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Farewell, Wedding Lovers!

It’s been more than three years since Ashley and I began our tenure as Bicyclers-in-Chief—three wonderful years of gorgeous queer love, passionate wedding photographers, dapper style, two-dress weddings, and hand-crafted mason jar centerpieces. Forgive us if we’ve told this story before, but when we first found the blog, we were both undergrads, recently out and trying to find images of ourselves in a world where Googling “lesbian” can be a scary prospect. After somehow stumbling across an engagement shoot during a long night of collegiate procrastination, I sent Ashley the link to the blog, and the rest was history—we went on to become devoted A Bicycle Built for Two readers, and when the opportunity came to volunteer for the blog, we jumped at it.

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All this is to say that we know what the blog means to some of you because it’s meant the same thing to us—visibility, celebration, community, the opening up of futures we could hardly have imagined just a few years ago. When we started working on the blog, same-sex marriage was illegal in 31 U.S. states. Since then, we’ve experienced milestones and setbacks, but through it all, we’ve been nothing but grateful for this generous, diverse, international community. Your pride, joy, and love are the reason this blog exists.

Now, we’re making room for a new generation of wedding-lovers, who will take over blog operations beginning on February 1st. Until then, please bear with us as our recent hiatus stretches a little longer in order to give Morgan, Sam, Erin, and Casey time to prepare for an amazing 2018 full of LBTQ weddings, engagements, and more.

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The last three years have meant so much to us, and we’re thankful to each and every one of you for your support of the blog—whether that means sharing links, contributing your stories, or simply paying us a visit every now and then. Now, Ashley and I are off to plan our own wedding, with frequent trips through the blog archives for inspiration and guidance from those of you who’ve paved the way!

With love,
Maggie & Ashley

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Meet the Team: Adriana

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

Today, we’re pumped to present Adriana, A Bicycle Built for Two‘s new Outreach Editor! In this role, she connects with the ABBFT community to bring you insight into the LBTQ wedding world. Just this week, we featured her work in our latest Brides Revisited interview with Shoshana and Meredith. We can’t wait to read more awesomeness from Adriana (I, for one, am hoping to get ahold of some of these vegetarian recipe haikus…)!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m just a lesbo living in London who enjoys alliteration. I’m a fond lover of cats—really out of the norm for lesbians, I know. In between my love of cats and avoiding London on a Saturday afternoon, I teach the youth of tomorrow.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

One of the Sundays where you’re curled up on the couch *for a quick 10 minute sesh* and lo and behold, 10 hours later I was scrolling through ABBFT and weeping a tiny bit at how beautiful all these wonderful stories of love were.

What do you love about the site?

That it provides a space for queer women to seek out ideas for weddings, to find stories about love between people, and all the pictures of cake.

What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

Very few people there. Only the people I love. Which are my cats.

What do you do for fun?

Google vegetarian Buzzfeed recipes and write haikus about vegetarian recipes.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I feel really lucky to be able to be part of a team that wants to create such an amazing site for queer women to form a network and community that promotes, honors, and celebrates love in all its wonderful and complex forms.

Thanks to Adriana for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments.
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Meet the Team: Casey

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

We’re celebrating FriYAY by introducing you to Casey, our new Content Editor at A Bicycle Built for Two. You can see some of her awesome work in our Popping the Question: Love Songs post from this week, but be sure to stay tuned for more from this DIY & cat-loving team member!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Casey! I’m a 26 year old living in Boston, originally from California. I work in non-profit fundraising as a development officer, and I use she/her pronouns.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

I found ABBFT during finals one year in college. I wasn’t out yet and it was incredible and so reassuring to see couples that looked like me falling in love and getting married. It gave me hope.

What do you love about the site?

Everything! I love seeing two people so in love and all the intricate details that go into decorating for everyone’s special days.

Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

I am in a long term relationship. I think she’s pretty much the best person in the world so I would be into planning a wedding with her someday.
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What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

I really love anything DIY and hope to make as many things by hand for our wedding as possible.

What do you do for fun?

I love anything having to do with cooking or baking. My partner and I always try to go on little mini adventures around New England to explore new places. I also love my cats and love talking about them.

Ah, so you have pets! Tell us more.

My partner and I have three cats. We adopted a kitty off the street about a year and a half ago and she turned out to be halfway through a pregnancy, so when the kittens came we kept two and they make up an odd adorable little family.

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What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Turkey club hands down forever and ever.

Anything else you’d like to add?

If you like pictures of cats and baked goods, or want to connect, come find me over on Instagram @caseyshizuye!
Thanks to Casey for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments—and look out for our final “Meet the Team” post this time next week.
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Meet the Team: Erin

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

Today we’re excited to introduce Erin, one of our two new managing editors. Along with her partner, Sam (who was featured last week!), Erin has brought her insights and talents to A Bicycle Built for Two, working hard behind-the-scenes to make sure all of your LBTQ+ wedding and engagement beauty shines through each post.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Erin! I’m a 27 year old from the east coast recently transplanted to California.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

My partner, Sam, is a huge fan of the blog! Throughout our long distance relationship she shared ABBFT posts with me.

