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Meet the Team: Adriana

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

Today, we’re pumped to present Adriana, A Bicycle Built for Two‘s new Outreach Editor! In this role, she connects with the ABBFT community to bring you insight into the LBTQ wedding world. Just this week, we featured her work in our latest Brides Revisited interview with Shoshana and Meredith. We can’t wait to read more awesomeness from Adriana (I, for one, am hoping to get ahold of some of these vegetarian recipe haikus…)!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m just a lesbo living in London who enjoys alliteration. I’m a fond lover of cats—really out of the norm for lesbians, I know. In between my love of cats and avoiding London on a Saturday afternoon, I teach the youth of tomorrow.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

One of the Sundays where you’re curled up on the couch *for a quick 10 minute sesh* and lo and behold, 10 hours later I was scrolling through ABBFT and weeping a tiny bit at how beautiful all these wonderful stories of love were.

What do you love about the site?

That it provides a space for queer women to seek out ideas for weddings, to find stories about love between people, and all the pictures of cake.

What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

Very few people there. Only the people I love. Which are my cats.

What do you do for fun?

Google vegetarian Buzzfeed recipes and write haikus about vegetarian recipes.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I feel really lucky to be able to be part of a team that wants to create such an amazing site for queer women to form a network and community that promotes, honors, and celebrates love in all its wonderful and complex forms.

Thanks to Adriana for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments.
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Meet the Team: Casey

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

We’re celebrating FriYAY by introducing you to Casey, our new Content Editor at A Bicycle Built for Two. You can see some of her awesome work in our Popping the Question: Love Songs post from this week, but be sure to stay tuned for more from this DIY & cat-loving team member!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Casey! I’m a 26 year old living in Boston, originally from California. I work in non-profit fundraising as a development officer, and I use she/her pronouns.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

I found ABBFT during finals one year in college. I wasn’t out yet and it was incredible and so reassuring to see couples that looked like me falling in love and getting married. It gave me hope.

What do you love about the site?

Everything! I love seeing two people so in love and all the intricate details that go into decorating for everyone’s special days.

Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

I am in a long term relationship. I think she’s pretty much the best person in the world so I would be into planning a wedding with her someday.
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What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

I really love anything DIY and hope to make as many things by hand for our wedding as possible.

What do you do for fun?

I love anything having to do with cooking or baking. My partner and I always try to go on little mini adventures around New England to explore new places. I also love my cats and love talking about them.

Ah, so you have pets! Tell us more.

My partner and I have three cats. We adopted a kitty off the street about a year and a half ago and she turned out to be halfway through a pregnancy, so when the kittens came we kept two and they make up an odd adorable little family.

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What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Turkey club hands down forever and ever.

Anything else you’d like to add?

If you like pictures of cats and baked goods, or want to connect, come find me over on Instagram @caseyshizuye!
Thanks to Casey for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments—and look out for our final “Meet the Team” post this time next week.
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Popping the Question: Love Songs

We’re back with another installment in Popping the Question, our series where we tackle questions unique to wedding-planning as a queer couple.

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This time, we’re focused on the challenge of picking a first dance song when a lot of songs don’t always feel like they apply to we queer humans the way they do to others.

From Deborah:

Our first dance was “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by the Talking Heads. For Melissa, the lyric that nailed it was “Home, is where I want to be/But I guess I’m already there”.

Read more about Deborah & Melissa in their Brides Revisited post

From Leah:

My wife and I signed our first dance in ASL. Well, we danced a little when there was only music. We signed “Give Me Your Forever” by Ben Harper. It was a surprise to everyone, as we didn’t tell a single soul what we were planning. It was pretty awesome to see and hear all of the reactions from our guests when we broke apart and started signing to each other.

We also thought we’d give few answers from the team here at A Bicycle Built for Two:

From Morgan:

“Love Me Like You Do” by Elle Goulding – This is good song to dance to and get the party started!

“Take Your Time”by Sam Hunt – I love this song about getting to know someone more and spending time together.

“For My Love” by Bethany Dillon – This one’s an older song—and technically off a Christian/gospel album—but it’s a great love song for everyone nonetheless.

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From Adriana:

“Doo Wop” by Lauryn Hill -The song informed for the first year of my relationship with my girlfriend. We’d lay in various London parks, the sun shining down on us rapping (badly) to the song.

Meanwhile, Maggie and Ashley are hoping that Brandi Carlile miraculously comes out with a few more wedding appropriate songs before they tie the knot! Fingers crossed!

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A few other great ideas from our commenters (thanks, Deborah & Erica!)

“Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin

“Wherever is Your Heart” by Brandi Carlile

“Love is the Seventh Wave,” as covered by The Duhks (and thus sung by a woman!)

“Here, There, and Everywhere” by The Beatles

megan and lauraPhoto courtesy of Madeline Faye Photography. (See more from Megan and Lauren’s wedding here.) 

Thanks for all your responses! Keep an eye out for the next installment of Popping the Question, when we’ll talk about how you chose to walk down the aisle.

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Meet the Team: Erin

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

Today we’re excited to introduce Erin, one of our two new managing editors. Along with her partner, Sam (who was featured last week!), Erin has brought her insights and talents to A Bicycle Built for Two, working hard behind-the-scenes to make sure all of your LBTQ+ wedding and engagement beauty shines through each post.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Erin! I’m a 27 year old from the east coast recently transplanted to California.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

My partner, Sam, is a huge fan of the blog! Throughout our long distance relationship she shared ABBFT posts with me.

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What do you love about the site?

I really like the photography, and the wedding dress inspiration!

Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

I’m in a long term relationship, marriage may be on the horizon.

What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

A Free People wedding dress and family.

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What do you do for fun?

Go to the beach, read, peruse Instagram, watch Netflix.

Do you have any pets?

A family cat named Alice and I miss her very much.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Grilled cheese with soup on the side!

Thanks to Erin for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments—and look out for another “Meet the Team” post this time next week. 

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Meet the Team: Sam

Another Friday, another new team member to introduce!

Today we’re thrilled to present Sam, one of our two new managing editors (the other is Sam’s partner Erin, who you’ll learn more about next week!). Since diving into A Bicycle Built for Two a little over a month ago, Sam’s helped manage new submissions and publish new posts, putting her technology savvy and passion for LBTQ+ love to work in order to bring you plenty of wedding goodness.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Sam, a proud California native & Sign Language Interpreter.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

I came upon the blog 7-ish years ago after starting a long distance relationship with my partner, Erin.

What do you love about the site?

Seeing the representation of my community, love, & beautiful pictures/stories/wedding inspo!

Are you married/unmarried/planning a wedding/etc.?

Long term relationship with plans to marry in the near future!

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What was/is one must-have for your wedding?

Succulents, up-cycled & DIY decor, 90’s-early 2000’s jams.

What do you do for fun?

Craft, DIY, thrift hunt, go to the beach, read, watch Netflix, research minimalism/tiny living/zero-waste lifestyles.

Do you have any pets?

None yet.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Vegetarian here so… loaded with veggies! I could eat a sandwich everyday, no joke.

Thanks to Sam for sharing her time and her talents with A Bicycle Built for Two! Give her a warm welcome on in the comments—and look out for another “Meet the Team” post this time next week. 

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Queer Card Guide: You’re Transtastic!

It’s time for another Queer Card Guide, and this month, we’re focused on trans folks. We’ve got punny greetings for top surgeries of all kinds, the perfect paper goods for sharing news of your transition, and this transtastic hand-printed masterpiece from Grape Gender Crush Designs:

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Scroll onward for more queer card goodness!

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(From left to right: our friends at Ladyfingers Letterpress & Paradise Papercraft)

Puns Galore

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(Clockwise from top left: Peppersprout Press, Gay Pigeon, Four Letter Word Cards, & Henson Handmade)

Mmm… Pizza Rolls

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When Cis Folks Mess Up…

Try not to. But if you do: apologize, do better—and send a card!

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(From No Coast Paper Co.)

Love is Love is Love is Love is Love

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(Clockwise from top left: An Open Sketchbook, Mark It Proud, Prickly Cactus Collage, & Carolyn Draws)

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Popping the Question: Walking Down the Aisle

We’re back with another installment in Popping the Question, our series where we tackle questions unique to wedding-planning as a queer couple.

Today is all about strutting your stuff! We all know that “tradition” dictates how couples are supposed to walk down the aisle, but what happens to those of us who don’t fit into that traditional binary? If you’re already married, tell us: How did you decide who would walk down the aisle? Did you both walk down together? Or did you forgo that tradition entirely in favor of a different kind of grand entrance? If you’re planning—or just dreaming of—that perfect ceremony, how do you envision taking those all-important steps?

On a related note: what do dads have to do with any of this? Will pops be “giving you away”? Will you go it alone? Or will a member of your chosen family be walking you down the aisle?

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Whether you’re married, engaged, or simply dreaming of the big day, we’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment on this post or get in touch with us . We’ll be accepting responses though Friday, September 18th, and then we’ll compile a post with some of our favorite stories, so get in touch!

Photo courtesy of Cassandra Zetta

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