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Wedding: Maureen & Morgan

From Morgan: Maureen and I met on OKCupid over four years ago. Even though we lived on either side of Los Angeles, we found out on our first date that we grew up less than a mile from each other, worked next door to each other in high school, and have mutual friends, among other coincidences. We were destined to cross paths and are thankful every day that we found one another.

We were able to plan the wedding of our dreams at one of our favorite places, the Ojai Valley Inn. We are so grateful for all of the amazing professionals that made our wedding so special and uniquely us, especially our incredible planner Michel of Michel B. Events, our florist Bree of RockRose Florals, and photographer Daniele of Lavender and Twine.

Surrounded by 130 of our close family and friends, we said our “I do’s” in the historic Wallace Neff courtyard with the rolling hills of the Ojai Valley as our backdrop. The ceremony was followed by cocktail hour in the terraced herb garden. The Get Down Boys provided a fun bluegrass music backdrop and were a hit with our guests. The reception dinner was held on the Orchard lawn below and was set up with extra long tables and strung with twinkle lights. DJ Wes of RedShoe L.A. got everyone on the dance floor following our first dance and joint father/daughter dance. 

It was the most memorable weekend of our lives and we can’t wait to go back to relive it every year on our anniversary!

Photos courtesy of Lavender & Twine.

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Event Credits

Attire: Monique Lhuillier & CustomFlorist: Rockrose Floral DesignMusic: Red Shoe LA & The Get Down BoysPhotography: Lavender & Twine//http://www.lavenderandtwinebride.com/Stationery: Carmody & Co.Venue: Ojai Valley Inn
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Wedding: Rebecca & Katie

From Rebecca & Katie, #TheLuckyDucketts: The night before we got married our venue called to tell us they had just lost power. Our region was experiencing widespread flooding, wind damage and power outages due to Hurricane Matthew. We took a deep breath and tried to keep it in perspective because although we were running into challenges (delayed vendor arrivals, guests canceling) we knew there were others affected by the storm much more severely than we were.

The morning arrived quickly. Our bride tribe worked at lightning speed to set everything up in order to be ready for our scheduled three o’clock ceremony. We walked out to Patti Griffin’s “Heavenly Day” and as we said our vows, the sun began to come out. One of our good friends performed our first dance song, “Slow Pony Home” by the Weepies. We made the day our own by adding in a Chambong and jumping on stage with the band. At one point a bouquet landed in a chandelier during the bouquet toss (but that wasn’t intentional!).

Delicious food, lots of wood accents and flowers, and quite possibly the best 80’s cover band in the country made our wedding day a dream, but being surrounded by our loving friends and family made it perfect. We had spectacular vendors and people helping us, and we’re beyond grateful for all of the love and support we received. It was truly the most special day of our lives and we’re SO glad to be finally married!

Photos courtesy of Kirstyn Marie.

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Soterro and Calvin KleinCakes and Dessert: Lisa and MiMi WallaceCatering: Chef by DesignFlorist: The New LeafMusic: The DeloreansOfficiant: Reverend Julia-Dorsey Loomis and Reverend John RohrsOther: Makeup and Hair—Heather Michele Goodfield, Cierra Fremont, Samantha Jane RussellPhotography: Kirstyn Marie PhotoPlanner or Event Designer: Jessica TallettStationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Woman's Club of Portsmouth
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Popping the Question: Put a Ring On It

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

This time, we invited you all to share your engagement ring stories, and today, we’re featuring a few of our favorite responses—thanks so much to everyone who got in touch!

From Annie:

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“Once we realized we were on the path of forever we started looking for rings.  Sandy said she wanted “something simple with a small solitaire.” I wasn’t sure what I wanted but I knew when I saw it I would know.I was looking at pawn shops and classified ads. Then, I found it!  It was absolutely beautiful and so “me”:  a center diamond with baguettes on either side and a thin band with small inset diamonds.  I contacted the seller.  The engagement ring and wedding band were soldered together, so we negotiated a price for the set. Then, we made arrangements to pick up the rings in a town about 3 hours away but a snow storm prevented us from being able to travel, so we had to rely on United States Postal Service. While waiting to receive my set I began to search for the solitaire for Sandy.  I found a beautiful half karat round diamond on a narrow gold band. Ideal!

