Can’t get enough country flair? We’ve got another crop of barn weddings for you!
This week, we’ve got a triple feature scheduled for those of you who love the idea of a beautiful wedding in a big ol’ barn! From gorgeous distressed wood to freshly painted red, the barns in our archives have it all—and cowgirl boots are optional.
Rustic elegance not your style? Check out our other galleries here!
Update: Thanks to all of you who’ve written to us! We’ve heard from a number of people already, so if you’re interested in this position, please get in touch by 5 PM EST Tuesday, May 3rd.
We’ve got big plans here at A Bicycle Built for Two, and we’re looking for one (or more!) lovely people to join our all-star team! If you are an organized and reasonably tech-savvy individual who is passionate about sharing the love of diverse LBTQ folks with the world wide web, then we would love to talk to you.
More specifically, we are seeking an editor to help prepare posts, keep our social media looking fabulous, and bring new ideas to the blog. This is a volunteer position—unfortunately, we can’t afford to pay you for your work, but we can offer you a cut of any profits, endless love, some top-notch resume experience, and perhaps even an invitation to our future wedding!
This position will entail:
- Organizing submissions of engagement and wedding stories & photos to prepare approximately 3 posts per week
- Maintaining frequent updates to our Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook pages
- Overseeing the ABBFT email account and helping us respond to emails in a timely fashion
- Reaching out to photographers or other vendors (via social media and/or through email) to solicit new submissions
- Assisting with special projects (making galleries, sponsored posts, etc.!)
- Great written communication and organization skills
- A passion for sharing stories of LBTQ love (you don’t have to be married and/or planning a wedding to be involved!)
- Innovative ideas for the future of ABBFT
- Ability to use or learn WordPress & Google Apps (we can teach you the basics, but a working knowledge helps!)
Time Investment: about 5 hours per week
If this sounds like it might be up your alley, we’d love to hear from you—just send us a brief message about yourself and your experience, telling us why you’d be a good fit for A Bicycle Built for Two!
Some of our favorite photos to see are always the first looks—complete with surprised faces, laughter, tears, and kisses. You all make our LBTQ-wedding-loving hearts melt!
Last summer, we featured Annie and Sandy’s elopement in Avila Beach, California. We caught up with the couple to hear more about post-wedding life and how marriage equality has affected their lives. Plus, they have some great advice to share for newly married couples!
Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last?
Being married was a natural progression for us. Our love, friendship, commitment and daily life remain strong and steady. Since June of 2015, when our marriage became protected in all states, Annie has been able to be open with her employer and co-workers. We have had some illnesses that gave us each the opportunity to pamper the other.
What is your favorite thing about being married?
EVERYTHING! Two really do become one in their hearts, minds, and spirits. Also, building and looking forward to a shared future.
What do you fight about?
We haven’t fought yet. We have had opposite opinions that caused us to take time to think before we finished conversations.
What advice would you give to people who have just gotten married?
You must be adult to be married. Treat each other as an adult not a child. Act as an adult not a child. Give your all to the two of you.
What do you like best about your wife?
From Annie: Her adventurous spirit, her forward thinking, her dreams for our future
From Sandy: Her calm, her solid foundation, her logic
Describe a typical day in 5 words (or slightly more!)
Wake, Eat, Work, Sleep (all with love)
What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?
Our most favorite is to pile up in bed with snack food and watch a movie or recorded TV. Time for us alone is always the best.
What is the best wedding gift you received?
We eloped, so there were no material gifts. The love and acceptance of family and friends has been our favorite gift.
What moment from your wedding still stands out most in your mind?
A line of our vows stated that we would comfort each other with words or with silence if it was needed. At that moment, the sounds of the ocean became completely silent as if in affirmation of our vow.
If you had to compare your marriage to an animal, what would it be and why?
A large grizzly bear. Large and strong enough to keep away any threats of danger, warm and soft for comfort, and self-sufficient enough to endure months of hibernation.
From Amanda, Emily and Elizabeth’s photographer: E&E have such a sweet and enduring love for each other. The morning of their November wedding was cooooold, but clear and sunny. It was also busy with friends and family preparing the 8th floor of the Pacific Tower that overlooks Seattle. The excited brides planned long tables to diagonally fill the space where their guests would both watch their ceremony and enjoy a second Thanksgiving feast. Each table was named after a bird to follow one of the sweetest relationship stories I’ve ever heard…
Emily and her cousins were riding in the car together one day. One of them was looking through an online dating app and swiping past profiles she wasn’t interested in. Soon the others added commentary, including the word “Duck” whenever she would swipe past one and “Goose” when she would give the profile a thumbs up. Fast-forward to early in Emily’s relationship with Elizabeth… there was a gathering with Emily’s family and upon seeing the way they looked at each other one of Emily’s cousins pulled her aside and asked, “Is she your Goose?” Awwwwww! She was, and she is.
We started the formal photography with a first look at Four Points – across the street from the hotel where everyone was staying. The pillars and urban backdrop added the perfect variety and compliment to their venue. Elizabeth & Emily were ecstatic when they first saw each other and hugged so much that their dresses became attached at the bust! Haha!!!
With their siblings by their sides as bridesmaids and bridesmen and Emily’s uncle officiating, these two read their vows of support, promises, and love to each other while the sun went down behind the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle lights began to glow behind them. Happy tears, laughter, and love swept over the whole building as the wedding ceremony ended with a kiss and transitioned into a sequin filled dance party.
For more photos of this beautiful wedding, check out Amanda’s blog!
Event CreditsAttire: Bhldn & David's BridalFlorist: QFC https://www.qfc.com/topic/flowers-atLocation: Seattle, WashingtonPhotography: Amanda Photographic, http://amandaphotographic.com/Venue: Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA
From Emily and Holly: Emily proposed to Holly in a forest of bluebells, orchestrated with the help of our closest friends—and to Holly’s surprise. Holly thought she was simply going for a walk with friends and then came to a clearing where Emily was surrounded by bunting, lanterns, and bluebells.
We got married at an English farm where Emily spent a lot of time as a child and where her father had a small office managing his international social projects and charities. Emily’s dad died of cancer in 2007, so we picked this special venue and the day of his birthday to get married.
The day was filled with friends and family from all over the world who came to share our special day with us. We are so blessed to have found one another and that we have the love and support of incredible friends and family.
Photos courtesy of Maxim Burlakov.