Category Archives: Real Wedding Inspiration

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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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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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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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: Portland, OR

This week we’re hitting up the west coast for some LBTQ+ wedding fun in Portland, Oregon, where we’ll get a glimpse of some lovely ceremonies and a beautiful combination of city and nature views!

First we have Kaysey & Jacque’s engagement at Skidmore Bluffs and their wedding at Halocene…IMG_7537-XLunnamed-12

…and this shot from Becca & Megan’s wedding at the Historic Overlook House:
Katie & Charlotte’s December wedding takes us downtown on a beautiful winter evening…

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…while Anna & Kristen’s engagement photos really show off that luscious Pacific Northwest greenery!
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Joni & Janelle’s commemorated their domestic partnership with this amazing outdoor shoot…
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…and although technically, Tiffany & Stephanie’s elopement occurred a little bit outside of the city, there was no way we couldn’t include a few of these GORGEous (ha!) photos of them at Wahclella Falls!© Kim Smith-Miller | www.kimsmithmiller.com© Kim Smith-Miller | www.kimsmithmiller.com

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Road Trip: Chicago

After two stops on the east coast, our road trip’s heading west to the Windy City, home to stylish brides and brooms, the famous “Bean,” and some gorgeous rooftop venues!

Nicole & Marla took advantage of the bright lights of the Chicago Theater to take this gorgeous engagement shot…

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And Lauren & Jessie‘s wedding party posed in front of the famous Cloud Gate sculpture!

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Navy Pier provides the perfect backdrop for Crissy & Erin‘s two dress gorgeousness…

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…while the Chicago skyline perfectly complements Amy & Amanda‘s, Nicole & Marla‘s, and Belinda & Phyllis’s photos.

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Julie & Laura & Crissy & Erin rock the rooftop wedding…

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And Lupe & LoriSusan & Julie, and Sarah & Jesse found the ideal graffiti-ed settings for these beautiful shots:

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We’ve got bridges, featuring Andrea & Kim and Sarah & Jesse

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…and streetscapes with Jen & Carien and Andrea & Julie.

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Plus, two awesome images from Jamie & Jesse‘s and Anna & Hannah‘s shoots at the Boardwalk Pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo.

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The biggest Chicago fans of all? That might just be Susan & Julie, whose Illinois wedding cake makes the perfect conclusion to this stop on our road trip!

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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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