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Gallery: You’re Invited!

It’s easy to think that the wedding fun begins with the guests’ arrival, but arguably, it starts weeks—probably, even months—before that, when the invitations arrive in the mail! In honor of National Letterwriting Month (one of my favorite occasions), we’re featuring a smattering of beautiful invitations from our archives and inviting you to share your favorite invitation-related tips! Are you drawn to black and white? Bright and colorful? Travel-themed invites for your destination wedding? Gorgeous letterpress paper goods by artisans like longtime Bicycle friend Ladyfingers Letterpress? Online-only RSVPs?

Check out the variety of invitations here and share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Julie & Laura:
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Melissa & StephanieMelissa & StephanieErica & BrittanyErica & BrittanyJoann & Dawn:Joann & DawnLauren & Christine:View More: http://nicolebarrphoto.pass.us/lcwedMonique & Megan:Monique & MeganArley-Rose & Morgan (the Ladyfingers themselves!): printed_goodsJoni & Tammy:joni and tammy2 Tracey & AngelaTracey & AngelaTamara & CheryllanneTamara & CheryllanneEmily & ElizabethEmily & Elizabeth

For more LBTQ wedding inspiration, check out our other galleries

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Giveaway: Brandy Mars Designs!

When Brandy got in touch to tell us about her line of hilarious and adorable LBTQ greeting cards, we couldn’t have been more excited! We here at A Bicycle Built for Two are all about romance via old-fashioned mail, and Brandy’s cards are the perfect medium, designed specially for queer folks.

Then, Brandy offered to send over some cards for free, and we decided that—as much as we’d like to keep them all for ourselves—this was the perfect time for a giveaway! Read more about Brandy and her amazing cards, then scroll all the way down for instructions on how to win a selection of these cuties.

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Tell us your story! How did you come to be a card designer/entrepreneur/Etsy genius?

I began my card company in October 2016. My fiancée and I were doing long distance, and I saw there was not much available for LGBTQ cards. A few years ago when I came out I had a popular funny lesbian blog, and the card line branched off from there. Sales have really taken off in the past few months, and the Etsy shop has a five-star customer rating! Customer service is super important to me. I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design And Merchandising and have done fine art my whole life. I love merging humour and design in my card making!

What are a few adjectives you would use to describe your style?

Modern/classic, cute, funny!

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What’s your design process like?

Whenever I have an idea I write it down on whatever I have nearby. Inspiration comes from all over, but mostly my beautiful fiancée! The “I want to whisper sexy things in your ear. Like “Grilled Cheese.”” is an actual quote from something I texted to my fiancée when we first started dating. It’s now my most popular card!

Why is it important to you to design cards specifically for the LBTQ community?

There isn’t a huge selection of cards out there for us, and I think it’s important to represent your community if you live in a safe enough environment to do so. Many parts of the world are still dangerous for LGBTQ people. I like meeting the customers and hearing how happy they are when they get the cards!

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Are you married or engaged? Tell us about your proposal/partner/wedding day!

I’m engaged! She proposed to me, and it was a big surprise. We took a gondola up to the top of a beautiful mountain. There was a part of the lodge blocked by a curtain and when we walked around the corner there were photos of us and quotes on this wall. And then we walked around that and there was a wooden sign that said, “Will you marry me?” I went, “YES YES!” And then she said, laughing, “Let me ask!” It was pretty hilarious!

A photographer took photos of us! It was raining so we ended up drenched, but it was fun. She got me the exact ring I wanted: small and super sparkly. I wouldn’t change a thing. I got her wedding ring and planned to give it to her this New Year’s Eve. All the plans went sideways due to a crazy snowstorm, the custom ring I ordered couldn’t get made, etc., but I still managed to make some new last-minute plans and got a beautiful ring and gave it to her right at the midnight countdown. I was nervous and couldn’t get the box open, and then I slammed it down on the table. Such a spaz! We laughed a lot about that after. (She’s asking me why I’m smirking while I type this.) 

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Proposal planned by Stephanie Reitsma.//Engagement photos courtesy of Christine Pienaar.

What do you envision for your wedding? Will you design your own invitations?

Definitely I will make the invitations! I want it to be warm (so probably summer), and she wants the colour grey. And not toooo huge. I like smaller weddings… more personal. 

What’s your favorite song to dance to at a wedding?

I love Ed Sheeran music!

What else would you like readers to know about you?

I also paint portraits of people and pets! You can check out all my artwork on my Instagram/Etsy/Facebook

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In other news, Brandy’s selfie game is on point.

