By Christine Tumpson | Photographs from Hot Metal Studio

Having a wingman is nothing new, but when that role is filled by a 1961 Austin Mini named Duckworth, things move in a new direction. Ian Wisbon rebuilt the vehicle throughout high school with his best man and let it play a major role in his proposal to Betsy Ray at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Schenley Park. “Ian managed to coordinate the proposal with race control and volunteers, and was able to take me out on the track in Duckworth,” Betsy says. “He stopped the car at Turn 11, in a wooded and secluded area of the track, and asked me to get out. It was that moment that I knew something was up!” A whimsical and quirky theme carried throughout their celebration, highlighted by a color scheme of orange and pink, along with touches of gold and navy. The bride carried a special bouquet of roses, zinnias, fresh basil, and even an air plant as she made her grand entrance down the stairs of the Pittsburgh Opera House. “The moment was surreal and always brings a smile to my face when I think of it,” Betsy says. No wingman necessary for that moment! 


VENDORS
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom
Catering & Linens: Medure’s Catering
Ceremony & Reception: Pittsburgh Opera House
Decorations & Flowers: greenSinner
Entertainment: Joel Lindsey
Hair: Nikki James
Planner: Kristie Caro


Tiers of carrot cake, ginger cake, and sweet potato cake, covered in marshmallow icing, made for a savory-sweet treat. “Since Ian and I are both big ice cream fans, we had a sundae bar as well.”

Tiers of carrot cake, ginger cake, and sweet potato cake, covered in marshmallow icing, made for a savory-sweet treat. “Since Ian and I are both big ice cream fans, we had a sundae bar as well.”

Duckworth took center stage at the wedding, too, serving as the holder of the guests’ gifts and cards.

Duckworth took center stage at the wedding, too, serving as the holder of the guests’ gifts and cards.

To get conversations flowing, the table numbers featured pictures of the bride and groom at the corresponding ages. “It was also a nice way for guests who met us later in life to see snapshots of our childhoods.”

To get conversations flowing, the table numbers featured pictures of the bride and groom at the corresponding ages. “It was also a nice way for guests who met us later in life to see snapshots of our childhoods.”

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