Across the coffeehouse, Mallory spotted a dark-haired man with a nice smile. Her friends were doing their own thing, so she decided to talk to the handsome stranger.
She learned that Philip is a corporate pilot based in the Middle East. He travels overseas every other month, spending only half the year at home in the United States. He grew up in Tampa and graduated from Chamberlain High School. When he was just 15, he flew planes at the tiny Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. At 16, he earned his pilot's license.
For the next month, Mallory, a nurse at Children's Health Care of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital, and Philip emailed back and forth while he was away, which led up to their first date. They went out for coffee. They meshed.
In January, the couple took a vacation to New York City, their favorite place. They booked a suite at the Warldorf Astoria, the swank celebrity-laden hotel that awed Mallory each and every time.
"We love the history, how Frank Sinatra stayed there," she said.
One night, they decided to explore, snoop around the hotel for the thrill of it. They tried to find "secret rooms" they knew were off limits.
Then, in the lobby, Philip said: "I think you should sit down." He proposed.
The happy couple returned to their home in north Georgia to plan their nuptials. They live in a community of flight fanatics.
"Our subdivision has a long grass runway, and each person owns their own airplane with a hangar in their backyard," Mallory says.
The bride-to-be bought her lace trumpet gown from Bridal's by Lori, Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta's bridal shop. (She opted out of appearing on the show.)
They married at Mountain Cove Farms in Chickamauga, Ga., a patch of land they often flew over during their dating years. After the reception at the Sheraton Read House, Mallory and Philip flew away in a bright yellow plane.