Giveaway

We’re keeping it nice and simple! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us which of Brandy’s cards is your favorite AND/OR who you’d be sending your greeting cards to! One lucky person will win five cards (including the famous “grilled cheese” one!) to send to friends & lovers.

(If you can’t wait to see whether or not you won, head over to Brandy’s Etsy store to place your Valentine’s Day orders!)

UPDATE:

The giveaway is now closed, and we’ll be announcing a winner shortly!

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Wedding: Lo & Kate

From Kate: I promptly fell in love with Lo the moment I met her and knew from the start that she was the one. Her zest for living life, contagious laugh and heart-melting smile are just a few of her many endearing qualities. When she popped the question, I was overwhelmed with excitement and we immediately started to discuss plans for our big day. Being avid travelers, it made perfect sense for us to plan a destination wedding and share our passion for traveling with family and friends.

We had fallen in love with Mexico while on a trip and instantly knew it was the place we wanted to get married. Inspired by playful Otomi embroidery, the traditional Mexican embroidery truly captured our imaginations and motivated the wedding’s design. Our outstanding wedding team incorporated every detail of our vision with the creative décor, abundant flowers and a flawless execution of the entire day, from start to finish. It was nothing short of pure magic.

Our wedding was most definitely the biggest party we’ve ever thrown, and to us, will simply be the best day ever.

Photos courtesy of Pink Palm Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Dress: Kitsch Bitsch; Suit: Banana RepublicCakes and Dessert: Fiesta Americana ResortCatering: Fiesta Americana ResortFlorist: Renee of Cabo FloralLocation: Los Cabos, MexicoMusic: DJ Gaston MontañoOfficiant: Reverend Marco ArechigaOther: Hair & Makeup: Suzanne Morel Face & BodyPhotography: Pink Palm PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Elsa of Linens, Things, & MoreStationery: Custom Design by Lauryn VermaasVenue: Fiesta Americana Imperial Suite, Los Cabos Mexico
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Liz and Julie

From Jennie, of Green Blossom Photography: Liz and Julie were married in the beautiful rustic Rocky Mountains at Snow Mountain Ranch, Colorado. For an outdoorsy, adventurous couple the location was perfect and provided such a great backdrop for an intimate and emotional celebration. My favorite parts of the day were the utterly heartfelt toasts to the happy couple, followed by a surprise flash mob performed by all the guests. Heather and I were honored to be able to capture the day, from the first look, to the woopie pie cake tasting, to the energetic dancing along with an awesome blue grass band.

Event Credits

Location: YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch, ColoradoPhotography: Green Blossom PhotographyVenue: YMCA of the Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch
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Ladyfingers Letterpress wants to give you an STD for Valentine’s Day!

AKA The Giveaway is here!

You read that right. Ladyfingers Letterpress is offering a SAVE THE DATE giveaway to our readers. That’s right… giveaway… as in free!

Letterpress Retro Save the DateThe ladies of Ladyfingers Letterpress want to give YOU and your honey-to-be a STD that you’ll be PSYCHED to share with your family and friends! Finally! A free set of Save the Dates!

Enter to win the “I want a free STD for Valentine’s Day”contest for your chance to win a totally free set of 100 custom-designed and letterpress printed Save the Dates for your upcoming nuptials. Here’s how to enter:

– Visit the Ladyfingers Letterpress Facebook page and LOVE us! I mean, “like” us!
and
– Sign up for the mailing list!

How will it work?

  • A winner will be randomly selected on Thursday, February 24th 2012. How random will the selection be? Well, first, we’ll print out all of our entries, cut them up into little pieces of paper, throw them in a jar, and pull our winner blindly!
  • Within two weeks we’ll show you designs for three Save the Dates that you and your honey can choose from. If any revisions need to be made to the text, you have one round of revisions to correct any spelling, grammatical or content errors.
  • Printing time will be under two weeks with the shipping of your Save the Dates expected around March 24th, 2012.
  • Quantity: 100
    Size: A6
    # of Colors: 2
    Paper Type: 100% Cotton 110lb Crane’s Lettra

    Your STD also comes with a complimentary set of envelopes with your return address letterpress printed on the flap!

* Image does not depict the design that we’ll be making CUSTOM for you!

