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Engagement: Sierra & Mallory

From Kaycee, Sierra & Mallory’s photographer: Sierra contacted me a month or so ago asking if I would be interested in shooting their proposal! I just about fell out of my chair!!! I have always, always wanted to photograph a proposal!! Sierra had just moved to Alberta so she could be with Mallory, and I learned more about their relationship over the phone. When I found out Sierra was a massage therapist, I booked an appointment (and consultation combo of course). After the massage, we walked around for over an hour, looking, scheming and planning it right down to the last detail! It was going to be the ultimate surprise, as Sierra said to me– “she will never see this coming!”. Here is their proposal story: 

First Picture
This was the first pose in!! I was so nervous!! I had on my ridiculously thick Roots hoodie with the ring box in the pocket. I’m sure it wasn’t noticeable, but I swear I had a sign on me that said LOOK AT THE SQUARE SHAPED BUMP IN MY POCKET!! I felt like that ringbox in my pocket was like a siren going off constantly.. or that I or that it was going to burn a hole through the pocket and wreck the surprise.. I was sweatin’ about it!! Haha!

Back to Back
This was our second pose in– Sierra wanted the proposal done right off the bat so she wouldn’t have to stress about it!! We planned  for me to wear a sweater on the day of the shoot, keep the ring box in my hoodie, get them into this pose and then “fix Sierra’s hair”. When I went up to Sierra, I handed her the ring box with my offhand so Mallory wouldn’t see it. For these 2 photos, Mallory has NO clue what is going on behind her!! Which is SO exciting!! (Ps Kaycee at this moment takes a big.WHEW, I DID IT AND DIDN’T WRECK THE SURPRISE) lol!

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After our “outside photoshoot” portion, Sierra and I were relieved that we had pulled it off!! The three of us chatted as we walked back into the house and Sierra remarked, “I’m so glad I got to you first. I was so worried that you would have got a ring and proposed first!” Mallory laughed with us and shrugged it off, all smiles… LITTLE DID WE KNOW…..

Second Proposal
THAT MALLORY HAD BOUGHT A RING AND WAS PLANNING ON PROPOSING DURING THE PHOTOSHOOT!!!!!!  I had no idea and didn’t realize that Mallory had disappeared once we got into the house.. Sierra and I were chatting away when Mallory came out of the bedroom with a box in her hand .. I turned around and Mallory was down on one knee proposing to Sierra!!!! Oh my gosh!!! There was a ton of joy in this room!!

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Mallory had planned on proposing during the photoshoot and was planning on doing it during the in-the-house portion!! So it was a DOUBLE proposal!!

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Photos courtesy of Kaycee Ann Photography. For even more proposal goodness, head on over to her blog post here.

Event Credits

Location: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada // Photographer: Kaycee Ann Photography
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Engagement: Ashley & Maggie(!!!)

Remember when we said we had some exciting news to share? We got engaged! For about as long as we’ve been working on A Bicycle Built for Two, we’ve been talking about this occasion, but last month, I finally put a ring on it (as they say).

Ashley and I met while studying abroad at Oxford, so when we decided to go back for a quick visit this June, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to propose in the place where it all began! With the help of a few of her friends, I concocted a series of increasingly improbable scenarios that led us to the beautiful Worcester College gardens, where, way back in 2011, we had spent many happy hours strolling, drinking Pimm’s, and yes, occasionally studying.

After eliminating possible proposal locations #1 and #2, I led us to location #3: the main quad, where I got down on one knee (just like a straight man in a movie!) and pulled out the ring, which was secreted away in my purse. After many exclamations of “Oh my god!,” Ashley said that “Of course!” she would marry me, and we celebrated with tea and scones—as well as this lovely photo shoot.

Finding an engagement photographer from across the pond was actually trickier than I had been expecting, that is, until I found the awesome Marianne Chua, who calls herself the world’s only “funtojournalist.” Although she doesn’t normally do engagements, I somehow charmed her into coming up from London to frolic with us around the amazing Bodleian Libraries, the gorgeous Worcester College gardens, and finally, our favorite kebab stand, where we celebrated the end of a perfect day with fried chicken, chips (a.k.a. french fries), cheese, and a healthy dose of “burger sauce.” As promised, working with Marianne was a blast—and as you can see, the final product was (in our humble opinions) nothing short of stunning!

