Jenna and Matthew….these two just make me smile. What an absolute JOY it has been getting to know them and their families throughout this planning process. Such a creative and talented couple with hearts of pure gold. Enjoy getting to know them…
How did you meet each other?
We are both musical theatre performers and met during the run of a show in Wytheville, Virginia. We were both contracted for the Christmas show of their 2013 season and were slated as dance partners for the opening number! We had an instant connection with each other and would always get to our places call as early as possible to hang out together. Even our cast mates were telling us what a great couple we would make! One night we were all going to go see Frozen together at the movies, and one by one all our friends back out until it was just the two of us. They had planned it that way all along and we are so glad they did. We started dating shortly after that night and haven’t looked back since.
How long have you two been together?
We started dating December 23, 2013 – so almost 3 years now!
When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?
We went out for a day date that consisted of going to the movies, eating dinner right off the Chattahoochee river in Atlanta, and attempting to see the sunset in a park near the restaurant. Just as we turned a corner of the park he grabbed my hand and pulled me in for a tight hug. He was shaking so much that I knew in that moment something big was about to happen! Neither of us remember what was said but after a moment he knelt down and proposed right then and there. I loved that it was just the two of us and later we made many phone calls to share the news with our family and friends. It was perfect in every way.
What do you two do for a living?
We are both musical theater performers which includes dancing, singing, and acting! We also work in entertainment at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta!
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
We love to travel and want to do it even more once we are married. We also enjoy going to sporting events like college football and baseball games. And sometimes the best date night is going to a frozen yogurt shop for dessert followed by binge watching Friends on the couch.
Why did you choose the Champion Hills as your wedding location?
We currently live in Atlanta but our hometowns are in NC and VA. We wanted a place that would be easily accessible for all of our friends and family to travel to. We knew we wanted our wedding to be in the mountains which is symbolic of where we grew up. After months of searching and having no luck, Tara showed us Champion Hills and we loved it! It is definitely a hidden gem and with their new event lawn facing the mountains, it is just spectacular.
What do you love about each other?
Jenna: What I love about Matt is…His wit! He is always making me and everyone around him smile. One of the reasons he is so comedic is because he is very intelligent. He remembers facts as if he’s reading them from a book. It amazes me and I learn from him every day. Lastly, I love his ability to relate to any and everyone he encounters. Matt is a people person and I love the way he truly listens to others and gives of his time and efforts to build the relationships around him.
Matt: What I love about Jenna is… Her unfathomable generosity, kindness, and love. Not just to me, but to everyone that knows her. She is absolutely stunning, has the best sense of humor, and a contagious personality to boot. But how she is able to always give of herself blows me away. She inspires me.
Anything else you would want people to know?
Stay true to yourself during the wedding planning process. Be honest with your vision and open to suggestions in areas you are unsure of. Surround yourself with family and friends that will lift you up as you take this next step into marriage. This year has been the best year of my life. Not only do we get to become husband and wife, but we also have a support system that will guide us through this next chapter as newlyweds. It is sure to be pure bliss!