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Link Love: I Feel Love in This Chili’s Tonight

We’re back with more Link Love, an occasional feature where we celebrate something we love in the LBTQ+ wedding space!

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It’s finally Friday—and I’ve been waiting all week to share this Link Love because, really, how could we *not* let you know about this amazing couple and their Chili’s engagement shoot? Ashley and I love Chili’s so much that this winter, we celebrated our fifth (dating) anniversary with sizzlin’ fajitas—so it goes without saying that we were enthused by these adorable pictures of writer Krista Doyle (author of the book Does This Bible Belt Make Me Look Gay?) and her fiancee!

For more photos from this chips-and-salsa lovefest, head on over to The Advocate, and read about how Krista tweeted their photos to Chili’s and the chain responded with a special congratulatory gift. Pam Beasley would be proud, don’t you think?

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Look for Link Love every Friday through the end of August—and drop us a line if you have a suggestion for a featured link! 

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Queer Card Guide: Coming Out

I know what you’re thinking: when did this become a blog about stationery? Well, in compiling our last two queer card guides, I came across SO MANY beautiful LBTQ+ cards that I couldn’t resist sharing some more with you. So, while I continue searching for that elusive Ms. & Ms. card, we’ll be offering you the occasional dose of queer cards for all occasions!

Today’s occasion? Coming out. And whether you’re the come-outer or the come-outee, it turns out… there’s a card for that!

Yay, You’re Gay: Congratulations & Good Cheer!

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(From left to right: Veronica Dearly & Angela Chick)

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(Clockwise from top left: ThisIsBiscuit Studio, Letters by Bonnie, An Open Sketchbook, & Brandy Mars Designs)

I Have Something To Tell You…

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(From left to right: I’m Different Press & Gay Pigeonmate

(Inside and outside of “Mate…I’m Not Straight” from Letters by Bonnie)

Solidarity & Support

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(Clockwise from top left: No Coast Paper Company 1 and 2, Mishka Marie, & Megan Roy Design)

Cupcakes & Narwhals

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(From left to right: Creature Comforts & Ecolorty)

Other favorite coming out cards? Ideas for queer card occasions you’d like us to cover? Share in the comments!

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Link Love: The Love Interviews

We’re back with more Link Love, an occasional feature where we celebrate something we love in the LBTQ+ wedding space!

Today’s link is this adorable video from Apartment Therapy’s wedding channel, where real-life couple Meghan and Holly tells the story of how they went from neighbors to more-than-friends with the help of two next-door apartments, a tipsy friend, and one sweet dog!

Watch them tell their story here. 

Meghan and Holly sitting together on a loveseat.

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Link Love: Marryokes

We’re back with more Link Love, an occasional feature where we celebrate something we love in the LBTQ+ wedding space!

Although this week’s link isn’t *specifically* LBTQ+, it’s so amazing that we really couldn’t resist sharing….

Meet Marryokes, a husband-and-wife team who specializes in beautiful, epically produced music videos starring couples, their wedding parties, their families, and their friends. We recommend starting here, with this amazing rendition of “I’m Gonna Be” set at a Scottish castle wedding, but really, you can’t go wrong! Ashley and I have spent the morning watching pretty much all the videos featured on the Marryokes site, and they’re all hilarious.

The best news of all is that, in perusing their YouTube channel, Ashley and I were happy to find a few LGBTQ+ couples in the mix—don’t miss Vicky & Michelle’s rendition of “Don’t Stop Me Now.” That being said, we wouldn’t mind seeing MORE amazing queer couples lip-synching for love… so start practicing now!

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Engagement: Ashley & Maggie(!!!)

Remember when we said we had some exciting news to share? We got engaged! For about as long as we’ve been working on A Bicycle Built for Two, we’ve been talking about this occasion, but last month, I finally put a ring on it (as they say).

Ashley and I met while studying abroad at Oxford, so when we decided to go back for a quick visit this June, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to propose in the place where it all began! With the help of a few of her friends, I concocted a series of increasingly improbable scenarios that led us to the beautiful Worcester College gardens, where, way back in 2011, we had spent many happy hours strolling, drinking Pimm’s, and yes, occasionally studying.

After eliminating possible proposal locations #1 and #2, I led us to location #3: the main quad, where I got down on one knee (just like a straight man in a movie!) and pulled out the ring, which was secreted away in my purse. After many exclamations of “Oh my god!,” Ashley said that “Of course!” she would marry me, and we celebrated with tea and scones—as well as this lovely photo shoot.

Finding an engagement photographer from across the pond was actually trickier than I had been expecting, that is, until I found the awesome Marianne Chua, who calls herself the world’s only “funtojournalist.” Although she doesn’t normally do engagements, I somehow charmed her into coming up from London to frolic with us around the amazing Bodleian Libraries, the gorgeous Worcester College gardens, and finally, our favorite kebab stand, where we celebrated the end of a perfect day with fried chicken, chips (a.k.a. french fries), cheese, and a healthy dose of “burger sauce.” As promised, working with Marianne was a blast—and as you can see, the final product was (in our humble opinions) nothing short of stunning!

Photos courtesy of Marianne Chua Photography.

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Location: Oxford, U.K.Photography: Marianne Chua Photography // http://www.mariannechua.com/
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Link Love: Catalyst Wedding Co.

When Tracey started A Bicycle Built for Two, sources of LBTQ+ wedding inspiration were still few and far between—but in the last seven (!!) years, times have changed for the better. Today, we’re fortunate to exist in the midst of an amazing landscape of LBTQ+ wedding goodness, so we’re starting this new feature to share with you just a few of our favorite things in the queer wedding space!

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Today’s Link Love is going out to Catalyst Wedding Co., a print and online publication that covers “love, sex, weddings, and marriage for feminists, the LGBTQ community, & woke folk.” Obviously, their mission is right up our alley, and we’re always pumped to see their great features on real LBTQ+ couples like long-distance lovers Jen & Amy, amazing activists Bianca and Christina, and NYC’s Rachel & Leah, well known to Hamilton fans for their backstage engagement ft. Lin-Manual Miranda. Recent weddings include Crystal and Michaela’s gorgeous two-dress affair featuring both pearls AND lace and Dana and Colleen’s rainy day, which ended with a REAL rainbow!

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The folks at Catalyst are the quintessential wedding space disruptors, working to increase representation and challenge gender roles in the often very Barbie & Ken world of wedding planning. We are so inspired by their work, and we hope you’ll head on over to their site, follow them on Instagram, and maybe even subscribe to that fancy magazine, pictured above!

Look for Link Love every Friday through the end of August—and drop us a line if you have a suggestion for a featured link! 

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Flashback Friday: Kelsey & Meghan

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

From Maggie:

Kelsey and Meghan’s Minnesota wedding is a DIY dreamboat, from the handmade dress (and atttendants’ dresses!!), invitation-assembling crafternoons, and centerpieces built by Kelsey’s uncle! 

As a recent grad school graduate, I can more than sympathize with the desire to have a fabulous wedding that doesn’t involve spending tens of thousands of dollars, and Kelsey and Meghan did just that, with a strict budget of $6,000 and lots of help from friends and family. 

As they put it, “At the end of the day, and after all the heart-ache, we learned that the definition and point of marriage is not only about what the couple mean to each other, but what the couple’s community mean to them,” and that’s just what this wedding demonstrates! 

Photos courtesy of Ingman Photography.

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