Wedding: Erica & Brittany

From Jane, the brides’ photographer: Brittany and Erica first met in May 2014. Brittany swept Erica off her feet when she sent her a message on her online dating profile about macaroni and cheese. When the two met in person at Ubon Thai restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware, they hit it off right away.

On September 4, 2015, in Bethany Beach, Delaware—just a few miles down the coast from where they shared their second date—Brittany proposed to Erica. Showing off her creative side, Brittany created a homemade picture book that told their love story and Erica read it as they enjoyed a picnic. A little over a year later, they are thrilled to be celebrating the start of this next chapter with beloved family and friends!

Erica and Britt are a couple full of joy and who bring everyone together in any setting. Their wedding was no exception. There wedding was aboard a boat that took the couple from engaged to married to dancing in the mist of a beautiful nighttime cruise! 

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Event Credits

Location: Connecticut RiverPhotography: Jane Barry
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Engagement: Hannah & Nicole

For our first engagement feature of 2017, here’s a beautiful session from a warmer season! Enjoy.

From Nicole: “Excuse me; can you hold that door for me?”

“What’s the magic word?”

“Uh, I love you?”

This was one of the first exchanges Hannah and I had with each other. At the time it seemed like just a smart aleck exchange between two people who had spoken only a few words to each other. In reality, it was a foreshadowing of what was to come.

I was in love with Hannah from the moment I met her. She has an infectious smile and an energy about her that makes you feel completely at ease. When I held the door for her at work we exchanged those words and I have to admit, even though it was a joke, I felt my heart skip a beat. The two of us connected instantly. I know that people say that they fell in love at first sight, but I was a cynic and did not believe in any of that, at least not until I met Hannah. Early on in our dating I found this quote that perfectly sums up our connection, “You were you and I was I; we were two, before our time. I was yours, before I knew; and you have always been mine two.”- Lang Leav. Getting to know Hannah was like becoming reacquainted with a long lost soul whom I had known before.

Given both of our love for the outdoors, our first date was in the Arb in Ann Arbor. What was intended to be a short stroll turned into a 5-hour journey in which we climbed trees, walked barefoot, skipped rocks and philosophized. I truly believe that Hannah and I fell in love walking through the Arb that day, and from there we never looked back. The past year and a half has been full of love, joy, sadness—through losses of loved ones, the birth of a niece, and, of course, our engagement.

Hannah asked me to marry her while we were camping one weekend (one of our favorite things to do). We were on Good Harbor beach right outside of Leelanau for the day. While enjoying being the only ones there, sitting by the water reading on the beach, Hannah nonchalantly said, “So, I talked to your parents a while ago about marrying you. I asked them for permission and they said they were all for it.” I found this interesting because even though we had discussed getting married, I had no idea where this conversation was going. Confused, I said to her, “Awesome! So one day here soon I’ll be expecting that question from you.” When I looked up from my book and over at Hannah she had a beautiful birch tree candle that swiveled open. She then swiveled it open to reveal the words, “Will you marry me?” It was perfect. Little did Hannah know that I had already purchased a ring for her and had planned on asking her to marry me on our next trip up north. So, a few weeks later, while sitting in our hammock watching the sunset over Lake Michigan I gave Hannah her ring and asked her to marry me as well.

On October 7, 2017, we will say I do, which is the most exciting thing ever!

Photos courtesy of Justine Castle.

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Event Credits

Location: St. Clair, MichiganPhotography: Justine Castle: http://www.justinecastle.com/
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Wedding: Maureen & Morgan

From Morgan: Maureen and I met on OKCupid over four years ago. Even though we lived on either side of Los Angeles, we found out on our first date that we grew up less than a mile from each other, worked next door to each other in high school, and have mutual friends, among other coincidences. We were destined to cross paths and are thankful every day that we found one another.

We were able to plan the wedding of our dreams at one of our favorite places, the Ojai Valley Inn. We are so grateful for all of the amazing professionals that made our wedding so special and uniquely us, especially our incredible planner Michel of Michel B. Events, our florist Bree of RockRose Florals, and photographer Daniele of Lavender and Twine.

Surrounded by 130 of our close family and friends, we said our “I do’s” in the historic Wallace Neff courtyard with the rolling hills of the Ojai Valley as our backdrop. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour in the terraced herb garden. The Get Down Boys provided a fun bluegrass music backdrop and were a hit with our guests. The reception dinner was held on the Orchard lawn below and was set up with extra long tables and strung with twinkle lights. DJ Wes of RedShoe L.A. got everyone on the dance floor following our first dance and joint father/daughter dance. 

It was the most memorable weekend of our lives and we can’t wait to go back to relive it every year on our anniversary!

Photos courtesy of Lavender & Twine.

