Category Archives: Lesbian Wedding

Gallery: Weddings On the Water

With the temperature in the 90s every day here in North Carolina, Ashley and I are longing for lakeside living, and these weddings fit the bill! Last winter, we featured beach weddings (here and here) to cure your winter blues—now, these lovely waterside celebrations offer the perfect breath of fresh air in the midst of a hot summer (at least in this hemisphere!). 

Anne & Allyson: 
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Looking for more queer wedding inspiration? Check out our other galleries here.

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Wedding: Mirhanda & MB

From the couple: For most of our (admittedly short) engagement, we thought we were going to elope. Large gatherings are not really our thing, and we would much rather spend the day reading in a tea room. Ultimately, though, all 6 of our Southern parents got involved, and the rest is history.

In the end, our theme became “It’s Not a Wedding Without _______.” In place of gifts, our guests brought the one thing they thought was essential for any wedding to have. By the end of the day, we had flowers, dresses, cake, a photographer, and a trip to Asheville. One of our friends even brought herself as our last-minute officiant (Thanks, Mo!).

The day was wonderful, and we joke that we must be the only couple to be surprised by their own wedding!

Photos courtesy of Annamax Photography.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/Photography: https://www.facebook.com/annamaxphotography/Venue: http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/
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Flashback Friday: Kelsey & Meghan

While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team (and friends!) are revisiting some of our all-time favorite weddings!

From Maggie:

Kelsey and Meghan’s Minnesota wedding is a DIY dreamboat, from the handmade dress (and atttendants’ dresses!!), invitation-assembling crafternoons, and centerpieces built by Kelsey’s uncle! 

As a recent grad school graduate, I can more than sympathize with the desire to have a fabulous wedding that doesn’t involve spending tens of thousands of dollars, and Kelsey and Meghan did just that, with a strict budget of $6,000 and lots of help from friends and family. 

As they put it, “At the end of the day, and after all the heart-ache, we learned that the definition and point of marriage is not only about what the couple mean to each other, but what the couple’s community mean to them,” and that’s just what this wedding demonstrates! 

Photos courtesy of Ingman Photography.

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Flashback Friday: Katie & Sheila

While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team (and friends!) are revisiting some of our all-time favorite weddings!

Today’s wedding is from another one of our friends, Michelle, whose wedding & anniversary story appeared on the blog last year. When we asked for her flashback favorite, she picked Katie & Sheila’s South Carolina wedding from the fall of 2016.

From Michelle:

Everything about this wedding speaks to my heart—the colors, the setting, the tight budget. I deeply empathize with the struggle that comes from a long-distance relationship while one half is in another country—my own wife & began our courtship while she spent eight months away, most of that on the other side of the world. The photos of these ladies on their wedding day are evidence enough that their love is strong & beautiful, enough so that they can weather adversity and gather their loved ones together in celebration of who & what they are.

Favorite points: Guh, the dresses! Talk about “simplistically beautiful”! There’s nothing I don’t love about this wedding attire. (My wife & I also discussed wearing colored gowns while our bridemaids wore white, so my envy is showing a bit here.) The soft, dreamy pastels, the long clean lines of lace, the flower coronets: everything here works to showcase the image (my particular fave is the second-to-last one!) of a marriage built on love, trust, & the joy that comes from being together.

Photos courtesy of Cheye Hammond.

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Wedding: Emma & Katie

Emma and Katie’s Georgia wedding was our kind of day: featuring some top-notch dancing, donuts, AND cake. Watch their video here, and be prepared to cry. Their vows are pretty amazing. As for their message on the blog, they kept it simple.

From the bride & broom: It was the best day of our lives and the most fun we’ve ever had (and we have a lot of fun)! 

Photos courtesy of Cassie Xie Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: suit: Bindle and Keep; dress: Mikaella Bridal; Katie's shoes: Cole Haan; Emma's shoes: BHLDNCakes and Dessert: Revolution DonutsCatering: Bold American EventsFlorist: Bold American EventsLocation: Marietta, GeorgiaOfficiant: Rabbi Steve LebowOther: hair/makeup: Veronica Sitterding; videography: JP FrameworkPhotography: Cassie Xie PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: day-of coordinator: Grace Freeman, Lionhearted EventsVenue: The Brickyard, Marietta
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Wedding: Patricia & Arielle

It’s not every day that we get to feature a wedding with the SAME THEME as our blog!

From Patricia and Arielle’s photographers, Simply K Studios: Patricia and Arielle walked into our studio on June 26, 2015, the historic day that our Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. I’m not sure I could have been more excited to hear their story and listen to their wedding plans! From that first day, I knew these two would have an amazing wedding, and we couldn’t be happier for them.

From Patricia: Eight years ago, I started my nursing career at a children’s hospital where I met Arielle who had already been a nurse for two years. If you ask her, it was love at first sight, but for me, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and was not ready to date again. For two years we became the best of friends. We were inseparable from day one, doing everything from baseball games to hiking/biking to cuddling up watching our favorite movies. I began to wonder why I couldn’t go a day without talking to or seeing —and finally I came to my senses and realized my feelings had grown into so much more than a friendship. I’ll never forget that evening when I told her how I felt and the smile on her face.

