“I was a senior at Central Methodist University and Hannah was a sophomore. I had been in our sorority, Sigma Pi Alpha and Hannah had just pledged in the Fall of 2013. We first met at Sigma rush where recruits come and check out the sorority. I had also been playing soccer at CMU. I came late to the rush and had a chance to check out the sorority prospects. I don’t remember this, but later Hannah told me I had complimented her tattoos.
We would see each other at mixers and parties but it wasn’t until a mixer with the Sig Alphs where I was able to spend part of my evening with Hannah and other new members. At the end of the night as I was leaving Hannah was telling me goodbye and said ‘I love you.’ I responded ‘I love you too’ — our sorority mascot is the sweethearts, of course I loved her!
The next day Hannah texted me wanting to know if we could have a conversation. She sat down in my computer chair, clearly nervous, and shared her feelings with me. She poured her heart out letting me know she was starting to have feelings towards me and had never felt that way towards a woman. My response was that I was kinda talking to someone — my senior year I was all about the flings and taking anything too seriously. After Hannah brought her feelings to my attention, we started hanging out more: In her dorm room, at my duplex, in the library, and of course at Sigma events. I found myself starting have feelings for this bold and quirky woman.
Through Thanksgiving break and Christmas Break our bond grew and blossomed. She even told her family about me over Thanksgiving break that year — something I had not expected her to do, and at that point I knew this girl was something special. She is courageous, brave, and knows what she wants.
For our wedding, we wanted a place where guests would not have to travel from the ceremony to the reception. At the Pavilion they have a gorgeous outdoor space and a gorgeous indoor space to match. Upon getting a tour of the venue, both Hannah and I got goosebumps as we walked out to the outdoor space. We knew this was the place where we wanted to get married!
We both wore gowns from Fabulous Frocks in Kansas City. I believe Hannah borrowed jewelry from her mom and I borrowed a pair of Kendra Scott earrings from my sister. We both wanted to wear gowns when we walked down the aisle.
We had a cake we cut into, but guests ate the sheet cake. We also had a lot of greenery and simple, elegant flowers.
Our ceremony was outside, even though we heard thunder as our officiant was wrapping up. Our friend, Kyle Gilmore, was the officiant. We also signed a family Bible. Our pearl-covered family Bible travels to a family member when they get hitched, and they write names, date, and location of the wedding. It has been circulating since the 1950’s in my family.
One tradition we made up was how our bridal party, family, and each of us walked down the aisle. We had a bridesman with a bridesmaid on each arm. Our mothers escorted each other down, and our fathers walked each one of us down.”
Words by Meredith, one of the brides, as told by Amber Marlow. Photos by Hey Tay Photography.
Photography | Hey Tay Photography
Videography | 364 Productions
Rehearsal Dinner | II Lazarone
Venue | Pavilion Event Space
Cake | Classic Cakes
Catering | Spanky and Buckwheats
DJ | Formal Frequency
Florals | Fine Line Floral
Rings | Bischel Jewelry
Accommodations | Stoney Creek Hotel
Gowns | Fabulous Frocks KC
Makeup | Paradise Makeup
Tayanna is a midwest wedding photographer who mainly lives on the internet but can be found occasionally in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. She focuses mainly on wedding and body positive boudoir photography. Her mission is to make the unseen people be seen. She enjoys reading books, playing too much "The Sims" and hanging out with her needy puppies.