Meet Hannah and Daniel, a down-to-earth couple from Montrose, a picturesque suburb in Melbourne, Australia. Hannah is a dedicated primary school teacher at Ferntree Gully North, and Daniel, her soulmate, works in marketing for Milwaukee, an American tool company. They share their lives with two beloved dogs, Pickle and Rose.
Their journey began when they were introduced by Daniel’s sister, Lauren, at her 18th birthday party. From that serendipitous meeting, their connection was instant, and they became inseparable. Eight years into their relationship, Daniel surprised Hannah with a puppy named Pickle and a sparkling engagement ring in a very personal and unexpected proposal. “I came home from work on a Friday night and Dan was down on one knee with the puppy in one hand and the ring in the other. I didn’t know what to look at because I was so excited for both. We named the puppy Pickle and he has brought us so much joy.”
For this Melbourne couple, a destination wedding seemed like the perfect choice. Having attended a few themselves, they loved the relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity for guests to enjoy a holiday and the wedding. Thailand held a special place in their hearts, as they had fallen in love with its food, culture, and people during their travels in 2011. Koh Koon Villa, a private and idyllic setting, captured their hearts and allowed them to celebrate their love with both families present. They chose Koh Koon because of the dreamy French countryside vibes, with a distinctly Thai twist.
Their special day began with an afternoon ceremony on the yoga deck at Koh Koon Villa, where the lush trees shaded their guests. Young coconuts and a refreshing welcome drink greeted everyone, setting the tone for a day filled with joy and relaxation. Wedding planning expert Juliette Burrows from Weddings on Samui ensured that every detail was meticulously taken care of, translating the couple’s vision into reality. “Working with her was a dream, we organized everything via Zoom, we talked through our ideas and sent her lots of pictures from Pinterest and she made our vision come to life.”
The couple’s cocktail selection, featuring his-and-her drinks like Daniel’s espresso martini and Hannah’s Moscow mule, added a personal touch to the festivities. The catering, provided by Go Samui Catering, featured a sumptuous Thai feast that perfectly represented the flavors of Thailand, satisfying both the couple and their guests’ taste buds.
What made Hannah and Daniel’s wedding truly unique was the addition of a Thai pancake stall, providing guests with a delicious late-night treat. As the evening progressed, the celebration became a lively pool party, creating unforgettable memories for all in attendance.
Their journey to this beautiful wedding was not without its challenges. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple had to postpone their wedding three times. Uncertainty loomed as they awaited the day they could finally unite in Thailand. Their resilience and unwavering commitment to each other were tested, but they emerged stronger and more determined to celebrate their love.
Vows exchanged during the ceremony were a poignant reminder of their enduring love. Hannah spoke of the trials they had faced and the strength they had found in each other, while Daniel expressed how Hannah had given him purpose and direction in life. Their vows resonated deeply with everyone present, a true testament to the power of love and commitment.
An excerpt from Hannah’s beautiful vows, “You’re the man I want to grow old with. You’re the man I want to start a family with. You’re the man I want to fight with and love with and everything in between with. I love how you challenge me and support me. I love how you make me feel safe. I love how you have built us a house that is now our home. I love you!.” And Daniel’s heartfelt love, “You were my reason back then, my reason now, my reason every day. You strengthen my weaknesses and bring focus to my dreams. Here and now, I pledge my life to yours, that your dreams become my dreams.”
Their wedding day was everything they had dreamed of—filled with love, laughter, and cherished moments.
Hannah looked radiant in her Mila Nova Angela dress, and Daniel was dashing in his wedding attire. As they look forward to their future together, this resilient couple knows that they can face anything that life throws their way, hand in hand. Their love story inspires us all, reminding us that love can conquer all obstacles and lead to a beautiful, unforgettable wedding day.
Wedding Planner Juliette Burrows
Caterer Go Samui Catering
Photographers Weerayut Janthai (Toa and Nok)