From Gay Destination Weddings, who helped organize Joann & Dawn’s big day: Joann and Dawn knew they wanted a carefree destination wedding that doubled as an extended vacation with their closest family and friends. And they found just that at the Sandos Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
Repurposing seashells and starfish elements from Dawn’s mother’s own beachside wedding over 20 years ago, the brides paid homage to their past while celebrating their future on the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico.
To infuse their personalities into their away-from-home celebration, they brought along custom wedding hashtagged Cards Against Humanity cards, cheeky wedding signage, and unique passport wedding stationery. Once the sun went down, Joann and Dawn rocked it out all night long with their loved ones underneath the stars—complete with one big finale as the two jumped into the resort pool with their gowns on!
How They Met
From Dawn: It was June 9th, 2011 when I met Joann. It was a beautiful day. To be perfectly honest, I had a sense that I was going to meet someone amazing that day. In fact, I even wrote it down. There was a street festival going on and people everywhere. I went to a local watering hole to meet up with a friend, whom I immediately had to escort into a cab. Shortly after sending my extremely drunk friend home, a very tall girl cornered me at the pool table. Unbeknownst to me, Joann had spotted my very unimpressed body language and swooped in as my hero. Joann pretended that we knew each other and that we had an unfinished conversation. I jumped on the opportunity to escape. Joann‘s quick-witted humor was one thing, but I quickly found that she has a heart of gold as well. I was hooked.
From Joann: As Dawn shared above, we met a few years ago after Market Days, and the rest is history! Although she lived way up north, and I practically needed my passport to go see her, she welcomed any opportunity to come to Wicker Park to visit Piece Pizza, Big Star Tacos, and of course, see me! Three years of dating later, we’ve moved in together and have adopted our baby June-Bug. She is GREAT practice for a family—and a test of our patience. We’ve had some great adventures together traveling in the country and out. Mostly, I look forward to the adventures our future will bring us. But the best part of Dawn and I being engaged might have been that we definitely didn’t have to worry about whose last name to take!
Photos courtesy of Leah Moyers Photography.
Event CreditsLocation: Cancun, MexicoPhotography: Leah Moyers Photography (www.leahmoyers.com) with Videography by Visual Media Productions (http://visualmediaproductions.info) & Photo Booth by La Cabina Mexico (http://www.lacabinamexico.com/)Planner or Event Designer: Carmen Liborio with Travel & Accomodations by GayDestinationWeddings.comVenue: Sandos Cancun Resort (www.sandoscancunresort.com)
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From Shannae and Tracey: The couple met online in the summer of 2014. Shannae lived in Gilbert, Arizona, and Tracey lived in Yorkshire, England. They began dating with 5,100 miles between them, traveling back and forth as often as possible. Tracey asked Shannae to marry her on December 2, 2015, and Shannae proposed to Tracey on December 22, 2015. The couple applied for a K-1 visa for Tracey to move to America. On April 21, 2016, Tracey had her interview in London for her visa and was approved to move to the USA. Shannae and Tracey were married on May 28, 2016. The wedding was a small family affair.
The couple were married in the backyard of Shannae’s family home. Her brother, Mark, officiated the ceremony. During the ceremony, siblings were asked to read letters that Shannae and Tracey had sent each other. Letters from several family members from England, who could not be in attendance, were also read during the ceremony.
All of the decorations were made by the brides and family members. The bunting was sewn by Grandma Jean and the cake topper was created by Auntie Lynda. Vintage maps, from America and the UK, were turned into flowers and windmills. A globe was used instead of a guest book. A family friend, Julie, took the photos for the couple. The couple plans to hold a reception in the UK in the summer of 2017 to celebrate with their English family.
Photos courtesy of Julie Smith and Jessica Garcia.
Event CreditsLocation: Mesa, AZPhotography: Julie Smith and Jessica Garcia
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While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team is revisiting some of our all-time favorite weddings!