Photos courtesy of Marianne Chua Photography.

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Event Credits

Location: Oxford, U.K.Photography: Marianne Chua Photography // http://www.mariannechua.com/
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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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Engagement: Lauren & Kaitlyn

From the future brides: Kaitlyn works as a labor and delivery nurse in D.C. and is currently studying at Georgetown to become a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and Midwifery. Lauren teaches third grade. One fateful day, we both “swiped right” on a dating app called Tinder.

We met up for our first date at the National Gallery on October 1st, 2014. Lauren claims to have known instantly that Kaitlyn was “the one.” After walking around the museum to find Degas’ Little Dancer, we were so immersed in conversation that we missed the crosswalk light twice in a row en route to a nearby wine bar. We figured that was a good “sign,” pun intended, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.

After two years of dating, Lauren and her best friend Ekaterina found themselves walking into the same lobby of the National Gallery where the couple had first met. Kaitlyn had ostensibly headed to a meeting that morning for the Lifespan Sexuality Education program (Our Whole Lives) she teaches to middle schoolers through the Unitarian Universalist Church. This explains the all-consuming surprise Lauren felt upon seeing Kaitlyn walk towards her and drop to one knee. Not only did Kaitlyn ask the easiest question Lauren had ever heard (Will you marry me?), but also she’d hired a photographer to capture the whole thing!

The wedding is planned for the summer of 2017.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Fenfert Photography.

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Event Credits

Date: 04/16/2016Location: National GalleryPhotography: Jessica Fenfert Photography
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Engagement: Nikki & Jojo

From Jojo: Nikki and I met in the middle of the ocean. Quite literally, actually. Jillian Michaels, America’s toughest trainer, held a fitness and wellness cruise in 2010. Being a fan of Jillian and someone into spending time on a boat to learn about fitness and wellness, I attended this cruise along with 1700 other people. [Sidebar: I’m also a fan of traveling alone—I suggest everyone try it once in their life!] To get everyone riled up for the next few days of learning and sweating, Jillian and her crew held “Deck Wars” as we left Miami—pretty much a fun competition of the strongest men/women on the boat. In the end of the strong woman squat-off, there was a girl who held a sumo squat for about five minutes with Jillian yelling in her ear. She had some pretty cool threads. Her sneakers were awesome. She had a presence on the stage. She was just badass! From that point on, that girl, Nikki, became the person to meet on that ship.

It was the next night, 80’s night, when our lives would change. I was eating alone in the cafeteria, dressed in a ridiculous 80’s outfit, and someone with a big rocker wig and a mid-riff shirt came up to me. She asked if I wanted to sit with her, her mom, and her friend. It was Nikki — she asked me to join her so I didn’t have to sit alone, and I gladly joined. We absolutely connected over food and fitness, and after the cruise we went back to our lives in Chicago and in Utah. Through the next months, we kept in touch. Eventually, she made her way to Chicago, and it went from there.

Once we started dating, I knew that this was the person I was going to spend the rest of my life with. We’ve been together for just about six years, and I’ve been planning this surprise proposal for a long time. With the global traveling that Nikki does as an international trainer, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to make amazing friendships around the world. I wanted these people, along with our friends and family, to be a part of the proposal. The concept was simple: before I gave Nikki the ring, I wanted to pass it along to the very people who love and support us every single day. And they would pass it on to one another, until it came back to me.

While she was on a work trip to New Zealand, I began executing my plan: I created an instructional Youtube video to explain how they should send in their video clips in January, sent out emails with deadlines, and began compiling the video as the clips came in. I setup a meeting with her boss at work to stage a fake work dinner at the venue, so she knew she had to show up. The venue was close to my office so I could go during my lunch hours to hammer out details and logistics. I worked with a jeweler in Chicago to pick the perfect stone and setting—without knowing exactly what her ring size is, we made sure it was just big enough to go past the knuckle. I hired my colleague to capture every surprise moment (she and her husband also run a wedding photography business). I flew in Nikki’s parents from Utah to be in on the surprise. Every detail was worked through during the time she was away.

