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MaryStuart + Chris


MaryStuart and Chris will be getting married this Spring at the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee.  They have been together for over 4 years, and now they can’t wait until they can finally call each other husband and wife!  Read more about this super cute couple below…they have the sweetest engagement story….
How did you meet each other?
Chris and I met in a tennis league in Athens, Ga. At the time we were playing on opposite teams, and I always thought he was so cute but never had the nerve to speak to him first. And then one night after the match, he came up to me and introduced himself and we hit it off after that. We continued to use tennis as a way to “hang out” and then eventually started officially dating not too long after that.

When did you get engaged, and how did he ask?

We got engaged on May 28, 2016 which was Memorial Day weekend. We went up to Asheville, NC to Navitat Canopy Tours to zip line, which was originally planned as Chris’s birthday trip. We went down all of the zip lines, me not knowing that Chris had a ring in his pocket the entire time. At the very end of the canopy tour, we were hiking back down to the end, and Chris stopped on a cute, little wooden bridge and asked for the tour guide to take our picture. Right before she took our picture, Chris stepped out in front of me and got down on one knee, while giggling, asked me to marry him. The big joke is that I freaked out, not expecting the proposal, and started walking backwards like I was running away. In actuality, I was so excited I didn’t know how to handle the whole situation. We got a lot of pictures of the whole thing and it was still the best day of my life.
What do you two do for a living?
Chris owns his own small business, and I work for my family’s small business. He is in the landscaping/maintenance business and I am in the restaurant business and do some of the accounting work for them.
What are some of the activities that you like to do together as a couple?
We love tennis, going to the lake or the mountains, and exploring new things. We also love to travel when we have the chance.
Why did you choose the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee as your wedding location?
We chose the Ritz Carlton at Lake Oconee because it’s a beautiful hotel that sits right on Lake Oconee and it happens to hold the large amount of guest that we intended on inviting. Chris and I also go up the our family’s lake house every chance we get in the Spring and Summer time so we thought it was very fitting for us. I also love that it’s a hotel so people can stay and not worry about transportation. You also get to make a whole weekend out of the wedding☺
When you think about your wedding, what are you most excited about?
I am most excited about the ceremony, and being able to be dressed up in my dress with my hair and make-up done, being able to look Chris in the eye and say our vows in front of all of our friends and family. And most of all just getting married! And the dancing afterwards of course.

What do you love about each other?

MaryStuart: What I love about Chris is how willing he is to help others no matter what the task is. He is the most handy man I know and loves to fix anything for anyone. He also has a huge heart for others and is very mature.
Chris: What I love about MaryStuart is how much she cares for others and how big her heart is for giving. She is my best friend and is always striving to make our relationship better and better. We work as a team.
Anything else you would want people to know?
Chris and I cherish our friendship more than anything and always tell each other that we are a team and will always aim to put each other first.

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