I love the off-white, short dresses in this wedding and the simplicity of the color scheme. I love the genuine smiles of the brides and their clear adoration for each other. But most importantly, I love Wendi and Crystal’s story. I needed it along my journey, and their love is a powerful testament to the beauty and freedom that come from living into your truth. Thanks, Wendi and Crystal, for sharing your story with the world!
Photos courtesy of Alyssa Campbell Photography.
Enjoy the rest of Wendi & Crystal’s photos and read their love story in the original post.
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While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team is revisiting some of our all-time favorite (or, as Alice would say, favourite) weddings!
I love the English country rustic feel of Emily and Holly’s wedding. I love the florals, the bunting, the country church and, most of all, the beautiful flower crown! Their words also paint a beautiful picture of the community of loving family and friends they had surrounding them on their special day. As an English country girl myself, their wedding makes my dreams for the future seem that much more achievable. Thank you, Emily and Holly, for sharing your day with me and the rest of the readers.
(When we got in touch with Emily & Holly, they sent us some bonus shots, since the first time Emily sent the photos, Holly “was not consulted.” Haha. The first photo was one of her picks!)
Photos courtesy of Maxim Burlakov.
Don’t miss the rest of Emily & Holly’s photos in their original post!
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Happy one-year anniversary to this lovely couple!
From Adele: As our first wedding anniversary approaches, we wanted to share some of the photos after using A Bicycle Built For Two as inspiration to plan our special day.
Sarah and I met at work and slowly but surely fell in love. We each secretly planned our proposals, unknowingly deciding on the same date and location. We were both armed with bespoke diamond rings. We both choose Cornwall as the perfect location—our favourite place to be. I beat Sarah by writing “will you marry me?” in the sand whilst she was busy finding the perfect spot to do the same! We were engaged in the November of 2014 and set a date for the big day—May 18th 2015. There was no question about the location for our wedding: we both love Cornwall (where I grew up) and felt our happiest on the beach.
Carbis Bay Hotel offered the perfect combination of relaxed luxury and beautiful views. We are lucky to have a friend, Jon Mayes, who is also an amazing photographer, who kindly recorded our perfect day in these photos. After seeing such beautiful first look photos on A Bicycle Built for Two we chose to keep our dresses a surprise and met up just before the wedding. Sarah looked more beautiful than I could ever put into words—it was an emotional moment and the perfect start to the wedding celebrations.
We asked all our guests to make a piece of bunting, which we then sewed together and used to decorate the room—it looked fantastic and everyone enjoyed comparing their handiwork! The sun made an appearance during the ceremony, we were walked down the aisle by our two best friends, and we said our vows overlooking the stunning views of Carbis Bay. We then swapped the Jimmy Choos for some Havianas and headed to the beach for some photos with my daughters Niamh and Erin and the rest of the bridal party.
We sat to eat just as the rain fell—producing a beautiful rainbow over the bay—a sign that my late father was with us, celebrating our love for each other. The rain then passed in time for ice creams on the lawn, whilst the children built sand castles on the beach.
We were very blessed to be surrounded by so many loved ones on our wedding day, and their kind gifts meant that we were able to begin our next adventure of having a baby together. Phoebe Grace will be 8 weeks old when we celebrate our first wedding anniversary. I have included a photo of Sarah and I with our beautiful daughter—who is the most perfect wedding gift we could have wished for and reminds me every day of the day I married my best friend.
Photos courtesy of Jon Mayes.
Event CreditsLocation: Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall, UK.Photography: Jon Mayes
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Event CreditsAttire: Blinx and The Clothes HorseCakes and Dessert: Chesapeake BayCatering: Cafe CampagneFlorist: Pike Place FlowersLocation: Seattle, WAOfficiant: the Canon to the Ordinary and the Bishop of OlympiaPhotography: Dani Weiss PhotographyVenue: Beecher's Loft
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Event CreditsLocation: Banff, CanadaPhotography: Robyn Kirkpatrick: http://www.robynkirkpatrick.com/
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