If we were tasked with defining Hannah and Tommy’s wedding day using a single word, it would have to be JOY. From the vows they exchanged at Park Cities Presbyterian to the looks on their faces as they waved goodbye following their reception at The City Club, a “brimming over with happiness” kind of feeling was present at each and every turn.
photos: John Cain Photography
That’s no surprise considering the couple’s sweet love story, which spans several years and multiple countries. Hannah and Tommy became friends while on a trip to Hong Kong in 2009, and although they didn’t begin dating until a few years later, Tommy began writing Hannah letters soon after. There was just one catch: He never sent them. Until the day he proposed, that is.
“He had been writing me letters, which he never sent, since we met in 2009. The letters were all about the progression of his feelings for me from friends, to liking me, to loving me,” Hannah recalls. “He put them into about four sets and had different people deliver them to me starting from when I woke up on the morning of February 7, 2014 in Arkansas. The day included receiving these letters from friends and family, flying back to Dallas, and then being driven to the Katy Trail where Tommy was waiting for me.” In a very serendipitous sort of moment, it began to snow right as Tommy knelt down to propose with the ring in hand!
The duo’s January wedding day matched the wintry setting of Tommy’s proposal, and was defined by a “neutral yet sparkly romantic” decorative palette selected by the bride. Having both grown up attending Park Cities Presbyterian Church, there was no question as to where the couple would say “I do.”
For the reception, The City Club provided the traditional, classic, yet unique vibe (not to mention fabulous views of the Dallas skyline!) that Hannah and Tommy knew their guests would enjoy.
Lovely details abounded in every element from the floral arrangements created by Kate Foley Designs to the delicious cakes crafted by Panini Bakery, but we were especially taken with the story behind the beautiful baubles that complemented the bride’s gown from Patsy’s Bridal.
“I wore the same necklace that was my great-grandmother’s necklace that she wore at her wedding – all of the women on my mother’s side of the family have now worn [the necklace] when they’ve been married. When I wore it at my wedding it marked 102 years that this heirloom has been in our family,” Hannah shares.
The couple celebrated their shared passion for travel by jet-setting to locations including Dubai, Bali, and Sydney for their honeymoon. As for the bride’s most beloved wedding day memory?
“We exited with the horns from the band playing behind us and the sparklers ahead of us. It was lightly drizzling rain outside, but as we walked through the pathway of our dearest friends and family I was filled with more joy than almost ever before,” Hannah says. “Tommy and I were married and we had just had the best night of our lives – we were able to see the faces of the people who have stood by us through so many things and be reminded of the support we were walking with into this new phase of life.”
Congratulations, Hannah and Tommy – we wish you much continued joy (and many more chances to use your passports) as you continue on your marriage journey!
Church: Park Cities Presbyterian
Reception: The City Club
Officiant: Mark Davis
Musicians: J. Marty Cope (organist); Stephen Nielson (pianist); Caroline Nielson (soloist)
Photographer: John Cain Photography
Band: Signature Band, George Anderson Music
Groom’s Attire: Culwell & Son
Florist: Kate Foley Designs
Bride’s Gown Retailer: Patsy’s Bridal
Cakes: Panini Bakery
Linens: The City Club
Rentals: Posh Couture Rentals
Hair: Jackie Davis
Makeup: Aimee Howarth
Stationery: Carlson Craft
Transportation: Wynne Transportation
Getaway Car: Premier Transportation
Coordination: Abby Prude and Laura Arredondo for DFW Events