Category Archives: Glamorous

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// Carmody & Co.Venue: Ojai Valley Inn
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Wedding: Lyn & Sami

From Lyn and Sami: The big day finally happened! Sami and I got married on November 29th at the Mt. Washington Mill Dye House in Baltimore, and the pictures have arrived! The day was filled with so much love, support, and warmth, and there is absolutely no way it could have been any more perfect. Our closest friends and family came together to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in an already storied 10 year friendship between Sami and me.We were so thrilled and excited to see our engagement pictures on A Bicycle Built for Two and we can’t wait to inspire and encourage other couples through pictures from our wedding. We hope you enjoy them!

Photos courtesy of Tyler Lyons Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Dress: Leanne Marshall - Lovely Bride NYC Suit: ASOS Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dove & Dahlia Bridesmen's Suits: Pronto UomoFlorist: Floral DesignsLocation: Baltimore, MarylandMusic: Band: London Bridge - EBE EntertainmentOfficiant: Rabbi Dana SarokenOther: Decor/Rentals: Vintage AffairsPhotography: Tyler Lyons PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Elle Ellinghaus Designs - Jillian JenkinsVenue: Mt. Washington Mill Dye House
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Wedding: Nicole & Emilie

Not only did this couple have a totally glamorous wedding, they were also in The New York Times. Pretty fancy!

From the couple’s photographer, Ryan Brenizer: Nicole and Emilie’s Rosecliff Mansion wedding celebrated Independence Day on many levels — there were countless couture nods, from the red, white and blue clothes they wore to the oh-so-Northeastern rehearsal dinner at Kempenaar’s Clambake Club to the custom color worn by their Instagram-famous dog, Charlie (@CharlieHasTwoMoms). There were all the trappings of a Newport summer weekend, from casual fun over seafood and fireworks, to impossibly ornate settings like the Rosecliff and The Elms. But it was given a deeper, sweeter meaning when, shortly before the wedding day, the Supreme Court invalidated any laws keeping same-sex couples from marrying in any of the United States.

When I started shooting weddings, only one state allowed same-sex couples to marry, and though that state was right next door, same-sex marriage wasn’t recognized in Rhode Island until 2013. So not only could Nicole and Emilie show what a smart, driven, devoted couple they are, this can be recognized in every inch of their country. It was a good reason to wave the flag even harder that day.

But there’s a lot more to them, and to the unbelievably gorgeous wedding. They drip intelligence; you feel a bit smarter being near them. They’re the sort of people who use “alacrity” in common conversation, but also the sort to turn into emotive puddles when their dog is nearby.

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Event Credits

Location: Newport, RIPhotography: Ryan Brenizer// Rosecliff Mansion
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Wedding: Jillian & Emily

From the lovely couple: Shortly after Emily proposed, we started our adventure in wedding planning. We knew early on that we wanted it to be in August in Provincetown, where we’ve shared many memories in my family’s home. Then came the daunting task of planning a home wedding, where we quickly enlisted the help of event planner Bernadette Smith of 14 Stories. We worked together to create a wedding that was romantic, classic, and had a hint of vintage. The ceremony was held at the Pilgrim Monument, which provided sweeping views of the harbor. Family is important to both of us, so my step-mother performed the ceremony and we both had our brothers in the wedding party. Guests then took a trolley to the reception, while Emily and I paraded through town on a pedicab. We wanted everyone to feel like they had been invited to our house for the most amazing dinner party. So we set up the reception like one long dinner table. Having good food was also important to us. We had a series of small courses to make it a special meal that guest wouldn’t forget. Mortified by the idea of the garter toss, we skipped all of the traditional reception events and left more time for dancing and cake. In the end, the best detail was being out on what feels like the end of earth, surrounded by such love and support. It was indeed the best day ever!

Photos courtesy of Lisa Rigby. (Check out her site for even more from Jillian and Emily’s big day!)

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Event Credits

Attire: Rivini (dress) and 9 Tailors (suit)Cakes and Dessert: Dessert WorksCatering: Above and Beyond CateringFlorist: Artistic BlossomsLocation: Provincetown, MAMusic: The Party FactorOther: Hair/Makeup: Justine Crosby at Snip SalonPhotography: Lisa Rigby PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: 14 StoriesVenue: Pilgrim Monument & Private Residence
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Gallery: Put a Ring on It

While Maggie is usually the one who compiles these fantastic galleries, I am taking over today to share a selection of gorgeous rings from our archives. It’s fitting that I chose this theme, given that I have been known to send Maggie more than a few ring pictures, just in case she should ever need them. (In fact, now that I’m looking more closely, Michele & Betty’s rings look rather familiar…).

Enjoy! And for more LBTQ wedding inspiration, don’t forget to check out our other galleries.

