Whitney Rice and Todd Hanson
June 6, 2009
It might sound a bit cliché to say “there were fireworks all around” in a wedding magazine, but when Whitney and Todd first met, this cliché was very much a reality.
Whitney’s grandfather owned a fireworks distribution business, and the couple first met at a fireworks tent. Little did they know that this initial meeting would ignite a lifelong bond of love and friendship.
Whitney and Todd had actually known each other as kids, because Whitney’s mother and both of Todd’s parents were classmates at Beggs. But it wasn’t until mutual friends decided they would be a good match that the two started dating.
Soon, Todd was leading Whitney through a scavenger hunt with the grand prize being a proposal. About 18 months later, on June 6, 2009, the couple tied the knot in front of 225 of their family and friends.
The elegant black, silver and red wedding was held in Helmerich Hall at Gilcrease Museum. Handmade pieces made this union unique. All of the bridal party dresses were made by Whitney’s mother. When Whitney found that she wanted details from three different wedding dresses, her mother decided she could combine them into one. Whitney’s dress was truly one of a kind.
The dresses were not the only pieces that helped to incorporate family into the wedding. Whitney’s sister Amber is a wedding photographer and has captured cherished moments in several weddings. With this experience, she was the perfect choice for the couple’s wedding planner. Adding even more of a unique touch to the day, Amber took two pictures of a red rose and enlarged and framed the photos. She then used them as backdrops in place of large floral arrangements for the ceremony. The art now hangs in Whitney and Todd’s home.
The whole family helped prepare for the big day. Whitney’s aunts helped with the bridal party’s makeup. Whitney’s aunt Nancy, who works at Innovations in Jenks, did the bridal party’s hair.
But the event that brought the two families together was when Todd and Whitney said “I do.” With those two words, guests could almost see the fireworks all around that had sparked the beautiful marriage.
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