From Melinda: Lauren and I met several years ago while living in Ann Arbor, MI. We are currently in the middle of a long-distance stint (she is a PhD student in Baltimore and I am finishing up a fellowship in Chicago)- but very excited about our wedding (on Lake Michigan!) and my move to Baltimore in 2014. Our engagement photos were taken at Gallop Park where I proposed after sending Lauren on a scavenger hunt through Ann Arbor. (She then surprised me by proposing right back!) God, I love that woman!
Photos by Kerri Banyas.
Event CreditsLocation: Ann Arbor, MI
I spent nearly half an hour trying to figure out the most appropriate tag for this post– wedding? domestic partnership? civil partnership? The answer I came up with is twofold:
1. Supreme Court, please get your act together already.
2. Love is love no matter what you call it. And you can so easily see it in Mishawn & Shunda’s smiles! Congratulations, ladies. May you have many happy years together.
From Sara, of Sara+Ryan Photography: Mishawn and Shunda became legal domestic partners but they did not have a ceremony. In fact, they pretty much kept their new partnership a secret…at least at first. They decided that because they did not have a ceremony that they wanted to have professional photos taken, wearing a dress and tux. The photo session took place at Balboa Park in San Diego. They both looked amazing!
They enjoyed their day. Mishawn even sung to Shunda!
Mishawn and Shunda revealed their domestic partnership to friends and family with these photos.
Event CreditsLocation: Balboa Park, San DiegoPhotography: Sara+Ryan Photography
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From Brittany: Being able to marry your best friend is a gift. Jen and I meet 5 years ago and have been dating ever since. Jen finally got the courage and surprised me on May 22, 2012 with the most beautiful ring a girl could ask for. Of course I said yes and began planning my dream wedding. We found a British Pub in Savannah, GA and decided it was the perfect place to say “I do”. So on January 19, 2013 she put on a suit and I put on a dress and we did the damn thing and it was perfect.
Photos by Angelwings Photography.
Event CreditsAttire: David's Bridal & Brookes Brothers Cakes and Dessert: Publix Location: Savannah, GA Photography: Anglewings Photography Venue: Churchhills Pub
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Event CreditsLocation: Patapsco Valley State Park & Clipper Mill Neighborhood (Baltimore)
From Anne Marie: Gorgeous day (I suppose every bride says that) – outdoor morning ceremony at the gardens at Tudor Place in Georgetown, Washington, DC (the estate of Martha Washington’s granddaughter), followed by a champagne brunch at the rooftop at the Beacon Hotel, Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. Smallish event, about 70 people, which was perfectly sized for us as we were surrounded by our nearest and dearest.
Happy, smiling, gorgeous photographs by Colorado-based photographer Kat Murray.
Event CreditsFlorist: My Simply Chic Flowers (Nicole Cui)Location: Tudor Place (Georgetown, DC)Music: Cat Cirner (and Shelley McGuire)Photography: Kat Murray Photography (Denver, CO)Venue: Tudor Place and Beacon Hotel
Posted in Attire, Credits, Florist, Lesbian Real Wedding, Lesbian Wedding, Minimalist, Music, Pants + Dress, Photography, Real Wedding Inspiration, Region, Style, United States, Urban, Venue, Washington DC Tagged Lesbian Wedding
(So it’s kind of a good day when I plan as far ahead as dinner. These two— 21 months, 13 bridesmaids (and a best man!), 1st lesbian wedding ever at Sugarloaf– wow. =) )
From Janice & Kristen: We met just like two typical lesbians would meet in the small community of Portland, Maine…at a bar. We met at Flask Lounge in Portland on July 18th, 2009 and though it wasn’t love at first sight, it wasn’t far off. We became friends quickly, which turned into best friends, then partners, and before long we were engaged. We married on September 29th, 2012 – after planning our wedding down to the final details. It took us 21 months to plan, but we’d spend many nights up late talking about what we wanted and how to keep it on budget (Janice being the budget keeper and me being the big dreamer, or as we like to say “champagne taste on a beer budget”.) But, what we really wanted was a party – one that people would enjoy themselves.
Our first accomplishment was of the party atmosphere was the bridal party – 13 women and 1 best man. It could be a recipe for disaster – or party. I think we lucked out with party time. Our 2nd accomplishment of the party atmosphere was our location. Sugarloaf Mountain, known as the top ski and board spot for Maine and New Hampshire, we were married at the Sugarloaf Inn. Although it rained, we were able to step outside briefly for a few pictures with the fall foliage. We were also the first lesbian couple to wed at Sugarloaf.
I’ll never forget that day, but what helps me most, is our pictures. We had the most amazing photographer, Charity Smith of CSIS Photography. She captured our day, the joy, the laughter, and the emotion of that single day. I hope you enjoy them as well.
Event CreditsAttire: David's BridalCakes and Dessert: Cake - Scratch Bakery / Desserts - Nickie Gagne (sister-in-law)Catering: Sugarloaf MountainFlorist: Us!Location: Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley, MEMusic: Wil Whalen, DJOfficiant: Lori VoornasPhotography: Charity Smith, CSIS PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Us!Stationery: Wedding Paper DivasVenue: Sugarloaf Mountain
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Everything is moving along with the pregnancy (only 2 weeks from the third trimester); we have begun to work on the nursery and have registered (we have NO IDEA what we are doing or what we need). But I am officially on bed rest and have doctor appointments galore - the babies both have umbilical cord problems and as a result they are a bit small. We are all confident that they will be just fine!
Because I have to constantly remain in bed and because I am still working (from home) things are just very busy. So when I received an email from Shannon (a reader who I have never met but can’t wait to have over for a glass of wine…) offering the best baby gift I could possibly receive I was overwhelmed. What a wonderful, wonderful thing.
From Shannon: Hello, On a Bicycle Built for Two Friends!
I started reading Tracey’s wonderful blog about a year ago—initially as a guilty pleasure. I’m a single girl living in SD, and heck, this site gives me hope. =) As easy as it is to gush over all of stunning weddings that this site features (who can’t get these crazy beautiful brides out of their head?), I soon came to understand that On a Bicycle Built for Two is so much more than a collection of pretty pictures. It’s a platform for us as a community to demonstrate the joy that comes into the world when we support each other in love.
With that in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to ante up and support Tracey & Ang in their current project of bringing more love into this world. So for the next few months I’ll be helping Tracey out with blog posts. She’ll still be keeping up her twitter account, so you’ll get plenty of baby news there. In the meantime, feel free to keep sending in your amazing engagement and wedding stories. Let’s keep the love going ‘round and give T&A a few hours to sleep. ‘cause… twins(!)
(Shannon is a 30-something lesbian who resides in SD. She loves the great outdoors, and when she’s not hiking or teaching her cat new tricks, she attempts to keep her instagram addiction in check. She hopes you’ll come visit the site again soon!)
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