Engagement: Kallie & Lauren

From Paige, Kallie & Lauren’s photographerI first met Kallie working on my college newspaper. She is a fellow photographer, and I’m so happy we stayed in touch all these years. I was introduced to her fiance Lauren when the two of them entered an engagement session giveaway I hosted last summer. Here’s the story of how they met and the proposal:

Lauren and Kallie started out as friends. They met in the summer of 2012 when they were both working as interns in L.A. Lauren moved out from Mississippi. Kallie was intrigued by her Southern accent- the first she had ever heard in person.

The two started spending more and more time together, going to dinner after work and staying out talking until they were kicked out of closing restaurants. Somehow Lauren’s living situation unraveled and she ended up moving into Kallie’s guest room for the rest of her internship.

At some point that summer Kallie had fallen head over heels. Not wanting to make the first move, she stewed in romantic tension and waited for Lauren to kiss her. Unfortunately, the summer ended too soon and Lauren was due back in Mississippi. Like an awkward lovesick teenager, Kallie texted Lauren her true feelings before she was gone.

Lauren wasn’t too happy with the idea of a long-term relationship, so they continued to be “just friends.” They texted and Skyped every day after Lauren moved home. Three weeks after she had moved back, Lauren told Kallie she wasn’t afraid of the distance anymore, and so they made it official.

As broke college students, all of their extra money went toward plane tickets. Five months later, Kallie flew to Mississippi for the last time to help Lauren move back to California. They have since moved in together, work for the same company and have three cats.

In April last year, Lauren surprised Kallie with a weekend trip to Coronado and proposed to her at night on the beach– the same location of their second date. It seemed fitting to venture back to Coronado where the surprise proposal happened for their engagement photos. We rode the ferry over and spent the afternoon gallavanting around the island from sunset to nightfall.

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Event Credits

Location: Coronado Island, San DiegoPhotography: Paige Nelson Photography
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Gallery: Brides in Pants

Check out our Pants + Pants page and the “lesbian wedding suit” tag for more dapper bride inspiration!

In other news, our friends over at 14 Stories would love to hear from you for a survey they are conducting about LGBTQ weddings. If you have a few minutes to spare, you can answer their questions here.

Belinda & PhyllisBelinda & Phyllis

Amy & JeriAmy & Jeri

Annmarie & Ann: Annmarie & AnnKatie & Minya:

Katie & Minya

Daisy & Sally:Daisy & Sally

Alison & Becky: Alison & Becky

Emma & Chanda:

Maggie & Kate: Maggie & Kate

Monique & Tanja:Monique & Tanja

Sheika & Morgan: Sheika & Morgan

Leital & Veronica: 

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Gallery: Wedding Shoes

If you’ve spent much time looking at wedding photos (and we know you have!), you’ve probably seen the shoe shot: two pairs lined up in front of the lens, ready to help their owners step into a new life together. Here on the Bicycle blog, we like to see the wide variety of shoes our brides choose: from a pair of dapper loafers to brightly colored heels, Converse high-tops, and even cowgirl boots. For this post, I collected a few favorites—for more weddings in which footwear plays a prominent role, check out our “lesbian wedding shoes” tag!

We’d love to college more LBTQ wedding shoes for a future post, so if yours aren’t already pictured here, send us a shot via email at abicyclebuiltfor2[at]gmail.com for a chance to be featured in our next gallery.

 Alyssa & Ashlie:Alyssa & Ashlie

Allegra & RebekahAllegra & Rebekah

Andrea & Julie:Andrea & JulieErika & Lucia:Erika & LuciaKelley & Michelle:Kelley & MichelleLayla & Liz:Layla & LizLayla & Shameka:Layla & ShamekaLiz & Lucy:Liz & LucyMolly & Stacy:Molly & StacySara & Melanie:Sara & MelanieStefanie & Kathleen:Stefanie & Kathleen

Suzanne & Nikki:Suzanne & Nikki

 

