Meet Sasee Bride, Shannon Camp

By Leslie Moore

Meet Sasee Bride, Shannon Camp

Blond and beautiful, Shannon Camp is full of smiles and energy – and she needs lots of energy for her busy life! Originally from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, for the past fourteen years Shannon has worked as Systems and Information Analyst for the Jackson Company, is known throughout the Grand Strand as a devoted, tireless volunteer and, at 36, is planning her dream wedding to Ben Detzler.

Shannon, we know you are very committed to making our community a better place, please tell us a little about what you do.

Currently, I am on the Board of Directors with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; I am the past chair of the gsScene for Young Professionals and just finished a nine-year term on the Leadership Grand Strand Board of Regents. But, my heart is truly in my work with the Grand Strand Miracle League. When I was younger, I babysat for a child with Williams Syndrome and went to her games. The kids love getting out there and playing ball – we can come and go as we please, but these games are their big outing for the week. I cried for the first fifteen minutes of the first game I attended after I started volunteering, but it is so rewarding.

I am very fortunate that my employers encourage and support my volunteer work. I have big shoes to fill. Our CEO and General Manager are both involved with so many nonprofits and strongly believe in giving back to the community.

OK, we all want to know about your upcoming wedding, please tell us about it!

When Ben and I sat down to make the guest list, it came to 470 people! (laughing) We knew we could not afford to have a wedding that large, so now it’s down to a manageable 127 people. We want a very traditional wedding. My dress is white, with a heavily-beaded bodice, an empire waist and a satin and chiffon skirt. We’re holding the wedding on October 2nd, in Pawleys Island Chapel at sunset, and the reception will be in Litchfield by the Sea. One of my close friends is a former pastry chef, and she is making my cake and catering the reception.

How did Ben propose?

We started dating in February of 2009, and he proposed in February of 2010. It was during the big snowstorm we had the day before Valentine’s Day. Ben and I were at his grandparents’ house on Ocean Isle and had gone for a walk on the beach. When we came back, Ben wanted us to work a jigsaw puzzle. I noticed that he kept a few pieces in his hand, and he would not tell me what the puzzle was! Finally, I saw it. Ben had a puzzle made from a picture of his dog, Muttley, dressed up and sitting beside a sign saying, “Will You Marry My Dad?”

And, that’s not all – that night we drove to Uptown Myrtle Beach to see Carolina Improv Company perform. I had worked with Gina Trimarco, the founder and manager of Carolina Improv Company, and was excited to be going. What I didn’t know was that half the show that night was about us! They re-created our first date, the proposal and us in fifty years. Our families were all there. It was amazing!

So, you’re pretty sure you’ve picked the right guy…

I am positive. I knew for sure when I had surgery at the end of last summer, and Ben waited on me hand and foot. He still loves me after seeing me at my worst – screaming and yelling, no makeup, it was pretty bad. This is true love.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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