Oh, sweet Hannah Grace. The angel baby! Hannah wasn’t even two years old when I started dating Andy. At first, she was terrified of him, as she was of most men who she didn’t see on a regular basis. By the time she was 3 or 4, she loved him. If I would go down to Maryland to visit and Andy did not come, the first thing she would do (instead of greet me with big hug and “Aunt Taceeeee!”) was say, “Where’s Andy?”.

Andy and Hannah

So, if I hadn’t been sure about the guy by then, Hannah surely let me know, in their own way, that he was a keeper. I got to watch them develop a special relationship of their own complete with inside jokes and everything. To say it warmed my heart was an understatement.

Throughout the time we were dating, Hannah would always ask us when we were going to get married. Preach, girl! I knew that when we finally got engaged, Hannah just had to be a special part of our day. While she might be getting a little too old for traditional “flower girl” duties, I know that’s the role she’s been waiting for at our wedding, and junior bridesmaid just doesn’t sound as fun to a kid, right?

When Hannah was born, my heart burst. She is my first ‘niece’, and took my place as the youngest Albanese. She’s got a huge heart, and she’s been through more than you could possibly imagine…at about age 2.5, she had a medical scare and she truly is our angel baby!

Albanese Family

We love our Hannah Banana, Hannah Bean, Hannie Bananie, Hannie, Beanie, Beanie Bop, sweet girl, Hannah Grace, so much, and are so excited for her to be a part of our big day! Cannot wait  to take our traditional SELFIE!

P.S. – her dad, my cousin Jeffrey, is marrying us, and her mom, Meghan, is my matron-of-honor!