Ceremony: Abingdon Methodist Church
Reception: The Virginian
Hair & Makeup: Melissa and Holly Bandy
Florist: Janie’s Country Floral
Cake: Nancy’s Fancies
Band: The David Landeo Band
I grew up in the small town of Tazewell, VA, I was raised in a Methodist Church and after graduating from Tazewell High I left the nest and headed to Blacksburg, VA to attend, wait for it….VIRGINIA TECH. I have a younger brother, who along with my parents, missed me dearly after I left. I majored in Political Science with minors in History and Philosophy – I always wanted to go to law school and in May of this year I received my J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Things I love: IAN, family, friends, coffee, the HOKIES, Eric Church, holidays, moscow mules, wine, shrimp & grits, clothes, and the list goes on and on. I go stir crazy sitting at home all day, I prefer to stay on the go. I love to be outside: beach, lake, hiking, running, sports – all things I like to do. A few fun facts: everyone says that I’m just like my dad, I was named after a character in The Big Valley (Linda Evans played Audra), I take my pillow everywhere, I make a mean meatloaf, and I can’t wink with my left eye.
I was born in Fort Bragg, NC and as an “Army brat,” grew up in NC, CA, Germany, and VA. The second of four children, with an older brother, younger brother, and baby sister. After the age of 10, I called the even smaller town of Woolwine, VA home. Attended Woolwine Elementary School, Patrick County High School, and the Virginia Military Institute. Graduated VMI with a double major in International Studies & Political Science and History. Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon graduating. Over eight years service and four deployments, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Traveled to five continents and numerous countries. Currently reside in Surf City, NC and stationed at Camp Lejeune as a Captain. A member of Woolwine United Methodist Church. Interests include family, church, pursuit of the American Dream, physical fitness, outdoor sports and recreation, the mountains, the beach, home-cooking, competitive eating, live music, college football, history and current events, travel, and reading. I love my fiancé Audra like crazy and can’t wait to marry her! Also, it’s true, she can’t wink with her left eye.
How We Met
As a prelude to the bigger story, I knew about Ian long before we ever met. I was a junior at Virginia Tech and my family was having Thanksgiving in Stuart, VA when my cousin Brittany decided to show me a picture of Ian on Facebook. A little family background for you – Brittany and Bethany (sisters & my cousins), Adam (Brittany’s husband & one of Ian’s best friends) all graduated from Patrick County High School with Ian. They decided that we would be perfect for each other but nothing ever came of this conversation.
A few years later, Brittany and Adam decide to get married in Oak Island, NC – and so it begins. Ian was a groomsman in the wedding and luckily had just gotten back from a deployment in Afghanistan. The night of the rehearsal dinner I decided not to go, instead I met everyone at Slainte afterwards. When I got there all of the girls were grouped together at one end of the bar. I joined them and somehow the conversation began to center around Ian – all nice things of course. I remember hearing “he’s here, he’s here” so of course I was scanning the room and there he was. It was one of those awkward but cute “I caught him looking at me” moments (he’ll argue it was the other way around). A few minutes later, Ian’s talking to Bethany, about me might I add, so I introduced myself and the rest is history.
Sunday, August 18, 2013 we left Hilton Head, SC and set out for Surf City, NC. While in route we took a detour through Oak Island, NC. We visited Slainte, the bar where we first met after Brittany and Adam’s rehearsal dinner and if you know Ian at all, you know that we bought t-shirts. We had dinner at Island Way and then we continued our trip back to Surf City. On the way we decided that we would grab some ice cream from Island Delights and go out for a walk on the beach.
When we got back to Surf City we set out for ice cream. On the way we noticed that the bridge into town was up, I suggested that we give up on ice cream but Ian insisted (I should’ve known that he was up to something). We got some good ice cream and headed for the beach, it was windy and I suggested that we go back to the condo but Ian insisted, again.
Now we’re getting to the good stuff, we were sitting on the wooden walkway in the picture above, moonlit sky, waves crashing in and we talk and talk for a while – we finish our ice cream and Ian takes our cups to the closest trash can. I’m standing up and ready to go when he comes back and gives me a big hug, and all of sudden I realize that his heart is beating a mile a minute. I asked him what was wrong and he didn’t really say anything. Instead, he reached into his pocket, got down on one knee and guess what?! HE ASKED ME TO MARRY HIM.