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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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Wedding: Susan & Julie

From Julie and Susan: After Julie and Susan got engaged in Cambodia, they knew they didn’t want typical fairytale wedding with veils, grandiose cakes and give-away Dads. Their wants were pretty simple: an authentic day with a touch of tradition and a ridiculously fun party. They decided on a restaurant named Osteria Via Stato close to their home in downtown Chicago. The venue was perfect for their 120-person ceremony, followed by great food, wine and a live band who played everything from Madonna to songs that honored Julie’s New Orleans roots.

Even though the weather was ridiculously cold, the warmth from Julie and Susan that day was enough to warm the city. If their smiles are an indication of their love, they will live happily ever after and continue to write their own version of a fairy tale every day.

Photos courtesy of Elena Bazini.

Event Credits

Catering: Osteria Via StatoFlorist: Sprout HomeLocation: Osteria Via Stato, ChicagoMusic: Ralph Wilder OrchestraOfficiant: Melissa ThornleyPhotography: Elena BaziniVenue: Osteria Via Stato
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Wedding: Lorie & Renee

From Lorie: When Renee and I first met, we knew we would love each other deeply. Our story is one you see in the romance movies, the love at first sight moments where the characters turn to each other and say, “Have we met before? I feel like I’ve known you forever.” After 3 years of melding our lives together, Renee asked me to marry her. It was official, our lives of two would become one. We announced our engagement to our family and friends and the planning for our big day began.

Off to the court house we went in New York, where same sex marriage is recognized. Then we went to where we first met, Fort Lauderdale, Florida to celebrate our marriage in a ceremony/reception that was nothing short of a fairytale like wedding. 100 friends and family members joined to celebrate with us. With our two sons escorting us down the aisle, we met at the alter and said our “I do’s.” Then the party began! Guests were welcomed in by a drag queen that was over-the-top exquisite and then entered a room that just shouted two women are celebrating their love here today.

We are sharing our story with the hope that other lovers that are dreaming about or are planning their wedding day can find inspiration from our story. We came across this site when we were planning our wedding and we found inspiration from some of the other stories shared here. Watch our story told through this video clip

Photos courtesy of Munoz Photography.

Event Credits

Attire: Peggy's Bridal in Rochester NYCatering: Marriott Harbor BeachFlorist: Panache Style in Fort Lauderdale FLLocation: Fort Lauderdale FloridaMusic: Mike Sipe EntertainmentOfficiant: Bobby KeiserPhotography: Munoz in Fort Lauderdale FLPlanner or Event Designer: Katie PakradooniVenue: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
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Wedding: Carin & Ilani

From Carin and Ilani: We got married in Cape Town, South Africa. It was mid-winter there, but when we woke up on our special day, Table Mountain wasn’t covered in a white cloth, but stood with all its attitude against the bluest sky. We could not have asked for a better view from our beautiful suite at The One & Only Cape Town.

We have been working and living in Taiwan now for a couple of years, but knew that we wanted to celebrate our wedding in our hometown. Looking for the perfect venue in South Africa is like looking for the perfect star in the sky. The area around Cape Town is surrounded with hundreds of beautiful venues. Unfortunately not all venues are open to LGBT couples. (South Africa legalized same-sex marriage in 2006.)

Lucky for us we happened upon The One & Only’s website and we were immediately blown away. Every single person who we came in contact with at the resort was amazing. They catered to our every want and need and planning the wedding from the other side of the world was a breeze. We felt like family by the end of our stay and we will definitely return as soon as possible. One of the highlights was the food. We chose a buffet style menu and it exceeded any expectations. The dry ice sorbet pallet cleanser between courses added to the magic that was in the air.

We made use of the in-house florist, Gerhard (www.dukeandduchess.co.za/). We loved the plain white ballroom with pink lighting. The candlelight from the tables created the perfect atmosphere. We didn’t stick to traditions, but we did have a wedding cake on every table that doubled as a centerpiece. We aren’t big fans of flowers, but we loooove cake. So it just made sense. We donated the cakes that weren’t cut to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital the next morning. Waking up early the morning after was HARD, but so worth it.

When it came to music I had it covered. I have been working on a wedding playlist since birth. We asked Mark from www.dreamweddingdjs.co.za to use the playlist as is. He also supplied our rocking black&white dance floor. Looking back we could not have chosen better songs. We entered our ceremony with Phillip Phillips singing “Home.” It was perfect. We danced our first dance to “Tougher than the Rest” by Bruce Springsteen. It wasn’t a typical song choice, but represented us as a couple the best.

Because we live so far from home we decided to make the invitations, placemats (which doubled as a guest book) and seating chart ourselves. It made us feel more involved in our wedding planning. We ordered custom badges for everyone for the seating chart and that was part of their favor. The other favor was the invitation itself. We made e-invites and put it on USB’s. We posted it to all our guests. It was a lot of fun to make!

We weren’t too worried about what we would wear. We were just happy spending the day with the people we love. We had our dresses made here in Taiwan. We wore matching white converse. I ordered my suit from Her Tuxedo. I loved changing into it for the reception. I was one of the crowd while my beautiful new wife was the only one in white. She looked spectacular! We asked our guests to all wear black for the day. It was a beautiful contrast to our white decor and the pictures came out great.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The best moment of our lives was announced…

“I give to you Carin and Ilani van Wyk”

Photos courtesy of Greg Lumley.

Event Credits

Location: One & Only Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICAMusic: Mark from www.dreamweddingdjs.co.zaOther: Videography: Brian Seymour http://shootandcreate.co.za/ Decor: Gerhard www.dukeandduchess.co.za/Photography: Greg Lumley www.greglumley.com
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