Lauren & Christine: View More:

Jo & Wally:Jo & Wally

Sarah & Lauren:

Lauren & Sarah

Alexandra & Johanna:Alexandra & Johanna

Claire & Nathalie:Claire & Nathalie

Michele & Betty:Michele & Betty

Elizabeth & Natasha:View More:

Sandra & Diane:Sandra & Diane

Kensa & Sam:Kensa & Sam

Rebekah & Shawna:Rebekah & Shawna

Pam & Audrey:Pam & Audrey

Sandy & Annie: Sandy & Annie

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Wedding: Laila & Marnie

From Marnie: Because Laila grew up on the beautiful beaches of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia and I lived in San Francisco for over 10 years before moving to Vancouver, it was important to us to get married near the water. We were both inspired by the gorgeous beach and mountain views at the Brock House. Additionally, we wanted a vintage feel to our wedding so the fact that the Brock House is an authentic Tudor replica heritage mansion fit nicely into our waterfront, vintage wedding theme.

Once we were guaranteed a gorgeous, beachfront venue, good food, plentiful drinks and a DJ skilled at getting a full dance floor, we could focus on all of the details that would fulfill our vision for the day. The months leading up to the wedding were spent gathering materials from Wedding Swaps, craft stores, antique shops, Etsy, and friends and family.

Our original inspiration was Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby and so peacock feathers, picture frames, vintage suitcases, decorative hat boxes and bird cages were arranged on and around the cards and gifts tables. Heart and butterfly shaped table confetti made from vintage newsprint was sprinkled on the guest tables and around the floral centerpieces. All of these details as well as personalized gift sets for the children ensured that everyone (young and old) had plenty to look at and do throughout the evening. The wedding’s signature decorative pieces were a vintage typewriter and an original, 18th century, rebound book that served as the space for guests to sign and send messages to the two brides. The other signature pieces of the day included Laila’s pink Fluevog shoes that complimented the deep pink dresses of our gorgeous bridesmaids and the cream linen and cocoa-vested suits of our best men.

Our ceremony under the chuppah honoured my Jewish heritage and rituals. It was so special having both Laila’s family (including her 12- and 17-year-old sons) and my family involved in the ceremony and honouring us with their blessings for a happy life together. Although everyone was moved by the ceremony itself, the pink and green martinis and open bar on the lawn (accompanied by a string quartet) were the perfect interlude between the more formal aspects of the celebration and the reception. The sunset that day was unbelievable. Not only the brides were snapping portraits in front of the mountains and in the golden glow of the early evening!

Our reception, held under the lovely garden tent, was filled with laughs, music, good food and drinks, heartfelt speeches and lots of love. Laila and I walked/danced into the reception with “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross bellowing from the speakers. Our head table backed onto a gorgeous view and then glowing lanterns that hung from the trees and lined a romantic stroll down to the beach. The entertainment continued throughout the evening with dancing, a vintage-themed photo booth, candy table, walks on the beach, late-night bites and the very popular open bar.

From the outdoor ceremony overlooking the scenic Jericho beach and Pacific Ocean, to cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres on the garden as dusk was casting a pink hue across the horizon, and a full dinner under the garden tent on the terrace, it was a truly magical evening. It was the happiest day of my life!

Photos courtesy of Wonderlust Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: The Brockhouse - Budget Blooms - http://www.budgetblooms.caLocation: Vancouver, BC, CanadaMusic: Musical Occasions - Rabbi Dina Hassid-Mercy - Hair & Make-up: Maude Salon - Wonderlust Photography – www.wonderlustphotography.caPlanner or Event Designer: Cristie at Umbrella Events – The Brockhouse -
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Wedding: Erika & Flora (Chino)

From A Monique Affair’s Chanda, Erika & Flora (Chino)’s wedding planner: Erika and Flora (Chino) were my very first legally wedded couple in California! (My clients were getting married way before it was legal!) YAY! They are an amazingly sweet couple and their wedding was a glamorous black tie event filled with lots of romantic candlelight. The wedding took place at the amazingly beautiful Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley California. The color palette selected for this wedding was old Hollywood: black, white, green and bling. Yes, bling is a color! The details of this wedding included tall pillar altar pieces, a pre-ceremony cocktail hour, romantic sweetheart table, a bling wedding cake table, a guestbook vignette featuring photos of the Erika, Flora (Chino), and their wedding party and mini bottles of Prosecco as favors.

Photos courtesy of Miki Vargas Photography.


Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Torino BakingCatering: Hotel Shattuck PlazaFlorist: FloralisaLocation: Berkeley, CaliforniaMusic: Scratch WeddingsPhotography: Miki Vargas PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Chanda Eddens, A Monique AffairVenue: Hotel Shattuck Plaza
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