Olivia & Ryan

October 14, 2017 • Asheville, NC

Olivia & Ryan

October 14, 2017 • Asheville, NC

Wedding Party

Emily Leavitt
Emily Leavitt - Matron of Honor
I am Emily, and when I was in 10th grade, my mother brought me into her room and sat me down for a chat.....and she told me she was pregnant! All I could say was PLEASE GOD give me a sister!!! She has been this amazing blessing in our family's life and especially mine. She was the flower girl in my wedding!I live just north of Dallas, Texas and moved here about 14 years ago. My husband's name is Tim, and we have three children - Anna (age 15), Jackson (age 13), and Liv's Goddaughter Katherine (age 9). All my kids were born in March...definitely not planned, so we get to celebrate another "Christmas" in our house very soon. Tim and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this year, and we couldn't be more thrilled that Olivia has found the love of her life! I am a busy mom these days with gymnastics, dance, marching band, and traveling all over the place for soccer. My heart is just full to see my sister going through all the festivities of the wedding and starting her married life with Ryan. I am so looking forward to meeting everyone and getting this party started to celebrate Liv and Ryan!
Walt Lawrence
Walt Lawrence - Best Man
Katharine Betters
Katharine Betters - Bridesmaid
Erik Steele
Erik Steele - Groomsman
Wade Coleman
Wade Coleman - Groomsman
I moved to Charlotte in August of 2009. A few weeks after my arrival to the QC, I met Kristi (who is now my wife). Kristi and Ryan were in the same group of friends. Kristi would get really excited whenever Ryan would confirm for a social outing ("OMG! Ryan is going to be there?!?") which I thought was really weird at first. BUT, once I got to know him it made more sense. Our friendship grew from there. We are from similar backgrounds so our friendship seemed like a natural fit from the start. I consider Ryan one of my best friends and he is definitely the first person I would call if I needed someone I knew I could count on for something. I am very honored to be a part of Ryan and Olivia's special day; easily two of my favorite people in the world!
Lauren Betters
Lauren Betters - Bridesmaid
You know the saying, friends are the family you choose? Well it's the opposite with Liv and I – we are family, yes, but our friendship would surely define us first. Olivia welcomed me into the Betters' Family with open arms…after a carefully executed and very detailed vetting process the first time we met. Since then, Olivia has been my: fashionista extraordinaire, empowering fitness mentor, Betters-family navigator, friend, co-troublemaker (read: hopping over the bar past closing to pour ourselves "just one more" pint), travel buddy, feminist thinker and women's rights advocate, strong willed-whiskey drinkin'-dirty martini sippin'-lipstick wearin'-book readin'-smokeshow of a sister! I learned of Ryan shortly before they started dating and met him soon thereafter on a trip down to Charlotte. The two of them sparkled around one another and I saw a new side of Liv that signaled to me that it was a done deal; Ryan was part of the family! We had a brilliant night as they showed around town – stopping by their favorite joints and eating at Ryan's top rib spot. We have since traveled with the two of them – which is a blast owning to our similar tastes in good food, great conversation, relaxation and new adventures. Love these two and am beyond thrilled to have them in my life!
Andrea Coxton
Andrea Coxton - Bridesmaid
I am Andrea, Ryan's older sister, and have therefore known the groom for his entire life. My husband's name is Trevor and we have three wonderful children. Aiden is 10, Kade is 8, and Alonnah is 4. Ryan and Olivia have asked our daughter, Alonnah, to be the flower girl, so I've had the additional fun of looking for a dress for her. (We'll be so proud and promise that she won't steal your thunder, Liv.) Trevor and I have been married for 15 years, and we're glad to see that Ryan has found his love. Olivia is a dear heart, and I'm so happy to finally have a sister!
Jeff Zolman
Jeff Zolman - Groomsman
Kate Loveland
Kate Loveland - Bridesmaid
I'm Kate and I met Olivia in 2008 on my first day of college at Kent State University. She was in a dorm 2 doors down and walked into my room and asked me to go to a party with her and some other chicks. We clicked straight away! Many years later and many parties later... she's still my go to girl. I'm now living in Australia but I think we all know how much Olivia like to talk on the phone! She's amazing with keeping in touch and sensing when something isn't right! I've met Ryan over FaceTime and enjoyed answering all of his questions about the scary spiders here 😂 so excited for you two lovies! I'm so looking forward to celebrate and meet everyone! Unfortunately I will not be able to come to the pre-wedding events, but would love to remain in the loop! Def have a bit of FOMO going on.Cheers to STEELE + BETTERS 😍😍 xx
Ryan Betters
Ryan Betters - Groomsman
Josh Warren
Josh Warren - Groomsman
Jazmine Cherry
Jazmine Cherry - Bridesmaid
I met Olivia Betters! It seems like yesterday when I walked into Buckle (American fashion retail store) in Boardman, OH with intent to meet my new manager. Upon entering I was greeted by a fabulously paired outfit, one which I enjoyed pieces of, yet would not have thought to combine accessorized with a warm and inviting smile!...Olivia. We hit it off right away as I could not help, but compliment her on her fashion sense and style. She was so bubbly and friendly. I did not expect to leave the store and begin a wonderful friendship. Prior to my move to the new area we communicated quite a bit and I quickly found out how much we had in common. We attended Kent State University with the same major aspiring to be and do way more than what we went to school for, lived in the same complex in Boardman, OH and if that wasn't enough we found out we have the same zodiac sign and we chose to take on a challenge and take part in the same program at Buckle!! Once I moved to Boardman, I quickly realized how loving, genuine and caring Olivia was. It was such a great feeling to know we had each other in this new and exciting transition in our lives. Olivia and I shared our goals with each other and often discussed how we might obtain them. One day, Liv asked me if I ever thought about moving to North Carolina. Surprisingly I told her I have for the last couple of years. Let's just say with her spontaneity we both ended up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before I knew it we were roommates and our lives began to blossom. It was the best decision I ever madeBeing able to share yet, another life transition was such a blessing and I would not have wanted to have such experiences without Olivia Jane!! The years went on, our wings spread, continuous growth and achievement occurred and then...Liv told me she wanted me to meet someone. At that moment I knew it was serious. Ryan Steele had stolen Liv's heart. She was smitten over this gent and as soon as I met him I could see why. Their energy, connection and admiration for one another beamed.
James Wolf
James Wolf - Groomsman
Alexandria Warren
Alexandria Warren - Bridesmaid
Jon Wheeler
Jon Wheeler - Groomsman