Our pre-Christmas adventures ended in Winston-Salem before we headed home. Katie and Chris met and fell in love in the spring of 2016 at Wake Forest University. So, it only seemed appropriate to take their engagement photos here. These two were definitely reeling from being bitten by the love bug! They are effortlessly in love. And to boot, they brought their sweet pup Salem to join the photos.
Starting as acquaintances through a campus ministry called Athletes in Action. Katie played soccer and Chris baseball. The ministry changed their lives while attending Wake Forest University, and has played a big role in shaping their love and relationship today. Chris and Katie became close friends and fell in love very very quickly. They started dating six weeks before Katie graduated. Their first year and a half of their relationship was a long distance one between Winston-Salem and Northern Nevada.
They would travel back and forth on their breaks while Katie was working on her grad school prerequisites and Chris finishing school. Katie moved back to Winston-Salem in January of 2018, just before Chris graduated. Katie worked part-time for Athletes in Action, the ministry they both so loved. She was also a part-time nanny. Now Katie is getting her graduate degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. And Chris is working for DeutscheBank in New York. So long distance again until after their wedding when they will relocate to North Carolina.
Chris and Katie’s story sounds much like Harry and I’s. Harry was 19 when he proposed and we were 20 and 22 when we married. But 11 years later it was the best decision we have made yet. We are truly best friends and I could not imagine my life without him.
Proposing at 22 was a shock to some of Chris’s closest friends. But he knew this is what God wanted. Many worldly issues crossed his mind before proposing, But through careful prayer, I knew this is what God wanted for us.
Chris proposed to Katie at the Biltmore in Asheville. They had never been there before, but he wanted to make it something they’d never forget. And you won’t soon forget a Biltmore proposal. Chris was a nervous wreck the whole time they were touring the grounds, with the ring in his left breast pocket. Eventually, they made their way to the statue of Diana. There in front of the Biltmore house, a grand Christmas tree and mountain peeks Chris began to sing the song “Ride with Me” by Cody Johnson. He got down on a knee and asked her to be his wife. She immediately broke down into tears and said yes! It was a moment they will never forget, filled with true emotion. From that moment on, they began planning the wedding as they eagerly await the opportunity to officially call each other husband and wife.
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