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The Love Story of Ann-Marie & John

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What happens when a true New Yorker and a chivalrous, southern gentleman cross paths?
A Mountain Wedding!

On July 17th, 2017 Ann-Marie and John had a beautiful mountain wedding here at Bluff Mountain Inn. These two and their family were so incredibly fun and lively to work with! We asked Ann-Marie for her and John’s love story and she sent us this fun, meant-to-be account of how they first met and how they both immediately knew that the other was “the one”.
Be sure to check out the slideshow below of their exciting day!

Her Story:

“In 2016 John had been divorced for 5 years and I was divorced for 4 years. Neither of us thought we would ever start dating, never mind getting married again. We had convinced ourselves that we were ok with being single he kept busy with work, golf, and his dog. I kept myself preoccupied with work and family.
I went to NY in March 2016 and my 28yr old cousin had said her goal for the year was to put herself out there and try to go on a date each month, so she had started online dating. Her goal weighed heavily on me and I thought to myself what do I have to lose? Give it a try if you don’t like it you just stop, but I couldn’t pull the trigger to join a dating website just yet.
A co-worker had been on line dating for some time and would always tell me that I needed to set up a profile and give it a shot. I would always tell her she was crazy. When I came back from NY, I told her about what my cousin had said and I was ready to give it a shot. She took me under her wing and showed me the ropes so to speak.
John’s friends had been pushing him to start online dating and he wanted nothing to do with it. He had given it a shot in January went on two dates and closed his profile. In June he had decided to give it one more shot to appease his friends but had no hope that he would meet “the one”.  John and I were both on the dating site called Zoosk. We had been talking for almost three weeks before we met due to our schedules, but when I say talking I mean a minimum of 2-5 hrs a day (if not more) and the connection was definitely there.

I remember on Saturday 7/16

I was at my nephews soccer game and I looked over to my sister Jennifer and I said, “I found my happily ever after” and she looked at me puzzled and I said, “but I haven’t met him yet and I would see him tomorrow but I knew he was the one.” On Sunday 7/17/16 John and I met at the Cheesecake Factory and the spark was there…. fast forward a year later and I married my happily ever after at Bluff Mountain Inn.

John is a southern gentleman from South Carolina who is the definition of chivalry. I am from Queens NY and am not afraid to speak my mind and may have attitude at times ( I am the definition of a true NY’er) We are completely opposite and it works 🙂

In John’s words—
“I knew Ann-Marie was the one for me after the first night of talking, of which I may or may not if have a few beers after golfing. We talked for hours and after nearly 3 hours out of the blue she asked me, ‘what’s my name?’ All I could remember was her saying, ‘I hate when people call me Mary Ann’. So in my infinite wisdom I said, ‘Puddin tang’, she says, ‘what??’ I said, ‘Puddin tang. Ask me again I’ll tell you the same.’

So when she said good bye I knew I ruined possibly the best thing that could of happen to me. I woke up the next day to a text that said ‘Hi, I’m Ann-Marie and I like your profile picture.’ I knew that any girl that had that good of a sense of humor was for me. The rest is, how they say, history.”

During our first conversation I had asked what type of music he listened to.

and he said country and I thought to myself YES!! Then I asked, ‘do you know who Bobby Bones is?’ and he said “yup I listen to him in the mornings” and I kid you not, I thought to myself this is the guy!!!
He knows Bobby Bones. ( I am a little obsessed with Bobby Bones and his morning show mainly because he is just a humble guy who makes good money and just donates to so many charities). Even though he forgot my name, he knew not to say Mary Ann and puddin tang was comical, but he listened to Bobby Bones and every other part of the conversation was amazing, so I figured it was worth a second conversation.

Bluff Mountain Inn for the Win!

We both love the mountains, waterfalls, creeks, and hiking and we had been to South and North Carolina and Georgia last year and our plans were to vacation in TN in 2017.  When he asked me to marry him I knew I wanted a rustic barn wedding, and though there are these types of venues in FL, we knew we wanted a mountain wedding. We decided we would keep with our plans to vacation in TN but we would just add getting married to the list 🙂

I started to GoogleTN weddings and reached out to 3 different venues. After speaking to them and looking at there web sites my gut told me to go with Bluff Mountain.  Between the reviews, Pinterest pages, web site, FB page, and most importantly speaking with Talia, I knew I made the right decision and now that it is over, it was everything I envisioned x10.”


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