All wedding anniversaries are special. But some are more special than others — like when you reveal a secret wedding to the whole world, as Hannah Billingsley Mooney just did.
Sharing the happy/shocking news on Instagram yesterday (August 9), Billingsley Mooney described a day that was like a fairytale come true. It turns out that after Shay Mooney proposed to her on August 9, 2016, the couple got secretly married later that day — and it was all a surprise to her. Her husband’s inventive wedding plans included family and friends who were in on the surprise, making for an incredible story of country-star romance.
Back then, the couple revealed news of their engagement publicly — but kept the marriage ceremony to themselves. Instead, they planned a big wedding with more guests and media coverage for October of 2017, and went on like that was that. But now the heartwarming story is out.
“5 years ago, today. We pulled up to a little stone chapel as the rain began to fall. From The Ground Up came on the radio and we both cried…. I knew you were about to propose,” Hannah wrote sharing a series of photos from the day. “What I didn’t know, that day, was that after I said ‘yes’, you’d open those great beautiful doors to reveal our families and a few close friends. There were 3 wedding dresses to choose from. There was a bouquet and a new pair of high heels. There was my college pastor, smiling and waiting. The photographers were already there (they had snagged the proposal pictures moments before). It was perfect.
“5 years ago, today, we promised before God to do this crazy life together, no matter what came,” she went on. “It is still one of the most special days of my life. I love you, @shaymooney. I thank God every day for you, for our precious babies, and for this crazy beautiful life 🤍✨ Happy Anniversary! Now let’s do at least 60 more years!!”
“I love you so much 😍 ” Shay Mooney replied. “Really glad you said yes. 😥😂 Happy Anniversary Hannah Love ❤️😘”
Hannah Billingsley Mooney and Shay Mooney have two children — sons Asher and Ames. Dan + Shay will release their fourth album, Good Things, on Friday (August 13). The set includes hits like “10,000 Hours” (with Justin Bieber), “Glad You Exist” and the current single, “Lying.”