We got to dinner with her work colleagues that evening. The venue greeted us at the door with wine and sat us down at our table. City Winery often offers tours of the winery (it’s the only winery in the city of Chicago), so we grabbed our drinks and went on the tour. First stop was their wine and barreling room, next stop: the upstairs private event space where everyone was waiting. As we walked up the stairs, I distinctly recall thinking that I should have put on more deodorant… As we turned the corner and saw the crowd, Nikki didn’t immediately register it was a crowd she knew. She thought, “Oh, there’s a party up here, we should probably go.”  And then she saw her father. Once she saw him, the waterworks started. Then she started to recognize more people: her mom, my mom, my brother, our closest and dearest friends. As we worked through the crowd, and I grabbed her hand and said, “It’s okay, I want to show you something.”

I pressed play on the video that I had worked on for months, and together with our friends and family, we watched as I handed the ring off to one side of the screen, and it was passed around the world, from one person to the next, screen to screen. When it got back to me at the end, I turned to her and said, “There are a million things I wanted to say at this very moment, but I can’t remember any of it, and I’m not even sure what words are coming out of my mouth. But all I know is that I love you, Nikki. Always have, always will. And it would be amazing to spend the rest of my life with you.”

I pulled the ring box out of my pocket, got down on one knee and looked up at the love of my life as I said, “Nicole Ann Snow, will you marry me?” Through the happiest of tears, she said “YES!” and I couldn’t get up fast enough to pull her in my arms and hug my future wife. Our friends and family shouted in joy as I slid the ring on her finger.

We spent the rest of the night celebrating our love, surrounded by the people who mean the most to us. It was absolutely a magical night. I pulled of the surprise of our lives and it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Now *that’s* a proposal! Watch Jojo’s video and footage of the big night here.

Photos courtesy of Adhikari Photography.

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Event Credits

Photography: Adhikari PhotographyVenue: City Winery Chicago
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Popping the Question: Put a Ring On It

Welcome to Popping the Question, our new series here at A Bicycle Built for Two! Based on the interests you expressed in our survey this past summer, we’ll be tackling some questions unique to wedding planning as a queer couple.

This time, we invited you all to share your engagement ring stories, and today, we’re featuring a few of our favorite responses—thanks so much to everyone who got in touch!

From Annie:

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“Once we realized we were on the path of forever we started looking for rings.  Sandy said she wanted “something simple with a small solitaire.” I wasn’t sure what I wanted but I knew when I saw it I would know.I was looking at pawn shops and classified ads. Then, I found it!  It was absolutely beautiful and so “me”:  a center diamond with baguettes on either side and a thin band with small inset diamonds.  I contacted the seller.  The engagement ring and wedding band were soldered together, so we negotiated a price for the set. Then, we made arrangements to pick up the rings in a town about 3 hours away but a snow storm prevented us from being able to travel, so we had to rely on United States Postal Service. While waiting to receive my set I began to search for the solitaire for Sandy.  I found a beautiful half karat round diamond on a narrow gold band. Ideal!

When my set arrived I took it to a jeweler to be separated. On the day we were to pick up my set, now an engagement ring and a wedding band,  our plans were to go to a small quiet park on a nearby lake. We faced each other and spoke from our hearts. We each proposed to the other.  We took out the rings.  I had Sandy’s small solitaire and Sandy had my…. What’s this? A beautiful half karat round diamond on a narrow gold band. I hadn’t seen my ring since we’d picked it up at the jeweler, but the rings were practically identical! It turns out the band to the set was actually a wrap or guard.  The baguettes were attached to it. Once separated it left a solitaire on a thin band as the engagement ring. This was one of those “meant to be” moments.

With our matching engagement rings we went to our special restaurant. Our waitress was the first person we told we were engaged.”

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From Emily:

“After much prodding and begging from me, my girlfriend of four years and I went engagement ring shopping together on a random spring afternoon. We had a great time searching through the different stores and eventually found exactly what we wanted. It didn’t matter to us if the rings matched, just that we liked them, and we split the cost of both to make it fair. Our rings have been safely stored in a lock box under our bed for the perfect proposal moment (though we take them out occasionally to try on and admire again!).

It took us a while to figure out how we wanted to propose. The main issue was that we both wanted to be proposed to and have it be a surprise, but we also wanted to be able to start wearing our rings at the same time, not months apart. We have tentatively decided to do it on a vacation in the summer, where we will visit Madrid and propose to each other at some point on the trip. I am so in love with her and while I’m VERY ready to get engaged, I’m willing to wait for the perfect moment to show her how much she means to me.”

