Amy and Justin became pen pals through a military support service designed to connect service members. Justin was in Austin Texas for flight training, while Amy attended medical school in Syracuse, New York. Before ever seeing each other, they spent an entire year writing, emailing and speaking on the phone (for hours).
When Justin had completed his program, he invited Amy to fly to Texas for his Air Force Graduation and she accepted the invitation.
“When I got off the airplane, and jumped into his arms, it was love at first sight for both of us. That was an interesting weekend because not only did I meet Justin for the first time, but I also met his entire family, including his parents and four siblings,” said Amy.
Although they both led busy lives and resided in different states, the couple always made time for each other and knew the distance was only temporary.
Amy is also a trained pilot, like Justin. Before she would begin her residency in general surgery, the couple took a flying trip together.
Justin planned out a special proposal to take place in a hot air balloon at their final destination, Asheville, NC. When the balloon ride was canceled because of the weather, Justin quickly changed his plans. He romantically proposed over a champagne picnic lunch on the grounds of the beautiful Biltmore Estate.
Good thinking, Justin:)
Luckily, Amy and Justin shared the same vision of the “perfect wedding.”
They planned a classic, timeless and elegant affair full of personal touches. There was clearly no venue more perfect than where the two got engaged. Thanks to the stunning photography of Two Ring Studios, you can see just how breathtaking the Biltmore Estate property is…
Equally (if not more) stunning was the bride!
Amy took several trips to New York City to find her perfect dress. She finally said Yes to the dress, off camera, to a gorgeous Pnina Tornai gown purchased at Kleinfeld Manhattan. She paired the dress with elegant Manolo Blahnik heels and looked like a princess!
The Flower Gallery mimicked the gown’s sparkly embellishments in the form of a bouquet wrap…speaking of the bridal bouquet, what a dreamy bundle of blooms!?!
The couple decided not to have a wedding party, however they did have an AMAZING ring bearer- Amy’s nine year old Vizla dog, Jack.
Although Jack happens to be blind, he did an excellent job at the ceremony and was walked down the aisle in style.
One of Justin’s favorite memories was standing next to Amy in front of the minister together as the two became husband and wife.
Justin insisted that he and Amy take dance lessons before the wedding to look “polished.” As it turned out, the couple had an absolute blast dancing together!
According to the bride, “The Flower Gallery was instrumental in providing the backdrop for our dream wedding.”
Guests of the wedding felt like they were part of an incredible fairytale as Justin and Amy’s wedding visions came to life.
“My favorite wedding memory was when we were walking out of the reception at the end of the night. All of our families and friends were lined up down the walkway where our limo was waiting. As we walked out, everyone began cheering and throwing rose petals. I’ll just never forget all of the lights flashing and seeing the delighted looks on the faces of so many people I love,” said Amy.
Congratulations to Justin and Amy… May they live happily ever after!
- Ceremony Location: Lioncrest at the Biltmore Estate
- Reception Location: Lioncrest at the Biltmore Estate
- Photographer: Two Ring Studios
- Coordinator: Gwenn Ford with Wedding Inspirations
- Florist: The Flower Gallery (Asheville, NC)
- Wedding dress: Pnina Tornai purchased through Kleinfeld Bridal (Manhattan)
- Jewelry: Engagement ring by Tacori; bands and bride’s bracelet from Treiber and Straub Jewelers (Brookfield, WI)
- Number in wedding party: 1 (their dog, Jack)
- Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
- Hair/Makeup: Hair by As the chair turns; Val Ingram Makeup
- Cake: Biltmore Estate catering
- Music: Ceremony and Cocktail music by Braidstream. Reception music by Sweetwater Junction
- Officiant: Pastor Frederick Mai (Pound, WI)
- Hotel Accommodations: Inn at the Biltmore Estate
- Other: Oh snap photobooth
- Transportation: Elite Limo