Tom Hanks surprised a bride-to-be during a pre-wedding photo shoot.
The Forrest Gump actor approached Grace Gwaltney and her bridal party as they finished snapping some pictures at the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel before heading to her nuptials over the weekend, and her photographer Rachel Rowland captured the amazing moment on camera.
She wrote on Instagram: I’d like to say a photo bomb from Tom Hanks was the best part of yesterday but honestly I’d be lying. (No offense to the GOAT).
“Yesterday was filled with joy, and laughter and fun and love and family and hugs and I just can’t get enough of Grace and Luke. (sic)”
Gwaltney herself was amazed by the unexpected guest, and she admitted the bridal party “all started screaming” when he introduced himself.
She told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “So we were all walking from the hotel to the limo, and out of nowhere, he pops up and just says, ‘My name is Tom Hanks! Can I take a photo with the bride?’
“We all started screaming and were pretty much in shock… He was just as wonderful and charming as you’d assume.
“His wife, Rita [Wilson], was there and got in some photos, too.”
Hanks has a history of crashing weddings. In 1993, while filming Forrest Gump in South Carolina, he paused the production to introduce himself to a bride as she was waiting outside to walk down the aisle.
In 2016, Hanks interrupted a Central Park wedding photoshoot and joined in. And just last year, he stopped for a chat with the newlyweds and took some pictures with them on the beach in Santa Monica.
The 65-year-old two-time Oscar winner is currently shooting A Man Called Otto, which is the first time he’s worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since his 2019 Mr Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Last week, Hanks also surprised a local mum when the production trucks turned up outside her house for an early morning shoot.
Mum-of-five Ashley Glass told the Post-Gazette how Hanks noticed her at the window with her two-year-old son Charles, and he wandered over to say hello.
She added: “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, he’s walking over here!’
“I hurried up and got my phone. He came over and was talking to us. I was starstruck. I didn’t even know what to say.”
Hanks will next be seen in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, opening in Singapore cinemas on June 23.
— BANG SHOWBIZ
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