Tom Hanks photobombed a couple’s wedding photos like only Tom Hanks could
Weddings present a truly unique event where couples bask in the glow of their commitment to love (and eternal emotional claustrophobia), bridesmaids perpetually adjust their bras underneath their itchy dresses, and, if you’re lucky, something truly spontaneous will happen. Like when Tom Hanks photobombed a wedding on Saturday. The wedding photographer, Meg Miller, told The Huffington Post she was busy doing her job — snapping wedding pictures of a love-struck couple in Central Park — when a man barged into the scene and “took off his hat, just leaned right into the group and said, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Hanks.'”
Hamming it up with a good amount of heart, Hanks then reportedly shook hands with the couple, kissed the bride’s hand (which surely elicited a blush), and jokingly reminded the couple that Hanks himself is a wedding officiant if they happened to need a celebrity cameo at the ceremony. Naturally, the couple was in shock but managed to still look adorable in the photos Miller snapped of them interacting with Hanks before he swiftly disappeared back into the wilds of Central Park. As a parting gift, Hanks took a selfie with the married couple that he posted on both Twitter and Instagram congratulating the couple — Elizabeth and Ryan — on their voyage into the abyss of married life.
THEY ARE ALL SMILING AND SO BEAUTIFUL! The bride’s face is the most satisfying to behold in the pictures that Miller snapped; you can feel her palpable shock and delight in every frame.
While having Hanks crash their wedding will undoubtedly serve as a once-in-a-lifetime memory for Elisabeth and Ryan, it isn’t the first time Hanks crashed a wedding event. The movie star crashed a wedding in 1993 when he was down in South Carolina wrapping up the shoot for Forrest Gump. The bride, Mary Dunning Chapman, wrote:
“I saw this light blue Lincoln at the stop light just down from the church, and there was a guy hanging out waving and honking the horn. I didn’t think anything of it. By the time we got to the front of the church, the car pulled up, and this guy hops out and runs up to me! He says, ‘Hey, I’m Tom Hanks, and I just wanted to say good luck!’ He hugged me and kissed me on the cheek!”
The act of crashing a wedding in itself is surprising for all involved, but his streak of romanticism makes sense considering the fact Hanks has been married to Rita Wilson for nearly 30 years. I raise my glass to Hanks and Rita, Elisabeth and Ryan, and inspired photobombers everywhere.