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Meet the Team: Morgan

If you’ve been following along over the summer, you may recall seeing a call for volunteers back in June—and now, we’re thrilled to announce that A Bicycle Built for Two has a brand-new all-star team of wedding-lovers! Over the next few Fridays, we’ll be introducing you to the site’s new contributors, all of whom have already begun working behind the scenes to bring you more, better-than-ever LBTQ+ wedding goodness in the months to come.

First up, we have Morgan, A Bicycle Built for Two‘s inaugural social media editor! Since launching our Instagram last month (are you following us yet?), she’s been hard at work bringing cute couples to your phones and spreading the queer wedding love across the internet! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a 29-year-old masculine-of-center lesbian who appreciates great food and red wine. I was born in Massachusetts and did most of my schooling in Northern VA. I recently moved back to the east coast from San Francisco, CA after my 7 year relationship came to an end—so if you need breakup advice or tips on how to be an adult through it all, I’m here for you! Currently, I am taking a few months off to spend quality time with my family and friends, who I saw very minimally during my 5 years in CA.

How did you find A Bicycle Built for Two?

Honestly, I can’t remember. I feel like a friend of mine shared a post on Facebook, and the rest is history. I’ve been following the blog for 5-7 years now!

What do you love about the site?

I love being able to see lesbian and queer love on display. It’s super refreshing and comforting to see people just like me so in love and making such a huge commitment to each other!

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

Single and very unmarried :-). Bonus: I will be officiating my sister’s wedding next October. I’ve been working closely with her and her fiancé on planning and have really enjoyed it!

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

I WILL have a brick-oven pizza bar as “drunk food” post-wedding or at the after-party and a very non-traditional ceremony and reception.

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy being outdoors—going on hikes or adventures. I also enjoy going to movies and concerts! I was raised to love New England sports so my family watches way too much baseball, hockey, and football.

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Do you have any pets?

Not at the the moment. I grew up with two cats though—R.I.P., my loves!

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

Super traditional – turkey, bacon, and avocado.

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

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Are you the next editor of A Bicycle Built for Two?

Dearest readers,

Due to some new developments that Ashley and I excited to share with you over the course of the next couple of weeks, we’re looking for a few enthusiastic lovers of LBTQ+ weddings to join the A Bicycle Built for Two team!

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What We’re Looking For:

  • an individual with their own computer and internet access, who can devote between 5 and 10 hours a week to ABBFT-related duties
  • a responsible and organized calendar-maker, e-mail-sender, and deadline-meeter, who will help keep us up and running
  • a strong writer who will draft warm and witty posts
  • a creative thinker with ideas about how we can continue to improve the site
  • an individual committed to fostering a radically inclusive, forward-thinking queer community that celebrates trans and non-binary folks, people of color, people with disabilities, and many more
  • a reasonably tech-savvy human, with a basic familiarity with Wordpress, Google Apps, and social media like Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram (and/or the desire to learn!)

What We Can Offer:

  • experience: in this position, you will become a master of managing submissions, creating posts, and helping manage our social media accounts—and if you impress us, we will sing your praises to other editors, future employers, and the world at large.
  • flexibility: we’re excited about tailoring this position to your personal goals/strengths/desires, so if there is something you’re particularly into, let us know!
  • potential for growth: longterm, we’re looking for a super-organized, reliable, and inclusivity-minded individual to take over the blog when we step down from our editorial roles in 2018.
  • the warm and fuzzy feeling of supporting celebrating love and promoting queer visibility!

If you’re interested, drop us a line via the Contact Us page, and we can get a conversation started. No need to include a formal resume or cover letter, but the more you can tell us about your interests and experiences, the better informed we’ll be!

FAQs:

Do I have to have planned a LBTQ+ wedding? Definitely not! For this position, enthusiasm is more important that wedding-related expertise!

Can I quit my day job? Unfortunately, due to our limited resources, this is currently a volunteer-only position.

I just discovered this amazing blog! Can I still apply? Of course you can! Just make sure you’ve familiarized yourself with our mission and style before you send that magic email.

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In related news, we also wanted to take the opportunity to thank our fearless assistant editor Taylor for all the work she’s done for the blog in the last year. We’ll miss her Tumblr prowess, but we were thrilled to learn she’s headed to graduate school in the fall, where she’ll be continuing to work to make the world a better place for our queer community (and everyone else)! Thank you, Taylor!

Photo courtesy of Ashley French Photography

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Today

Usually, this is a space for celebration. Today, there’s not much celebrating to do.

But we’re still here—in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and abroad, here to offer support and love and strength to one another.

We’re here because we have work to do: the work of taking care of ourselves and our loved ones today and tomorrow and every day for the next four years and beyond. The work of speaking up in defense of the rights of our black and brown and Muslim and immigrant brothers and sisters, of people with disabilities, of trans folks and the rest of our LGBTQ+ community.

We know this work will be exhausting, but we will not give up. We will keep celebrating our love and our families because we know, down to the bottom of our hearts, that where there is hate, there is love—more love, stronger love—and that love can’t be taken away from us.

We are here. We will be strong.

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Photo courtesy of Amanda Swiger.

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Tumblr & Pinterest Favorites

Every six months or so, it’s fun to check and see which photos are getting lots of love on Tumblr & Pinterest. This fall, there’s some perennial winners (like Jamie & Jesse’s breathtakingly glamorous Chicago wedding), but lots of new favorites as well! Here’s a selection of five of our most-liked weddings—enjoy, repost, pin, share, and if you’re not already following us on Tumblr & Pinterest…well, what are you waiting for?

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It’s easy to see why Emily & Holly’s English farm wedding is such a hit—from their beautiful flowers to that delicious-looking cake.

