Betsy and Bernard’s story is incredible and unique. On May 22, 2014, Betsy wrote a touching article titled “Should I Be Content with My Singleness?” in which she (at age 33) discussed her yearning for a husband and children while also having found fulfillment in being single. She later wrote about what transpired after that article was published in “One Day He Appeared: My TGC Love Story”:
“On May 23, 2014, the day after my article was published, I received an email from a pastor in Manhattan. He didn’t hit on me, he just thanked me for the article. A quick Google search revealed that he was single, originally from London, a Jewish Christian, and, not incidentally, quite handsome. I was intrigued. I wrote back, and we started corresponding. After a week of emailing, he suggested that we Skype. We talked for a couple of hours that first Skype, and at the end of our conversation, he asked in his elegant British accent if he could fly down to Alabama and take me on a date.
On Thanksgiving Day, Bernard Nicholas Howard asked me to marry him. We were on a screened-in porch at my great-grandparents’ farm. Somehow this tall, dashing British pastor had found his way to me in Alabama and ended my wait for a bridegroom. We are eagerly awaiting our wedding on May 23, a year after he first wrote to me. Our friends and family will feast with us. The wait—for him 39 years, for me 34—has made finding each other even sweeter.”
On May 23, 2015, exactly one year after their first e-mail, Betsy and Bernard were married in a gorgeous Birmingham ceremony at Cathedral Church of the Advent. An exceptionally joyful feeling filled the air, and every person involved was clearly thrilled and honored to be partaking in their special day. I am thankful to have met this kind, inspiring couple, and I enjoyed documenting these moments for them. Thank you to the talented Rachel Coffey for shooting alongside me — you will see some of her lovely images throughout this post. Also specials thanks to Kathy Miller, whose team did such an incredible job on the beautiful florals, and O’Carr’s who provided the amazing feast. Enjoy!
Beautiful chalkboard sign from the talented Holly Hollon!
Betsy and Bernard incorporated a gorgeous chuppah into their ceremony in honor of Bernard’s Jewish heritage.
Love the photos Rachel snapped of these kiddos during portraits!
Bernard’s speech was wonderful! Everyone loved hearing his touching stories, which included his hilarious impression of a Southern accent.
British and American flags were passed out at the reception for guests to wave as Betsy and Bernard made their departure. Such a fun idea!
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Howard!