When my set arrived I took it to a jeweler to be separated. On the day we were to pick up my set, now an engagement ring and a wedding band,  our plans were to go to a small quiet park on a nearby lake. We faced each other and spoke from our hearts. We each proposed to the other.  We took out the rings.  I had Sandy’s small solitaire and Sandy had my…. What’s this? A beautiful half karat round diamond on a narrow gold band. I hadn’t seen my ring since we’d picked it up at the jeweler, but the rings were practically identical! It turns out the band to the set was actually a wrap or guard.  The baguettes were attached to it. Once separated it left a solitaire on a thin band as the engagement ring. This was one of those “meant to be” moments.

With our matching engagement rings we went to our special restaurant. Our waitress was the first person we told we were engaged.”

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From Emily:

“After much prodding and begging from me, my girlfriend of four years and I went engagement ring shopping together on a random spring afternoon. We had a great time searching through the different stores and eventually found exactly what we wanted. It didn’t matter to us if the rings matched, just that we liked them, and we split the cost of both to make it fair. Our rings have been safely stored in a lock box under our bed for the perfect proposal moment (though we take them out occasionally to try on and admire again!).

It took us a while to figure out how we wanted to propose. The main issue was that we both wanted to be proposed to and have it be a surprise, but we also wanted to be able to start wearing our rings at the same time, not months apart. We have tentatively decided to do it on a vacation in the summer, where we will visit Madrid and propose to each other at some point on the trip. I am so in love with her and while I’m VERY ready to get engaged, I’m willing to wait for the perfect moment to show her how much she means to me.”

From Anlin:

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“In February 2011 Denise arranged a weekend away in the Drakensberg Mountains for us for the weekend. We went for a grueling walk, which was supposed to have been an easy 2.5 km walk… At the highest point she presented me with a beautiful diamond ring. This was not an engagement, as Denise did not feel the need to get married, but it was a promise to love me forever, and that was perfect for me. So in April that year I bought Denise a ring to do the same, promise my love in a way that the world could see.

About six months later, we went on a road trip around South Africa. We drove 6000 kms and spent many hours together with family and my daughters. When we returned to Johannesburg we went about the New Year as one does, busy with work, overseas meetings for Denise. At the end of January I received a SMS from her asking if I would marry her. I said yes of course, but I did not for one moment think she was serious.

2 days later, when I received a bouquet of flowers at the office and the card read “Please will you marry me?” I realized that she had been serious. I phoned her and said YES!!!!

We had our rings we had given each other and did not want another ring to add to that. But a few months later I lost the ring she gave me, and that gave us the opportunity to have matching rings made in time for our wedding.

Unfortunately I seem to have bad luck with diamond rings, and when our daughter was 2 months old I lost my ring in a parking lot. Must have been the porridge brain that goes with having a newborn baby to look after.  I still have my wedding band, plain Jane, but I need no more… Needless to say, a ring is just that, a symbol to show the world you are someone else’s. We show the world our love for each other in many ways, so we don’t feel the need to replace the lost ring.  Maybe one day when our ship comes in?”

Read more about Anlin & Denise’s love story here!

From Hannah:

“We did forego the engagement rings, since both of us are pretty practical and frugal. We found some really great wedding bands on Etsy though, made from tungsten and Hawaiian Koa wood. The shop has free engraving too, so we are already thinking of what to inscribe on each other’s rings as a gift for each other. This has been one of our favorite parts of wedding planning.”

