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Love & Friendship Shoot: Vy, Kei, & Sah

From the friends: About a year ago, Vy and Sah’s friendship commitment ceremony was featured on ABBFT. Fast forward one year, and Vy and Sah are still madly in friendship! Being big fans of the Bicycle blog, we are now posting the pics of our Love and Friendship Summer Park Stroll. Some relationship statistics behind the pics: Vy & Sah have been friends for 18 years, Vy & Kei have been together for 9 years as a couple, and Sah & Kei have been friends for 9 years. Here is to love, friendship and summer strolls!

Photos courtesy of Tanya Frantsuzova.

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Event Credits

Location: Moscow, RussiaPhotography: http://tanyafrantsuzova.com/
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Queer Card Guide: You’re Transtastic!

It’s time for another Queer Card Guide, and this month, we’re focused on trans folks. We’ve got punny greetings for top surgeries of all kinds, the perfect paper goods for sharing news of your transition, and this transtastic hand-printed masterpiece from Grape Gender Crush Designs:

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Scroll onward for more queer card goodness!

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(From left to right: our friends at Ladyfingers Letterpress & Paradise Papercraft)

Puns Galore

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(Clockwise from top left: Peppersprout Press, Gay Pigeon, Four Letter Word Cards, & Henson Handmade)

Mmm… Pizza Rolls

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When Cis Folks Mess Up…

Try not to. But if you do: apologize, do better—and send a card!

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(From No Coast Paper Co.)

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(Clockwise from top left: An Open Sketchbook, Mark It Proud, Prickly Cactus Collage, & Carolyn Draws)

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Wedding: Kayla & Lauren

From Kayla & Lauren: We shared our engagement photos a while back & wanted to share our wedding photos too! Our day was everything we could have wanted. We felt so lucky to be surrounded by our friends and family with so much love.

Photos courtesy of Michelle VanTine Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: New York Bride and GroomCakes and Dessert: Fancy Cakes by LeslieCatering: The Tabard InnFlorist: Park FloristLocation: The Tabard Inn - Washington DCPhotography: Michelle VanTine Photography
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Engagement: Jenn & Allie

From the couple: Jenn & Allie met during a World Ready Women retreat at their alma mater eight years ago. After the weekend, they promised to hang out again. They finally hung out when they discovered they were going to be RAs together. During the first day of RA training, they snuck away and went to Starbucks together. From then on, they were inseparable BFFs. They took a thousand trips together, got their noses pierced, ate lunch together everyday, and even stood together side by side for over 12 hours to touch Kanye’s hand at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Allie went off to grad school at Duquesne while Jenn finished her last year at Chatham, and they were both super excited when Jenn got into The New School. Jenn moved to NYC, went to school and worked at Squarespace– and they visited each other *almost* every weekend. Jenn spent her summers in Pittsburgh and after the second summer decided that she didn’t want to be away from her BFF anymore. Jenn officially moved in with Allie and her sisters, spent every weekend with Allie, and found an amazing Pittsburgh job. Allie went to Ghana and started her PhD. One morning, Allie woke up and realized that she wanted to spend every day for the rest of her life with Jenn. She let her know, and they went and got iced soy lattes and walked around the reservoir to talk about it. So they decided to get a cute little red Prius and officially move in together. They’ve lived happily ever after with their Boston terrier Tulip ever since.

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For the engagement, Allie decided to plan a surprise proposal in Amsterdam during their long-awaited European frolic fest. She secretly got in touch with one of Jenn’s friends on Instagram to figure out the best place and a photographer. She also asked all of Jenn’s family and friends to send postcards with what they love about Jenn written on them. The ring was in hand, all she had to do was get her plan together!

On the morning of August 13 (we take our #sundaysareforlovers very seriously!) we were already running late to, what Jenn thought, was a lesiuresly stroll through the park. After finally getting on a train into Amsterdam from our hotel, the train stalled. It was after 10 already, and Allie had arranged for them to meet the photographer there without Jenn knowing. She was freaking out. But she had a plan on the fly.

Allie asked Jenn if she’d like any reading material for sitting on the train. She pulled out the postcard from Jenn’s mom and dad. They both started to cry (sorry to the woman sitting across from us on the train who probably had no idea what was going on!). Allie handed postcards from Jenn’s nephews, brother, and sister-in-law. By the time Jenn finished reading them, the train had arrived at the stop near the park.

