Jacqueline and Matthew

Jacqueline's Proposal in Banner Elk, NC

How We Met

It was the summer of 2009, my two best friends had just graduated high school, while I was two years behind them. We were celebrating their graduation at my friend Stephanie’s house, after having only arrived about 30 minutes prior Steph came up to me and said “My cousin thinks your cute, you should go talk to him”. I had no idea who he was at the time, but when I turned around and saw him looking at me from across the room, I immediately had butterfly’s rush through my body. We spend the rest of the summer inseparably, getting to know one another. The rest is history!

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Banner Elk, NC

how they asked

Our 8 year anniversary was coming up, usually we don’t celebrate our anniversary extravagantly, just dinner and a movie, enjoying each others company. However, we had recently moved to North Carolina and had spent the past 16 months exploring this amazing state and had been anticipating our next adventure! When Matt suggested we spend our anniversary in the mountains at a winery, it didn’t surprise me. We drove up to Banner Elk Winery on a Friday night; the next two days were spent sipping wine, exploring the little town and sitting by the bonfire making s’mores. It was Saturday late afternoon and we had just gone back to our room to get ready for dinner. I put on the best robe ever (compliments from the winery), and took off all my make up (planning to reapply a fresh face) when Matt called me out on to our terrace. There he had set up a display of chocolates and wine from the vineyard. I don’t think he had gotten even one word out before tears started rolling down my face. “The reason were here isn’t just for our anniversary” he started with. Of course I said yes, out on the terrace, over looking the mountains, to the man of my dreams with the best ring ever!!

Special Thanks

Joanna Pacchioli
 | Photographer