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Amalia & Melissa’s wedding took place in a NYC bookstore, complete with a subway ride that took place in their dresses!

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Our favorite detail from Adele & Sarah’s English wedding is the bunting: they asked each guest to bring a piece of material and sewed them together to create their utterly unique decor.

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Sheika & Morgan’s Kentucky wedding was held at a tea house, where they jumped the broom, as per African American tradition!

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Jen & Carien’s Chicago ceremony features some great black and white shots—and one extremely adorable baby!

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We’ve also been getting lots of love for our galleries, including our compendium of bookish LBTQ weddings, our extravaganza of brides & brooms in vests, and our seasonally appropriate feature on fall weddings, which opens with this adorable bow-tie-wearing puppy dog:

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Meet the Team: Jane

This Wednesday, we’re delighted to introduce our third (and final!) new team member: Jane, a 33-year-old from Washington, D.C.

How did you find the blog?

One of my best friends showed it to me when we were planning our wedding.

What do you love about A Bicycle Built for Two?

It gives LBTQ women a place to share ideas, designs, and their stories…. It is nice to feel represented! When planning a wedding, all the bride/groom crap gets annoying.

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

 We got married almost a year ago ON the day marriage equality was passed – June 26! We totally got lucky! Planned the wedding for over a year… it was awesome. Here it is!

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

We forced all of our friends and family to embark on a rather tedious journey (two+ flights, taxi ride, boat ride, another taxi, etc.) to the Virgin Islands, which was the biggest “must have!” We love St. John and had a blast sharing our love with our favorite people. For the wedding ITSELF, I insisted on the best catering we could find (I’m a total foodie), and my wife insisted on the best photographer we could find (she’s VERY into photography).

What do you do for fun?

I’m a bookworm, so you’ll find me engrossed in my Kindle. We also love the outdoors and travel.

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Do you have any pets?

Yes, we have a menagerie, as we both love animals. We have three cats and two dogs. The cats are Maine coon, Bengal, and a black DSH. The dogs are both ridgebacks. Cats: Dolphin, Phoebe and Noir. Dogs: Supernova and Zuzana (Nova & Zu).

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

I don’t like cold sandwiches in general. Deli meat is gross. A really good panini with pesto, mozzarella and prosciutto will go over well though!

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Many thanks to Jane for volunteering her time to work with A Bicycle Built for Two! She has her own web design company, and has offered to help us with some much needed updates to the function and design of the site. We can’t tell you how excited we are to see the finished product!

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Meet the Team: Taylor

Taylor is a 20-something who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and today, we’re excited to introduce her as one of the latest additions to the Bicycle blog crew!

How did you find the blog?

I can’t remember the specifics, but it must have been a few years ago when I was beginning to ask Google for answers about my sexuality. Thanks, Google! You’re a lifesaver.

What do you love about A Bicycle Built for Two?

I absolutely love the stories – they were what keep me coming back all these years! Finally I had narratives that I could see myself in and stories of new possibilities for my future.

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

I am (very) unmarried. Not sure if there are varied degrees of being unmarried… But I do hope to be married someday!

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

Since many of my friends are getting married, I think about this question a lot. I want my future wedding to be an expression of who my partner and I are as a couple. So my “must-have” would be the courage to break tradition and be creative!

What do you do for fun?

I love spending time with people, first and foremost! This often includes exploring the city, biking, hiking, attending events and eating good food. I also enjoy reading and playing the violin.

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One of Taylor’s favorite bookstores. 

Do you have any pets?

I don’t, but I love cats! Befriending people with cats that I can cuddle is a high priority.

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

If I’m making it myself on-the-go, I love a good peanut butter and honey sandwich, especially if the honey crystallizes around the edges. Otherwise, Reubens and anything with hummus are favorites!

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Check out that slice of avocado on the left! 

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Many thanks to Taylor for her willingness to get involved with A Bicycle Built for Two! She’ll be managing our social media and working on special projects—you’ve already seen some of her awesome work on our Tumblr page!

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Meet the Team: Alice

Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the first of our new team members: Alice, a recent university graduate who lives in Oxfordshire, England! 

How did you find the blog?

Honestly, I’ve been reading it for so long I can’t remember! I think I might have stumbled upon it through a Tumblr post, but I’m not entirely sure.

What do you love about A Bicycle Built for Two?

I love that it gives a platform to so many LGBTQ women, from all walks of life, and celebrates the love between them. The blog was a great source of comfort and hope to me when I was coming to terms with my own sexuality, providing some much-needed representation of the kind of future I wanted to have. I particularly love reading the stories of how couples met, and the ‘Brides Revisited’ series. The beautiful photos aren’t so bad either!

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

I’m unmarried and definitely won’t be planning a wedding any time soon! That said, it can’t hurt to store up ideas for the future, right?!

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

This is a very theoretical question for me right now (see above!), but first and foremost I would want to enjoy the day celebrating with the people that I love. There is often so much stress surrounding weddings—the day should be all about joy and love! (Sorry that came out sounding more cheesy than I intended!)

What do you do for fun?

I love spending time outdoors—especially hiking and rowing (the sport, not arguing!). I’m also a bit of an old lady at heart and enjoy knitting when I get the time!

Do you have any pets?

I have a dog called Oscar who’s just turned 1. He’s a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever—it’s a bit of a mouthful!

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Look at that model dog! 

What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?

What a difficult question! It’s going to have to be a tie between tuna mayo and jam. (I think you might call jam sandwiches ‘jelly’ sandwiches across the pond, but I could be mistaken!)

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We’re so grateful to Alice for jumping in to help with A Bicycle Built for Two. She’ll be managing all of our new submissions and keeping the blog running on the daily—we can’t wait for you to see all of her beautiful work!

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