Betsy + Damon | Aug 31, 2019
Traditional wedding followed by an elegant rooftop reception with cool tones and ivory florals at Avenue in Greenville, South Carolina
Damon and Betsy met through a mutual friend the very night he moved to Greenville. They chatted a bit, but didn’t really hit it off until a few weeks later when they met for drinks - it was like they had known each other forever! Their relationship went from 0 to 100 pretty quickly, and it wasn’t long before they both knew they wanted to spend forever with each other.
“We have very similar personalities in some ways,” said Betsy, “but in other ways we are the perfect complement to what makes us different from each other.”
Fast forward to one Friday right before Christmas, Damon arrived at Betsy’s to pick her up for a dinner date. As he walked in with their pup, he asked if she liked Finn’s new collar - getting down on one knee to help her inspect it. When she looked closer, she saw a gorgeous solitaire diamond and screamed, “Yes!” They ended the night celebrating with all of their closest family and friends.
“Damon absolutely outdid himself by planning the most thoughtful, meaningful engagement,” said Betsy, “and that was the first of many events honoring us as a couple in which we were surrounded by love and support from our amazing friends and family who we love so much!”
Betsy and Damon were married in a traditional church ceremony, followed by celebrations at a modern, chic space with breathtaking views of downtown Greenville. To offset the August summer heat, they incorporated cool tones into the décor into their late summer wedding, including a combination of whites, blues and greens.
“Being from South Carolina, I consider myself very traditional and wanted to keep our wedding as classic and traditional as possible,” said Betsy.
The day began in the most exquisite bridal suite, with antique gold finishes, crystal chandeliers, oriental rugs and arched glass windows, allowing in the warm summer light. Betsy lounged with her bridal party, popping champagne, reading letters and exchanging gifts. Cotton Rouge & Co. got the ladies hair and makeup-ready, just before they put on their stone blue chiffon bridesmaid dresses.
When Betsy stepped out in her gown, her bridesmaids were left speechless by how breathtaking she looked! She chose an ivory Mikado silk fit-and-flare dress with a sweetheart neckline and a train with buttons trailing down the back. The additional off-the-shoulder straps were designed by the bride herself, and she wore a horsehair trimmed waterfall veil in her sleek low bun.
“I like classic and traditional, so I wanted my dress to be elegant and tasteful,” said Betsy. “The dress I chose was actually the first dress that I tried on!”
She completed the timeless look with the traditional “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Her “something old” was an heirloom pearl brooch pinned on a handkerchief around her bouquet, and her great-grandmother’s engagement ring on her right hand. Her “something new” was a pearl bracelet Damon gifted her, and “something borrowed” was a pair of tear-drop diamond and pearl earrings borrowed from Damon’s grandmother. Her “something blue” was a blue butterfly sewn onto the bridal handkerchief, gifted by her step-mother in memory of her mother.
“My aunt gifted me with one of my grandfather’s sixpence at my rehearsal dinner, so I had that in my shoe throughout the entire wedding day,” said Betsy. “Actually, it’s still taped in my wedding shoe!”
Betsy posed with her family and bridal party for stunning portraits, just before hopping on the vintage blue trolley to the church. Meanwhile, Damon and his groomsmen were making final touches to their dapper looks. They donned classic black tuxedos, along with artisan feather bow ties that he gifted each of the men, and wedding boutonnieres made from white ranunculus, thistle and seeded eucalyptus.
The church sanctuary decor was kept pretty simple for the ceremony. There was a gorgeous, large wooden cross that created the backdrop for the ceremony and provided a perfect focal point for the service of worship. On either side of the altar, there were tall gold stands holding wedding floral arrangements made with cream roses, white larkspur, white hydrangeas, white lisianthus and mixed greenery.
“The florals definitely played an important role in the overall style of the wedding day,” said Betsy. “I wanted a combination of neutral, organic and classic, and the florist did an amazing job of recreating my vision and creating the perfect arrangements to coordinate with our color scheme.”
Betsy’s giant bridal bouquet - her favorite floral detail - was made of white hydrangeas, cream roses, white peonies, white ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus. Her bridesmaids carried smaller bouquets full of seeded eucalyptus, silver dollar eucalyptus, white hydrangeas, white ranunculus, blue thistle and white anemones to complement their gowns.
“Our dog Finn wore a collar made of greenery as he made his debut in a handful of the wedding pictures!” said Betsy.
They had a traditional ceremony at the church where Betsy was born and raised, which is the same church that her parents were married in, as well as both of her sisters. Her god-sister read a meaningful passage focused on unconditional love, and one of her sisters sang a beautiful solo of “The Prayer” accompanied by a string duet.
“It was so gorgeous, and I think it brought most guests to tears,” said Betsy. “The combination of these two things made the ceremony even more purposeful and meaningful to us than it already was.”
They exchanged traditional wedding vows and shared their first kiss as newlyweds, both radiant as their friends and families showered them with love. After photos with the families and wedding party, everyone boarded the vintage blue trolley to the reception venue - an elegant rooftop space with breathtaking downtown views and sophisticated, modern interiors.
“I did not want to distract from the elegance of the space,” said Betsy, “so I focused the decorations on florals and votives.”
Inside, the tables had classic white linens, gold Chiavari chairs, and an assortment of flowers placed in gold containers of varying heights made possible by a team of local wedding vendors. The cocktail tables were topped with arrangements in gold julep cups, and the white tablecloths were cinched with silver dollar eucalyptus ties. An important detail for Betsy was having a memory table as a focal point to honor loved ones lost - including her mother.
“My wedding planner did a beautiful job of interspersing the photos of mine and Damon’s parents and grandparents with mercury glass votives and small floral arrangements,” said Betsy.
Outside, the space featured a large greenspace where they had two personalized sets of cornhole boards for outdoor entertainment. Betsy painted them white with a simple black border and a large black circle monogram with their married initials - a big hit with guests of all ages!
During their first dance, a live artist painted a portrait of the moment with a view of the city as the background, and their family members standing around watching. She even included their dog Finn in his collar made from greenery!
“It turned out so beautifully and is hanging in our dining room for us to cherish forever,” said Betsy.
Following the parent dances and toasts, the bride and groom slipped away for some intimate sunset shots on the patio. Meanwhile, guests enjoyed light bites and sips from personalized koozies - and of course tried the signature cocktail which was a Moscow Mule, both Betsy and Damon’s favorite!
Couture Cakes of Greenville created the most stunning three-tiered buttercream cake, with fluted frosting and wreaths of greenery. They cut the cake but saved the top tier to enjoy when they celebrate their first anniversary!
While the party was picking up on the dance floor, the Clemson Tiger made a special appearance! Both the bride and groom are graduates of Clemson University, as are a number of their friends and family, so it was the best surprise for guests to be able to socialize and take pictures with him afterward. He even signed their guest book!
They danced the night away with their loved ones on stage, wearing brightly colored floral leis and neon glow necklaces. When the last song played, guests lined up with their wedding gift bags - filled with cookies from a local bakery - in one hand, and orange and white poms-poms in the other. They made a tunnel and cheered as Betsy and Damon ran to their getaway car.
“It was so much fun and made for the greatest pictures!” said Betsy.
They climbed into the white horse-drawn carriage and strolled down Main Street as strangers showered them with love and well-wishes. It was the most romantic ending to the night of their dreams.
We wish Betsy and Damon a lifetime of happiness!
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