My name is Hannah Pacetti (formerly Hannah Bryan) and I married my sweet husband Alex Pacetti July 20, 2019 at American Homestead in Naches. We met in July of 2016. I had just returned from maternity leave and was working for Mac Cosmetics in Macy’s. Alex had moved from North Dakota to Yakima at the beginning of the year with his family and as fate would have it, he took a job as a receiving manager at Macy’s.

I had been in a relationship with my daughter’s father up until he passed away in 2015 and I found out just one month afterwards that I was pregnant with our daughter.

Needless to say, I was not looking for a relationship. I just wanted to focus on my daughter and building a life for us, but sometimes the best things in life come unexpectedly. It was a couple days after I started at Macy’s that I met Alex at work.

He was sweet and charming and I could tell he was a very genuine person. He asked me out a few different times and was very understanding of my situation and respected that I wasn’t ready for a date quite yet.

I am very thankful to this day that he was persistent. One night I brought my daughter into work and Alex just so happened to be there, dropping off boxes. My daughter was only five months old at the time and was very leery of strangers. It really took me by surprise when Alex went over to say hello to her — and she dove into his arms! I remember thinking to myself, ‘Well, if my daughter likes him, then maybe I will say yes to a date.’

So we went to dinner and it was like we had known each other our whole lives. We started dating and what made me fall in love with him was how he wanted to include my daughter in everything we did together. I’m pretty certain he fell in love with her first, and that was fine with me. I never thought I would find love again or that I deserved it, but he not only showed me that it was possible to love again — he taught me how to love myself.

We became pregnant with our son Emmett and he was the missing puzzle piece in our family. My husband is the most amazing father to our babies and he loves them with every ounce of his being. I’m beyond thankful for that. My daughter will always have two dads and I couldn’t have given her a better gift.

It was Christmas of 2018 when Alex asked me to be his wife and I happily said YES! I am a makeup artist and I specialize in bridal makeup, so I knew exactly where I wanted to get married and who I wanted my vendors to be. We had the most incredible, magical fairy tale day on July 20, 2019.

The weather was perfect, the decor was exquisite, the food was delicious and our DJ knew exactly what to do. A huge thank you to Kathy at American Homestead for making our day so special. It was honestly one of the best days of our lives and one we will never forget.

My favorite part was when my sweet husband surprised me with the song for our first dance. Originally it was supposed to be “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton, but Alex recorded himself singing the song “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran in a recording studio and played it for our first dance. He is very shy when it comes to his voice even though it’s incredible, so it was a total shock to me! There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

I am so thankful for this man and the loving person that he is. Our kids got to watch mom and dad get married and I will always hold that dear to my heart. Just when everything seems like it’ll never get better and the dark days will never end, I’ve learned firsthand that God always has a plan and miracles really do happen. So here’s to happy ever-afters.

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