Hannah and Hall promised to love each other forever and danced into the night under the starry skies last Saturday, October 5. It’s a tradition that goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, first blessed by our Heavenly Father, and is the most sacred and cherished of all earthly relationships. And even though so many traditions have changed over time, the happiness and comfort of a joyous marriage is the dream and hope of all mankind.
This beautiful couple is a perfect example of what I try to explain to broken hearted middle school students all the time. It’s a scenario that repeats multiple times each year. “You may not have even met your true love yet,” I tell them as they reach for the hundredth tissue. They truly can’t see it yet, but time and experience is the best teacher of all. And so we who have lived longer know that many of them will someday have a varied version of this love story: Hannah and Hall met the summer before Hannah was to begin her graduate studies. They went their separate ways for a few months as Hall entered the Air Force, but knew the bond they shared was a once in a lifetime kind of love, and soon found their way back to each other.
If you don’t believe in a “once in a lifetime kind of love,” look closely at these pictures. I completely wore Hall out with my camera, but he still found smiles for Hannah. And those smiles run from his heart all the way to his soul. He loves that girl. And Hannah – shares that same love, and her matron of honor’s speech said it well, She loves deeply and with her whole heart. Even so, weddings just seem to come with a tad of stress, and Hannah felt it, until she and Hall shared their first look. As soon as she saw him, her worries melted away. I saw and felt it with my own eyes and heart.
Hall gave this ring to Hannah. It was his grandmother’s.
I compare a wedding day to a beautiful duck floating around on a pond. At first glance, there’s just beauty, but look below the surface and she is paddling for her life. Wedding mornings are a flurry of various types of brushes, curling irons, dumped makeup bags, and nerves. And then they are beautiful, and turn into tender memories.
Look closely at Hannah’s bouquet. You will see a “hanky bonnet” which was given to her mother from an appreciative client many years ago. The poem with the handkerchief in part read – On her wedding day, a bride must have traditionally something old, Good luck, good health, and happiness it brings her, so it’s told.
Oh my goodness! The florals were amazing! Amy Bishop with Events Delight definitely delighted our eyes.
Truly, Hannah and Hall had such an AWESOME wedding party! They were excited for this gorgeous bride and groom, and their patience made my task so much easier. I can’t say enough about how much I appreciated all of them.
Facetime is the best when your grandpa has been seriously ill and in the hospital on your wedding day. I love the closeness of this sweet family.
Misty did a phenomenal job on Hannah’s hair and makeup.
I love that Hannah’s grandpa was able to watch his granddaughter get married via Facetime.
Hannah and Melissa both love deeply, with their whole heart, and chase life with zeal. Their energy is infectious, their love precious, and their friendships true to the core.
Hannah loves her Diddy with equal zeal. And if you know Rondal Turner, you know that love and appreciation is well deserved.
Hall’s mom, Suzanne, was equally amazing on the dance floor. Her energy was fun to watch and created a lighthearted atmosphere that lasted all night.
Hannah and Hall, you are an amazing and beautiful couple. Your story is sweet and perfect, and your love is refreshing. I pray that you always love each other and life with the same energy and spirit that you do today. Life will throw you some storms in the years to come, but if you keep your eyes on the One Who calms the storms and on each other, your love with grow even deeper and stronger than you can imagine. You are both amazing, and I was blessed to photograph this most important day in your life. Love and blessings, Pat
Hall & Hannah are appreciative of these amazing vendors:
Wedding | Scottsville Baptist Church
Reception | Dugas Park
Catering | Sherry Skaggs with Enchanted Celebrations
DJ Services | Kristin and Tim Turner
Hair | Denise Payne
Bride’s Makeup | Misty Rather
Cake Artist | Sweet Heart Bakery
Videography | Matt & Kacy Patrick with Gatewood Videography
Florals | Amy Bishop with Events Delight
Reception Details & Decoration | John Hall and his friend Wayne,
Verna Williams, Kacy Luttrell, Cindy Harston, & Kelly Wanta
Dress Steaming and Assisting | Wendy Cockrill, Brenda Pruitt, Emily Williams, Verna Williams, & Kelly Wanta