, and the setting is already beautiful on its own without any additional elements. We also can’t wait to see how the leaves turn out in the courtyard trees during our fall wedding. Needless to say, we emailed the Biltmore contacts first thing on the Monday following our brunch and never looked back.
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
Mary Andrews: Many things…where to begin…Apart from the obvious—marrying Griffin and seeing him in a bow tie =)—if I had to pick one thing, it would be having all of our close friends and family together in one place to celebrate the two of us. Other brides have reminded me how special it is because it’s often the one time in your life that you have that many loved ones in one place together, so I hope to just enjoy every minute!
Griffin: the “kiss the bride part!”
What do you love about each other?
Mary Andrews: What I love about Griffin is EVERYTHING. To be honest and maybe not-so-humble for a moment, I always thought that I was a pretty good person. That was, until I met Griffin. He has the most POSITIVE demeanor and outlook on life. He sees the good in everyone, the glass as 95% full, and 99 times out of 100, he would put me, his family, his friends, and even a stranger before himself. As a result, he’s also taught me a lot about unconditional love and forgiveness. He’s a living example (and reminds me) of what’s really important in life. Because of this, he makes me want to be a better person, be happier, be a little less serious, and appreciate the small things on a daily basis. I have never met a person who does not like him; in fact, I don’t know if it is possible for someone to not like him.
Oh, and he is SO SO SO funny. His wit comes in the most random of moments, but it never fails to make me smile or laugh. I feel lucky that I found him before someone else did (I still don’t know how I am so lucky), and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with someone who makes me feel so special and loved.
Griffin: What I love about Mary Andrews is how she makes me feel. I love how she isn’t a “cheesy” person at all, but with me she is (a little). She is independent and worldly. She challenges me. She’s generous. She’s so smart, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s beautiful. Mary Andrews is more than I could have ever dreamed of, and I feel so lucky to have the privilege of spending my life with her.
Anything else you would want people to know?
Griffin (who is not a southerner) tried grits for the first time on their first date. Although it took him a few years to really “appreciate” them, Griffin, a self-described former picky eater, now eats and will try everything. He says that I (Mary Andrews) inspired him to try new things, but it turns out that I’m a lot pickier than he is these days. 🙂