(So it’s kind of a good day when I plan as far ahead as dinner. These two— 21 months, 13 bridesmaids (and a best man!), 1st lesbian wedding ever at Sugarloaf– wow. =) )
From Janice & Kristen: We met just like two typical lesbians would meet in the small community of Portland, Maine…at a bar. We met at Flask Lounge in Portland on July 18th, 2009 and though it wasn’t love at first sight, it wasn’t far off. We became friends quickly, which turned into best friends, then partners, and before long we were engaged. We married on September 29th, 2012 – after planning our wedding down to the final details. It took us 21 months to plan, but we’d spend many nights up late talking about what we wanted and how to keep it on budget (Janice being the budget keeper and me being the big dreamer, or as we like to say “champagne taste on a beer budget”.) But, what we really wanted was a party – one that people would enjoy themselves.
Our first accomplishment was of the party atmosphere was the bridal party – 13 women and 1 best man. It could be a recipe for disaster – or party. I think we lucked out with party time. Our 2nd accomplishment of the party atmosphere was our location. Sugarloaf Mountain, known as the top ski and board spot for Maine and New Hampshire, we were married at the Sugarloaf Inn. Although it rained, we were able to step outside briefly for a few pictures with the fall foliage. We were also the first lesbian couple to wed at Sugarloaf.
I’ll never forget that day, but what helps me most, is our pictures. We had the most amazing photographer, Charity Smith of CSIS Photography. She captured our day, the joy, the laughter, and the emotion of that single day. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Event CreditsAttire: David's BridalCakes and Dessert: Cake - Scratch Bakery / Desserts - Nickie Gagne (sister-in-law)Catering: Sugarloaf MountainFlorist: Us!Location: Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley, MEMusic: Wil Whalen, DJOfficiant: Lori VoornasPhotography: Charity Smith, CSIS PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Us!Stationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Sugarloaf Mountain
Posted in Attire, Attire, cake, Classic, DIY, DIY, Dress + Dress, Lesbian Wedding, Maine, Real Wedding Inspiration, Region, Style, Two Dress Wedding, United States Tagged Lesbian Wedding
Everything is moving along with the pregnancy (only 2 weeks from the third trimester); we have begun to work on the nursery and have registered (we have NO IDEA what we are doing or what we need). But I am officially on bed rest and have doctor appointments galore - the babies both have umbilical cord problems and as a result they are a bit small. We are all confident that they will be just fine!
Because I have to constantly remain in bed and because I am still working (from home) things are just very busy. So when I received an email from Shannon (a reader who I have never met but can’t wait to have over for a glass of wine…) offering the best baby gift I could possibly receive I was overwhelmed. What a wonderful, wonderful thing.
From Shannon: Hello, On a Bicycle Built for Two Friends!
I started reading Tracey’s wonderful blog about a year ago—initially as a guilty pleasure. I’m a single girl living in SD, and heck, this site gives me hope. =) As easy as it is to gush over all of stunning weddings that this site features (who can’t get these crazy beautiful brides out of their head?), I soon came to understand that On a Bicycle Built for Two is so much more than a collection of pretty pictures. It’s a platform for us as a community to demonstrate the joy that comes into the world when we support each other in love.
With that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to ante up and support Tracey & Ang in their current project of bringing more love into this world. So for the next few months I’ll be helping Tracey out with blog posts. She’ll still be keeping up her twitter account, so you’ll get plenty of baby news there. In the meantime, feel free to keep sending in your amazing engagement and wedding stories. Let’s keep the love going ‘round and give T&A a few hours to sleep. ‘cause… twins(!)
(Shannon is a 30-something lesbian who resides in SD. She loves the great outdoors, and when she’s not hiking or teaching her cat new tricks, she attempts to keep her instagram addiction in check. She hopes you’ll come visit the site again soon!)
Posted in About Us Tagged About Us
Event CreditsDate: 09/21/2013Location: United StatesOther: Hair & Make-up - Jessica BelknapPhotography: Myles Katherine Photography
Event CreditsLocation: New York, NYPhotography: Olya Vysotskaya PhotographyVenue: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Posted in Attire, Classic, Lesbian Real Wedding, Lesbian Wedding, Minimalist, New York, Pants + Dress, Real Wedding Inspiration, Region, Style, United States, Urban
Event CreditsLocation: St. Augustine, FloridaMusic: www.oliviasviolin.comPhotography: www.davidwaltersphotography.com
From Christine: First, I must say that I visited this website on a daily basis when we were planning our wedding. I loved looking at all the pictures and reading each couple’s story. It was so inspirational to see other couples like us getting married and creating ceremonies that were unique and special.
Our story: We met through friends at a party in Philly. For Jamie, it was love at first sight. It didn’t take long for me to become completely head over heels too, and within a few weeks, we were inseparable. In 2008, Jamie asked if she could keep me forever, and of course, I said YES! We waited until 2012, when civil unions were finally legalized in Delaware, to have our wedding. All of our summers together were spent in Rehoboth, so it seemed like the perfect place for us to have our wedding. We found a gorgeous venue to have a ceremony outside and a dance floor big enough to party the night away.
It was the most amazing day of our lives. Our friends and family had traveled from PA, NY, NJ, WA, and VA to celebrate with us. Our close friend, Tammy, had prepared for months and led us in a ceremony that we created ourselves. It was really important to show everyone that love is love no matter what, and I think we succeeded. Our ceremony has been described to us as the most heart-felt expression of love and commitment they have ever witnessed.
Looking back, there is absolutely nothing we would change. At one point during the reception, we looked around the room to see all types of couples on the dance floor. Love was all around us, and that it is all that we ever really need in life.
Photographs of these two STUNNING brides and their lovely wedding by Meredith Hudson Photography.
Event CreditsLocation: Rehoboth, DEOfficiant: Tammy AndersonPhotography: Meredith Hudson PhotographyVenue: Baywood Greens
Posted in Attire, Classic, Delaware, Dress + Dress, Lesbian Real Wedding, Lesbian Wedding, Real Wedding Inspiration, Region, Style, Two Dress Wedding, United States
From Amy: Tiffany and Karmen had their engagement session in two parts: Part 1 in Tiffany’s hometown of Fort Wayne, IN, and part 2 in the city where the couple met and currently live: NYC!
Go here and here to see more!
NYC (Central Park/East Village) wedding celebration planned for October!
Photos by Amy Ann.
Event CreditsPhotography: Amy Ann Photography