After Jenn nearly got hit by a moped, they arrived at Vondelpark. Allie covertly got the signal from photographer extraordinaire, Nicole Olwagen, and simultaneously while following Nicole and leading Jenn without revealing who Nicole was, she started to hand more postcards from Jenn’s family and friends. Jenn and Allie floated to the spot where Nicole lead them, and Allie got down on one knee to ask Jenn to marry her.

After saying yes, and hugging each other, Jenn whispered to Allie that she thought someone was photographing them, and Allie revealed that it was in fact part of the plan, PHEW! Nicole lead Jenn and Allie around for a fabulous photo shoot, and after they enjoyed the biggest Dutch pancakes ever.

They celebrated one week of being engaged with an ultimate #sundaysareforlovers in Paris doing some of their favorite things: breakfast in bed listening to Ella, strolling the streets, and a picnic at the Eiffel Tower park with Allie reading Jenn French love poems. Their wedding is planned for summer 2019, ten years after meeting at Chatham University.

Photos courtesy of Nicole Olwagen.

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Event Credits

Location: Vondelpark in Amsterdam // Photographer: Nicole Olwagen
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Engagement: Sierra & Mallory

From Kaycee, Sierra & Mallory’s photographer: Sierra contacted me a month or so ago asking if I would be interested in shooting their proposal! I just about fell out of my chair!!! I have always, always wanted to photograph a proposal!! Sierra had just moved to Alberta so she could be with Mallory, and I learned more about their relationship over the phone. When I found out Sierra was a massage therapist, I booked an appointment (and consultation combo of course). After the massage, we walked around for over an hour, looking, scheming and planning it right down to the last detail! It was going to be the ultimate surprise, as Sierra said to me– “she will never see this coming!”. Here is their proposal story: 

First Picture
This was the first pose in!! I was so nervous!! I had on my ridiculously thick Roots hoodie with the ring box in the pocket. I’m sure it wasn’t noticeable, but I swear I had a sign on me that said LOOK AT THE SQUARE SHAPED BUMP IN MY POCKET!! I felt like that ringbox in my pocket was like a siren going off constantly.. or that I or that it was going to burn a hole through the pocket and wreck the surprise.. I was sweatin’ about it!! Haha!

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This was our second pose in– Sierra wanted the proposal done right off the bat so she wouldn’t have to stress about it!! We planned  for me to wear a sweater on the day of the shoot, keep the ring box in my hoodie, get them into this pose and then “fix Sierra’s hair”. When I went up to Sierra, I handed her the ring box with my offhand so Mallory wouldn’t see it. For these 2 photos, Mallory has NO clue what is going on behind her!! Which is SO exciting!! (Ps Kaycee at this moment takes a big.WHEW, I DID IT AND DIDN’T WRECK THE SURPRISE) lol!

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After our “outside photoshoot” portion, Sierra and I were relieved that we had pulled it off!! The three of us chatted as we walked back into the house and Sierra remarked, “I’m so glad I got to you first. I was so worried that you would have got a ring and proposed first!” Mallory laughed with us and shrugged it off, all smiles… LITTLE DID WE KNOW…..

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THAT MALLORY HAD BOUGHT A RING AND WAS PLANNING ON PROPOSING DURING THE PHOTOSHOOT!!!!!!  I had no idea and didn’t realize that Mallory had disappeared once we got into the house.. Sierra and I were chatting away when Mallory came out of the bedroom with a box in her hand .. I turned around and Mallory was down on one knee proposing to Sierra!!!! Oh my gosh!!! There was a ton of joy in this room!!

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Mallory had planned on proposing during the photoshoot and was planning on doing it during the in-the-house portion!! So it was a DOUBLE proposal!!

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Photos courtesy of Kaycee Ann Photography. For even more proposal goodness, head on over to her blog post here.

Event Credits

Location: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada // Photographer: Kaycee Ann Photography
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Link Love: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

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

At least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, ’tis the season for ice cream, and those of us here at A Bicycle Built for Two have been enjoying regular infusions of mint chocolate chip, moose tracks, salted caramel… and more!

