Olivia and Joe Dan
How We Met
Six months after accepting the job of my dreams, my supervisor nonchalantly mentioned that she had a guy friend she thought I should meet. My first thought was, “Wow, I can’t believe my boss is trying to play matchmaker!”. She proceeded to show me a few pictures of this handsome guy who’s name was Joe Dan Castleberry. Seeing pictures and hearing about this sweet, southern, East Carolina University grad quickly sparked my interest.
A month later, my supervisor invited me to attend a cookout at her home in the small farm town of Broadway, NC. “Joe Dan is going to be there!”, she said. The next day was spent eagerly selecting my outfit for the event!
I will never forget the moment I first laid eyes on him and the way he calmly strolled over to introduce himself. We locked hands later that night while playing the game “Apples to Apples”. He stole a romantic kiss from me before his departure! The next day he called to ask me on our first date and we’ve been inseparable ever since!
how he asked
We had been together for two years and nine months when Joe Dan and I took a trip with two dear friends to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.
The blue ridge continues to beckon both of our hearts with their beauty and gateway to adventure. As a Western Carolina University alumni, I consider the mountains my second home. Joe Dan and I have shared many memories in our mountain travels, however, nothing can compare to the breathtaking moment at the Biltmore Estate.
Our friends were taking a casual picture of us under a trellis overlooking the mountains. Suddenly, Joe Dan bent down on one knee and said with a quiver, “I think I’ve got a rock in my boot.” He pulled the most beautiful diamond ring from his boot. I have NEVER been so surprised! With tears in his soft brown eyes he said, “Olivia, I love you, we make a great team, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” With the mountains, our friends, and bystanders as our witnesses, I said, “yes!”. It was a fairytale dream come true, only better!