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Gallery: Elopements

There’s a special air of excitement and energy around elopements. The spontaneity! The exciting locations! The lack of elaborate seating charts/expensive venue rentals/etc.!

Of course, we love a traditional (or a beautifully non-traditional) wedding as much as the next person, but today, we wanted to showcase some of the amazing elopements that have appeared on the site over the years, from some of our very first elopement posts like Mari & Cassandra‘s Provincetown ceremony….

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and Naomi & Rachel amusement park extravaganza!

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We’ve got Central Park elopements, like Kelley & Michelle‘s or Liz & Lucy‘s…

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City Hall elopements, like Rebecca & Bonita‘s…

and Danielle & Sandra‘s…

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and so many gorgeous outdoor elopements—like Ellen & Amanda‘s day in New Hampshire…

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Kaitlin & Jenny‘s December beach wedding…

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and Tara & Meegan‘s ceremony in a graffiti-ed Vancouver alleyway!

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But wait, there’s more! Gorgeous natural backdrops like this one, for Tiffany & Stephanie‘s elopement at Wahclella Falls…

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this one, for Kimberly & Hayley‘s wintery Banff nuptials….

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and Lil & Nere‘s majestic mountaintop wedding in New Zealand:

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But the best thing about each of these elopements? The couples! Like Anna & Mel

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Cierra & Jenna, and…
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Latrice & Maurita:

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Did you and your partner elope? Are you thinking about it? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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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.

Carrie & Claire: Carrie & Claire

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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!


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.


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.


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. 


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!


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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