Wedding: Danielle & Holly

Danielle & Holly’s breezy beachside wedding makes you feel lush with Montauk summer. Dese’Rae Stage and Felicidad Garcia of We Are for Each Other captured the day, which began with a getting ready party at their industrial chic suite at Montauk Beach House and ended in a hip, waterfront affair at Navy Beach Restaurant. This wedding was bursting with love from friends and family for this couple. Really, every detail in this wedding was a moment for pause: from their ethereal, gauzy dresses, to the inscribed cake forks (Bride & Bride!) and the seashell table markers. At dinner, service, dishes and hysterical speeches were served up hot in a modern nautical space with community tables and wide windows facing the shore. After the sun set behind dark waves, guests ran out, dug their feet in the sand and danced with sparklers, drawing shapes of light in the dark. Magic!

Event Credits

Attire: Calypso St. BarthCatering: Navy Beach RestaurantFlorist: Amagansett Flowers by BethLocation: Montauk, NYMusic: Greg DonaPhotography: We Are For Each Other ( Navy Beach Restaurant
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Engagement: Ariana & Becca

From Becca: Ari and I met our senior year of undergrad in Boston, in the very last semester, in a feminist theory class. We moved to Philadelphia last August, and will be getting married at an arboretum close to our home this coming June. Vegan food + bare feet + radical klezmer music + loud singing + Jewish ritual + all the family. We were very hesitant about engagment pictures, but are so glad they exist! Carina is an amazing photographer who put up with our nerves and took these incredible shots. And she shared a pint with us after the shoot!

Event Credits

Location: Philadelphia, PAPhotography: Carina Romano of Love Me Do PhotographyVenue: In Riva in East Falls, Philadelphia
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Wedding: Michelle & Giulia

From Michelle: Giulia and I (curly hair) have been together for 7 years, almost to the day of our wedding. We wanted our wedding to be perfectly us- a little bit of G, a little bit of me and a whole lot of both of us which means there would be A LOT of laughter! With the exception of the 100 degree weather, the day couldn’t have been better. It was FILLED with an abundant amount of love, laughter, friends and family not to mention amazing food and drinks (including a surprise hot dog cart at the end of the evening). We are truly are lucky to have such an amazing group of supporters.

We had a number of personal touches throughout the day… my brother, Marc wasn’t just in our wedding but also designed our invites. The table runners were designed by us- oak (from where I’m from) surrounded by redwood (from where Giulia’s from) and were put together by us and my dad. The vases were collected by many of our friends and family in an event we called The Great Vase Chase… we collected over 200 vases! Our sister-in-law made our cake topper…the list goes on and on!

Our wedding day was exactly what we had pictured in our minds for so long… a day we’ll never forget and one we loved from start to finish. It kind of makes us giggle all over again looking at our pictures! ENJOY!

Photos courtesy of Ryan Greenleaf.

Event Credits

Catering: A Fresh Approach, Chico, CAFlorist: Crystal Rose Florist, Folsom, CALocation: Winters, CAPhotography: Ryan Greenleaf, Sacramento, CA
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Engagement: Jessica & Sam

From Jessica: Sam and I met three years ago in graduate school in Las Vegas. We’re both writers, teachers and passionate travelers, and I think we were swept away by our own love story before either of us realized it was happening. She inspires me and makes me laugh everyday, and I still can’t believe that I get to spend my life with her.

We both finished school in May and began making plans to move to Taipei, Taiwan to teach English at the end of the summer. I knew I wanted to pop the question before our move and I knew I wanted it to be a complete surprise, so I spent the summer secretly planning. I decided to plan a surprise trip to Key West, FL because we took our first big vacation there together. I planned a stay at the beautiful Casa Marina hotel on the beach for the proposal and I found Daniel of Southernmost Photography to shoot the whole thing for us. The hotel and staff were wonderful and even ran out to the pier with champagne when they saw me on one knee! Daniel was amazing to work with and was super stealth at keeping the shots of our walk out of the hotel and out to the pier a secret. And in the end, after getting to the island, checking into a swanky hotel, getting dressed for a “nice dinner by the beach,” and my nerves racing for days, Sam still never suspected a thing! Everything went off without a hitch, she said “yes” through tears and we spent two more beautiful days in Key West before heading home to celebrate with our families.

