December 5, 2015
Shannon Bradford and Scott Betros met during their formative years at the Bolles School. After going their separate ways for college—she to Florida State, he to Wake Forest University in North Carolina—the two kept in touch. “He convinced me to visit him for a football game one weekend in Winston-Salem, and we have been together ever since,” Shannon recalls. Three years later, an afternoon of skeet shooting on a friend’s farm turned into a day Shannon would never forget. “He had secretly arranged for several of our family members and close friends (from in and out of town) to join us for a surprise celebration,” she says. “As soon as we arrived at the farm he got down on one knee and proposed. I was in such shock but was so thrilled and said ‘Yes!’ with no hesitation. When I asked where our friends were who we were supposed to be meeting there, Scott walked me up to the barn, knocked on the barn door, and it opened to reveal everyone inside who yelled, ‘Surprise!’” This was the first of many surprises—all wonderful ones, of course—that would play out during this wedding. One thing’s for sure, there will never be a dull moment at the Betros’ house.
Each of the six bridesmaids chose her own dress in gold to complement the wedding’s Christmas theme. • “Both Scott’s and my favorite moment is seeing each other for the first time when the doors opened and I walked down the aisle,” says Shannon. • “We had so much fun getting ready but my favorite part was when my bridesmaids presented me with a book they made for me titled ‘Becoming Betros.’ The book included messages from each of my bridesmaids including great memories and wishes for Scott and me along with some great nostalgia-inducing photos.”
“Tucked into my garter was a rubber chicken along with never-ending magician’s scarves,” says the bride. “When Scott went in for the toss, he first pulled out the chicken and threw it into the audience followed by the scarves which he stood up to pull out of the dress—a definite crowd pleaser—and lastly came the garter.” • “The band asked us to come up on stage to give impromptu speeches and then sing,” Shannon recalls. “They had us sing Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Living on a Prayer’. It was so much fun getting the crowd to join in too!”
Credits: Photographer: Agnes Lopez Photography ceremony: Riverside Baptist Church reception: San Jose Country Club Hair: Saskia Penland Makeup: Kimtasha Wedding gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, Minerva’s Bridal Shoes: Christian Louboutin Tiara: Minerva’s Bridal Earrings & clutch: BHLDN Veil: BlancaVeils Garters: lovelikestyle Vintage mink stole: Breanne Faouzi Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids Groom’s and Groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse Engagement ring: Matt McGovern Groom’s wedding band: Benchmark Wedding planner: Nancy Padgett, Soirees Cake: Classic Cakes Flowers: Arlene’s Designs Invitations: The Write Touch Programs: PinkOrchidInvites Ceremony MUSIC: John Barry, organist; Rodney Cleveland, pianist; Bradley Betros and Katharine Ferdman, vocalists Reception MUSIC: The Rivertown Band Videographer: First Beach Productions Ice-cream Cart: Kilwins