Melisa and Jackson are a breath of fresh air. So nice, so gorgeous together, extremely smart, and their style is simply effortless. Their wedding is going to be so pretty and extremely personal, and it doesn’t hurt that it will take place at the beautiful Deerpark at the Biltmore Estate! You can’t go wrong in choosing any location at Biltmore. Melisa and Jackson have been together for 3 1/2 years, and you can tell that they are best friends. Read more about this precious couple…
How did you meet each other?
We met on the first day of medical school orientation. Our initial conversation involved dessert, music, and a basketball challenge. There was an instant connection, and we quickly became best friends (and teammates). Our friendship grew over the next two years. We finally went on an official date after a less than romantic night spent in the OR on trauma call. The rest was history.
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
January 2013. Jackson had planned a trip to show Melisa the Biltmore Estate for the first time. Despite the cold and wind, he convinced her to escape the crowds and move outside. As she took in the beautiful Blue Ridge view, he asked her to marry him. Unfortunately, they had only toured the first floor of the house at that point, so they returned to see the rest, but Melisa doesn’t remember a thing after that exciting moment!
What do you two do for a living?
We are both resident physicians at University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. Jackson is in the Internal Medicine program and Melisa is in the Pediatrics program
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
We’ve always enjoyed being active, which has only intensified since moving to Colorado. Through medical school, we loved playing intramural basketball and flag football. Now, we spend every bit of free time in the Rocky Mountains, taking in the scenery on many beautiful hikes. Our absolute favorite activity, though, is hitting the slopes in the winter time (Melisa on her skis and Jackson on his snowboard).
Why did you choose the Biltmore Estate as your wedding location?
Well, we knew we wanted to get married in one of the Carolinas since that is where we are from, and Asheville is just the perfect location. The venue decision was next, and the Biltmore Estate was already so special after our engagement day that it just felt right! Everyone associated with Biltmore is fantastic; everything has been so easy from the beginning, which has been tremendously helpful for us trying to plan a wedding from across the country.
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
We have family and friends traveling from not only across the country, but across the world! It feels like a dream that we are going to have everyone we love in one place at the same time, so we don’t think it gets much better than that!
What do you love about each other?
Melisa: What I love about Jackson is…
He is the most energetic, fun, and genuinely caring person (and doctor) that I know. The way he connects with friends, strangers, and patients is something that I admire, and I am so thankful and lucky that he chose me to be his forever adventure partner!
Jackson: What I love about Melisa is…
No matter what random or new thing I want to try Melisa is always up for it. I am happy I get to share so many of ‘my’ interests that have now become ‘our’ interests. We are not opposites, but the perfect complements to each other.