Category Archives: Lesbian Engagement Shoot

Engagement: Ashley & Maggie(!!!)

Remember when we said we had some exciting news to share? We got engaged! For about as long as we’ve been working on A Bicycle Built for Two, we’ve been talking about this occasion, but last month, I finally put a ring on it (as they say).

Ashley and I met while studying abroad at Oxford, so when we decided to go back for a quick visit this June, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to propose in the place where it all began! With the help of a few of her friends, I concocted a series of increasingly improbable scenarios that led us to the beautiful Worcester College gardens, where, way back in 2011, we had spent many happy hours strolling, drinking Pimm’s, and yes, occasionally studying.

After eliminating possible proposal locations #1 and #2, I led us to location #3: the main quad, where I got down on one knee (just like a straight man in a movie!) and pulled out the ring, which was secreted away in my purse. After many exclamations of “Oh my god!,” Ashley said that “Of course!” she would marry me, and we celebrated with tea and scones—as well as this lovely photo shoot.

Finding an engagement photographer from across the pond was actually trickier than I had been expecting, that is, until I found the awesome Marianne Chua, who calls herself the world’s only “funtojournalist.” Although she doesn’t normally do engagements, I somehow charmed her into coming up from London to frolic with us around the amazing Bodleian Libraries, the gorgeous Worcester College gardens, and finally, our favorite kebab stand, where we celebrated the end of a perfect day with fried chicken, chips (a.k.a. french fries), cheese, and a healthy dose of “burger sauce.” As promised, working with Marianne was a blast—and as you can see, the final product was (in our humble opinions) nothing short of stunning!

Photos courtesy of Marianne Chua Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Oxford, U.K.Photography: Marianne Chua Photography // http://www.mariannechua.com/
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Engagement: Ali & Sammi

From the couple: Ali and Sammi met (twice) in the fall of 2013, when they were both students at NYU Law School. Their first meeting took place at an event at the Stonewall Inn, hosted by the law school’s LGBT student group, aptly named “OUTLaw”, where, according to Ali, her very obvious romantic advances were rebuffed, and according to (an apparently oblivious) Sammi, a cute girl with a cool haircut was trying to make friends with her. When the ladies rendez-vous’d a second time (at—where else?—a school dance), thanks to the help of some mutual friends, the sparks were much more obvious. Sammi proposed first, just over two years later, while bringing Ali her weekly Saturday morning coffee in bed, and Ali returned the favor a week later, popping the question at the Met, in front of a gorgeous wall of windows looking out onto Central Park.

The couple, now both lawyers, live together in Greenwich Village, and wanted an engagement shoot that captured the spirit of the neighborhood where they live and where they fell in love. With the help of photographer Alicia Swedenborg, the ladies were able to realize their vision of a cozy downtown NYC winter wonderland shoot.

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Event Credits

Location: New York CityOther: Rings by Orr's Jewelers (Pittsburgh/Sewickley, PA)Photography: Alicia SwedenborgPlanner or Event Designer: Ever Swoon
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Road Trip: New York City

For the second stop on our wedding season road trip, we’re taking you to New York City, the birthplace of this blog—and the site of so many beautiful queer love affairs. Scroll down for lots of Big Apple LBTQ+ wedding inspiration, and explore our archives for even more queer New York City wedding and engagement shoots.

We love these quintessential yellow cab shots with Benette & KatherineJulie & Rebecca, and Jill & Susanne:

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And these Grand Central photos, with Wilkins & Monica and Tiffany & Karmen:

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We’ve got love in the subway, with Amalia & Melissa and Ria & Robyn

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…and plenty of City Hall weddings, like Jordan & Meredith‘s and Jill & Susanne‘s:

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The Brooklyn Bridge makes a gorgeous backdrop for engagements, weddings, and *double* weddings, like these from Rheanna & MarthaLara & NicoleJulie, Kim, Jami, and Nivana, and Kristin & Diana:

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And Central Park’s the site of elopements galore, including Laura & Louise‘s, Latrice & Maurita‘s, and Kelley & Michelle‘s:

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Brooklyn offers brownstone beauty for Ria & RobynLauren & Emily, and Amalia & Melissa:

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Plus, colorful graffiti for Emily & Robin and Ericka & Emily:

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Finally, we have plenty of beautiful streetscapes—like these from Ria & Robyn and Marissa & Casi:

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New York, New York! It’s a wonderful town for all things wedding!

