Mary Catherine Keith & John Echols

June 16, 2018


ove knows no bounds—especially regarding the romance of Mary Catherine Keith and John Echols. She was a freshman and he was a junior leading their Guatemala mission trip over Christmas break. After becoming close friends, they quickly recognized something special stirring. That next summer they made their relationship official, fittingly on Mary Catherine’s August birthday. Fast forward two years, in Asheville, when John proposed on New Year’s Eve 2017. The steps of the Grove Park Inn will now be known to John and Mary Catherine as the place they made the decision to share their lives together. The two celebrated an outdoors wedding and reception with friends and family at The Hollow at Paris Mountain, which became the new backdrop for their love story. The couple’s friend captured the ceremony via a painting, incorporating details from their time in Guatemala. The painting now hangs in their new home, as a reminder of their love for each other. The couple is happily living in Athens, Georgia, where Mary Catherine is a photographer and John is an assistant general manager at Chick-Fil-A.



Photography by Jessi Nichols