How did you two meet?
Betsy: "Lance and I knew of each other all through high school, but he was at Grissom High, and I was at Huntsville High! For college, I went to The University of Alabama and he went to Auburn University. (Opposites attract!!) It wasn't until my sophomore year I decided to go to Auburn for the Iron Bowl weekend. (Which I told myself I WOULD NEVER DO! Ha!) but God's plan was greater than my own and had me go this one time. (Thankful I did!) Through mutual friends telling me Lance wanted to meet me and had a crush on me, I officially met Lance at the Iron Bowl game in 2013. His roommate was dating my sorority sister, and God decided this would be a perfect time for us to meet. I remember thinking Lance was so selfless, kind, helpful cute and funny. He had me laughing as soon as he introduced himself to me. After the Iron Bowl, it was soon Christmas break for the both of us, so we were both in our hometown Huntsville. We began going on dates and the rest is history :) Little did I know going to the town I said I would never go to I would end up meeting my future husband!! God's timing is perfect, and His plan is so much better than our own!! p.s. Alabama lost that game in the last second, and instead of Lance being a rude Auburn fan he went out of his way to make sure I wasn't upset about the loss. Although Alabama lost, I definitely won by meeting him!!"
How and when did Lance propose?
Betsy: "Lance and I love going on adventures and being spontaneous! If the sun is out so are we, and we are more than likely riding around listening to country music in the Jeep! It was a warm Saturday in October and we had plans to go watch the Alabama/TN game at Mellow Mushroom! During halftime, we decided to ride around in the Jeep. As we were riding, Lance slowed down in front of this hiking trail that he took me on right when we first started dating. He looked at me and asked, 'Remember one of our first dates up there?' (This is when I knew something was up) I said, 'Yes, it was fun!' He said, 'Want to go hiking up there again? I said, 'Sure, but I'm in sandals'... Long story short, he talked me into it and we got to hiking!! Halfway up the mountain, I stubbed my toe and it began to bleed I was like, 'Okay Lance, let's turn around,' and he said, 'You're fine the view will be worth it and we're almost there' -- it was then I definitely knew something was up!!!
When we got to the top of the mountain the view was gorgeous it overlooked the valley in Huntsville, and we sat down and began talking. His voice was shaking, and he said he was going to get a rock to throw off the mountain. This point I knew (!!!!!!) so I stood up turned around and he had a picture of my Gmom! I immediately began to cry. He took very good care of Gmom for the last couple years she was alive and she always told me, 'You better marry that boy.' He grabbed my hands and began to tell me the sweetest things about me and our relationship and our future. Next thing you know, he was on one knee!!!! I didn't even look at the ring and fell into his arms and gave him a bear hug which felt like I never let go!!! He even had a family friend in the power lines taking pictures the entire time!! After celebrating at the top of the mountain, we walked back down!!
At the bottom of the mountain was my family and some of my best friends who traveled from South Carolina, Birmingham and Montgomery just for this!! I began to cry when I saw all them!!
The surprises were still not over with! He said he had one more thing planned: we got in the Jeep and drove down to the Lumberyard restaurant where our families and more of our friends were!!! We celebrated, ate good food and enjoyed everyone's company! October 21, 2017 was a magical day and one I will never forget!! p.s. The ring he had completely customized with the diamonds on the side were from my mom's wedding band!! Lance Wallace did so good!!"
What are some things y’all like to do together?
Betsy: "Lance and I love doing anything outside!! We are huge lake and beach people! We also love riding around in the jeep, hiking, boating swimming, grilling (we love to cook!). We also love live music, so if we find out there's a country concert in town we will definitely be there!! Lastly, we just got a lab puppy so we enjoy taking him places and playing with him!"
Lance— what’s one thing you admire most about Betsy?
Lance: "That’s a hard question because I love everything about Betsy! I would have to say the one thing I admire most about Betsy is her heart. She is so giving and loves everyone equally. If anyone is having a hard time, you can always depend on Betsy to show them love and compassion."
Betsy-- what's one thing you admire most about Lance?
Betsy: "There are so many things I admire about Lance to pick just one is hard!! I guess I have to say I admire how driven/hardworking Lance is in a selfless way. If he puts his mind to something he will do it-- for anyone. He is always willing to go out of his way to help someone out and fix whatever is the issue! He works hard at all he does and will do anything for anyone, and I admire that about him so much."
What was each of yall's favorite parts of the day?
Betsy: "The whole day was my favorite it’s hard to pick one moment!! Definitely walking down the aisle to see Lance (we didn’t do a first look, so this moment was so special for us) but honestly I think out of the entire day my most favorite part of had to have been Lance and mine's first dance. It was right at sunset which God painted so beautiful that night. We chose the song Best of My Love because it was a fun upbeat song that described us! We didn’t rehearse our dance because we wanted to be in the moment and it went exactly how we wanted! We had our closest friends bridesmaids and groomsmen standing right beside us and our family and friends above us and it was so much fun! I felt like I was on cloud nine dancing and couldn’t stop smiling!!! It hit me at this point that Lance was my husband, and God blessed us with the most beautiful night!"
Lance: "The day was a dream, so it’s hard just picking one moment! It’s rare that I don’t see Betsy, so it would have to be seeing here for the first time walking down the aisle. I couldn’t stop smiling-- she was the most beautiful bride!"
What’s next for you two?
Lance: "Once we return from our honeymoon in St. Lucia, we will continue life in Huntsville, AL-- our hometown. I work as an engineer, and Betsy works as a pharmaceutical sales rep and child life specialist for grief support groups. Betsy will move in to our home in 5 points with our white lab puppy Walter Wallace. We will continue to work hard, have fun, serve God and love each other! We’re so excited to begin life as husband and wife!"
Venue: Gorhams Bluff
Flowers: In Bloom--Mark Kimbrough and Ron Cooper
Beauty: Emily Summerville
Bride's dress: Village Bridal
Bridesmaids: (PJ's) - PJharlow / (dresses): Kennedy Blue
Videographer: Southern Wedding Films (Colby)
Tux: Thrashers Clothing
Catering: Bubbas Catering
Band: Lisa and the Elusion