Allison Breanna McDonald and Tyson Thomas Betts, both of Rome, were married at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2014 at Spring Lake in Rockmart.
The bride is the daughter of William Edward McDonald Jr. and Lisa Davis Odom. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny E. Davis of Rome, William Edward McDonald Sr. of Sand Rock, Ala., and Doris Isbell Crowe of Cave Spring. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Annelle Francis Bruner of Rome.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Weyman Betts, and the grandson of Raylene R. Darnell, the late Robert Joe Darnell, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert M. Barnum of Rome and the late Clarence Weyman Betts.
The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Honorable Scott Jackson of Rome. They were married outdoors at Spring Lake under a wooden arch decorated with ameranthus and green millet and outlined by willow trees. Vintage mason jars containing baby’s breath lined the aisle.
The couple exchanged vows. A program of wedding music included “All of Me,” “I Won’t Give Up,” “Best Day Of Our Lives” and “Marry You.”
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father. She carried a bouquet of white roses with greenery wrapped in burlap and lace ribbon containing two of her great grandmother’s broaches and a small lace Bible given to her at birth.
The bride wore an all lace ivory slim gown featuring a sweetheart neckline, which was adorned with a lace cap-sleeve. The gown was accented with a crystal beaded ivory sash that was sewn into the dress. The back of her gown was complemented with a keyhole. The fit and flare silhouette flowed into a chapel-length train and she chose a medium-length tulle veil that flowed along her back. The bride completed her attire by wearing ivory with crystals bridal sandals and pearl earrings.
Abby Jones of Rome was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Anna Rose Dillen of Cartersville, Shanna Robinson, Ann Marie Bojo, Anna Blankenship and Sarah Kelly, all of Rome. The bridesmaids wore antique rose gold sleeveless chiffon scoop neck shift dresses, embellished with allover tribal patterned embroidery and beadwork. They carried bouquets wrapped in burlap and ribbon of white roses, peach carnations and baby’s breath.
The mother of the bride wore a taupe dress with lace overlay awash in subtle metallic shimmer with a V-back sheath. The mother of the groom wore a blush pink cap sleeve dress with a scoop neck. They both wore a white rose corsage accented with baby’s breath.
Ben Jackson was the best man. Groomsmen were Breck Tillery and Van Hunt of Cedartown, Patrick Collier and Elliot Echols of Rome, and Mark Corbin of St. Charles. The groomsmen wore light tan suits with white shirts and a white rose corsage.
Emma Hensley served as the flower girl. She walked down the aisle in a dress of ivory tulle and ribbon accented with tulle flowers.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a dinner and reception under the lights of the barn pavilion. The couple chose a chocolate cake decorated with a University of Georgia and Athens theme for the groom, and a six-inch wedding cake with white buttercream icing to cut as a married couple topped with a wooden cutout of their monogram. For the guests, there were large cupcakes of the same flavor displayed on wood rounds.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Great Room at the Seven Hills building in downtown Rome. Other prenuptial parties were a bridal shower held by Abby Jones at the Shannon Scout Hut; a lingerie shower hosted by Pam and Ann Marie Bojo at their home; a couples shower hosted by Joan and Allen Hunt, Perre and Lynn Collier, Pam and David Echols, Carol and Byron Green, Wendy and Butch Payne, Ellen and Pay Ryan and Donna and John Watford at the home of the Hunt’s; a bachelor and bachelorette party hosted in Nashville, Tenn., by the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
After a honeymoon to Utopia Village in Utilia, Honduras, the couple will reside in Cedartown.