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Engagement: Lyn & Sami

From Lyn: These photos were taken at my Dad’s farm in Glyndon, MD. Sami and I have known each other since we were 14 years old and she was even my date to senior prom! I knew that I wanted our proposal to be special, unique, and captured by a professional photographer. Sami is not necessarily one for surprises (trust me, they usually result in a panic attack), but I knew that she would appreciate the thought and sentiment that I put into this special day. I couldn’t figure out how to get both of us dressed up and in the middle of a field at the same time (being in the middle of a field is never odd for us, but we’re usually dressed in more appropriate attire!). Our friend, Emily, decided to help me out and get in on the action. She called Sami and told her that a friend of hers was doing a “photo series” on lesbian couples in the Baltimore area and wanted to know if we would be willing to be apart of the “project.” Of course, Sami said yes and I went along with it like I didn’t have a clue what was going on (which was SO hard for me!). The weather on proposal day was absolutely gorgeous and there was definitely love in the air. I’m so thankful that Tyler was able to capture the genuine emotions and feelings in these pictures for us to share with family and friends; I think the pictures truly speak for themselves.

Photos courtesy of Tyler Lyons.

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Event Credits

Location: Glyndon, MDPhotography: Tyler Lyons
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A Big Thank You for a Big Day!

It was almost five years ago that Tracey started this site to collect ideas for her own two-bride wedding. In the last five years a lot has happened. First, you all started reading this site, looking at pictures and submitting your own stories. Then, Tracey and Angela got married, on a boat in San Diego. They had some beautiful babies, and then Shannon came on the scene, to help with the blog and leave Tracey more time for parenting.  And finally, not too long ago, Ashley and I took over, to track the ever-increasing number of pictures and emails coming in.

As all that happened, the world was changing around us. Gay marriage was slowly legalized, state by state, case after case made their way through the courts, and activists made petitions, phone calls, and speeches. And now, today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of true marriage equality, in every state in the country. Get out your rainbow flags and your sparklers and go buy yourself a milkshake! Today is the day!

Ashley and I found this blog when we were in college, newly out to ourselves and our families, and looking for role models. Googling “lesbian” was still a scary prospect, but when I first saw the tandem bicycle picture we all know and love, I knew I had found a good place. In the days that followed, we scrolled through pictures, read stories, and started to see ourselves in the pretty dresses, dapper vests, converse sneakers, laughter, tears, and love.

So today, we want to thank Tracey for starting this site and keeping it going, for giving us pretty pictures and true stories, wedding inspiration, proposal ideas, and so many role models of women who express their love fully and deeply every day. We want to thank Shannon for the work that she did to update the site on a regular basis, and we want to thank you for reading and submitting your photos and your stories! Thank you, too, for the work you’ve been doing offline, the work of coming out to friends and family, standing up for your rights, and living your lives as honesty and as kindly as you can. That work could not be more important.

Of course, that work is not over– and in the coming days and weeks and years, we will keep working, so that our friends around the world can express their love freely and legally, so that our friends at home can be sure of fair treatment and safe spaces regardless of their gender identity and expression, and so that all of us can celebrate ourselves and our loves with the full support of our governments, our friends, and our families. But today, we will celebrate by holding our wives (and partners and girlfriends and puppy dogs) close and raising our glasses to Mary Bonauto and Edie Windsor and the many, many, many other women (and men!) who have helped us to win this victory! HOORAY!

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Wedding: Desiree & Sara

From GayDestinationWeddings.com: White sands, a soft breeze, and a brilliant sunset over a sparkling sea – those were the ingredients for the ideal wedding day for Desiree and Sara. Cabo San Lucas served as the perfect backdrop for their unforgettable wedding experience. For these two, a beach wedding was a unanimous decision and who could blame them?

When guests arrived, they were greeted with custom-made beach bags filled with an itinerary and a wedding survival kit (sunglasses, lanyards, and water bottles). Two brides are better than one, indeed! The oceanfront ceremony was picture perfect, complete with sandy toes, sea-grass fan programs, and a beach-ball recessional.

When asked to describe their destination wedding experience in three words, Desiree and Sara couldn’t agree with each other more – Beyond. All. Expectations! They encourage future couples to never give up or settle for anything less than your dream. “The process can be a bit overwhelming, but have faith that the right place is out there for you,” Desiree promises.

