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Wedding: Etain & Michelle

From Etain: Michelle proposed on a beach in Spain in 2012 (think “Will you marry me?” written in the sand), and I proposed back by projecting it onto a building in Dublin’s docklands 6 months later (picked up by the national Irish news!). We decided to get married in Spain, a small affair in the hills somewhere… In the end we had 150 guests join us for a big, bright wedding full of love and laughter. We were blown away by overwhelming happiness in the air at the wedding.

The ceremony was officiated by a lady called Lizzie Marriage. It was like Mary Poppins had flown in on an umbrella – she rocked it. It was moving, it was fun, and it was serious business all at once. The roar of applause when the ceremony finished was amazing, and we were immediately handed two ice-cold glasses of cava before saying hello to all the guests.

We thought it would be funny to enter to the Eurovision winning song “Euphoria.” Little did we know the place would go wild – people standing on seats, pumping fists in the air (to the bewilderment of some of our straight guests). It blew the roof off the place and really set the tone for the rest of the night.

There were embarrassing, hilarious and tearful speeches before the meal. We dined on local dishes like lobster, slow roast peppers, pork and seafood skewers. The meal was wrapped up with a gin and tonic sorbet, and later followed by a tower of white chocolate, orange and pistachio cake balls. There were Flamenco dancers in to entertain the masses after the food – it was a lot of fun and of course we ended up being pulled on stage to join the dancing. Our first dance was to Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere.”

The following day we invited all of our guests back for a BBQ and pool party. Between the mojito bar and seriously competitive volleyball in the pool the day flew by in sort of splashy, delicious blink of an eye. It was unforgettable.

Check out a video of Etain & Michelle’s wedding here.

Photos courtesy of Albert Pamies.

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Event Credits

Attire: Sarah Foy Design Location: Mijas, SpainOfficiant: Lizzie Marriage (actual surname!)Photography: Albert Pamies, Videography Salvador Blanco Planner or Event Designer: Tara Chapman, Fiesta Sol WeddingsStationery: Sarah June Fox Venue: Hacienda San Jose
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Elopement: Ellen & Amanda

From Meg, Ellen and Amanda’s photographer: Ellen & Amanda eloped in New Hampshire with their little dog along for the ride. I spent an afternoon doing a little portrait session with them before they jetted off to the church. We did some portraits in their pretty white dresses, and then they both changed into more comfy clothing that really showed their true selves. (Ellen is an artist & Amanda is a librarian.)



Event Credits

Location: Sugar Hill, New HampshirePhotography: Rodeo & Co. Photography
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Wedding: Becca & Leah

From Becca and Leah: Becca and Leah met on OkCupid.com in May 2011.  Becca was searching for nice Jewish girls in NYC and Leah came up as a 99% match.  Becca read her profile and couldn’t believe how good of a fit they seemed, so she messaged Leah.  Leah was skeptical about the age difference between them, but after reading Becca‘s profile she agreed with OkCupid that they really did seem perfect for each other.  After a prolonged email exchange they finally had their first date, and the rest is history!

Both of us knew after dating for just a short time that we were a perfect fit.  After we had been together for a while we started talking about marriage and when we might get engaged. Instead of a “traditional” proposal, we decided to go out of town for a weekend so we could have some special time, just the two of us.  We chose Philadelphia, as it is Becca‘s college town and it was an easy weekend trip from NYC.

We arrived in Philadelphia, had lunch, and checked into the hotel.  We didn’t have a set plan or location in mind for the proposal, instead we decided to walk around the city, knowing it would be clear when the moment had arrived.  Towards the end of the afternoon we found ourselves in Rittenhouse Square Park and realized it was the perfect place for our proposal.  Though it was winter, the weather was temperate and we found the perfect bench in the middle of the park.  Neither of us had prepared anything specific, but we both had a lot to say to each other as we proposed.  After expressing our mutual desire to share our lives together, we exchanged rings, and we were engaged!

After a year of planning, we were married exactly one year to the day that we were engaged at the Round Hill House in Washingtonville, NY. Surrounded by our friends and family, we were married by our good friend and rabbi, Karen Perolman in a traditional Jewish ceremony. After the ceremony, dinner, drinking and dancing ensued. The night was everything we dreamed of and more… if only we could do it all over again!

We currently live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with our dog Gus. Leah is also pregnant with our first child due in late July 2015. 

Photos courtesy of Jared Slater, J&J Photography.

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Event Credits

Catering: FEAST at Round HillFlorist: Flowers by David AnthonyLocation: Washingtonville, NYMusic: 74 Events- DJ RobOfficiant: Rabbi Karen R. PerolmanOther: Videography: NST PicturesPhotography: Jared Slater of J&J PhotographyStationery: Invitations & Programs: Julie LambVenue: Round Hill House, Washingtonville, NY
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Wedding: The Jennas

From Jenna and Jenna’s photographer: The Jennas are too cute for words. They were married among the vines at Running Hare Vineyard in Solomons Island, MD. The day was happy and relaxed all the way through. The weather was absolutely perfect and it went off without a hitch! The girls prepared separately with family and bridesmaids and waited to have their first look be from either end of the aisle. Classic romance. Proceeded by the flower girl carrying a “here comes the brides” sign, the Jenna’s came down the aisle one by one accompanied by their fathers. It was a beautiful ceremony that focused on appreciating the support and love they had felt from each and every one of their guests throughout the years. It was very touching. They also boxed a bottle of wine for their anniversary! The reception was a complete party. The Jennas booked a full band who absolutely rocked! There was partying and dancing through to the end of the reception and it followed to a bar after that! It was such a blast watching these two families come together bonded by the love of these two wonderful women!

