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Meet the Team: Jane

This Wednesday, we’re delighted to introduce our third (and final!) new team member: Jane, a 33-year-old from Washington, D.C.

How did you find the blog?

One of my best friends showed it to me when we were planning our wedding.

What do you love about A Bicycle Built for Two?

It gives LBTQ women a place to share ideas, designs, and their stories…. It is nice to feel represented! When planning a wedding, all the bride/groom crap gets annoying.

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

 We got married almost a year ago ON the day marriage equality was passed – June 26! We totally got lucky! Planned the wedding for over a year… it was awesome. Here it is!

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

We forced all of our friends and family to embark on a rather tedious journey (two+ flights, taxi ride, boat ride, another taxi, etc.) to the Virgin Islands, which was the biggest “must have!” We love St. John and had a blast sharing our love with our favorite people. For the wedding ITSELF, I insisted on the best catering we could find (I’m a total foodie), and my wife insisted on the best photographer we could find (she’s VERY into photography).

What do you do for fun?

I’m a bookworm, so you’ll find me engrossed in my Kindle. We also love the outdoors and travel.

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Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have a menagerie, as we both love animals. We have three cats and two dogs. The cats are Maine coon, Bengal, and a black DSH. The dogs are both ridgebacks. Cats: Dolphin, Phoebe and Noir. Dogs: Supernova and Zuzana (Nova & Zu).

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

I don’t like cold sandwiches in general. Deli meat is gross. A really good panini with pesto, mozzarella and prosciutto will go over well though!

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Many thanks to Jane for volunteering her time to work with A Bicycle Built for Two! She has her own web design company, and has offered to help us with some much needed updates to the function and design of the site. We can’t tell you how excited we are to see the finished product!

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Meet the Team: Taylor

Taylor is a 20-something who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and today, we’re excited to introduce her as one of the latest additions to the Bicycle blog crew!

How did you find the blog?

I can’t remember the specifics, but it must have been a few years ago when I was beginning to ask Google for answers about my sexuality. Thanks, Google! You’re a lifesaver.

What do you love about A Bicycle Built for Two?

I absolutely love the stories – they were what keep me coming back all these years! Finally I had narratives that I could see myself in and stories of new possibilities for my future.

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

I am (very) unmarried. Not sure if there are varied degrees of being unmarried… But I do hope to be married someday!

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

Since many of my friends are getting married, I think about this question a lot. I want my future wedding to be an expression of who my partner and I are as a couple. So my “must-have” would be the courage to break tradition and be creative!

What do you do for fun?

I love spending time with people, first and foremost! This often includes exploring the city, biking, hiking, attending events and eating good food. I also enjoy reading and playing the violin.

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One of Taylor’s favorite bookstores. 

Do you have any pets?

I don’t, but I love cats! Befriending people with cats that I can cuddle is a high priority.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

If I’m making it myself on-the-go, I love a good peanut butter and honey sandwich, especially if the honey crystallizes around the edges. Otherwise, Reubens and anything with hummus are favorites!

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Check out that slice of avocado on the left! 

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Many thanks to Taylor for her willingness to get involved with A Bicycle Built for Two! She’ll be managing our social media and working on special projects—you’ve already seen some of her awesome work on our Tumblr page!

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Meet the Team: Alice

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the first of our new team members: Alice, a recent university graduate who lives in Oxfordshire, England! 

How did you find the blog?

Honestly, I’ve been reading it for so long I can’t remember! I think I might have stumbled upon it through a Tumblr post, but I’m not entirely sure.

What do you love about A Bicycle Built for Two?

I love that it gives a platform to so many LGBTQ women, from all walks of life, and celebrates the love between them. The blog was a great source of comfort and hope to me when I was coming to terms with my own sexuality, providing some much-needed representation of the kind of future I wanted to have. I particularly love reading the stories of how couples met, and the ‘Brides Revisited’ series. The beautiful photos aren’t so bad either!

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

I’m unmarried and definitely won’t be planning a wedding any time soon! That said, it can’t hurt to store up ideas for the future, right?!

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

This is a very theoretical question for me right now (see above!), but first and foremost I would want to enjoy the day celebrating with the people that I love. There is often so much stress surrounding weddings—the day should be all about joy and love! (Sorry that came out sounding more cheesy than I intended!)

What do you do for fun?

I love spending time outdoors—especially hiking and rowing (the sport, not arguing!). I’m also a bit of an old lady at heart and enjoy knitting when I get the time!

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog called Oscar who’s just turned 1. He’s a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever—it’s a bit of a mouthful!

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Look at that model dog! 

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

What a difficult question! It’s going to have to be a tie between tuna mayo and jam. (I think you might call jam sandwiches ‘jelly’ sandwiches across the pond, but I could be mistaken!)

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We’re so grateful to Alice for jumping in to help with A Bicycle Built for Two. She’ll be managing all of our new submissions and keeping the blog running on the daily—we can’t wait for you to see all of her beautiful work!

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It’s Wedding Season!

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You’ve been seeing a lot of words from us recently, but we had to pipe up one more time to let you know that we’re going on vacation! In light of a big move, a wedding (not ours!), and various other behind-the-scenes happenings, you can expect a little something different for the next month of A Bicycle Built for Two, as we take a short break from regular posts to let our new team settle into their roles.

