Betsy & Ryan
Betsy and Ryan would have never met if it weren’t for their mutual friend, Lindsey. She had a sense that Ryan and Betsy would hit it off and bond over their love of travel, music, sports and theater. In June of 2013, Ryan asked Betsy (via a phone conversation... chivalry is NOT dead) on a blind date. They met for drinks at the upstairs bar of JCT Kitchen in Atlanta. The date was going so well that they decided to move downstairs for dinner. It just so happens that it was a stormy night and the power went out at JCT Kitchen. What could have been a quick end to the date ended up being the most romantic date over a candlelit dinner.
Ryan asked Betsy to marry him at the same stools they sat in on the night of their very first date. Ryan surprised Betsy with a car that took her to the restaurant. When Betsy walked in, the upstairs bar was empty, and Ryan was standing there with a bottle of champagne and a big smile on his face. After a very sweet proposal on one knee, Betsy said yes – obviously.
Their wedding was a weekend of family, friends and love. It all kicked off with a welcome party at BB&T Ballpark, which was symbolic because Ryan started his career at the Atlanta Braves and baseball runs in his blood.
The wedding day started with getting ready at the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. It was the quintessential Winston-Salem backdrop for first look photos, as the majestic art deco design elements brought their classic wedding day to life.
The ceremony location had great significance to Betsy and her family. Reich Chapel at First Baptist Church was built in honor of her great, great grandparents. Even with the rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew, it was a beautiful, simple and serene location for the memorable ceremony.
The evening continued at Forsyth Country Club where the couple shared a special first dance, dined and danced the night away. By the end of the night, the skies cleared and the couple exited amongst sparklers and cheers. They made their getaway in Betsy's father's 1963 Ford Falcon back to the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. The night was not quite over, as there was an after-party at the Kimpton Cardinal’s downstairs’ game room where friends and family played pool, bowled and hit the basketball court.
“Our wedding was a destination wedding for many, including Ryan’s family from New Jersey along with friends from all over the world. It was wonderful to give them a slice of Winston-Salem with quirky, old-school candy cigarettes (paying homage to RJ Reynolds), Texas Pete and fresh, hot Krispy Kreme donuts,” said Betsy.
“It sounds cliché, but our wedding day really was the most magical day of our lives...even as hurricane Matthew bared down on North Carolina! The best advice given to us was to take a step back, find
a few minutes to stand in a corner and watch everyone you love in one place at the same time. That is what we did...all day long.”