Jo and Bobby - Biltmore, North Carolina

How We Met (His Side!): Jo and I actually met 6 years ago when we both worked at the Best Western Lakeway Inn – Jo in the Sales & Marketing Office, and I at the front desk. We worked together there for about 6 months (thinking she was cute, I tended to pop into the sales office quite often…), before Jo took another job at Whatcom Community College. About 2 years later, I also got a job at WCC in the HR department and we re-connected. Quickly, we became friends again and would hang out often. Eventually I took her out on our first date to The Lion King in Seattle…and the rest was history!

We’ve been together for almost 3 years now and are excited to start our life together.

how they asked (Her Side!): Without my knowledge, Bobby had been planning the proposal for months! Ever since we booked our flights to North Carolina, I kept mentioning going to Biltmore (a place I fell in love with over the summer when I visited my parents), so he decided thats where he was going to propose.

We spent the day taking a tour of the house, shopping, and walking the grounds with my parents before the candlelight tour in the evening. The whole time Bobby had the ring in his pocket (and was apparently obsessively checking to make sure it was there all day). That evening, we went through the mansion when all of the Christmas trees and fireplaces were lit, Christmas decorations were up, and carolers sang in the greenhouse atrium.

Afterward, my parents took the shuttle back to the car and we took another walk around the lawn under the amazing 60 foot Christmas tree. I kept trying to move Bobby along because I wanted pictures of the tree with the house at the end of the lawn, but he took his sweet time looking at the lights and the trees (he told me later he was waiting for a family to leave). I was giving him a little bit of a hard time when he hugged me and dropped to one knee.

Bobby didn’t know it, but I had told my girlfriends if I had a dream spot for him to propose, it would be at Biltmore.

Photos by Courtney Bowlden Photography.