Don’t worry! We’ll still be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—sharing new galleries, archive favorites, and introducing you to the new additions to the Bicycle blog crew. Then, in the middle of July, we’ll be back with 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 Colleen & Riley’s engagement session, courtesy of Jenny Wohrle

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Orlando

In light of the shooting in Orlando this weekend, we wanted to take a moment away from all things wedding to send our love to queer people everywhere.

Although we are only a website, we believe in the power of places where our community can gather—online and in person—and recognize how important it is for these places to continue to exist.

On days like this, wedding cakes and floral arrangements seem frivolous, but we hope that the work we do to celebrate love offers a counterpoint to the sadness and anger we must feel in the face of violence and hatred—in the U.S. and all over the world.

In the coming days and weeks, we will keep posting your beautiful photos and sharing your stories of resilience, overcoming, laughter, and joy. Meanwhile, offline, we hope you will join us in doing what we can: donating blood, advocating for gun control, and supporting one another—with radical kindness and fierce love for the LGBTQ community.

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Survey Results!

About a month ago, we asked you to answer a few questions about A Bicycle Built for Two, and we were thrilled when almost 200 of you responded! Thank you for sharing your opinions—and thanks for all of your positive feedback! We love the site, and it’s always good to hear from readers about how much it means to you. (We’re happy to report that 99.4% of you “most enjoy” the Real Wedding posts!)

Curious about some of the nitty gritty? Here are some stats we thought it might be fun to share:

  • About 50% of respondents are between 20-30 years old, and another third are 30-40. The rest (besides a few under-20s) are 40 and older—we were excited to see we even have a couple of readers who self-identified as 60+.
  • 84% of you have been visiting the blog for more than a year, and we’re thrilled that so many people keep coming back for more—even though more than a quarter of respondents said that they are already happily married!
  • More than half of you said you’d be interested in seeing A Bicycle Built for Two on Instagram, and a healthy number already follow us on Tumblr and Facebook. However, less than 10% of y’all visit our page on Pinterest—we’ll be working on jazzing it up in the next few months, so if you’re a Pinterest user, come on over!

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Gripes? We heard a few, and we promise to work on them! One had to do with galleries— although we think it can be fun to look back into the archives, they are also, as someone pointed out, a way for us to “recycle” material, and we’ll try to use them in moderation. The best way to help us with that is to make sure we have plenty of submissions—encourage your friends, aunts, cousins, coworkers, etc. to submit their photos to the site!

We think that our most important area for improvement has to do with diversity. While a majority of respondents said they “see themselves” in the couples who appear on A Bicycle Built for Two, we also had lots of requests for more people of color, people with disabilities, and non-U.S. weddings. The most common comment, though, was that folks (ourselves included!) are excited about seeing more trans* and genderqueer weddings. If that is you (or someone you’re marrying), then please consider submitting— and feel free to be explicit with any requests involving language, pronouns, etc.!

We loved reading every single one of your survey responses, but there were a few that we just had to share.

“I LOVE that the blog covers [real] people. I connect so well because everything is perfectly imperfect—just like normal people are.” 

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We also know that, for some of you, the blog is a happy place in a world where things aren’t always coming up roses. You are one of the reasons we think it is so important for this blog to exist—you are not alone, and we hope that someday you will find yourselves celebrating your love for your partner with a big ol’ cake (or other dessert of your choice)!

“In my country same-sex marriage does not exist and well, let’s just say that being gay here is not the easiest thing. But your blog always cheers me up, and the moments I spend just scrolling through all the lovely couples are like daydreaming to me.” 

“When I was in the process of coming out it was such a sanctuary for me.” 

Finally, there was one respondent who surprised us, then made us shed a few happy tears:

“I am a straight mom of a lesbian daughter. She is about to be married to a beautiful, wonderful woman. I love looking at your beautiful wedding pictures. I hope they will submit theirs!” 

Supportive moms are so great, aren’t they? We hope they submit their photos too!

We’ll be back with a beautiful engagement on Monday, but in the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Pride to those of you who are already celebrating!

Photos courtesy of De Nueva and Shutter Styles Photography.

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Sponsor Spotlight

Every once in a while, we take a break from real wedding and engagement shoots to thank our sponsors, whose support has made it possible for A Bicycle Built for Two to exist these 5+ years! Their lovely ads are always featured in our sidebar, but today we want to put them front and center. We are so grateful for their support!

Our Sponsors

Bario Neal

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If you’re looking for an incredibly unique, ethically sourced, handcrafted engagement ring, then Bario Neal should be your first stop. They’re committed to environmentally responsible creations, and they’re long-time supporters of marriage equality—even if you’re not in the market for a ring, they also have some other amazing pieces, so take this opportunity to peruse their site!

M. Davidson-Schapiro Photography

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Michelle works in Boston & beyond, taking gorgeous photos of weddings, engagements, and other events (plus some very cute babies!). Michelle did an interview with us last year, when she filled us in on her own wedding & some of her favorite things about being a photographer; she was also recently featured on the awesome Autostraddle column Follow Your Arrow! If you’re looking for a photographer in the New England area, make sure to check out her site!

Wild Bloom Photography

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Catherine is based in both Minneapolis & Brooklyn, bringing her “unfussy” aesthetic to weddings, engagements, and more. Lat year, we featured her beautiful photos from Heidi & Kelly’s fall wedding in upstate New York, and in the past, we’ve posted several other weddings from CatherineHead on over to her website and, for more pretty pictures, you can follow her on Instagram too!

Get Involved

If you’re a wedding vendor who’s interested in joining this all-star line-up, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’d love to send you an info sheet and talk to you about ways we can help spread the word about your business.

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