“Bones of my bones and flesh of my flesh, at last”
Like the Dawn, The Oh Hellos
I met Hannah and Ben in November of last year and immediately we connected over our values and personalities. When they got engaged I was PRAYING that they would ask me to be a part of their wedding day. When they did ask me I freaked out a little and was so happy I could be there along with my Husband, Kellon who shot with me.
Hannah and Ben have a sweet story that is better told in their words.
“My first contact with Hannah Nicole Bennett began with a fib. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – in our first conversation, I lied. It’s true, she had popped up in the feed of “People You May Know” and it’s true that we had a lot of mutual friends, but that’s not why I sent her a friend request. The truth is, I wanted to make contact with the hot brunette with the bewitching blue eyes. Is that shallow? Maybe. Do I condone dishonesty? Of course not. Was it one of the best decisions of my life? Abso-freakin-lutely” -Ben
In May of 2015, a friend request from Benjamin Beam popped up across my Facebook notifications. I of course noticed how attractive he was, and had debated sending him a request myself, but he beat me to it.
We introduced ourselves and over the next 3 months we had small chitchat, maybe five times? I was immediately intrigued with this Ben, but was a little frustrated with myself- I really hadn’t dated and didn’t know the protocol of it all. Should I or should I not send the smiley face?
On August 15th, 2015 some friends of mine, Lindsey and Caleb, from that same small group, were going to the Moon River Music Festival in Memphis. A very last minuet, extra ticket, opportunity for me to go with them came up, so I accepted and made it there after work, just in time for the last two bands. – Hannah
“Are you at the moon river music fest?? Lol” -Hannah
“I am! Are you?? lol” -Ben
“YES! Look behind you!” -Hannah
It took me a hot minute to find her in the crowd (if you know Hannah, you can figure out why), but when I did, let me tell you – I thought the girl looked good in photos. Let’s just say, a straw hat, black shirt, and tight jeans didn’t make the meeting less enjoyable. And those eyes. I’m still convinced there’s magic in those eyes. – Ben
I felt all the feels about Benjamin, so I took the next step in preparing to know him- I prayed about it. I laid it all out there to the Lord, and was clearly given an answer- be patient.
Being patient on Ben will always be a testimony to my life. I didn’t want to be patient for him, I wanted to know so much more of him as quickly as I could. I had just met this guy that I thought was charming, and funny, and attractive- I didn’t want to wait on that- but I did- and he was worth the wait. -Hannah
From February to May, we continued to court. It didn’t take long before we knew that we were going to date, but I wanted to make double and triple sure that my heart was ready, and I also felt like the Lord was leading us to wait until May, so I could have the summer off work – this, too, was His grace for us. He led us to wait, not to make us anxious or discouraged, but to continue the healing work in me, and to provide for us a time and space when we could enjoy each other so much more than would be possible during the school year. I’ll forever be thankful for that season of courtship. Hannah and I learned how to make investments in the future of our relationship, withholding the full measure of our affection until the right time – “Do not awaken love until it pleases.” -Ben
From the beginning, it was never a question of “if,” but of “when.” I knew from the moment the Lord told me to be patient that I was going to gain Ben as a husband, that he was the one whom I was meant to spend this life with, growing more like Christ. Seven months passed as we grew in our relationship. -Hannah
On December 22nd, 2016, I asked that blue-eyed bombshell to be my wife. After about a minute (in which she cried a lot, but didn’t say much) she said yes. Hallelujah!
I’m reminded all the time of what God spoke to me early on in our courtship and dating season – that He had planted us, and was growing us, and wanted to use us as a refuge for those he brings our way. Our desire is to build a home that celebrates grace, radiates love, and makes much of Jesus. We know that we have been brought together – to marriage – for the sole purpose of glorifying God and making Him known on this earth through our marriage. -Ben
“December 22, 2016- Benjamin Beam got to make an honest woman out of me.” – Hannah