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Wesley Title_key Dylan

Real Wedding
gallery Aug 20 2018
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Thai Beach Nuptials

Tell us your love story!

It all started with a poke on Facebook which was by accident. Wesley was in a photo that was posted where he was standing next to my cousin at a work function. I wanted to poke my cousin and accidentally poked him...He still thinks it was done on purpose. From that point, the “poking back” game started which escalated to us chatting a bit and eventually exchanging contact numbers and ending up meeting for drink and a game of snooker. We chatted for hours and met up every day after that.

What about the proposal?

We dated for about 6 years and had many conversations about marriage and we both thought it was overrated. We also thought that it would complicate things in such a way that our family might never give approval as we are a same sex couple which already is a lot for them to deal with. Wesley then went behind my back and asked my parents if they would give their blessing and allow him to marry me. He knew the answer was going to be NO, but because he knew how important family was to me, he went anyway.  This was on his 30th birthday. He popped the question after being at my parent’s home. I expected something, but was still unsure what he was up to. Later that evening we had a few friends over for a BBQ to celebrate his birthday and announced to all that we got engaged and killed two birds with one big celebration that lasted the whole weekend.

When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?

To tell you the truth, on the first night we met, we knew that this was not just a “one time” thing. Our calls became longer to each other, we started sharing the same friends and most of all, we cared and loved each other so much that we were willing to be together despite the negative feedback and comments we would get from society and family. Through all the trials, we stuck together and supported each other. be it when we wrong or right, we never ever left each other’s side.

Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?

This is a difficult one to answer. Being based in South Africa, we planned to have it in winter inside a venue that would have a more of an intimate feel. This put huge pressure on us as everyone was expecting this huge elaborate wedding. In December 2017, we decided to change everything and get married in Thailand - I mean, why not? We realized that we don’t need to please anyone but ourselves. We love traveling so this was an easy decision to make.   We told our close friends and family about our plans and they jumped on the bandwagon without hesitation. So, seeing that we going to Thailand, it was just fitting to have our ceremony with the beautiful background of the beach.

What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?

What surprised us the most was the fact that our wedding planner did way more that what we expected. The ideas she had and the samples she showed us made us trust her so much that we took a risk to pay a total stranger that we hadn’t met via Internet Banking. It was very difficult at times to communicate, as there was a 6-hour time difference between us and the planner. The scariest part was the uncertainty of what would happen if we got to Thailand and were not happy with what the wedding planner had in mind. Today, we can say with a smile that we are so happy and by her making our day look and feel so special with her meticulous style and décor, it made our day even more special and memorable.

Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?

What we wish we would have known is merely that Thailand's weather is very unpredictable. That was the biggest stress we had, which made us rush and stress even more two days prior to the wedding to get a plan B. Thank God it was not needed. Also we would have requested that the photographer stay on for the reception as well.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?

Budget - Keep extra cash aside for unforeseen cost. Get a good wedding planner – they know what they doing. Make sure you get a good photographer and enjoy every single moment of the day. It goes by so fast.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

While it is difficult to pinpoint what our favorite part of the day was, I have to say that being united and recognized as legal partners means a lot! And the fact that we could spend the day with loved ones on a majestic beach was just the cherry on top.

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and I swallowed

a sea."

-Cholë Frayne

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Justine Title_key Whitney

Love Session
gallery Aug 15 2018
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How did you meet?

Justine and I met by swiping right. I was just out of a 5 year relationship and her fresh out of an engagement. It was September of 2014 when we were on our first date, naturally to twin peaks for the scenic views. Things went well on the first date and we continued to talk and see one another but didn't want to jump into a relationship. Even with continuing to use dating apps and talking to other girls we kept coming back to one another and decided to make it official in May of 2015.

What is the best quality about the other person?

Justine has such a big heart and has so much compassion for giving people and animals the love and attention they deserve. When my best friend Marge (My corgi dog) was sick she cared for her just like she was her best friend for 10 years rather than only knowing her for 2 short years. When Marge passed away she was there for me and supported me in wanting to foster dogs in the memory of Marge and then allowed me to take in my Grant Aunt's dog Jersey (also a corgi) into our home. Even though Jersey continues to have an attitude anytime Justine asks her to do something but easily listens when I ask. She also went with me to visit my great aunt when she was ill in hospice and was happy to have Jersey tag along. Justine has a beautiful loving heart and I'm thankful to call her my wife.

Whitney has a passion for helping people/anyone in need, especially her patients. Whitney is a Prosthetist and is dedicated to being the best clinician for her patients, no matter the extra time it takes, the battles with health insurances, or number of adjustments required. It's not just for her patients though. Whenever our friends or family need a sitter, borrowing a tool, working on a project, covering a shift at her mom's bar, etc she is there. Even at times taking away from our time together, but I understand her love and compassion for people overall and I am very fortunate to be with someone that cares so much about the people in her life.

What is the best thing that your significant other has taught you?

The best thing that Justine has taught me is that I deserve to be loved. I'm human and I've made mistakes and she continues to allow me to grow as a person through those mistakes and has taught me to communicate in ways I never have with a partner. Through all of this I have learned how to be loved and how to truly love her unconditionally and it's such an amazing experience that I hope everyone gets to experience in life.

Whitney has taught me how to love myself. I'm not always the kindest person towards myself, very critical of myself. What I had always pictured were my "flaws" Whitney has helped me realize are the things that make me unique. She has helped me understand my beauty inside and out with how she loves me.

What do you look forward to in the future with your significant other?

I look forward to the different moments in life with her and how she will grow and change as a woman. I've fallen in love with the struggling grad student and fallen in love all over again with the fur mom/home maker and young professional she has transformed into and can't wait to see her turn into a loving mother and to our young children then morph into a sexy soccer mom and who knows from there. I just can't wait to see her as the many different "women" she'll be through our lifetime as well as the many different " women" I'll be thanks to her and never would be without her.

Tell us a bit about your love shoot! What made you decide to do a love shoot? Where did the style/design inspiration come from?

The love shoot was shot in our home which is beautiful thanks to the designing of Justine. The photographer actually reached out on Facebook for same sex couples to do shoots to help her portfolio reflect her beliefs that love is love and love always wins. So a friend tagged me and I reached to Kara and she was excited to meet Justine and I for a shoot. I had never heard of a love shoot or lifestyle shoot in the home and it was an option she gave us and we decided it would be perfect as we had just recently been married and still on cloud 9 from the experience. Kara just suggested we be in comfortable clothing that we could be found in at home when it's just the two of us on a lazy afternoon. So we did just that and everything just fell into place and it was a unique, memorable experience that we highly suggest any couple that is passionately in love do! 

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