A man already living in a 'married' throuple now has a girlfriend, after falling in love with their wedding photographer.
Brandon Tidd, 35, and his wife Elizabeth, 25, from Wisconsin, US, have been married for five years.
Elizabeth, who is a nurse, and Brandon, who is a dog trainer, instantly hit it off with another woman, Shannon, when they met her on a creative writing website.
The following year, in October 2019, they 'married' in their back garden but Brandon fell in love with their wedding photographer, Jamie Philbrook, 38, and they have now embraced being a foursome.
Elizabeth and Brandon had a baby named Rose, one, but she will grow up to call their 'wife' Shannon Elliott, 32, mum too.
"Brandon and I grew up in religious families. We had never considered an open relationship. Then we met Shannon, who we both instantly liked,” Elizabeth said.
"I had never explored bisexuality before.But it just happened as the three of us hit it off."
The trio met on a Harry Potter inspired creative writing website. They exchanged numbers and used to text and call one another for six months prior to their meeting.
Brandon and Elizabeth met up with Shannon while at an event in her hometown Ohio, US.
They flew back and forth for a while before Shannon moved into their home in June 2018.
Shannon, who is a stay-at-home mum to Rose, said: "Initially, we started off as friends then best friends.
"I loved being around them and missed them when they weren't around.
"Eventually, we decided to just live together - I admired Elizabeth a lot for opening up her home."
In December 2018, the couple made their relationship official and tied the knot in October 2019.
"People automatically assume a throuple is all about sex,” Brandon said.
"They think we are constantly having threesomes but actually it entails four relationships.
"There's the relationship between me and Elizabeth, Shannon and I, and Elizabeth and Shannon then all of us together.
"We try to make sure our personal relationships work as well as our whole relationship.
"We go on separate dates and do things as a trio."
Brandon is also dating Jamie, who often hangs out with them all.He admits it is great but he has very little downtime.
"There's another dynamic, I am dating a girl out of our throuple - she is my girlfriend,” he said.
"It can be a lot of work to make all the emotions are handled.
"I have obvious benefits and perks such as I always have willing to do something with me which comes with its own struggles of never having alone or downtime."
The trio admits it is 'impossible' not to feel jealous.
Shannon said: "I think Brandon is crazy for having a girlfriend, it seems like a lot of work. We all feel jealous but it's never in a spiteful way. It's more like jealous that we are missing out."
Elizabeth, who works most nights, and Shannon have their own bedroom. Brandon sleeps in each of the rooms and sometimes, they all sleep together.
They say Rose is a 'lucky girl' for having three parents. Elizabeth gave birth to her but she will be raised to call both women mum.
"I don't know how single parents do it,” Elizabeth said.
"We have the perfect set up, we have two incomes and a stay at home mum.
"Rose will have many sides as I am neutering, Brandon is adventurous and Shannon is sympathetic.”
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