Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard and Thomas Blackburn Favrot III were introduced through Betsy’s friend who volunteered with Thomas at the Houston rodeo. Thomas asked Betsy to dance at Gallant Knight Bar, which featured a jazz band every Thursday. Betsy didn’t realize that Thomas would soon become her Gallant Knight.

It didn’t take long for Betsy and Thomas to become best friends and fall in love. Thomas knew that he wanted to marry his one true love and asked for Betsy’s father’s blessing. Thomas even knew the perfect location to pop the question.

After attending a wedding in Fort Worth, Texas in early September 2012, Betsy and Thomas headed to Betsy’s family’s ranch for an afternoon dove hunt. While at the ranch, Betsy shot her first dove, opened her shotgun and flung her empties at Thomas. While digging in her shell box to grab more shells, Thomas quietly got down on one knee. To Betsy’s sweet surprise, a diamond ring lay propped in the shells. Betsy let out a laugh and a big hug, which Thomas took as a “Yes.” It was the perfect day of diamonds and doves.

Betsy and Thomas honeymooned in Africa for a 12-day safari and currently live in Houston, Texas, where Thomas is a petroleum engineer at Occidental and Betsy is a pediatric occupational therapist at Reach Therapy Center.

Bride: Elizabeth “Betsy” Barnard
Groom: Thomas Blackburn Favrot III
Bride’s Parents: Laura Kramer Barnard and Charles Murray Barnard
Groom’s Parents: Janet Sevier Favrot and Thomas Blackburn Favrot Jr.
Date of Wedding: July 20, 2013
Ceremony and Reception Location: Rock House Ranch, Gunnison, Colo.
Coordinator: Two Clever Chicks, Wichita Falls, Texas
Celebrant: Dr. Isaac Butterworth
Ceremony Music: Cloud 9, Denver, Colo.
Wedding Gown: Liancarlo Couture ivory Alençon lace gown, Stanley Korshak, Dallas, Texas
Maids of Honor: Megan Petty Klatt and Martha Clare Winfrey
Matron of Honor: Kara Jane Aboussie
Bridesmaids: Elizabeth Carter Barnard, Jennifer Favrot Smith, Laura Elizabeth Barnard, Lindsey Brooke Lunn, Whitney Diane Clements, Katherine Emory McCann, Kelley Ford Eubanks and Megan Ann Shea
Honor Attendants: Audrey Anna Barnard and Mattie Miller Bookhout
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale blush crinkle silk chiffon, Stanley Korshak, Dallas, Texas
Flower Girls: Madeline Grace Barnard and Leighton Miles Smith
Ring Bearers: Benjamin Carter Barnard and John Kramer Barnard
Groom’s Attire: Neiman Marcus suit with Hermès Bowtie
Best Man: James Totty Kostmayer
Groomsmen: John Kramer Barnard, Mark Edward Biegler, Robert Russell Harris Junior, Peterson Osborne Harter, Walker Burnside Head, Robert Bowen Hendrix, Austin Sterling Hill, George Neal McDonald, Bailey Reeves McGuire and Philip Douglas Smith
Ushers: Laurence Brittin Eustis, Dane Daniel Halpern, Jeffrey Ward Howard, Scott Andrew Saporito and Edwin Richard Rodriguez III
Groomsmen’s and Ushers’ Attire: Kenneth Cole suits
Rings: Custom
Florist: Two Clever Chicks, Wichita Falls, Texas
Invitation: Polka Dot Penguin, Wichita Falls, Texas
Caterer: Maxwell’s Steakhouse, Crested Butte, Colo.
Wedding and Groom’s Cakes: Gateau Fab Bakery, Crested Butte, Colo.
Photographer: David Savinski of Capture Forever
Videographer: Angela Zmiejko of Capture Forever
Hair and Makeup: A Cut Above, Crested Butte, Colo.
Music: Tunisia, Denver, Colo.
Photos: David Savinski of Capture Forever