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Road Trip: Boston

In 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize marriage equality, so it seems fitting that we’re shipping up to Boston for the first stop on our LBTQ wedding road trip!

In 2014, Melissa & Jamie traveled from Tampa, Florida (where same-sex marriage was not yet legal!) to get married in Boston, and took some adorable photos around the city:
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Then, there’s this glorious shot from
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Erin & Karen‘s wedding on the Boston harbor (or, I should say, “hah-bah”) is also lovely:image10

As is Anne & Tina‘s engagement on the Charles River Esplanade:
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I, personally, am completely in love with Carol & Anna’s wedding at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum:
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The Arnold Arboretum has also been a prime location for both weddings, like Jennifer & Shereta‘s…
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… and engagements, like Gretchenrae & Molly‘s:
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Cambridge has been the place for some hip weddings as well; in particular, Samantha & Whitney‘s wedding at the Blue Room…
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… and Katrina & Nora‘s wedding at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.
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We love that dirty water… and all of this Boston queer wedding inspiration!

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Engagement: Lauren & Kaitlyn

From the future brides: Kaitlyn works as a labor and delivery nurse in D.C. and is currently studying at Georgetown to become a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and Midwifery. Lauren teaches third grade. One fateful day, we both “swiped right” on a dating app called Tinder.

We met up for our first date at the National Gallery on October 1st, 2014. Lauren claims to have known instantly that Kaitlyn was “the one.” After walking around the museum to find Degas’ Little Dancer, we were so immersed in conversation that we missed the crosswalk light twice in a row en route to a nearby wine bar. We figured that was a good “sign,” pun intended, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

After two years of dating, Lauren and her best friend Ekaterina found themselves walking into the same lobby of the National Gallery where the couple had first met. Kaitlyn had ostensibly headed to a meeting that morning for the Lifespan Sexuality Education program (Our Whole Lives) she teaches to middle schoolers through the Unitarian Universalist Church. This explains the all-consuming surprise Lauren felt upon seeing Kaitlyn walk towards her and drop to one knee. Not only did Kaitlyn ask the easiest question Lauren had ever heard (Will you marry me?), but also she’d hired a photographer to capture the whole thing!

The wedding is planned for the summer of 2017.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Fenfert Photography.

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Event Credits

Date: 04/16/2016Location: National GalleryPhotography: Jessica Fenfert Photography
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Engagement: Dalene & Victoria

Back in the fall of 2015, Dalene and Victoria celebrated their engagement with this photo shoot in Ventura, California—stay tuned for the story of their wedding on the blog later this week!

Photos courtesy of Horse & Feather Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Ventura, CaliforniaPhotography: Horse & Feather Photography
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Engagement: Holly & Becky

From Becky: Holly and I met in the fall of 2005 when both of us were students studying music at Santa Barbara City College. We’re both singers, so we sang together in a couple of choirs at school, and eventually joined a few more choirs around Santa Barbara. I was in a relationship at the time, but I always felt something different when I was around Holly. We saw each other most days of the week and shared a lot of mutual friends, so as the years went by, we grew closer together. By early 2016, the timing was right and it was painfully obvious we liked each other. One night after hanging out with friends, she brought up the elephant in the room and we admitted feelings for each other. The rest, as they say, is history.

We got engaged in March 2017 in Santa Barbara, where we live. We’d been talking about getting engaged for a while, and even picked out rings together. I thought she might propose during a choir trip to Ireland over St. Patrick’s Day, but the trip came and went without a proposal. Then, the following weekend, we went hiking, which is a favorite pastime of ours (Santa Barbara has some of the best hiking trails in the world). The mountains around town are especially beautiful right now because of all the recent rain we’ve had after years of drought, so everything was covered in flowers, the nearby Lake Cachuma actually had water in it, and every square inch of ground was a vivid green.

We drove through the mountains to a trail that leads to Knapp’s Castle, an old ruin of a house that had been built there decades before but had since been abandoned. The views from it span both the Santa Barbara back country and the Santa Ynez mountains. When we got to Knapp’s Castle, I pulled out Holly’s phone to take a pano shot of our surroundings. She told me to take another one, and when I got to her about halfway through the pano, she was down on one knee! Well, obviously I ditched the phone and gladly agreed to marry her! We exchanged engagement rings on the top of a mountain, just the two of us, which is exactly what we both wanted.

We’re well on our way with planning our fall wedding, which will be here in Santa Barbara. In keeping with our passion for singing, the ceremony will include a choir of 50 or so of our closest singer friends.

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Event Credits

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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