Sunflower Field Engagement Session: Meredith & Hannah
Meredith and Hannah met “in the most romantic way possible – the Internet”. Somewhere in Meredith’s profile it said, “I love people who can teach me something”. Hannah messaged her with a simple, “the only thing I can teach you about is food.” Hannah had just finished culinary school, and Meredith was a manager at a vision center who was beginning to consider taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). After days of texting and talking, they decided to meet. And so it began!
At some point during their first in-person conversation, Hannah stopped Meredith mid-sentence and asked “Did you just use the word ‘ethnocentric’ in casual conversation?” Hannah says that’s when she knew that Meredith was the one.
Meredith proposed to Hannah. The two had talked about it. Hannah planned a trip to Disney and Meredith decided she would surprise her while they were on vacation. Meredith panicked when her bag was x-rayed at the airport and almost ruined the surprise but thankfully Hannah wasn’t paying attention to the screen.
On the first night of their trip, they arrived to a hotel room decorated with candles, flower petals, champagne and daisies. Hannah still didn’t suspect this was her proposal until Meredith got down on one knee and asked!
Meredith loved how excited their photographer, Brea, was during the whole engagement photo shoot. They knew their pictures would be beautiful, but they were surprised by exactly how great they turned out. Brea made many creative adjustments and decisions but honored Meredith and Hannah’s input as well.
Hannah and Meredith are enjoying an almost two-year long engagement while they wait for Meredith to finish law school. They get to think and plan everything out, sometimes find more inexpensive solutions and make the most of their own creative efforts.
Navigating around some traditional male/female traditions during the reception has posed challenges, and the two are still figuring some things out. Rituals like the bouquet toss and garter replacement are complicated, as is coordinating all of the clothing necessary for the day. From finding a tux that is the right color and fit, to selecting attire for the mixed-gender wedding party, adjust traditional to fit their needs has been a challenge. Thankfully, Hannah is a makeup artist and can trust her business partner to provide minimal makeup to make Meredith comfortable, so that is one common hurdle they will not have to overcome.
Hannah suggests that other couples planning same-sex weddings do what makes them feel comfortable and happy, whether that means a traditional route or alternative one. Meredith recommends enjoying making things up as you go. She elaborates, “Everyone is so intrigued to find out how we’re doing things, which ‘traditions’ we’re keeping, which ones we’re changing and what completely new things we’re making up. Weddings have so many traditions, and I feel like it is often taboo for opposite-sex couples to buck them. Same-sex couples have the luxury to do whatever we want!”
S. Walker is a freelance writer for GayWeddings.com.