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Wedding: Hayli & Ophelia

From the brides: We’re Hayli and Ophelia, and we met in 2010 through our alma mater’s Christian student group. Six years later, we got married in a small town in Maine. Though we didn’t plan or try for a “perfect wedding,” a perfect wedding happened to us.

On that sunny late-spring day, Ophelia’s brother provided ceremony music on the fiddle, and he and Hayli’s brother served as our best men. Our dearest friends prayed for us, and another dear friend— a former professor—officiated. Our menu and many of the decorations were provided by a family friend of Hayli’s who took our suggested theme, “The Shire—a lite version,” and ran with it like a hobbit to a hot pie.

It felt strange—unfair—to be celebrating the most wonderful day of our lives so soon after 49 precious lives were taken in Orlando, but we paid homage to them in the spirit of our celebration. To be surrounded by those who love and celebrate our love is an unmatchable gift, and we hope to live out that love for one another for many years to come.

Photos courtesy of Sandy Lowe & Becky Butler.

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Event Credits

Attire: April Rose: Guilford, CT, USACakes and Dessert: Cathy Feener: Spruce Head, ME, USACatering: Cathy Feener: Spruce Head, ME, USAFlorist: Little River Flower Farm: Buxton, ME, USALocation: The Homestead at Rest & Be Thankful: Lyman, ME, USAMusic: Kevin Hu: San Francisco, CA, USAPhotography: Sandy Lowe & Becky ButlerVenue: The Homestead at Rest & Be Thankful: Lyman, ME, USA
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Wedding: Katie & Hannah

Hannah got in touch with us about posting these photos in honor of her and Katie’s 2nd wedding anniversary on July 31st, but alas, we were just hair too slow in getting back to her, and so instead, we’re helping this lovely couple celebrate their 25th “monthaversery”! Congratulations to you both on more than two wonderful years!

Now, dear readers, before you enjoy their story and take a look at these gorgeous photos, we have just two words for you: RING. TATTOOS.

From Hannah: We usually joke and say we wanted to get married so much we did it three times! We met in Chicago right as 2013 started, and when the time came to tie the knot, we both knew that it would be too hard to pick one of our home places (Michigan and Norway) over the other for such an important event. Luckily for us, Illinois decided to get on the equal marriage wagon in 2014, so that July we got hitched in a tiny (slightly impromptu) ceremony on a pier in our Chicago neighborhood, before moving to Hannah’s home country Norway.

In June the next year we came back to the US for a big family wedding in Michigan with all of Katie’s family and friends + Hannah’s parents and siblings, where we redid the ceremony, and had speeches and dancing and a photographer and got matching ring tattoos. It was a terrible, windy, rainy day, but it was still an amazing party, and we got the most beautiful sunset as a reward. A month later, the day after our “official” one year anniversary, we had our third and last wedding; a reception/one year anniversary party in Norway with Hannah’s friends and family + Katie’s parents, eating bbq and dancing into the night.

Photos courtesy of Optical Amusements.

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Event Credits

Location: Fox Hills Golf Course, Plymouth, MichiganPhotography: Optical Amusements: http://www.opticalamusements.com/
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Wedding: Mariah & Natacha

From Mariah: Our wedding day was very special for many reasons. A big one was the location. We were fortunate enough to get married at Meech Lake, in the backyard of my childhood home, right on the water. This really added to the intimate outdoors/nature theme that we wanted. My partner and I were able to get away for a few minutes after the ceremony by escaping in a canoe. Being able to have a few private moments floating in the middle of the lake to just reflect on our union was priceless. We got engaged on a canoe trip, so it was fitting that there was a canoe on our wedding day.

We had unbelievable support from our family and friends who helped us with many DIY projects that added a very warm and personal touch to our setting. My brothers hiked into the woods to find birch logs and together built our archway that we were married under. It was a labour of love. We decided to have an open bar. In the eyes of our guests, best decision ever. We still hear about it! We were very fortunate to have found vendors and services with people who really took the time to hear what we wanted and who delivered exactly what we hoped for—from our awesome DJ who kept the party going late into the night to our awesome photographers who climbed onto the roof of the house to get that perfect group shot. It made the day run smoothly and provided us with everlasting memories.

Photos courtesy of Black Lamb Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Alliance Bridal: www.alliancebridal.comCakes and Dessert: Claude's Wedding Cakes: https://sites.google.com/site/claudesweddingcakesCatering: Family and FriendsDate: 08/01/2015Florist: DIY by FriendsLocation: Gatineau, QC, CanadaMusic: In Touch Media: www.intouchmedia.caOfficiant: Sheila Winter Wallace of All Seasons Weddings: www.allseasonsweddings.comOther: Makeup: Amanda Wanamaker: www.facebook.com/Makeup-Design-By-Amanda-Wanamaker-583288591744883Photography: Black Lamb Photography: www.blacklambphotography.comStationery: Vista Print
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Wedding: Joann & Dawn

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.

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Event Credits

Location: 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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Wedding: Shannae & Tracey

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.

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Event Credits

Location: Mesa, AZPhotography: Julie Smith and Jessica Garcia
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Flashback Friday: Wendi & Crystal

While we’re on vacation this month, the Bicycle Built for Two team is revisiting some of our all-time favorite weddings!

From Taylor:

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.

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Enjoy the rest of Wendi & Crystal’s photos and read their love story in the original post.

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Flashback Friday: Emily & Holly

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!

From Alice:

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

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