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What do you love about the site?

I really like the photography, and the wedding dress inspiration!

Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

I’m in a long term relationship, marriage may be on the horizon.

What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

A Free People wedding dress and family.

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What do you do for fun?

Go to the beach, read, peruse Instagram, watch Netflix.

Do you have any pets?

A family cat named Alice and I miss her very much.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Grilled cheese with soup on the side!

Thanks to Erin for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments—and look out for another “Meet the Team” post this time next week. 

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Meet the Team: Sam

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

Today we’re thrilled to present Sam, one of our two new managing editors (the other is Sam’s partner Erin, who you’ll learn more about next week!). Since diving into A Bicycle Built for Two a little over a month ago, Sam’s helped manage new submissions and publish new posts, putting her technology savvy and passion for LBTQ+ love to work in order to bring you plenty of wedding goodness.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Sam, a proud California native & Sign Language Interpreter.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

I came upon the blog 7-ish years ago after starting a long distance relationship with my partner, Erin.

What do you love about the site?

Seeing the representation of my community, love, & beautiful pictures/stories/wedding inspo!

Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

Long term relationship with plans to marry in the near future!

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What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

Succulents, up-cycled & DIY decor, 90’s-early 2000’s jams.

What do you do for fun?

Craft, DIY, thrift hunt, go to the beach, read, watch Netflix, research minimalism/tiny living/zero-waste lifestyles.

Do you have any pets?

None yet.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Vegetarian here so… loaded with veggies! I could eat a sandwich everyday, no joke.

Thanks to Sam for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments—and look out for another “Meet the Team” post this time next week. 

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Meet the Team: Morgan

If you’ve been following along over the summer, you may recall seeing a call for volunteers back in June—and now, we’re thrilled to announce that A Bicycle Built for Two has a brand-new all-star team of wedding-lovers! Over the next few Fridays, we’ll be introducing you to the site’s new contributors, all of whom have already begun working behind the scenes to bring you more, better-than-ever LBTQ+ wedding goodness in the months to come.

First up, we have Morgan, A Bicycle Built for Two‘s inaugural social media editor! Since launching our Instagram last month (are you following us yet?), she’s been hard at work bringing cute couples to your phones and spreading the queer wedding love across the internet! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a 29-year-old masculine-of-center lesbian who appreciates great food and red wine. I was born in Massachusetts and did most of my schooling in Northern VA. I recently moved back to the east coast from San Francisco, CA after my 7 year relationship came to an end—so if you need breakup advice or tips on how to be an adult through it all, I’m here for you! Currently, I am taking a few months off to spend quality time with my family and friends, who I saw very minimally during my 5 years in CA.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

Honestly, I can’t remember. I feel like a friend of mine shared a post on Facebook, and the rest is history. I’ve been following the blog for 5-7 years now!

What do you love about the site?

I love being able to see lesbian and queer love on display. It’s super refreshing and comforting to see people just like me so in love and making such a huge commitment to each other!

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Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

Single and very unmarried :-). Bonus: I will be officiating my sister’s wedding next October. I’ve been working closely with her and her fiancé on planning and have really enjoyed it!

What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

I WILL have a brick-oven pizza bar as “drunk food” post-wedding or at the after-party and a very non-traditional ceremony and reception.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy being outdoors—going on hikes or adventures. I also enjoy going to movies and concerts! I was raised to love New England sports so my family watches way too much baseball, hockey, and football.

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Do you have any pets?

Not at the the moment. I grew up with two cats though—R.I.P., my loves!

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Super traditional – turkey, bacon, and avocado.

Thanks to Morgan for sharing her social media savvy with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on Insta or in the comments—and look out for another “Meet the Team” post this time next week. 

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Link Love: We Have an Instagram!

We’re back with more Link Love, an occasional feature where we celebrate something we love in the LBTQ+ wedding space!

It feels a little like cheating, but this Friday we’re taking advantage of Link Love to celebrate our brand-new A Bicycle Built for Two Instagram! You’ve been asking for at least a year, and thanks to our new staff members (more on this amazing crew coming soon!), we can finally deliver: a shiny new account dedicated to sharing new posts, images from our archives, and all things LBTQ+ wedding.

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Follow us @abicyclebuiltfor2, double-tap those photos, tell your friends, and as always, submit, submit, submit if you’re planning your own queer wedding or engagement! Suggestions for our Insta (or anything else A Bicycle Built for Two)? Contact us—we’d love to hear from you. 

Look for Link Love every Friday through the end of August—and drop us a line if you have a suggestion for a featured link! 

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