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Catalyst + H&H Weddings Are Joining Forces

In this super traditional, heteronormative industry, it's a breath of fresh air to meet likeminded folks, so you can imagine how giddy we were when we found the badass team that runs Catalyst Wedding Co. They are smart, creative, crazy good at what they do, they're vocal about the issues that matter to them and they are our newest brand partner! 

What exactly does that mean? We're offering discounted joint rates, we're working together to shake up the wedding industry and gain exposure for those who are under represented in wedding media. We want this love-based industry to be inclusive of all types of love, all types of bodies, all types of genders and all races. 

Does this sound like a mission you can get behind? Want to know more about working together? We thought you might say that! Reach out at bonjour@handhweddings.com!

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Eric Title_key Diego

Styled Shoot
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Modern Tacoma Styled Shoot

From the planner...

Tacoma is this hidden gem just 30 miles south of Seattle that offers a variety of options to couples. I wanted to show off of the museum district, and with the views from the atrium of the Tacoma Art Museum of old architecture and the modern clean lines inside, it was a perfect location to show off the city.

In designing the Masculine Modern shoot, I found the clean lines and black floors stunning on their own and didn’t want to hide them. It called for a long clear table with simple, refined décor of black and gold. Jenny GG Photography really was able to capture my vision of showing off the space and Tacoma perfectly, as well as our models/real life couple Eric and Diego who happen to be celebrating their first anniversary. They looked so great in their tuxedos from The Black Tux (it was the first time Eric has seen Diego in one!). The added hint of gold with the rings and cufflinks with their initials really made their attire pop.

I love the collaborative spirit of our local wedding industry; I wanted to give them my design board inspiration and let their creative minds run with it. Gina with From the Ground Up Florals did an incredible job with her interpretation using both local and tropical greens in her arrangements. For the ceremony, she brought in custom made acrylic stands to give different heights while not obscuring the view of the city and Mt. Rainier and added in subtle candlelight with a mixture of hurricane vases and gold votives. The greenery and candles lead us down the staircase to the table where she added some greens to the plates and came up with the idea of pressing some in between two acrylic sheets underneath the tall centerpiece. The clear table was such a statement piece; being able to see through to the beautiful floors just made everything look like it was floating. I used the Two-Toned Chameleon chairs from CORT Party Rentals to add a touch of glamour to both the ceremony and table design alongside the modern Pure glassware, Slate Coupe plates, Gold Rimmed Aria Chargers and Gold Urban flatware. Paper Luxe nailed it with her hand created menus and the signage, they added the perfect softness the table needed next to the gold acrylic place cards.

Honey Crumb Cake Studio is always a go to for us with her incredible eye for detail. I gave her the design board and the minimal instruction of wanting a modern black and gold cake with her artistic touch and she blew me away with the cake! I added the New York Brass linen from La Tavola Linens and to me, it became another piece of art next to the museum’s giant cardboard dog Leroy.

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Sneak Peek
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Featured Vendor
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City Love Photography

We’re lucky. After all of the months of planning, creating and work that you put into your weddings, we get to see the amazing photos. What we don’t see is the time, energy and money that many of you pour into your big days. We get it, wedding planning is STRESSFUL. Like, really stressful. There’s a million moving parts, it’s expensive and, for LGBTQ couples, you often have to deal with people’s opinions about your relationship/love.

We are huge advocates for spending money on good photography. It’s the one thing we would suggest to anyone planning a wedding. That, and plenty of champagne. So, we wanted to do a little digging to find out how you engaged couples can start narrowing down your choice of photographers from what seems like a million to one. You spent all that time finding the person you want to spend your life with….now it’s time to find the right photographer to document your nuptials!

Our friend, Alexis, who runs City Love Photography is uber talented, so we begged her to come up with a list of things to consider while choosing the photographer that’s right for you. After a few drinks, she agreed ;)

1. Trust – You know how you trust your bff to never take a photo on your bad side? You need a photographer that you trust like that. Working with someone who has experience shooting LGBTQ folks is a must. Relationship dynamics are different with queer couples and a good photographer will acknowledge and understand what that means. You don’t want to work with someone who will try to fit you into traditional male/female roles (prom pose, anyone?!). Asking friends and families for referrals is always a smart idea. So is checking out the Crème de la Crème vendor list. Not only will this result in better wedding photos, but you’ll also be supporting a business with shared beliefs. Pretty sure they believe they call that #winnning.

2. Philosophy + Style – Is your photog stealthy like a ninja and you never even knew they were there? Are they super involved (in a good way)? Get to know their philosophy about how they make their images and what the experience of working with them before, during, and after the wedding day is like. Find someone whose images you love and whose personality complements your own energy. Take a look at all of their work available to see, pop over to their IG, and don’t be afraid to ask to see full sample galleries, too. Expect that your wedding photos will end up looking very similarly in editing and overall aesthetic to what you see.

3. Offerings + Budget – Are you album obsessed? Or would you rather just get the files so that you can make prints on your own later? The same $3K photography budget can get you very different things from very different photographers. Once you’ve figured out your style and have a few photographers in mind, talk to them about what they offer and ask them what you’ll need in order to get the photos and products you want. Important – don’t forget to ask them about files: Are high res files included? What rights to the files are you purchasing? You definitely don’t want to find out after the wedding that you didn’t know what you were getting into.

