Betsy Beeler & Harlow Sumerford
Featured in the Winter 2013 Issue of Knoxville Pink Bride Magazine
Love Story: We met when Harlow came to work for Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (Where I already worked). We went out for dinner and drinks after work during the first few weeks of working together. Well, this turned into 6 hours of having a great time and talking about anything and everything. Although I had promised myself I would never consider dating my co-worker, when Harlow pulled the brazen move of kissing me (and not even after a real first date), something I would have considered a turn off with most, I knew I was already smitten. We were inseparable from the get go.
Wedding Day: Our wedding day was everything I could have imagined and more! We had several unexpected things happen before, but we just had to laugh and carry on. Three weeks before the wedding, Harlow and I were playing softball when I fell and tore all of the ligaments in my foot. Cue, my pity party for about an hour when I realized heels were looking like they were out of the question, and I thought a wheelchair might be my mode of transportation down the aisle. After some physical therapy, I was able to wrap my foot up and make it down the aisle. No, I wasn’t in “cute” shoes, but I could walk, and more importantly, DANCE!
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a sap when it comes to sentimental moments. I have even been known to get teary eyed at weddings where I was just a date and didn’t even know the couple. What really got me was when Harlow became emotional during our ceremony. Beforehand, I kept joking with him that “I wanted tears,” but he surprised me!
The entire day was absolutely everything I could have dreamed of! I had so much fun that I think I was laughing the entire time, especially when Harlow’s fraternity brother was flipping my friend around on the dance floor. She was literally upside down…the pictures are hysterical! (Although I think she was mortified, ha!)
Wedding Details: We were engaged for 5 1/2 months. Everyone thought we were crazy to try and get everything done that quickly, but we just couldn’t imagine being engaged for a year plus. The quote from one of my favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally comes to mind: “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
I love anything gold, and my favorite color has always been green. I originally wanted to be married during Christmas time with all of the wreaths etc, but nothing was available, and I wasn’t going to wait one more minute than I had to marry the man of my dreams. I always have loved fall, and think the colors are great!
Photographer: Waldorf Photographic Art
Florist: Always in Bloom
Caterer and Reception Location: Cherokee Country Club
Cake: Rosa’s Catering
Invitations & Calligraphy: Dandy Lions and Debi-Lyn Calligraphy
Bridal Shop: Bridals by Lori
Bridal Party Attire: Lula Kate, Charleston
Ceremony Location: Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church
Transportation: Regal Carriages
Music/Entertainment: Gino Speight & Tight Noise
Rentals and Decor: All Occasions Party Rentals
Officiant/Minister: Rev. Dr. L. Holton Siegling. Junior