Six years have flown by, with ups and downs along the way, but we have always come out stronger than ever. We bought our dream house and dream dog and started our lives together. There were talks of getting married and days of ring shopping, but we knew we wanted to keep the proposals a surprise. I proposed to Arielle one night while we were playing Scrabble (her favorite game). She had no idea it was coming since we had spent all day doing yard work. I hid the ring in the letter bag while she wasn’t looking, and to my surprise it took almost the entire game for her to pull it out. Before I knew it, I was in front of her, asking her to spend her life with me. Lucky for me, she said  yes!

Arielle proposed to me two months later after I had gotten back from a trip to Minnesota. She had put together a sign of glow-in-the-dark stars with my family and cut a Harry Potter book (my favorite series to date) to the chapter “The Unbreakable Vow” for the ring box. When we lay in bed that night and the lights went out, “Marry Me” was glowing above us, and there she was with the book and ring. It was my idea of the perfect proposal.

Wedding planning wasn’t always easy, but our visions were on the same page. We chose a bicycle theme, which fit because of our love of the outdoors and biking, as well as our adventure tandem biking the Golden Gate Bridge. We found a few old bikes at a shop and restored them as decorations, as well as borrowing a vintage bike from our friend for pictures. Our personal touches were on every aspect of the day: from table settings with coffee in hand-stamped burlap bags as favors to the room lit up with tea lights and mason jar lights, and our Oreo dessert bar (my favorite dessert!). We wrote our entire ceremony (with a little help from the internet LOL), which was performed by one of our best friends, and when we exchanged vows, it was that fairytale moment, filled with excitement to start a new chapter in our lives together. Our wedding day was more than we could’ve hoped for, surrounded by everyone we love.

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Event Credits

Attire: Maggie Sottero, La SposaCatering: Farmington GardensDate: 04/15/2016Location: Farmington Gardens, Farmington CTMusic: Mike ConnellyPhotography: Simply K Studios, www.simplykstudios.comVenue: Hillstead Museum (photo location) and Farmington Gardens (ceremony and reception)
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Wedding: Amy & Laura

From Claire of Wed in Central Park, Amy & Laura’s wedding planner: Amy and Laura brought twenty-seven of their close friends and family from Newcastle, Australia to get married in Central Park in April 2015.  They had their wedding ceremony in the Ladies’ Pavilion, which overlooks the lake with a backdrop of water, trees, and then the iconic New York skyline above.  They had acoustic guitar accompaniment to their ceremony, and a reception at The Cube at Riverpark, which overlooks the East River.

The couple met when Laura got a temping position at Amy’s work in January 2012.  Amy’s proposal to Laura was quite an elaborate one.  She did it one night when Laura had been working late.  Amy went home and laid candles around the house and rolled up a note with a quote from Dr Seuss: “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”   She tied it to a ribbon and placed it around their cat’s neck.  Then she tied the engagement ring to a ribbon and put it around the other cat’s neck.  When Laura came home, Amy got down on one knee and presented her with the note. As she read it, Amy asked her to marry her.  Of course, she said yes!

When they started discussing wedding options they agreed that they wanted to combine a destination wedding with a big trip taking in some major sights in the US.  They visited LA, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York and Las Vegas on their travels.  Originally they discussed getting married in Las Vegas, but they decided that it did not feel quite right for them. They wanted to get married somewhere beautiful, so they settled on Central Park in New York.

So, they had made their decision on the wedding ceremony location, but then they said that they had no idea where to start.  It turned out that I had planned the wedding of a friend of theirs in the fall of 2012. That friend suggested they get in touch with me, so they did, and we took things from there.  

Their wedding ceremony was held in the middle of the afternoon.  We arranged for an acoustic guitarist to be playing for their guests while they waited for the two brides to arrive.  The Ladies’ Pavilion is at the end of a pathway, with trees on either side of it, so this works very well as a kind of aisle for brides to walk down.  These brides arrived together, and they walked down the pathway to the guitarist singing “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban.

After they were pronounced married the guitarist played “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran while they signed the paperwork. Then, he continued to play other pieces while they took group photographs close to where they had held the ceremony.  Laura and Amy said that their favorite pictures were taken around the Ladies’ Pavilion and also overlooking Bow Bridge amongst the cherry blossoms.  The blossoms can come anytime from the end of March until sometime in May—it all depends quite when it starts to warm up in New York City—so they were lucky to see the trees in full bloom on their wedding day.  

After the wedding ceremony, the guests had some photographs taken in Central Park, then went on to the reception location.  Laura and Amy stayed on for a little longer to have some more photographs taken in different locations around Central Park.  Then after that they went off to their reception location, Riverpark in The Cube room.

Photos courtesy of Andy Mars Photography.

Event Credits

Location: Central Park, NYCPhotography: Andy Mars Photography
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