September 8, 2007
Antoinette and John
About Us

Important Dates
First Date: December 31, 2003
Engagement: March 5, 2006
Wedding: September 8, 2007
(192 days to go!)

About Us

John Michael Biffar

John, 23, was born in Portsmouth, VA on September 19, 1983. He spent time at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, where his mother was a Navy nurse, until making Fort Myers, FL their home when John was 8 years old.

John went to Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, FL for high school. AFA is where John became a standout runner dominating Pinellas County. John started running in third grade and hasn't stopped yet. Just finishing his second marathon, he's addicted to improving and tackling the 26.2 mile monster.

For the last two years John has been employed by Coca Cola Enterprises as a Retail Account Representative (sales) locally here in Fort Myers. He recently received a new route for work, putting him only 10 minutes away from the stores he works out of. He used to have to drive 1 hour each way to Marco Island, a more seasonal vacation area.

Antoinette Nicole Savino

Antoinette, 22, was born in Elmira, NY on July 3, 1984. She lived in Horseheads, NY for 14 years before making the big move to Seminole, FL with her parents.

While in NY she lived, breathed, and dreamed gymnastics. She attended Elmira Gymnastics for about 8 years, starting at the age of four.

She started Track Field in 7th grade while still in NY - making the field events "her thing." In Florida, at Seminole High School, Antoinette set the high jump school record with the help of the best high jump teammates ever. After participating on the cross country team for two years at SHS, Antoinette was part of the Inaugural Cross Country Team at FGCU. As team captain for 3 years at FGCU

After receiving her B.S. in Athletic Training from Florida Gulf Coast University last spring, Antoinette is now enrolled at Nova Southeastern University for the Physician Assistant program in Naples, FL. Upon completion of this 27 month program (August 2008) she hopes to work in the field of orthopedics.

How We Met

Both John and Antoinette went to high school in Pinellas County, FL. They both were involved in cross country and track, John at Admiral Farragut and Antoinette at Seminole High. Antoinette admits to knowing John as the "famous fast guy" in town. Antoinette, ready for college, landed in Fort Myers, FL at FGCU.

Running is what brought the couple together. Mutual running friends, Becka Noe (Myers) and Grace Wilson, introduced John and Antoinette at a pre-race dinner in Tampa, FL before the 2003 Bank of America Gasparilla 5K/15K. The encounter was very strange as Antoinette knew of John from high school, but had never met.

Within the next year, John graduated from AFA and moved to Kansas for college. John and Antoinette reconnected and continued to keep in touch. John moved back to Fort Myers following Christmas that year. When John started to find his way to Old Navy, where Antoinette worked, more than a few times a week.... the relationship blossomed.

Proposal - March 5, 2006/>

The night began at a Florida Flame basketball game with our friends Rob Sara Strong. After arriving home, we took our Golden Retrievre, Tyler, out for a walk... like usual. When we got to the golf course behind our apartment we let Tyler run around for some exercise. John took the birthstone/promise ring he had given me for our one year anniversary (Jan. 8, 2005) from my right hand and said "I think this would look better on the other hand." I thought he was just playing around as he had done this before. He was putting my ring on my left hand when he said he had something to ask... he asked me to marry him. I looked down and had a different new ring on... the engagement ring!!