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Wedding: Mirhanda & MB

From the couple: For most of our (admittedly short) engagement, we thought we were going to elope. Large gatherings are not really our thing, and we would much rather spend the day reading in a tea room. Ultimately, though, all 6 of our Southern parents got involved, and the rest is history.

In the end, our theme became “It’s Not a Wedding Without _______.” In place of gifts, our guests brought the one thing they thought was essential for any wedding to have. By the end of the day, we had flowers, dresses, cake, a photographer, and a trip to Asheville. One of our friends even brought herself as our last-minute officiant (Thanks, Mo!).

The day was wonderful, and we joke that we must be the only couple to be surprised by their own wedding!

Photos courtesy of Annamax Photography.

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Event Credits

Cakes and Dessert: http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/Photography: https://www.facebook.com/annamaxphotography/Venue: http://www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com/
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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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Flashback Friday: Katie & Sheila

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

Today’s wedding is from another one of our friends, Michelle, whose wedding & anniversary story appeared on the blog last year. When we asked for her flashback favorite, she picked Katie & Sheila’s South Carolina wedding from the fall of 2016.

From Michelle:

Everything about this wedding speaks to my heart—the colors, the setting, the tight budget. I deeply empathize with the struggle that comes from a long-distance relationship while one half is in another country—my own wife & began our courtship while she spent eight months away, most of that on the other side of the world. The photos of these ladies on their wedding day are evidence enough that their love is strong & beautiful, enough so that they can weather adversity and gather their loved ones together in celebration of who & what they are.

Favorite points: Guh, the dresses! Talk about “simplistically beautiful”! There’s nothing I don’t love about this wedding attire. (My wife & I also discussed wearing colored gowns while our bridemaids wore white, so my envy is showing a bit here.) The soft, dreamy pastels, the long clean lines of lace, the flower coronets: everything here works to showcase the image (my particular fave is the second-to-last one!) of a marriage built on love, trust, & the joy that comes from being together.

Photos courtesy of Cheye Hammond.

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Wedding: Tracy & Danielle

From Danielle: Tracy and I originally met about 4 years ago through mutual friend groups. At the time we both were seeing other people. We reconnected a year and a half ago and this time we were both single. It was our fast-thinking mutual friends who planned a group outing that allowed our friendship and relationship to grow. We went on a hike with our dogs on Memorial Day of 2015 and have been together ever since. January was not the original plan for our wedding, but November 8th changed everything. Our wedding was not an act of fear, but an act of love and solidarity. Being able to celebrate our love in front of family and friends was one of our favorite parts of the day. The day was so laid back and drama free that we would both do it all over again. Tracy and I planned a wedding in 52 days on a $1,500 budget. Our advice: do what makes you happy. We omitted being walked down the aisle, father/daughter dances, unity symbols, traditional ceremony scripts, etc., and our day was amazing and filled with so much love and joy.

Photos courtesy of Wildflower Wedding Photography.

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

Event Credits

Attire: Danielle's Dress - Modcloth / Tracy's Suit - Ao Dai (Jacket) & H&M (Pants)Cakes and Dessert: Peggy Jean's Pies - http://pjpies.com/Catering: McAllister's Deli - http://www.mcalistersdeli.com/locations/mo-columbia-grindstone-parkway-121/menu/beveragesFlorist: Danielle went DIY on almost all of the details. She made the fabric scrap garlands, the glass plate signs, guest favor glasses tags...Location: Columbia, MOOther: Beer - Logboat Brewing - http://www.logboatbrewing.com/ Wedding Rings - Buchrader's - https://brdiamonds.com/?gclid=CPG9iqXT2dECFRG4wAodU9UMAgPhotography: Wildflower Wedding Photography - www.wildflowerweddingphotography.comVenue: Friend's Backyard
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Wedding: Ivy & Courtney

From the brides: We met while working for our college newspaper almost eight years ago. We’ve moved through cities and careers together, and now Ivy works for a nonprofit and Courtney works for the state House of Representatives. We got married on the evening of December 31st in our backyard because we thought 2016 needed something nice in it!*

Photos courtesy of Reggie Beehner Photography.

*(For similar reasons, we’ve scheduled this post to go up at noon today.)

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Event Credits

Location: KentuckyPhotography: Reggie Beehner Photography
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Wedding: Katie & Sheila

From the brides: After a crazy year of being hounded and ultimately outed by our conservative university (where we met!), we finally decided to show the world that love truly does win. Sheila had to go back to Canada for the summer due to immigration issues, but before she left, she proposed to Katie by a trickling stream with an opal ring from Etsy. The plan was to be married in August upon Sheila’s return to the States, and when Katie came up to Canada to visit, she surprised Sheila with the most tenderhearted, gorgeous, sandy-beach, ocean-side proposal. We both finally had our special rings and were officially, 100% engaged.

As mature college students, our budget was tight, but our wedding turned out simplistically beautiful. Our church family rallied around us, and friends and a little bit of family from far and wide came to support us and surround us with love on our special day. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter group of people around us and had so much fun dressing up in colors while our bridesmaids wore white. We just don’t do things by the book.

Looking back, all we can see is the joy, even in the midst of the family chaos around us and the challenges we have and will face. We love each other more than ever and are so excited to spread that love.

Photos courtesy of Cheye Hammond.

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Event Credits

Date: 08/20/2016Location: First Baptist, Greenville, SCPhotography: Cheye Hammond (https://www.facebook.com/CheyeHammondPhotography/)
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Wedding: Nichole & Liz

Nichole & Liz may win the award for quickest submission: they got married this past weekend in New York City, and had sent us their photos within two days!

From Nichole: My wife and I had a Periscope wedding at City Hall. We had everything we wanted on a super shoestring budget– just under $800– and here’s how we did it: we decided to nix the big venue, catering, and entertainment, which can cost upward of $10k, and went with a magical union at city hall with just a few close friends and family members as our witnesses. Then we discovered the Periscope app! Just days before the event we invited all our friends and family near and far to join us in the live stream of our ceremony.

We had 4 bridesmaids who all wore something yellow (my favorite color), a lacy white dress I already owned, a white collared shirt, slacks, vest and shoes for Liz, and City Hall as our backdrop. My sister narrated the whole shindig, and 40 guests tuned in and commented and snapped photos the whole way through. Our biggest costs were the rings engraved with “pari passu” totalling $400, Liz’s outfit at $150, and the celebratory dim sum meal and drinks in nearby chinatown with the bridal party at $150, along with the small cost of marriage license and registry. For just under $800 total, it was intimate and fun and filled with so much love. Everyone we wanted to be there was there and we didn’t have to pay by the head– or for a photographer/videographer to capture the day. 

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Event Credits

Location: City Hall, New York CityPhotography: friends & family
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