Ashley and I are actually such big ice cream fans that a sundae bar is currently among the frontrunners for our choice of wedding dessert (forget about cake!). Another thing we love: queer entrepreneurs—so today, we’re thrilled to feature two fancy, fancy ice cream companies that were founded by LBTQ+ couples. What could be sweeter?

Coolhaus

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Coolhaus got its start back in 2008, serving their architecturally inspired ice cream “sammies” out of an ice cream truck at Coachella Valley Music Festival. Founded by real-life ice-cream-loving couple Natasha Case and Freyer Estreller, Coolhaus has grown into a national presence, with stores, trucks, and ice cream carts in New York, L.A., Dallas, and Southern California. You’ve probably seen their “sweet meets savory” flavors like balsamic fig & mascarpone and bananas foster in national chains like Whole Foods and Kroger—where you can also buy the trademark Coolhaus “sammies” in combinations like snickerdoodle & strawberry and chocolate chip & brown butter candied bacon.

In addition to building their ice cream empire, Natasha and Freyer welcomed their first kid earlier this year—isn’t he a cutie?

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Photos via the Coolhaus Facebook  page. 

Phin & Phebes

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Phin & Phebes comes to us from two more LBTQ+ ice-cream-lovers: Jess Eddy and Crista Freeman, who started their ice cream careers making small batches in their Brooklyn kitchen. Priding themselves on real ingredients and responsible sourcing, the Phin & Phebes crew now sells pints of flavors like Cookie Butter Blondie, Toasted Green Tea, and Vietnamese Iced Coffee in stores all over the U.S.—as well as shipping orders from their website! Jess and Crista were named Out Magazine Tastemakers back in 2013 and earlier this year, three (!!) of their flavors made Epicurious‘s list of the best ice creams for “late-night cravings.”

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Photos via the Phin & Phebes Facebook page and website

Anyone else considering ice cream at their wedding? What’s your favorite flavor? Feel free to chime in!

Look for Link Love every Friday—and drop us a line if you have a suggestion for a featured link! 

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Wedding: Jen & Beth

We found today’s wedding through Beth’s personal blog, The Babbling Blonde—and we couldn’t be happier! After you’ve ready Beth & Jen’s story and scrolled through the gorgeous photos below, make your next step Beth’s site, where you can read Beth’s “Tales of a Bisexual Bride,” as well as other stories from Beth and Jen’s wedding planning experience!

Now, here’s their story: Jen and Beth met in the early spring of 2014 when they began working at the same company. After a fast friendship made them platonic companions for the next year, both of them finally wised up to the fact that there was something more to the relationship. They began dating in the summer of 2015, and Jen proposed at Konzelmann winery among the waters of Niagara Falls in Canada in July of 2016.

As a super fan of the Dave Matthews Band, Beth had previously bribed Jen to chase the band around to quite a few concerts over the years, including one in Charlottesville, Virginia. While they were in town for the show that same summer, they attended a wine tasting at Blenheim Vineyards, the local winery owned by Dave. Beth and Jen fell in love with the atmosphere and decided to make it their wedding venue.

After several visits to the winery and a few months of hectic planning, the two tied the knot on April 22, 2017. The skies couldn’t have been darker, and the rain couldn’t have been steadier, but everything was perfect under the tent outside by the sprawling vineyard. The cozy ceremony took place in the same space as the reception with a few reading from close friends, a gift and sand ceremony with Jen’s  5-year-old daughter, Mia, and an ode to the elements.

Once they made it official, Beth, Jen, and Mia ate and danced the night away with their closest family and friends. The first dance was to Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”, and they finished the night out in rambunctious style with Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”. The food was delicious, the cake was to die for, and guests also enjoyed a homestyle cookie table supplied by Beth’s family, which is a Pittsburgh and West Virginia wedding staple.

The wedding made official what everyone already knew: a little family of two became #McDpartyof3, finally legally.

Photos courtesy of Melissa Jean Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: C & O Restaurant // Bakery: Sweethaus Bakery Location: Blenheim Vineyards // Photographer: Melissa Jean PhotographyOfficiant: Amber Baker // Hair & Make-Up: Best Face Forward and Kelly Matheny of Bella Hair
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