4. Comfort + Connection – Let’s be honest, most of us are not comfortable being photographed nonstop for hours. When it comes down to it, all other things being equal with style + budget, hire someone you respect, and with whom you wouldn’t mind getting stuck in an elevator! Weddings are super intimate days, and you want to feel great about your photog being there. They should help you forget that they’re even around. That way, you and your spouse-to-be can focus on what’s really important: your love, your union and celebrating the beginning of your awesome marriage with your community!

BTW – this basically sounds like relationship advice, right?! We are certain that sticking to this advice will help make at least one of your wedding decisions a bit easier!

*all photos are by City Love Photography*

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Gabrielle Title_key Kaila

Real Wedding
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A Fall New Hampshire Wedding

Tell us your love story!

Kaila and I technically met for the first time during high school, when she came into the pharmacy I worked at to visit her high school friend who also worked there.  We lived in the same town (and graduated the same year – we were actually born only 3 days apart), but went to different high schools, and really did not become close friends until college. Kaila went to Cazanovia College in Upstate, NY and I went to undergrad at Smith College in Northampton, MA, but a mutual friend (Jess, who later served as my Maid of Honor) connected us during a break from school while we were home, and our friendship blossomed throughout the years.

By the time I was in graduate school in Boston, Kaila had moved to NH for work, and we were able to spend more time together. Kaila was (and still is) my very best friend. Many years of an incredible friendship later, Kaila expressed that she had feelings far beyond friendship, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What about the proposal?

Kaila and I are both from the Berkshires of Western, MA. One fall weekend in October during a visit home, Kaila said she wanted to head up to the top of Mt. Greylock. It was a perfect fall day, but also happened to be the weekend of the the annual Mount Greylock Ramble, so the traffic getting to the summit was crazy.  We finally got to the top and wandered around taking photos.  When we ended up in a quiet spot, Kaila handed me a “pamphlet” she had found in the lodge and told me I should read it. That pamphlet was actually her proposal. By the time I realized what was happening, Kaila was down on one knee, asking me to be her wife.  Unbeknownst to me (since there were so many people at the summit), Kaila had a photographer there photographing the whole thing. We wandered around taking more photos and eventually stumbled upon our families waiting there with signs that said “She Said Yes!” and lots of champagne (another incredible surprise). It was perfect.

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

Once we both came to terms with the feelings we had for each other (and the risk of losing our best friend by taking our relationship beyond a friendship), the feeling that we were meant to be came pretty quickly. We actually made a half-hearted pact years before that that if we were both not married by 30, we would just marry each other. Who knows - maybe somewhere inside of us we knew long before, and just weren’t at a place in our lives to acknowledge it.

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

Going into wedding planning, we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding in the fall to take advantage of the beautiful foliage that New England has to offer. We had a vision of a big rustic, barn wedding. We saw a mobile wood-fired pizza oven at the Big E the year before and knew we wanted to incorporate that in some way (since we both love pizza, and it was just so different and fun). We are also both avid DIY-ers, so we knew we wanted to incorporate as many things that we could make ourselves into our day to really personalize it and make it our own.

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

I am a (slightly compulsive) planner by nature, so I was really excited about the planning process. Kaila is really easy-going, and was very open to my vision, which made mutually deciding on things easy. She only had strong opinions about a few things (like maple syrup favors, that, of course, were DIY-ed), and we made sure to make those happen.

Our wedding venue was basically just a beautiful piece of property and an empty barn, so we had to find vendors for every component of the wedding. This was a little more challenging than I anticipated, because it meant putting a lot of trust in a variety of people and coordinating so many moving parts. We tried to use as many local, small businesses as possible, but that also meant there weren’t hundreds of reviews for all of them. We trusted our gut, and luckily, everyone came through (and then some!).

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

Yes – to use a coordinator or a wedding planner! Because I am such a planner, I didn’t think I would need a wedding planner or coordinator. Part way through the planning process, I realized that it would be nice to not have to worry about anything the day-of, and asked a good high school friend (who works as a wedding planner) if she would be willing to be our day-of-coordinator. She agreed without hesitation, and it was probably the best money we spent on the whole wedding. She and her sister took the reins at the rehearsal and were incredible throughout the whole weekend, and it meant that Kaila and I just got to soak up all the love and happiness surrounding us on our day without a worry in the world.

In some ways, passing off some of the planning earlier on might have been nice, too, as the planning and crafting truly consumed nearly a whole year of our lives.

Any advice for couples planning weddings now?

We were married the same weekend that we were engaged, just one year later. We did not have the best rain plan (we really didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on a huge tent we may never use), and while we lucked out, getting close to the day made not having a really solid rain plan caused for some incredible nerves. I wish I had just reserved the tent so I wouldn’t have had to worry.

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

My favorite moment was during our portraits after the ceremony. Even though our photographer was taking pictures, she was far enough away at points where it was really just the two of us, and it was so nice to just take a few minutes to be with just her. Kaila’s favorite part was when I walked down the aisle to her. The other favorite part of our wedding day were all the ways that our family and friends contributed: hydrangeas everywhere that multiple family members spent many months collecting and drying for our florist to use, the perfect cake that was made by my aunt (and driven to NH from PA), my uncle’s antique car that he drove me to the ceremony site in, the incredible cocktails that my cousin (a world-renowned mixologist) flew in from CA days early to carefully craft and hand make (which included hand-squeezing thousands of lemons and limes), and the endless décor that our wedding party and family spent an entire day in the pouring rain helping us set-up. 

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