Wedding: Nichole & Liz

Nichole & Liz may win the award for quickest submission: they got married this past weekend in New York City, and had sent us their photos within two days!

From Nichole: My wife and I had a Periscope wedding at City Hall. We had everything we wanted on a super shoestring budget– just under $800– and here’s how we did it: we decided to nix the big venue, catering, and entertainment, which can cost upward of $10k, and went with a magical union at city hall with just a few close friends and family members as our witnesses. Then we discovered the Periscope app! Just days before the event we invited all our friends and family near and far to join us in the live stream of our ceremony.

We had 4 bridesmaids who all wore something yellow (my favorite color), a lacy white dress I already owned, a white collared shirt, slacks, vest and shoes for Liz, and City Hall as our backdrop. My sister narrated the whole shindig, and 40 guests tuned in and commented and snapped photos the whole way through. Our biggest costs were the rings engraved with “pari passu” totalling $400, Liz’s outfit at $150, and the celebratory dim sum meal and drinks in nearby chinatown with the bridal party at $150, along with the small cost of marriage license and registry. For just under $800 total, it was intimate and fun and filled with so much love. Everyone we wanted to be there was there and we didn’t have to pay by the head– or for a photographer/videographer to capture the day. 

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Event Credits

Location: City Hall, New York CityPhotography: friends & family
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Wedding: Emily & Steph

From Emily and Steph: Emily & Steph were married at a private ceremony on the beach in Cape May, NJ. Emily’s childhood friend Melissa married the couple. Steph’s childhood friend, Christine Beaver, who is also a photographer for L&L Photography Studios, shot the beach wedding. It was a simple ceremony with emotionally heartfelt vows that include personal jokes about regional rival sports teams and serious promises to root each other on when they got the hard Jeopardy question right! There wasn’t a dry eye on the beach that day. Their ceremony matched their love story in simplicity, depth, connection, and above all things… laughter.

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Event Credits

Location: Cape May, NJPhotography: Christine Beaver, L&L Photography Studios
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Come Visit Us on Pinterest!

After far too long, A Bicycle Built for Two is back on Pinterest, where we have new lesbian and queer wedding inspiration boards featuring expanded versions of some of our recent galleries. From a growing collage of beautiful bouquets to quirky delights like a collection of our wedding/engagement photos featuring umbrellas, we have dozens of new pins to help you plan…or just for you to admire! In working on these boards, Ashley and I rediscovered just how addictive Pinterest can be– if you need us anytime in the next six years, we’ll be here, scrolling through pictures of delicious-looking wedding cakes.

Speaking of social media, don’t forget to follow us on Tumblr, where we regularly post some of our favorite images from the blog archives– and Facebook, which is now being updated on a regular basis by the lovely Shannon (many thanks to her!).

Do you have ideas for other Pinterest boards/Tumblr features/inspiration galleries? Leave a comment on this post or drop us a line with your thoughts! We’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to send us your wedding and engagement photos. We’d especially love to see more submissions featuring people of color, plus-sized ladies, masculine-of-center folk, and people from outside the U.S.A.!


Photo courtesy of Hartman Outdoor Photography.

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Sponsored Post: Michelle Davidson-Schapiro

Starting this fall, A Bicycle Built for Two is running a series of sponsored posts featuring some of our favorite photographers. This one is our first!

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Davidson-Schapiro, a Boston-area photographer with a talent for all things portrait, wedding, and engagement. You might already recognize her name from the snazzy logo in our sidebar, but in order to help you get to know her a little bit better, we asked her some questions about her work, her life, and yes, her high school math class!


Meet Michelle!

Tell us your story. How did you come to be a photographer?

When I was in grad school, I spent all of my free time shooting film through an old medium format Yashica twin lens camera and working at a photo store. I was doing mostly fine art work, but some portraits, and a friend of mine really liked what I was doing. When she asked me to photograph her wedding, I was flattered…and (I can say this now) totally terrified. But I said yes.


A shot from Katy and Emory’s wedding, as featured on A Bicycle Built for Two

Her wedding was a labor of love–and I do mean labor. I worked so hard to capture every detail, all the moments she would want to look back on over the years. I burned through three sets of batteries, two cards, and a lot of film. But when I was done I had a body of work that both she and I loved, and suddenly I had the feeling that I knew what I wanted to be doing with my photography. From that first wedding came a couple more the next year, and still more the year after. Now, five years in, I’m working a busy schedule of weddings and doing a whole bunch of portraits as well. I love my work and my clients, and I’m forever grateful to a friend with an idea that grew into a pretty perfect balance of labor and love.