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Event Credits

Attire: Monique Lhuillier & CustomFlorist: Rockrose Floral DesignMusic: Red Shoe LA & The Get Down BoysPhotography: Lavender & Twine//http://www.lavenderandtwinebride.com/Stationery: Carmody & Co.Venue: Ojai Valley Inn
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Brides Revisited: Mya & Holly— and Judah!

We love hearing from folks who have been on the blog in the past, and so, we were delighted to hear from Mya & Holly, just about a year after their ridiculously gorgeous San Francisco City Hall wedding appeared on the site!

From Mya: Hello again! Our wedding was featured on the site in January of 2015 and so much has happened since then that I wanted to send a little family update. We welcomed our son Judah in March of this year and it’s been the most thrilling experience that Holly and I have ever had. Our friends at Blueberry Photography were gracious enough to snap some photos of our little family and I adore showing them off! Here’s to hoping that everyone has a safe and joyful holiday season and that 2017 brings brighter days for our community. 

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Brides Revisited is a series in which we check back in with the couples who’ve appeared on our site in the past. If you and your one true person are interested in being featured, we’d love to hear from you—whether you call yourselves brides, brooms, spouses, or something else entirely!

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Date: 12/14/2016Location: Berkeley, CAPhotography: Blueberry Photography: http://www.blueberryphotography.com/
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Wedding: Rebecca & Katie

From Rebecca & Katie, #TheLuckyDucketts: The night before we got married our venue called to tell us they had just lost power. Our region was experiencing widespread flooding, wind damage and power outages due to Hurricane Matthew. We took a deep breath and tried to keep it in perspective because although we were running into challenges (delayed vendor arrivals, guests canceling) we knew there were others affected by the storm much more severely than we were.

The morning arrived quickly. Our bride tribe worked at lightning speed to set everything up in order to be ready for our scheduled three o’clock ceremony. We walked out to Patti Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” and as we said our vows, the sun began to come out. One of our good friends performed our first dance song, “Slow Pony Home” by the Weepies. We made the day our own by adding in a Chambong and jumping on stage with the band. At one point a bouquet landed in a chandelier during the bouquet toss (but that wasn’t intentional!).

Delicious food, lots of wood accents and flowers, and quite possibly the best 80’s cover band in the country made our wedding day a dream, but being surrounded by our loving friends and family made it perfect. We had spectacular vendors and people helping us, and we’re beyond grateful for all of the love and support we received. It was truly the most special day of our lives and we’re SO glad to be finally married!

Photos courtesy of Kirstyn Marie.

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Soterro and Calvin KleinCakes and Dessert: Lisa and MiMi WallaceCatering: Chef by DesignFlorist: The New LeafMusic: The DeloreansOfficiant: Reverend Julia-Dorsey Loomis and Reverend John RohrsOther: Makeup and Hair—Heather Michele Goodfield, Cierra Fremont, Samantha Jane RussellPhotography: Kirstyn Marie PhotoPlanner or Event Designer: Jessica TallettStationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Woman's Club of Portsmouth
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Thank you!

As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity both to wish you all a happy new year, and thank you for your support of A Bicycle Built for Two. Whether you’ve been one of our loyal readers, contributed your wedding or engagement photos, taken our summer survey, worked with us on a sponsored post, or offered your financial support as an advertiser, we’re so thankful that you’ve been a part of the blog this year! One of the reasons we love this site is the community around it, so thank you so much for your words, photos, stories, and support.

We’d like to offer an extra-large shoutout to our sponsors—we admire the work they do and are so grateful for their financial support, which makes this site possible! If you’re in the market for unique and beautiful jewelry or excellent, queer-friendly photography, check out the links in this post or on our sidebar.

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2016 in Review: “We Just Don’t Do Things By the Book”

This post is the final installment in our end-of-year round up! To see the other entries in this series, click here. We’ll be posting new weddings and engagements again starting next week, so don’t forget to submit your stories and photos!

Today’s Engagement Shot

Emilee’s marching band proposal involved a personalized song and an assist from the Georgia Tech alumni band! Of course, Chelsea said yes!

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As mature college students, our budget was tight, but our wedding turned out simplistically beautiful. Our church family rallied around us, and friends and a little bit of family from far and wide came to support us and surround us with love on our special day. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter group of people around us and had so much fun dressing up in colors while our bridesmaids wore white. We just don’t do things by the book.”Katie & Sheila

Today’s Wedding Detail 

Today, we’re highlighting two dress + pants weddings that incorporate both traditionally masculine and feminine details: Carrie & Claire‘s flowing white outfits accented with a navy blazer…

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…and Taylor & Taylor‘s lace gown & rad floral bow tie!

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Today’s Kiss

Sarah & Kelly‘s engagement shoot in Denver, Colorado, featured a beautiful park, a stop for beer, and a kiss in front of this colorful mural. 

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