We’re currently living in Taipei and wedding planning from abroad (with the help of some incredibly supportive family and friends back home) for our wedding in New Orleans. Sam and I have read and been inspired by so many amazing love stories on A Bicycle Built for Two and we’re overjoyed to finally be able to share our engagement with you!

Event Credits

Location: Key West, FLPhotography: Daniel at Southernmost PhotographyVenue: Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
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Wedding: Ruth & Ellie

From Ruth and Ellie: We have been together for 3 years, and we technically got engaged twice: once on our first holiday to Paris, where we decided to change our surname to Wilde and bought cheap rings (they broke); and then, when we moved in together, we went to the jewellers and made it official. We wanted to wait for equal marriage, and when the law passed we booked straight away for a summer wedding. It turns out we were the first Nottinghamshire couple to book a same-sex wedding, so we were interviewed by local and national media!

We met at a Christian arts festival, and our faith is very important to both of us, but we can’t get married in the Church of England. We were lucky to have a good friend who is ordained, and who carried out a service of celebration for us after our civil ceremony, in our wonderfully inclusive (and colourful) church.

We chose a ‘gold at the end of the rainbow theme’ to honour gay pride and Ellie’s Irish roots, and told all our guests to wear rainbow colours. It was a real family affair with Ruth’s Dad preaching, her sister reading a poem she’d written, and Ellie’s sister making the wedding cake and the centrepieces. Ruth’s Mum made all the flower girl and pageboy outfits, and the maid of honour’s dress – she’s a genius!

A lot of our wedding was local and handmade, from the golden ‘guest tree’ to the real ales from the shop our friends own. We couldn’t have been happier to have a colourful summer wedding in the community that’s welcomed us so warmly. The support and love of our friends, church and family made it truly the best day of our lives.

Photos courtesy of Phink Photography.

Event Credits

Attire: I Do Bridal, Mansfield and Dressplace, NottinghamCakes and Dessert: Sugar Plum Fairy: 281 Restaurant and RoomsFlorist: Brambles Florist: United KingdomMusic: The Tony Harper QuintetPhotography: Phink Photography: 281 Restaurant and Rooms, Mansfield:
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Engagement: Mai & Cathy

From Kim, Mai and Cathy’s photographer: This session was very special as this was the engagement announcement for my sister, Mai! Mai and Cathy live in the Los Angeles area and came up to San Jose just so I could photograph their engagement. Since they both have a love for the outdoors, we headed to a county park near my home that has a beautiful rustic feel and had a great time capturing their love, silliness and cuddles. I am so excited for their big day and might deter from my matron of honor duties to pick up my camera and capture some images of my baby sister getting ready.

Event Credits

Location: San Jose, CAPhotography: Kim Ebbets of Photos by Kim E.
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Wedding: Suzanne & Nikki

From Suzanne: My wife, Nikki, and I met online and dated long distance for nine months before I finally moved from my home in Memphis, TN to live with her in Jackson, MS. About a year later, I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me! Since we lived in a state where it is not legal, we knew we were going to have to go somewhere else for our ceremony. We finally decided on Los Angeles, CA and picked the Griffith Observatory as our location. It was a very small ceremony with just a few friends/family in attendance but, because our ceremony was in a public place, we had a lot of witnesses! It was the most amazing day of my life! The venue was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and my wife looked gorgeous. Although we had originally planned to have a big, formal ceremony, I would not trade this small, intimate ceremony for anything. It was just about Nikki and I.

Photos courtesy of Erin Stone Photography.

Event Credits

Location: Griffith Observatory - Los Angeles, CAPhotography: Erin Stone Photography
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