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We Have a Winner!

We’re excited to announce the winner of our Brandy Mars Design greeting card giveaway is Hettie, who wrote:

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 8.14.50 PMAs a fellow long-distance-relationship couple, Ashley and I were simply delighted to give Hettie the opportunity to send one of Brandy’s beautiful cards to her girlfriend. They met in school, and have since gone off to different universities in England, and although she says, “we are not very far apart, compared to American or international long distance couples, but it has still been a struggle trying to visit each other during busy term times!”

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Some of their favorite activities include going to concerts and art exhibitions, baking, and “lazing around in front of Netflix (we are currently working our way through Black Sails).” Hettie also sent the photo below, in which they are “dancing (badly) at Manchester Pride.”

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Many thanks to all who entered the giveaway—we wish we could send every single one of you a card! Although Valentine’s Day has now passed, you can still head over to Brandy’s store to get a little something for your next card-giving occasion—or plan wayyyy in advance for next year’s Valentine’s Day!

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Gallery: Bespectacled Brides (Part 2)

You know what they say—clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

For even more wedding-related glasses inspiration, we also loved this beautiful (& inclusive) Buzzfeed post. Check out the rest of our lesbian and queer wedding galleries right here.

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Gallery: Bespectacled Brides (Part 1)

Now feels like a time when seeing things clearly seems particularly important. So today, we’re offering up a collection of LBTQ brides and brooms in glasses, seeing clearly and looking good while doing it.

Hoping for more brides-with-glasses inspiration? Check back for Part Two on Wednesday! In the meantime, check out our other lesbian and queer wedding galleries right here.

Mariah & Natacha
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Popping the Question: Love Songs

Welcome to Popping the Question, our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two, where we tackle questions unique to wedding-planning as a queer couple. 

Today, we’re thinking about music—a tricky thing for every couple, but one that can be made even trickier if you (like me) tend to get hung up on things like heteronormativity or gender pronouns! So today, we’re asking for suggestions for the ultimate LBTQ wedding playlist: What songs were or will be must-plays for your wedding day? What about that all-important “first dance” song?

Take a quick break from calling your senators and writing to Congress (you’re doing that, right, U.S. readers?) to drop us a line or leave a comment.

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What was your “first dance” song? What will be the theme song of your wedding? What are your favorite not-too-heteronormative love songs?

Share your song suggestions in the comments and/or via email. Then, we’ll make a playlist for everyone to enjoy!

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In other news, we’re always accepting your submissions. Now more than ever, we are committed to celebrating our love and our community, and seeing photos from your weddings and engagements in our inbox warms the cockles of our queer hearts!

Photo courtesy of Nicole Barr.

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2016 in Review: When You Just Want S’More Lesbian Weddings

This post is part of our end-of-year round up—to see the other entries in this series, click here. We’ll be posting new weddings and engagements again starting in 2017, so don’t forget to submit your stories and photos!

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! We’re sending warmth and happiness to all our readers this holiday season & wishing you a new year filled with love, hope, and justice.

Today’s Engagement Shot

Caitlin & Laura win the prize for some of our all-time favorite engagement shoot settings: indoors and outdoors, their Atlanta session is as gorgeous as their love.

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Today’s Story 

“Rain was predicted for our wedding day, and we were both so nervous, but when the time came and we had to make a choice to stay under cover and play it safe or take a chance and do things our way, we chose our way. We made it to the vows when the rain started to fall. Even though we had both spent so much time being afraid of the storm, when it hit it was like the pressure of making our wedding perfect just washed away.”—Dani & Melanie

Today’s Wedding Detail

Julie & Laura‘s impeccable Chicago reception featured succulents, chevrons, and s’mores for dessert.

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Today’s Kiss

Danielle & Sandra‘s elopement took full advantage of the incredible Santa Barbara County Courthouse—we love their sweet kiss in this tiled, light-filled alcove. 

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Popping the Question: Put a Ring On It

Welcome to our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two: Popping the Question! Based on the interests you expressed in our survey this summer, we’ll be tackling some questions that unique to wedding planning as a queer couple. 

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Today’s questions are all about engagement rings: How did you pick them out? Did one of you surprise the other? Was it important to you to have matching or complementary styles? Or did you skip the rings entirely, in favor of tattoos or an engagement puppy?

Whether you’re married, engaged, or simply dreaming of future rings, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on this post or get in touch with us. We’ll be accepting responses through next Friday, November 25th, and then we’ll compile a post with some of our favorite stories, so get in touch!

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In other news, we’re always accepting your submissions. Now more than ever, we are committed to celebrating our love and our community, and seeing photos from your weddings and engagements in our inbox warms the cockles of our queer hearts!

Photos courtesy of Scott Martin Studio.

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Wedding: Amy & Amanda

From Amanda: Amy and I have lived all over the country and have friends and family everywhere. We chose to have our wedding in Illinois for a few different reasons: 1) we love Chicago 2) it was legal in Illinois when we started planning and 3) it’s centrally located for guests to fly /drive to. Since we don’t live in Chicago, we needed someone to help us chose vendors and help us through the planning process. Our wedding planner, Lisa Gordon, did a phenomenal job.

Once Amy and I started discussing wedding plans, we quickly came to the conclusion that we wanted something small with lots of charm, simple, and most of all fun. When Lisa sent us the information for Firehouse Chicago, we immediately fell in love with its charm and character. Amy has an outspoken love for spiral staircases and when we saw it lit up, we knew that this was the place for us. We wanted simple decorations and the Firehouse delivered that with their candle and light package. Another great thing about the Firehouse was that we used the courtyard for the ceremony then went directly inside to start kick off the reception. Having the ceremony and reception at the same place made the logistics a lot easier. We chose to have an open bar from the moment guests arrived until the end of the night, which made potentially socially awkward moments early in the night due to some of our guests never having met before less of an issue. The fact that Binny’s will take back any non-opened alcohol allowed us to over-purchase and not worry about running out of drinks.

Amy’s favorite part of the day (besides marrying me and the spiral staircase of course) was riding around downtown Chicago and stopping to take pictures with our bridal party and photographer Agnes Malorny. We have several favorite photos from the day, but our absolute favorite is the one of us standing on a ledge hanging out over the Lake Michigan with the skyline in the background. We had that one printed on 3ft x 1ft piece of metal which is now the focal point in our living room. My personal favorites were the matching converse shoes that we had made with our wedding date sewn into the side and the mini cupcakes that Dave’s Specialty Foods provided. They were SO good. I ate them the next morning and still talk about them today. We don’t have any wedding day horror stories because ALL of the vendors we chose to work with were wonderful. We didn’t have to worry about a single thing that day except enjoying the moment and sharing our love for each other with family and friends.

Photos courtesy of Agnes Malorny.

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Event Credits

Catering: Dave's Speciality Foods, Inc. & Binny's Beverage DepotFlorist: KED Design & Planner: Lisa Gordon//http://lisagordonevents.com/Location: Chicago, IllinoisMusic: Stitely EntertainmentOfficiant: Rev. Rebecca ArmstrongOther: Elite Chicago LimoPhotography: Agnes Malorny Photography//www.agnesmalorny.comVenue: Firehouse Chicago//http://www.firehousechicago.com/ & Hotel Blake for getting ready
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