Check out their engagement photos here!

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Event Credits

Location: Running Hare VineyardsPhotography: Mathy Shoots PeopleVenue: Running Hare Vineyard
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Wedding: Jessica & Rebecca

From Jessica: Rebecca and I had a perfect wedding in Benton Harbor, MI. We were amazed by the incredible amount of love and support that surrounded us! And we felt that love 100-fold on our wedding day. This event was truly a community effort. We never could have pulled it off without the help of everyone involved. In lieu of a wedding shower, we invited our family and friends over for a day of eating and drinking and crafting all of our DIY details, decorations and extra special touches.

Our ceremony and reception had a “rustic elegance” feel to reflect our love of outdoor adventure and our awe of nature’s incredible wonders. We were both walked down the aisle by our fathers, one at a time. Our incredible bridal party walked to an instrumental version of “Beast of Burden” and we walked to “Our House” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. We had the absolute honor of being married by Jess’ father. He wrote and delivered a beautiful ceremony that left not a dry eye in the crowd. We wrote our own vows and sobbed our way through them. We ran from the ceremony victoriously, overjoyed that we had actually done it! We had overcome so much to get to that day and it felt incomparable to any amazing feeling ever experienced.

There were so many special touches during the ceremony that made it unique and memorable. Our first dance was “Naive Melody” covered by the Lumineers, then fading into the original Talking Heads version, at which time the rest of the bridal party joined and we danced the night away as our good friend played the perfect songs all night long. Outside, there was bonfire and inside there were 3 beautiful toasts, a delicious meal and all kinds of different pies, generously baked by friends and displayed on gorgeous wooden displays. In lieu of a photo booth, guest were encouraged to use our instant cameras to take photos of themselves and the events of the night. Guests were also encouraged to place words of wisdom on 10 different wine bottles, each to open on a different anniversary. We cut our delicious gluten free carrot cake, danced with our fathers, threw two bouquets and continued to dance until they kicked us out! The day was filled with joy, laughter, happy tears, love and unending support from family and friends. It was perfect.

Photos courtesy of Lisa Shaw.


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Event Credits

Catering: White Horse FarmFlorist: Pam Roost and Melanie WymaLocation: Benton Harbor, MIMusic: Dan FisherOfficiant: Chuck RoostPhotography: Lisa Shaw of Bigger Picture PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Rikki SowinskiStationery: Julie SeawardVenue: Blue Dress Barn
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Wedding: Stefanie & Kathleen

Here at A Bicycle Built for Two, we celebrate love every day, but especially today, we send our very best wishes to all the couples who have been featured over the years, all the couples who have turned to this blog for inspiration, and all the readers out there who are still looking for the perfect Valentine to share engagement rings, wedding cakes, and bouquets with. Happy Valentine’s Day to Stefanie & Kathleen and to all of you!

From Danielle, Stefanie and Kathleen’s photographer: I first met Stefanie and Kathleen through kijiji, of all places, just over 2 years ago, when I was looking to capture some same-sex couples’ sessions. We met, we shot, we became instant friends. I had the pleasure of having them in front of the camera twice and I was honoured to have been asked to be there for their big day. Stefanie and Kathleen’s beautiful, down to earth, intimate wedding in Fredericton, New Brunswick was truly one of a kind. Both girls had absolutely stunning wedding dresses and personalized details. Their day was intimate, romantic, and full of love and support for the happy couple. The brides rented out an entire B&B to get ready at the morning of their wedding and we had their first look just across the street under a willow tree. We ended up getting the majority of the photos done before the rain hit us! We experienced some downpours, some sun, and wind during the day. A typical day in the Maritimes! They had a small ceremony in a chapel on UNB campus, followed by an intimate dinner with friends and family at a local restaurant, Brewbakers. After that, a party broke out where more friends joined in to celebrate the happy couple (but not before we got a few shots in their roller derby skates!). Stefanie and Kathleen couldn’t have looked more radiant on their day, and I couldn’t be happier being involved in something so beautiful.

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Event Credits

Location: Fredericton, New BrunswickPhotography: DLR Photography - www.dlrphoto.caVenue: Edwin Jacob Chapel, Brewbakers restaurant
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Wedding: Jenn & Tori

From Derek, Jenn and Tori’s photographerI had an absolute blast photographing Jen & Tori’s wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego has an amazing space for a ceremony and when Jen & Tori they were going to be married there I was incredibly excited. Such a perfect and gorgeous spot. It was absolutely perfect for Jen and Tori. And take a look at their dresses! I mean, come on… SO PRETTY! I am incredibly honored that I was chosen to document their big day and I am so glad I met these two. These two have surely not seen the last of me; I consider them friends and can’t wait to hang out with them again. Congratulations Jen and Tori!!!!!! You two are a blast and were incredibly gorgeous on your wedding day… inside and out.

 

Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: Babycakes San DiegoFlorist: Organic FloraLocation: Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, CAMusic: Injoy EntertainmentOfficiant: Morton BerugePhotography: Derek Chad PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: San Diego Weddings by Gina
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