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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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Are you the next editor of A Bicycle Built for Two?

Dearest readers,

Due to some new developments that Ashley and I excited to share with you over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’re looking for a few enthusiastic lovers of LBTQ+ weddings to join the A Bicycle Built for Two team!

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What We’re Looking For:

  • an individual with their own computer and internet access, who can devote between 5 and 10 hours a week to ABBFT-related duties
  • a responsible and organized calendar-maker, e-mail-sender, and deadline-meeter, who will help keep us up and running
  • a strong writer who will draft warm and witty posts
  • a creative thinker with ideas about how we can continue to improve the site
  • an individual committed to fostering a radically inclusive, forward-thinking queer community that celebrates trans and non-binary folks, people of color, people with disabilities, and many more
  • a reasonably tech-savvy human, with a basic familiarity with Wordpress, Google Apps, and social media like Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram (and/or the desire to learn!)

What We Can Offer:

  • experience: in this position, you will become a master of managing submissions, creating posts, and helping manage our social media accounts—and if you impress us, we will sing your praises to other editors, future employers, and the world at large.
  • flexibility: we’re excited about tailoring this position to your personal goals/strengths/desires, so if there is something you’re particularly into, let us know!
  • potential for growth: longterm, we’re looking for a super-organized, reliable, and inclusivity-minded individual to take over the blog when we step down from our editorial roles in 2018.
  • the warm and fuzzy feeling of supporting celebrating love and promoting queer visibility!

If you’re interested, drop us a line via the Contact Us page, and we can get a conversation started. No need to include a formal resume or cover letter, but the more you can tell us about your interests and experiences, the better informed we’ll be!

FAQs:

Do I have to have planned a LBTQ+ wedding? Definitely not! For this position, enthusiasm is more important that wedding-related expertise!

Can I quit my day job? Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, this is currently a volunteer-only position.

I just discovered this amazing blog! Can I still apply? Of course you can! Just make sure you’ve familiarized yourself with our mission and style before you send that magic email.

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In related news, we also wanted to take the opportunity to thank our fearless assistant editor Taylor for all the work she’s done for the blog in the last year. We’ll miss her Tumblr prowess, but we were thrilled to learn she’s headed to graduate school in the fall, where she’ll be continuing to work to make the world a better place for our queer community (and everyone else)! Thank you, Taylor!

Photo courtesy of Ashley French Photography

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It’s Wedding Season!

It’s that time of year again: we’re taking our annual break from the regular line-up of weddings and engagements to do a little traveling, regroup, and enjoy the beginnings of summer! In our absence, we’ve scheduled a veritable extravaganza of goodness—features on TWO brand new LGBTQ+ wedding books, a photo road trip across the U.S.  in the form of city- and region-specific galleries, and our recurring “Flashback Friday” series, which revisits gems from the archives.

We’ll be back in late June with more more new weddings and engagements—so if you have a wedding or engagement shoot of your own coming up this summer, make sure to submit!

Photo (from this gorgeous shoot) by Amanda Swiger.

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New Tumblr Favorites & A Quick Note

It’s been six months since we last checked in on some of your social media favorites, so today, we thought we’d swing by the ol’ Tumblr to revisit some of our most-loved posts. In addition to the perennial favorites Jamie & Jesse (yes, we know, they’re ridiculously good-looking), our followers have been all about…

This kiss from Lauren & Jessie‘s colorful 2014 wedding:

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This Chicago engagement shoot from Anna & Hannah, way back in 2011:

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And Ashlee & Alyssa‘s beautifully rainbow wedding ensemble, as shown here:

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Our most popular Tumblr post of 2017 so far is this beautiful photo from Tracy & Danielle‘s post-election celebration of love and solidarity:

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Over on Pinterest, people are loving our board Brides in Pants//Lesbian & Queer Wedding Inspiration, so if you’re looking for dapper style, suspenders, or bow-tie chic, head on over to check that one out.

Submit, submit, submit!

And if you’ve noticed that things are looking a little slow around here, well, you’re not wrong. Ashley & I (Maggie) are both finishing graduate programs this semester, which means lots of writing and a little less blogging. That being said, the more submissions you send our way, the better—we’re not going anywhere, and we want your glorious weddings and engagement shoots, so use the submissions form or drop us a line if you have questions about sharing your story and photos. We love to hear from you!

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Thank you!

As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to take this opportunity both to wish you all a happy new year, and thank you for your support of A Bicycle Built for Two. Whether you’ve been one of our loyal readers, contributed your wedding or engagement photos, taken our summer survey, worked with us on a sponsored post, or offered your financial support as an advertiser, we’re so thankful that you’ve been a part of the blog this year! One of the reasons we love this site is the community around it, so thank you so much for your words, photos, stories, and support.

We’d like to offer an extra-large shoutout to our sponsors—we admire the work they do and are so grateful for their financial support, which makes this site possible! If you’re in the market for unique and beautiful jewelry or excellent, queer-friendly photography, check out the links in this post or on our sidebar.

Bario Neal

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Thanks, too, to everyone who’s sponsored a post or giveaway in the last twelve months: Basic Invite, Focus PhotographyCassandra Zetta, The Mindy Weiss Wedding Book, and League of Kitchens. Be sure to check out their services, along with the many other businesses featured in our vendor directory. We couldn’t keep the blog going without all of you!

What’s next?

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor of the blog, please reach out to us! We’re actively seeking advertisers for our sidebar and individuals or companies interested in sponsoring posts—and in this political climate, it is even more important than ever for queer-friendly businesses to be visible and vocal in their support of our community. Drop us a line to learn more about working with us in the coming year. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Popping the Question: Put a Ring On It

Welcome to our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two: Popping the Question! Based on the interests you expressed in our survey this summer, we’ll be tackling some questions that unique to wedding planning as a queer couple. 

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Today’s questions are all about engagement rings: How did you pick them out? Did one of you surprise the other? Was it important to you to have matching or complementary styles? Or did you skip the rings entirely, in favor of tattoos or an engagement puppy?

Whether you’re married, engaged, or simply dreaming of future rings, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on this post or get in touch with us. We’ll be accepting responses through next Friday, November 25th, and then we’ll compile a post with some of our favorite stories, so get in touch!

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In other news, we’re always accepting your submissions. Now more than ever, we are committed to celebrating our love and our community, and seeing photos from your weddings and engagements in our inbox warms the cockles of our queer hearts!

Photos courtesy of Scott Martin Studio.

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Today

Usually, this is a space for celebration. Today, there’s not much celebrating to do.

But we’re still here—in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and abroad, here to offer support and love and strength to one another.

We’re here because we have work to do: the work of taking care of ourselves and our loved ones today and tomorrow and every day for the next four years and beyond. The work of speaking up in defense of the rights of our black and brown and Muslim and immigrant brothers and sisters, of people with disabilities, of trans folks and the rest of our LGBTQ+ community.

We know this work will be exhausting, but we will not give up. We will keep celebrating our love and our families because we know, down to the bottom of our hearts, that where there is hate, there is love—more love, stronger love—and that love can’t be taken away from us.

We are here. We will be strong.

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Photo courtesy of Amanda Swiger.

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