Flashback Friday: Lindsay & Christine

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 Ashley:

I am a sucker for DIY weddings, and Lindsay & Christine’s is one that stands out as a favorite of mine! They designed/produced all of the beautiful details of their wedding and the results are truly impressive (check out those gorgeous centerpieces as an example!). I also love this white suit coat/black pants situation and the more feminine take on the bow tie. Finally, this last photo really makes me think we’d be great friends… Brides who dance are my kind of people.

Photos courtesy of Clean Plate Pictures.

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Fresh, New: A *Really* Inclusive Queer Wedding Book

Today, we’re happy to introduce you to a brand-new queer wedding resource: Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding, by Kirsten Palladino of the Equally Wed website!

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this beauty, which came out just yesterday from Seal Press.

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While some wedding books are sprawling encyclopedias, Equally Wed is a svelte paperback, organized into handy chapters that walk the reader through each step of the planning process—from announcing your engagement to picking out stationery and ordering food and drink. At each stage of the process, Kirsten includes Q & A sidebars with questions from real couples, wisdom from experienced LGBTQ+ wedding vendors, and “tasks to tackle” in order to ensure that every box is checked.

Each of these elements make Equally Wed a practical guidebook to wedding planning—but what really knocked our socks off here were the LGBTQ+-specific concerns that don’t usually make it into wedding books—and which Kirsten covers in great detail. The book begins with a glossary of terms that makes it clear that this is a book for everyone: here, Kirsten gives the reader clear, no-nonsense definitions of terms like “broom” and “gride,” as well as a nice explanation of “they” pronouns that seems like just the thing to photocopy for relatives in need of a little extra preparation.

The chapter on attire includes sections about gowns, suits, and more, including more than a page about binders and a great “Ask Kirsten” from a trans woman in need of practical dress-shopping advice. In discussing ceremony options, Kirsten includes a round-up of almost a dozen different traditions, including sand pouring and a chocolate ceremony—something that we had never heard of, but are now keen to explore!

Oh, and did we mention? The forward is by Lance Bass, of *NSYNC! What more could you ask for?

In a world with too few queer wedding books, Equally Wed is a wonderful addition to your planning library, particularly if you and/or your partner are tired of seeing the words “bride” and “groom” here, there, and everywhere. Learn more about the book here, and if you’re in the Atlanta area, head out to Kirsten’s launch party Thursday night, which will feature books, beer, snacks, and plenty of queer wedding goodness.

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Looking for more wedding-planning wisdom? Next week, we’ll have a post about Laura Leigh Abby’s new book 2Brides2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride, which turns two months old this weekend!

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Road Trip: Boston

In 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize marriage equality, so it seems fitting that we’re shipping up to Boston for the first stop on our LBTQ wedding road trip!

In 2014, Melissa & Jamie traveled from Tampa, Florida (where same-sex marriage was not yet legal!) to get married in Boston, and took some adorable photos around the city:
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Then, there’s this glorious shot from
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Erin & Karen‘s wedding on the Boston harbor (or, I should say, “hah-bah”) is also lovely:image10

As is Anne & Tina‘s engagement on the Charles River Esplanade:
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I, personally, am completely in love with Carol & Anna’s wedding at the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum:
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The Arnold Arboretum has also been a prime location for both weddings, like Jennifer & Shereta‘s…
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… and engagements, like Gretchenrae & Molly‘s:
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(Gretchenrae & Molly also took photos at Brookline Booksmith!)Gretchenrae-Molly-engagement-5377-1024x684

Cambridge has been the place for some hip weddings as well; in particular, Samantha & Whitney‘s wedding at the Blue Room…
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… and Katrina & Nora‘s wedding at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.
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We love that dirty water… and all of this Boston queer wedding inspiration!

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Flashback Friday: Tracy & Danielle

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:

If you ask me, Tracy & Danielle’s intimate queer wedding is the perfect manifestation of the strength and community we’ve all needed a little bit more of over the past eight months. With just 52 days of planning and a budget of $1,500, they put together an event that I love for its low-maintenance authenticity. Who couldn’t adore the hand-lettered signs and DIY details—not to mention the obvious love that radiates from these photos? 

Bonus: the food! Judging from the photos, Tracy & Danielle’s guests enjoyed a baked potato bar, a s’more station, and some delicious-looking caramel apple pies that I would more than be happy to dig into.  

Photos courtesy of Wildflower Wedding Photography.

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For even more photos, check out Tracy & Danielle’s photographer’s blog.

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It’s Wedding Season!

It’s that time of year again: we’re taking our annual break from the regular line-up of weddings and engagements to do a little traveling, regroup, and enjoy the beginnings of summer! In our absence, we’ve scheduled a veritable extravaganza of goodness—features on TWO brand new LGBTQ+ wedding books, a photo road trip across the U.S.  in the form of city- and region-specific galleries, and our recurring “Flashback Friday” series, which revisits gems from the archives.

We’ll be back in late June with more more new weddings and engagements—so if you have a wedding or engagement shoot of your own coming up this summer, make sure to submit!

Photo (from this gorgeous shoot) by Amanda Swiger.

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Wedding: Emma & Katie

Emma and Katie’s Georgia wedding was our kind of day: featuring some top-notch dancing, donuts, AND cake. Watch their video here, and be prepared to cry. Their vows are pretty amazing. As for their message on the blog, they kept it simple.

From the bride & broom: It was the best day of our lives and the most fun we’ve ever had (and we have a lot of fun)! 

Photos courtesy of Cassie Xie Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: suit: Bindle and Keep; dress: Mikaella Bridal; Katie's shoes: Cole Haan; Emma's shoes: BHLDNCakes and Dessert: Revolution DonutsCatering: Bold American EventsFlorist: Bold American EventsLocation: Marietta, GeorgiaOfficiant: Rabbi Steve LebowOther: hair/makeup: Veronica Sitterding; videography: JP FrameworkPhotography: Cassie Xie PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: day-of coordinator: Grace Freeman, Lionhearted EventsVenue: The Brickyard, Marietta
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Link Love: An Adorable Book-Themed Proposal!

I wanted to pop by to direct your attention to an incredibly cute proposal, sure to brighten up your Friday morning!

The author/illustrator of a sweet little book called Things I’d Do (But Just for You) created this special custom print for Heather and Ashley.  The full story appears over on the Chronicle Books blog, and it’s well worth reading.

Heather and Ashley, if you’re reading… get in touch! We’d love to feature you two!

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