There are some restrictions, so please read:

  • This offer is only valid for new clients.
  • One entry per couple, please
  • The winning set of Save the Dates are non-transferable. In other words, if you win, they must be for your wedding. Not your best friend’s or favorite cousin’s wedding.
  • Ladyfingers Letterpress reserves the right to display the work online, and use it for any advertising or promotions at our discretion.
  • The winners are responsible for paying for shipping. Shipping costs are due at the time of completion of printing.
  • If you should need more than 100, additional Save the Dates can be ordered for $4.51 per piece.
  • Save the Dates are typically sent out between 6 months and a year before your wedding. Plan accordingly! We won’t be able to turn these around before March 24th.

And you thought you might not be able to afford letterpress (Ang and I would have killed for letterpress)!

Because I want you to see how great they are, a picture of Morgan and Arley-Rose of Ladyfingers Letterpress:

Morgan and Arley-Rose from Ladyfingers LetterpressI’ve been so excited about this giveaway ever since Angela and I had the pleasure of visiting Ladyfingers Letterpress working away in their gorgeous studio. Morgan shyly asked if they could do a giveaway on the blog to give back to the LGBT and social media communities that have been so good to them over the last year. (Note: this giveaway is open to EVERYONE that loves good quality stationery, divine artistry and letterpress. And truthfully, who doesn’t) – Tracey

Leave a comment to let us know you entered. Double insurance!

Photo of the ladies by Michelle Gardella Photography

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Letterpress GIVEAWAY!!! (letterpress, people)

The wonderful Arley-Rose and Morgan from Ladyfingers Letterpress are offering a generous and fantastic LETTERPRESS giveaway for ABBFT readers! After just over a year of owning and running their business on a full-time basis things are really taking off. To show their gratitude they want to thank the community and give back (they’re so fab – they always donate 10% of their proceeds to The Human Rights Campaign).

Some 2011 Ladyfingers Letterpress highlights:

– These ladies got married!

– Oh So Beautiful Paper featured their work

– Then Snippet & Ink loved it!

– And after that Oh So Beautiful Paper voted them one of the best of 2011!

What’s my point, you ask?!?! Come back TOMORROW to see.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS SO WORTH IT.

I promise.

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Wedding: Arley-Rose & Morgan

I have been not-so-patiently waiting to share the wedding of Arley-Rose and Morgan, the talent behind Ladyfingers Letterpress. Their wedding was a collaboration of friends and family that took place on Seven Arrows Farm in Massachusetts. Neon invitations, jeans, singing, tears of joy; how can you not be inspired by their lesbian love story.

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We walked with our families down the aisle in threes, led by our flower girl, Louise (the daughter of our good friends Shawn and Jill), followed by my cousin and ring-bearer Nick and my two sisters, then Morgans two brothers and sister. I walked down with my mom and dad on each arm, and Morgan followed with her two parents. 

Hand in hand, Morgan and I floated on some kind of cloud as we stood in front of 130 of our closest and dearest family and friends. Alyn’s words were amazing and we held back tears as we looked into each others eyes and sent secret brain messages to each other “We are so lucky!” I could hear her think! I wonder if she could hear my thinking about the delicious dinner we were about to eat. Hmm. Anyway, Alyn shared her wisdom about creating “a cozy spot” – that middle space of shared sanctuary in a venn diagram of individualism where she urged us to never lose sight of ourselves as independents, but never stray too far from that cozy spot where we become more than individuals. She quoted the United Nations when they declared that “Marriage is a human right” and stirred up our inner activists as she quoted Sir William Robert Ferdinand Mount when he said “Marriage is a subversive act against authority.” At some parts of the reception I had forgotten that what we were doing was even illegal in some states, but quotes like that brought me back to the reality – and importance – of what we were doing.

I performed two songs, the first was a cover of “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes and the second song was a song I wrote for Morgan a few years ago called Balloon Heart.

Can’t you practically hear her singing just looking at that picture? Well, if you actually want to hear her sing and for more wedding details, check out their wedding blog.

Event Credits

Attire: Morgan's Dress-Nordstrom, Necklace by Agata Michalowska, bow belt-BHLDN, Frye ballet slippers Arley-Rose-Jcrew Jacket, neon belt & white shirt. Shoes-Cole HaanCakes and Dessert: Pastiche Fine Desserts, Sailboat topper-Alyssa Berg, Chick topper-Jill ColinanCatering: Smoke and PicklesFlorist: Arley's Mother, Anna McConnell with flowers from Lucie Searle's gardenMusic: Friend DJs- mostly Julia ThompsonOfficiant: Alyn CarlsonPhotography: our dearest friends and family, Paul Clancy, Grandma Pat, Liz WoodStationery: Ladyfingers LetterpressVenue: Seven Arrows Herb Farm
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