From Mel:

“Rachel and I had been together 3.5 years before she surprised me and popped the question. Years ago I pinned a ring on Pinterest, but it was so different and so beautiful I never thought I would actually have one like it. Rachel remembered that ring and tried to track it down, but it was originally made in Japan and no longer available as a design. So she asked her college roommate’s uncle (who lives five hours away!) to design the same ring, nervous every step of the way whether it would turn out. I’ll never forget the day she proposed, and how absolutely gorgeous my ring was! Mine was made in yellow gold, and she liked it so much she received the same ring in white gold when I proposed a few months later. Before those rings people assumed we were just friends, but now strangers notice our matching rings and want to know the story of them, and the story of us – it makes me proud to have an outward symbol of our relationship.”

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Planning an engagement this holiday season? Eager for more queer engagement stories and photos? Check out our gallery of proposals here and read more in this Buzzfeed round-up, featuring several A Bicycle Built for Two couples. Or leave a comment on this post to keep the conversation going! We love hearing from you.

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Wedding: Tina & Julie

From Holly Birch, the couple’s photographer: Tina and Julie planned a gorgeous event at the elegant Pear Tree Estate. They chose to seat their friends and family in a semi-circle for the ceremony, with the couple centered under a chandelier of greenery. Tina’s daughters were a large part of the day and ceremony, as well as the couple’s dog Peach.

Tina and Julie’s engagement session was featured on the blog last year. Congrats on a beautiful wedding!

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Sottero; Richard Bennett Custom TailorsCakes and Dessert: The Cake Artist's Studio; LA GourmetCatering: LA GourmetFlorist: Flowers by KristineLocation: Champaign, ILMusic: Elite EntertainmentOfficiant: Wedding Ceremonies by Scott F. RaperOther: Brittany Koroyanis Makeup ArtistryPhotography: Holly Birch PhotographyStationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Pear Tree Estate
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Wedding: Amy & Amanda

From Amanda: Amy and I have lived all over the country and have friends and family everywhere. We chose to have our wedding in Illinois for a few different reasons: 1) we love Chicago 2) it was legal in Illinois when we started planning and 3) it’s centrally located for guests to fly /drive to. Since we don’t live in Chicago, we needed someone to help us chose vendors and help us through the planning process. Our wedding planner, Lisa Gordon, did a phenomenal job.

Once Amy and I started discussing wedding plans, we quickly came to the conclusion that we wanted something small with lots of charm, simple, and most of all fun. When Lisa sent us the information for Firehouse Chicago, we immediately fell in love with its charm and character. Amy has an outspoken love for spiral staircases and when we saw it lit up, we knew that this was the place for us. We wanted simple decorations and the Firehouse delivered that with their candle and light package. Another great thing about the Firehouse was that we used the courtyard for the ceremony then went directly inside to start kick off the reception. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place made the logistics a lot easier. We chose to have an open bar from the moment guests arrived until the end of the night, which made potentially socially awkward moments early in the night due to some of our guests never having met before less of an issue. The fact that Binny’s will take back any non-opened alcohol allowed us to over-purchase and not worry about running out of drinks.

Amy’s favorite part of the day (besides marrying me and the spiral staircase of course) was riding around downtown Chicago and stopping to take pictures with our bridal party and photographer Agnes Malorny. We have several favorite photos from the day, but our absolute favorite is the one of us standing on a ledge hanging out over the Lake Michigan with the skyline in the background. We had that one printed on 3ft x 1ft piece of metal which is now the focal point in our living room. My personal favorites were the matching converse shoes that we had made with our wedding date sewn into the side and the mini cupcakes that Dave’s Specialty Foods provided. They were SO good. I ate them the next morning and still talk about them today. We don’t have any wedding day horror stories because ALL of the vendors we chose to work with were wonderful. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing that day except enjoying the moment and sharing our love for each other with family and friends.

Photos courtesy of Agnes Malorny.

