Solomon & Betty / by Lexilu Photos

Solomon & Betty

They make a cute couple, Solomon and Betty.  Meeting miles apart, and falling in love, this couple would prove that true love exists. 

I knew Solomon only through our mutual friends on Facebook.  We had been friends for a few years although we had never met personally.  I received a Facebook message from him asking us to do a Bridal session the week following their wedding ceremony by the Justice of the Peace.  He told me about their plans to have a big traditional wedding, but that they decided to keep it simple thus foregoing the traditional.

Solomon was from the East side of Michigan, and Betty from the West side.  Their wedding ceremony was in Betty's hometown of Grand Haven, and the bridal session had been scheduled for Solomon's hometown near the Flint area. 

Over the next week Solomon and I would talk via Facebook.  We suggested surprising his new wife with a surprise reception immediately following their photo session.  He was so happy to be able to do this for his new bride, and we were excited to begin planning the details.

And so it was born, this wonderful surprise for his new bride. Within a matter of three weeks, Invitations were sent out, a hall was booked, a website and Facebook page created to invite as many as he could.  Decorations were made to match the Comic book inspired theme he had chosen because his love is a big Marvel fan, including a custom cake topper with Solomon and his iconic glasses, and Betty in the dress she would be wearing, complete with Princess Leia buns. 

In the end, Betty and Solomon, had a beautiful wedding ceremony in front of friends and family, they had a beautiful photo session while friends decorated and waited anxiously at the hall for them to arrive. 

They also had their first dance, cut their cake, and celebrated their marriage with friends and family.  Love doesn't mean breaking the bank to have a big lavish wedding.  Sometimes it means living within your means and doing what you can to make that someone special in your life happy.  Solomon did just that.  Following our photo session, he and Betty walked into the hall, where we were going to go for a few "inside shots".  As he escorted her onto the dance floor they danced their first dance while wiping away happy tears.  A moment stolen from a traditional wedding and put in the middle of theirs.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the many friends and family who helped put this wonderful event together for Solomon and Betty, including contributing to the dessert table, and for helping with the clean-up when we had to make an emergency trip to the hospital near the end of the evening.  Their event was special because of friends like you.  


Cake Beth Denny, Jelissa Hamilton

Cake topper, Alexa Shillingburg

Reception Hall Metamora Historic Town Hall

DJ Kris Sawvel

is Story

"I met Betty through a friend.  I had just broken up with someone else, so my friend Candara said, "Hey talk to Betty Newton, she is a good sister."

I was a little bitter about events leading me to breaking up with the other sister.


 I emailed Betty/called her once. We talked and I made it CLEAR I wanted NOTHING more than to be friends and was just expanding my friends. I quoted the scripture about treating older women as mothers / younger sisters as...yeah I was not really that nice so I'm actually surprised Betty and I became friends.

We hung out a few times then I moved to Pittsburgh.  We chatted via text a lot while I lived there.  We just where friends when she made a trip to see me and it was then that I admitted that I liked her more than a friend.  When she came down we had a discussion while she visited and we started dating.

How did I know she was the one?  She always excepted me for me even when I was not at my best spiritually or actual health.   She encouraged me and supported me when others couldn't.

The Proposal- Betty helped me move from Pittsburgh to back to Michigan.  My mom followed us in her vehicle with both cars packed full of stuff.  We where talking about marriage and what we wanted and expected.  We had decided we wanted to be married and were basically already engaged it was just a matter of a ring and me asking.   She made a comment about a ring doesn't really matter that's just a formality.   So I asked her to marry me. & she thought I was joking.  Then  she asked if I was serious and I explained that I was.   She said yes! (I bought a ring a few weeks later) 


Her Story

We met through a mutual friend. I knew he was the one, he accepted me for me, no matter how nerdy I got, and he has the most beautiful heart. I've never had someone stick up for me the way he does, LOVE that about him.

I also love the little random sweet messages he sends me.

As far as advice for anyone planning a wedding?

Do as you want, don't let anyone force you into doing something you don't want too. Be true to yourself.