PRINCE CHARMING They reconnected online and talked nonstop on their first date. Hannah says it didn’t take long to realize the relationship was special. “I was ready to say ‘I love you’ two weeks later when Adam was willing to carry a makeshift spatula wand and dance around the kitchen to ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’ with Charlotte, my 5-year-old.”
STOCKING STUFFER Hannah, Adam and Charlotte were celebrating Christmas together when Hannah was down to her last present, a square box. She had convinced herself it was anything but a ring. “Before he could ask, I had the ring on my finger,’’ she says. “He wanted an intimate proposal, and I wanted a huge party. After a big family hug with Charlotte, we called my dad, and then Adam said everyone was waiting at my mom’s house to celebrate.’’
PARTY OF THE YEAR That was Hannah’s goal. She wanted a white floral theme but couldn’t find accent colors she truly loved. So she went with ivory and cream for the wedding party and decor. “I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and relaxed but still very elegant,’’ she says. Her advice is to get a personal color analysis before shopping. “I pushed away anything bright white and only tried on ivory and cream-colored dresses.” There was no guesswork in her wedding makeup either. The color analysis also came into play in the bridesmaid dresses, flowers and accents of gold and ecalyptus green.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER MOMENT After a sweet first look with Adam on the fairway, Hannah spied a golf cart coming her away with the cutest flower girl she’d ever seen. “I took off running, and Charlotte jumped out of the golf cart before they could bring it to a halt. It was so fun to be in our dresses together, and Charlotte could not have been sweeter. It’s a memory I will cherish forever.”
PERFECT ENDING Hannah surprised Adam with Sammy Kershaw’s “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” for their final dance under the stars. It’s one of his favorite songs. “His jaw dropped to the floor when it started playing. It was the perfect way to end the night and was very much ‘us.’ ’’
ORIGINAL TOUCHES Hannah embraced the Southern tradition of honorary bridesmaids, called a “house party.” She had six in addition to her three honor attendants. For the outdoor reception, a grazing table, taco buffet and homemade desserts and fried rolls (instead of cake) were hits with guests. “As a nutrition major, I loved that we added fresh fruit and vegetables to the menu,’’ the bride says. Signage and favors were hand-lettered and illustrated by the bride’s sister, Abby.
ONE TRADITION CONTINUES Hannah loved the idea of making Belgian waffles on Saturdays – a throwback to her childhood. So it was extra-special when she got a waffle maker from former neighbors in Dallas who also helped set up the reception.
LIFE LESSONS Hannah, a teacher, and Adam, a farmer, learned a few things about compromise as plans came together. “He is the sweet to my salty,’’ Hannah says. “Although I might have said otherwise at times, I loved how involved he wanted to be in the wedding process. On the other end of the aisle, I will say that being married is infinitely better than anything I could’ve ever imagined.’’
THE COUPLE Hannah Hyslop and Adam Guenther
PHOTOGRAPHY Wyn Wiley Photography
WEDDING DATE July 28, 2017
REHEARSAL DINNER Guenther Family lake home, Hidden Meadows, West Point, Nebraska
CEREMONY St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Point
RECEPTION Oakland Golf Club, Oakland, Nebraska
VIDEOGRAPHY The Wedding Storytellers
BRIDE’S ATTIRE Hayley Paige gown, Rhylan Lang; earrings, Anthropologie; shoes, J.Crew
HAIR Amber Futhey, friend of bride. The bride did her own makeup.
BRIDESMAID DRESSES BHLDN
MEN’S ATTIRE Schmitt Clothing Company, West Point
RINGS Randel Jewelry, West Point
FLORIST Found & Flora, Wahoo, Nebraska
CATERER AND RENTALS Catering Creations
MUSIC DJ Romeo
TENT Lincoln Tent, INC.
INVITATIONS/PROGRAMS Abby Hyslop, sister of bride
GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Omaha; AJ’s Inn, Oakland
WEDDING COORDINATOR Fiona Hyslop, the bride’s stepmother; and family friend Jean Schafersman
HONEYMOON Tulum, Mexico