Something I need to get out of the way right from the off. Hannah and Tom are a seriously couple. Seriously. Special.
So, it’s only fitting that after what felt like an endless winter of all the weather, and most of it rain, that the sun shone for these two. We couldn’t have wished for a better April day at the Tithe Barn. How amazing is this job? Honestly I pinch myself.
I arrived to find the barn in busy mode. Hannah and her girls getting ready and practising walks down the aisle. A massive thank you to Ruth, Reema and Tor for being such a huge laugh throughout. Relaxed is the word I’d use for the lead-up to this wedding, and once you meet Hannah you see why. Tom soon arrived with his chaps, the two Richards and Kieran. An equally massive thank you to them for their help. A big thank you to my friends at the awesome Rollercoaster for superb music as always.
Guests flowed inward as the sun shone, the prep finished and before we knew it Tom was watching a radiant Hannah step towards married life with him. I posted on Instagram yesterday and said then that this is a gentle couple. I couldn’t mean that more. They are incredibly tender together. Touched by recent tragedy, it became apparent just how much they lean on one another, and how that enables them to take huge strides forward, both personally and professionally. I also wrote that they were talented. Again this is so true. Hannah has a serious job as a journalist on a national broadsheet, and Tom is a gifted teacher with a natural ability for language. His speech was *so* good. I will not lie to say that I shed a tear during it.
Conscious that both Hannah and Tom are wordsmiths, I wanted to ensure that this post does them justice. Then I realised that I don’t need to. They do that themselves. They excel, it’s just part of their make-up. So you can imagine the sparks when two such talented people come together. They fly.
I was reminded of a scene in The Wire where a newspaper office had a quote on the wall:
“As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.” — H. L. Mencken
That’s surely true of what they both do, but more than anything it’s surely also true of this job of mine. Couples like Hannah and Tom shine a light on that.
Thank you both. For all that you are and all you will surely become. This is your story….