Ashley Lynn Beaman and Jeremy Britton Knotts, both of West Columbia, were united in marriage Aug. 26 at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. The Rev. Dr. Dick Lincoln officiated the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Charles Douglas “Chuck” Beaman Jr. and Joni Rader Beaman of Columbia. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Beaman of Columbia. A graduate of Lander University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and journalism degree, she is employed with South Carolina Oncology Associates.
The groom is the son of James Milton Knotts and Brenda Williams Griffin. He is the stepson of Victoria Gail Knotts and Keith Ray Griffin. He is the grandson of Alice Williams of West Columbia. A graduate of Brookland Cayce High School, he is a franchise owner with Matco Tools.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. Pianist and organist Patricia G. Long and soloist Kent Beasley provided music.
Matron of honor was Hannah Cleveland Cagle of Simpsonville. Bridesmaids were Maria Pearson of Gastonia, North Carolina; Lauren Tapp of Columbia; Jessica Smoake and Amanda Small, both of Lexington; and Joy Knotts of Cayce. Kailyn Renee’ Koontz of West Columbia was junior bridesmaid. Ella Jameson Tapp of Columbia was flower girl.
Best man was Bryan James Knotts of Cayce. Groomsmen were William Beaman of Columbia; Harry Patterson, Marty Eaddy and Zack Swygert, all of West Columbia; and Scott Williams of Gaston.
A reception followed at Forest Lake Club.
After their honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple will reside in West Columbia.
In their own words
Q: How did you meet?
A: High school.
Q: Tell us about the proposal.
A: Britton proposed on September 18, 2016, at the bride’s parents’ mountain house before heading back to Columbia from being in the mountains for the weekend for a family friend’s wedding. It also was anniversary of when we had started dating years prior. Britton got down on one knee outside, next to the prettiest view of the mountains. The bride’s parents; her brother, William; and his fiancé, Maria, were filming, watching, and taking pictures.
Q: What part of the wedding day are you most looking forward to?
A: Getting married in our church by our retired pastor, the Rev. Dr. Dick Lincoln, who will make our wedding even more special because he is returning from Greenville and marrying us. Being in the house of God and having a inspirational pastor and all of our friends and family attending will be so special to both of us. We are just so excited to be married “finally.”
Q: How did you choose the venue where you will be married?
A: We both have always wanted to get married in the bride’s church. It’s very important to us to have the traditional Baptist church ceremony.
Q: What was the significance of the music played during your ceremony?
A: Kent Beasley of Shandon Baptist Church sang “There is Love” by Peter, Paul and Mary. The song was very meaningful because it was sung at bride’s parents wedding more than 40 years ago.
The most spiritual song was “Surely the Presence of the Lord” – such a touching religious song and one of our favorites.
Q: Will you have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue? What are they?
A: Yes, a pin with all the above listed attached to the bride’s dress.