Martin and Blake began dating in middle school (7th and 8th grade) and have been inseparable ever since. They met on a student council field trip to Washington, D.C., he asked for her cell phone number, and by the end of the trip, their text signatures were “martin&blake<3” because #middleschool. They have been best friends ever since and feel that they’re blessed to have grown up together and now they are very excited to start this next chapter and grow old together as husband and wife!
They say that their relationship is special because they have been each others constant in all areas of their lives through high school, college, graduate school, moving to a new city, making new friends, challenging each other and growing in their faith, joining a new church, etc. “I can go on and on about everything that has changed over the years but we know that regardless of what comes our way if we always put the Lord first and each other second, everything always seems to fall into place!”
“I have said since day 1, June 15, 2009, that I was going to marry Blake. However young love is always sweet but can be unpredictable. I knew without a doubt that we were meant to be when I went to college while Blake was still a senior in high school. That was a rough year of “long distance” but he never once gave me a reason to doubt that what we had was real. The next year Blake joined me in Columbia and our relationship has grown stronger and I fall in love a little more every single day.”
“Blake and I have been season pass holders at the Biltmore House for the last several years. It has always been a special place for us to go on a date for the day, take our dog for a walk around the grounds, or enjoy their beautiful holiday decorations. Since we go so often, it was not out of the ordinary for us to make the trip to Asheville one Saturday. What started out as a normal day turned into the BEST day when Blake proposed in the most beautiful spot right in front of the house and he even had a photographer hidden to capture the moment for us! As if that wasn’t enough, Blake, our parents, and best friends had surprise engagement party planned for us that evening with all of our families and best friends from home and school to celebrate with. It was the most special day and I was SO surprised!”