Love is patient
By Samantha Daniels | Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography
Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2012
Melissa Hankins had always been told by her friends that when she met the right man it would feel right. So far in her dating endeavors, she hadnt had that feeling. That is, until the WBTV reporter met financial executive Scott Sannes. Melissa and Scott, who had both spent years looking for the right match, are a true testament to the phrase love is patient. The two met on a blind date set up by mutual friends. Finally, Melissa says, It felt right.
For the next year, the two were inseparable. They talked about marriage early on, so Melissa was prepared for a proposal. However, every time she expected it, the proposal didnt come. He would drop to his knee. Id think it was happening and he would tie his shoe, laughs Melissa. Scott finally surprised Melissa with a proposal on a Sunday evening. After a long day of work, Melissa came home to find a trail of rose petals leading to a bath filled with bubbles and petals (and Scott himself!) with a beautiful cushion cut diamond ring. Melissa likes to poke fun at Scott over their intimate proposal because she jokes, How on earth do you tell your Nana you got engaged in the tub?
Melissa and Scotts patient searching finally paid off a year and a half later. The two wed in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Marks Cathedral. Scott and Melissa were grinning ear-to-ear as they said their vows. Scotts mother told Melissa she had never seen him look so happy. I felt the same way, says Melissa.
Every element of the wedding day had been picked out by both Scott and Melissa, from the delicious cake to the beautiful deep red peonies and orchids from The Place for Flowers. The city of Charlotte served as the backdrop for the reception at Bentleys on 27. We wanted the night to be special, says Melissa. We wanted it to be a night where our friends and family could get dressed up and leave the kids at home.
There were many memorable moments of the night, all captured by photographer Critsey Rowe. One was when wedding guests surrounded Melissa and Scott on the dance floor and serenaded them with Journeys Dont Stop Believing. Another special moment was Scotts reception speech. I was floored at how sweet, touching and funny he was, remembers Melissa.
When thinking of the overall wedding, the words magical and flawless come to Melissas mind. We are just so grateful and happy, she says.
The couple took a late honeymoon this spring to Hawaii. Since the wedding, theyve been living in marital bliss. We wake up grinning and having fun, says Melissa. They are looking forward to enjoying the next year to themselves before adding little ones to the mix.Featured vendorsFlowers
The Place for Flowers
www.placeforflowers.comMusic and Entertainment
Split Second Sound
Critsey Rowe Photography
Bentleys on 27
Diamonds Direct SouthPark
New York Bride & Groom
www.nybride.comContinue reading real wedding stories! Up next: Family bonds
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email firstname.lastname@example.org to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less