From Anlin:

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“In February 2011 Denise arranged a weekend away in the Drakensberg Mountains for us for the weekend. We went for a grueling walk, which was supposed to have been an easy 2.5 km walk… At the highest point she presented me with a beautiful diamond ring. This was not an engagement, as Denise did not feel the need to get married, but it was a promise to love me forever, and that was perfect for me. So in April that year I bought Denise a ring to do the same, promise my love in a way that the world could see.

About six months later, we went on a road trip around South Africa. We drove 6000 kms and spent many hours together with family and my daughters. When we returned to Johannesburg we went about the New Year as one does, busy with work, overseas meetings for Denise. At the end of January I received a SMS from her asking if I would marry her. I said yes of course, but I did not for one moment think she was serious.

2 days later, when I received a bouquet of flowers at the office and the card read “Please will you marry me?” I realized that she had been serious. I phoned her and said YES!!!!

We had our rings we had given each other and did not want another ring to add to that. But a few months later I lost the ring she gave me, and that gave us the opportunity to have matching rings made in time for our wedding.

Unfortunately I seem to have bad luck with diamond rings, and when our daughter was 2 months old I lost my ring in a parking lot. Must have been the porridge brain that goes with having a newborn baby to look after.  I still have my wedding band, plain Jane, but I need no more… Needless to say, a ring is just that, a symbol to show the world you are someone else’s. We show the world our love for each other in many ways, so we don’t feel the need to replace the lost ring.  Maybe one day when our ship comes in?”

Read more about Anlin & Denise’s love story here!

From Hannah:

“We did forego the engagement rings, since both of us are pretty practical and frugal. We found some really great wedding bands on Etsy though, made from tungsten and Hawaiian Koa wood. The shop has free engraving too, so we are already thinking of what to inscribe on each other’s rings as a gift for each other. This has been one of our favorite parts of wedding planning.”

From Mel:

“Rachel and I had been together 3.5 years before she surprised me and popped the question. Years ago I pinned a ring on Pinterest, but it was so different and so beautiful I never thought I would actually have one like it. Rachel remembered that ring and tried to track it down, but it was originally made in Japan and no longer available as a design. So she asked her college roommate’s uncle (who lives five hours away!) to design the same ring, nervous every step of the way whether it would turn out. I’ll never forget the day she proposed, and how absolutely gorgeous my ring was! Mine was made in yellow gold, and she liked it so much she received the same ring in white gold when I proposed a few months later. Before those rings people assumed we were just friends, but now strangers notice our matching rings and want to know the story of them, and the story of us – it makes me proud to have an outward symbol of our relationship.”

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Planning an engagement this holiday season? Eager for more queer engagement stories and photos? Check out our gallery of proposals here and read more in this Buzzfeed round-up, featuring several A Bicycle Built for Two couples. Or leave a comment on this post to keep the conversation going! We love hearing from you.

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Engagement: Chelsea & Emilee

From Emilee: Chelsea and I both went to a small private school, and she graduated the year before I did. We met again in our hometown almost four years after my high school graduation; I was going to a local university, and she was home after having graduated from Georgia Tech. Two months after an impromptu Starbucks date, we started dating. Seven months later, she moved nearly three hours away to go to medical school. Despite my initial qualms about a long-term relationship, dating Chelsea was one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever decided to do! Our three-year anniversary is coming up in January, and I’ve known I wanted to propose for almost a year now. Chelsea played in the marching band in college, so I wanted to incorporate that into my proposal idea. With some coordination and a lot of favors from friends of Chelsea, I rewrote the words to one of Georgia Tech’s fight songs, turning it into a personalized proposal song. When the band director pulled Chelsea from the alumni band at Homecoming, she knew the big moment was coming! In a circle of our friends and family, I led Chelsea through the words to the song as the alumni band played in the background. When the song was over, I got down on one knee and heard the best “yes!” of my life. Chelsea and I are thrilled to be engaged and look forward to the many years of happiness ahead of us.

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Heath Photography.

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Event Credits

Date: 10/29/2016Location: Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GeorgiaPhotography: Stephanie Heath: http://www.saheathphotography.com/
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