MDS_0830-2058119039-OCheck out more of Michelle’s photos of Kym & Gianna here!

What are a few adjectives you would use to describe your style?

I would describe the style of my photography as natural, classic, and clean.

Why do you love working with LBTQ couples?

I love working with all people (not just couples, but polyamorous families and other configurations of love as well), but the LGBTQ community is my people. When I was planning my own wedding, I felt like I was constantly running into form fields asking for the name of my “husband.” When I went to a bridal shop to scout dresses, the staff just could not wrap their heads around the fact that there was no groom. It was stressful and annoying, and made me feel like I didn’t fit. So when I am lucky enough to work with LGBTQ clients, I get to make inclusion a non-issue for them. The world is changing, but the wedding industry doesn’t always reflect that. So I’m happy to be a queer ally to my LGBTQ peers!

MDS_3703More of Michelle’s lovely work. 

Besides photography, how do you like to spend your time?

Besides photography, I spend an inordinate amount of time with my family. I have a wonderful wife and amazing baby daughter, and I’m pretty much obsessed with both of them. We love to hang out in our neighborhood (Boston’s Jamaica Plain), listen to records, read books, see our friends, and go to the farmers’ market. If I’m not working, it’s likely I’m hanging out with my two favorite people and one grumpy cat.


Tell us about your wife and your wedding day!

IMG_1019My wife is the best. She and I met in high school, in math class. She’s smart, beautiful, hilarious, and the best partner I could ask for in life and in raising our daughter. My wedding was a blur! But my sister surprised us with a photo booth rental, and looking back at those images is my absolute favorite. I love when people let loose and mug for the camera!

On the right, a photo of Michelle and her wife back in high school!

We’d like to thank Michelle for sharing her story and her images– and for her sponsorship of A Bicycle Built for Two. We love her, and we know you will too!

If you’re a photographer, planner, or other wedding vendor interested in being featured in a sponsored post, drop us a line! We’d love to talk to you.

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Something Special: The Pride & Joy Project

Today, we have something special to share with you– a post featuring work from our friends Betsy and Toby over at The Pride & Joy Project! As they begin their own journey towards motherhood, this San Francisco wife-and-wife team has embarked on an amazing project documenting queer moms and their kids, photographing families around the Bay Area to produce the beautiful images below. While we here at A Bicycle Built for Two tend to focus on the couples (and the flowers and the cakes and the big party…), it’s truly a joy to get these glimpses into family life (and see some extremely cute babies!).

Check out The Pride & Joy Project’s website and Instagram for even more loveliness and further information about their work. (Betsy also does wedding photography, so if you fall in love with her style, you know where to look!)

Photos by The Pride & Joy Project.

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Photo by Betsy Kershner for The Pride & Joy Project, 2015.

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Photo: The Pride & Joy Project.

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Gallery: Fall(ing) in Love, Part 2

What’s even better than a fall engagement shoot? A fall wedding! Here’s a collection of some of our favorite autumn weddings from the archives, featuring pumpkins, puppy dogs, and some really delicious-looking pies.

Are you getting married this fall? Don’t forget to send your photos our way! We’re actively seeking wedding and engagement submissions from all you lovely lesbian, bisexual, trans*, queer, and otherwise non-straight-identified folks– and the photographers who love you. 

Pam & Lucy:Pam & LucyPam & Lucy2

Katie & Rachelle:Katie & Rachelle2Katie & RachelleCrissy & Erin:Crissy & Erin

Christine & Julie:Christine & JulieChristine & Julie2Janice & Kristen:Janice & Kristen

Helena & Dara:Helena & DaraHelena & Dara 2

Christie & Amy:Kristie & Amy

Heidi & Kelly:Heidi & KellyHeidi & Kelly 3Heidi & Kelly2

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Gallery: Fall(ing) in Love

As the air starts to get chillier (at least here on the east coast), we’re getting ready for scarves and flannel and pumpkin baked goods– and, of course, some beautiful autumn LBTQ engagement and love shoots! Romantic leaf-tossing, ladies in attractive jackets, and cuddly yarn-filled photos… what more could we ask for as September comes to an end?

Coming soon: fall weddings! (And while you’re waiting, don’t forget to check out our other galleries.)

Lara & Nicole:Lara & NicoleRachel & Kim:Rachel & KimGinger & Emily:Ginger & EmilyKara & MindyKara & MindyLexi & CorinneLexi & CorinneJenn & JulieJenn & JulieJamie & Courtney:Jamie & Courtney 1Meg & TaraMeg & Tara Michelle & Christy:Michelle & Christy 2


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