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Event Credits

Catering: Dave's Speciality Foods, Inc. & Binny's Beverage DepotFlorist: KED Design & Planner: Lisa Gordon//http://lisagordonevents.com/Location: Chicago, IllinoisMusic: Stitely EntertainmentOfficiant: Rev. Rebecca ArmstrongOther: Elite Chicago LimoPhotography: Agnes Malorny Photography//www.agnesmalorny.comVenue: Firehouse Chicago//http://www.firehousechicago.com/ & Hotel Blake for getting ready
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Wedding: Trineice & Brigid

From Rebecca, Trineice & Brigid’s wedding planner & designer: When I first met Trineice and Brigid, I knew instantly that I wanted to work with them. Not only was I thrilled that they were planning their wedding in Oakland, California (my home turf!) and wanted to show off all the beauty and special spaces tucked away in this special town, but I was also really drawn to their energy and enthusiasm. I *LOVED* that they met while dancing at SF Pride, and knew that dancing — and really the pure joy that just glowed between these two — would be at the heart of the vision for their wedding. Their venue, the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, is a melding pot of historic elegance set amid gorgeous, open grounds. The brides wanted to play off of that vibe, combining the laid back energy of spending a summer day at the park with an elegant outdoor cocktail hour and seated dinner. And of course, ending the night with an epic dance party was a must!!

Photos courtesy of Kara Brodgesell Weddings.

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Event Credits

Attire: Trineice - Kipper Clothier (http://www.kipperclothiers.biz/); Brigid - JCrew (https://www.jcrew.com/)Cakes and Dessert: Susie Cakes (http://susiecakes.com/)Catering: Blue Heron (http://blueheroncatering.com/)Florist: Farm Girl Flowers (https://farmgirlflowers.com/)Location: Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, Oakland, CAMusic: Heart of Gold DJs (http://www.heartofgolddjs.com/)Officiant: Rev. Priya Friday-Pabros, M.Div.Photography: Kara Brodgesell Weddings (http://www.karabrodgesellweddings.com/)Planner or Event Designer: Be Hitched, Event Planning & Design (http://www.be-hitched.com/)Venue: Dunsmuir Hellman (http://www.dunsmuir-hellman.com/)
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Wedding: Dani & Melanie

From Dani: When Melanie & I first met, most of our dates were at parks in Cincinnati. We were always out walking trails or lying under the stars talking for hours. So when it came time to plan our wedding we both agreed a picnic in the park theme was perfect for us. This was our day to celebrate the love we have found in one another and we wanted it to be the truest representation of who we are as a couple. We planned for simple and hoped for a nice sunny summer day to take in a beautiful view and celebrate our commitment to each other. Rain was predicted for our wedding day, and we were both so nervous, but when the time came and we had to make a choice to stay under cover and play it safe or take a chance and do things our way, we chose our way. We made it to the vows when the rain started to fall. Even though we had both spent so much time being afraid of the storm, when it hit it was like the pressure of making our wedding perfect just washed away. There I was in a gorgeous park with all my friends and family gathered around me staring at the love of my life, a woman that I had always thought was so far out of my league, and she was promising to love me always and to be with me forever. When you plan for a wedding you can’t help but to get caught up in the details, but when the moment comes and your day is finally here the only thing you really see is the person you came there for. The rain wasn’t what we planned for but it ended up being a perfect symbol for our life together.

When we went on our honeymoon we stopped in a little shop and found a sign that read, “The person who dances with you in the rain will most likely walk with you in the storm.” Sometimes life works out better than you could ever plan.

Photos courtesy of Images by Daniel Michael.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Lindsey's Shaved Ice & North College Hill Bakery: http://www.lindseysshavedice.com/ & http://www.northcollegehillbakery.com/Catering: Vonderhaars: http://vonderhaars.com/Florist: A Gathering of Flowers: http://www.agatheringofflowers.com/Location: Cincinnati, OhioMusic: Benjamin Thomas String Duo & Upbeats DJ: http://benjaminthomasmusic.com/stringduo/ & http://upbeats-dj.com/Venue: Alms Park, Premier Park Events: http://www.premierparkevents.com/
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