The adventure-loving couple hopes to find themselves in another tropical paradise for their one-year anniversary. “We really want a private, over-water bungalow!” shares Sara.

Photos courtesy of Bethany Moslen, BLM Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Cabo San LucasOther: Travel and Accommodations: DestinationWeddings.com (http://www.destinationweddings.com/)Photography: Bethany Moslen/BLM Photography (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BLM-Photography/608394912509308)Planner or Event Designer: Lupita Rochin & Christine SholanderVenue: Sandos Finisterra, Cabo San Lucas
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Engagement: Rebekah & Shawna

How We Met

(by the couple)

In the Spring of 2009, Rebekah & Shawna met randomly at a Women’s Center function at Western Washington University, but it wasn’t until Fall 2009 that they saw each other again and began their unexpected (and amazing) journey together. Rebekah had just started graduate school, and Shawna was in her senior year of college. Before the school year started, they ran into each other in the Student Union and struck up a conversation. Later that same night, through mutual friends, Rebekah formulated a plan to meet Shawna out. After dancing their hearts out to Michael Jackson’s P.Y.T., Rebekah asked Shawna to coffee, to which Shawna responded, “I don’t drink coffee… but I drink hot chocolate!”
And the rest is history. Through wooing Shawna with a combination of homemade pizza and newly learned cribbage skills, they started on an adventure of a lifetime. After two years together, they decided to continue their adventure down to California, so Shawna could attend graduate school and Rebekah could start her career. 5 1/2 years later they are getting hitched!

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Though they knew we wanted to spend our lives together, Rebekah was adamant that they would not have a wedding until they could legally be married. WELL ,Prop 8 (the anti-gay marriage bill in California) and DOMA (the federal Defense Against Marriage Act) were both struck down/overturned by the Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, and Rebekah couldn’t wait to propose.

Our Proposal

(by Shawna)

I always told Rebekah that I didn’t know if I wanted to get married. But secretly, I did. I just had some prerequisites. First, I told her that I needed to graduate from graduate school and get a job. Then, I told her I wouldn’t get married until my home state recognized same-sex marriage. Turns out all of these things happened in 2014. So I was prepared for the proposal, in some ways more than others. Every small trip we took, every event, every holiday, I was on the lookout. I had it all planned out in my head and told Rebekah exactly what I wanted it to be like. Turns out, I was wrong.

We planned a park day for Saturday, December 14th—reading at the park and hanging out all day. On Saturday morning we woke up very early (unusual for me) and decided to watch one of our favorite movies, “White Christmas” (the movie we watched when we first said I love you 4 years earlier), and prepared to go to the park. Rebekah told me to look nice and prepared our bag. Finally, we made it to the park, walked around, and finally agreed on where to lay our blanket down and have our little picnic. 

After a bit, we started talking about our friends who recently got engaged. In the middle of our conversation I interrupted Rebekah and asked what was taking her so long to propose— actually I think I said, “so what’s your deal?” Rebekah said something along the lines that rings take time, etc. and not to worry. Though disappointed, I accepted her answer and went back to reading my book. Only a few moments later, Rebekah told me that before I got too upset, she had a gift for me and handed me a present. Pleasantly surprised, I opened it and it was “The Hobbit”; right when I turned to tell Rebekah “thanks, but you know that I own this book, right?” Rebekah was on her knee holding a ring box and asked me to join her in an adventure of a lifetime and marry her. Or at least I think she did. By then, I, the person who said I would never get married, was crying so loud that I couldn’t hear anything. So after saying a few choice words (apologies to the children playing soccer nearby) of surprise, I said “yes.” In the middle of the park we proceeded to call many of our family members and friends. We got some pretty good reactions from them, especially Rebekah’s sister Ruth who cried immediately and said that she wanted the same ring.

When we were deciding where to take our engagement photos, we knew we wanted to be somewhere colorful, outside, and in the heart of San Diego. There really is no better place than Balboa Park. Our photographers Jeff and Betsy of La Vida Creations were amazing at capturing us in our element- laughing and playing cribbage together. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to photograph us. Thanks Jeff and Betsy!

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