Colorful Backyard Shabby Chic Wedding from KimJMartin Photography

We haven’t featured the fabulous work of KimJMartin Photography in a while. Needless to say, I was ECSTATIC when she sent this little wedding gem my way! It’s oh-so-colorful (we’re talking all the colors of the rainbow here), sweetly shabby chic and simply backyard fabulous. The bride looks positively spunky in her short vintage dress, yellow shoes and lace BHLDN gloves. And her groom, well, he looks simply smitten and dashing too! Did I mention the adorable dessert table? Because they have one of those too!

romantic bride and groom portraits, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, KimJMartin Photography

orange yellow and peach rose bouquet, lace BHLDN gloves, romantic bride and groom portraits, KimJMartin Photography

orange punched paper escort card and clothespin display, KimJMartin Photography

colorful desserts table, yellow lemon taffy in apothecary jar, homemade wedding cake with shabby chic bird cake topper, golden raspberry and rose garnish, KimJMartin Photography

fun bridal party portraits, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, KimJMartin Photography

romantic bridal portraits, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, KimJMartin Photography

fun bride and groom portraits, bride twirling in her wedding dress to the delight of her groom, KimJMartin Photography

Megan and Stephen met through a mutual friend in San Jose, California when Megan was still in college. The same friend who introduced them saw how well the two were getting along decided to intervene a little more. He hid some pumpkin carving knives in Megan’s house two weeks before Halloween, forcing Stephen to go back and get them. They’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since.

orange yellow and peach rose bouquet, lace BHLDN gloves, KimJMartin Photography

casual formal groom's attire, yellow mum boutonniere, KimJMartin Photography

ivory and purple rose bridesmaids bouquet, gold bauble bracelet, purple bridesmaids dress, white and yellow fan programs, KimJMartin Photography

colorful desserts table, purple yellow and orange desserts table, purple and yellow flag banner, KimJMartin Photography

purple paper pompoms, white Japanese lanterns, colorful backyard shabby chic reception, KimJMartin Photography

just desserts chalkboard sign, desserts table, KimJMartin Photography

romantic bride and groom portraits, first look, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, KimJMartin Photography

Neither Stephen nor Megan can remember who said I love you first, they just always knew they had a special bond. But it wasn’t until they went on a mission trip to Yucatan that they knew they wanted to make it forever. Serving the Lord together has always been a special part of their relationship and they both firmly believe that their shared faith is the glue of their relationship.

After the mission trip to Yucatan where they talked in depth about being ready to take the next step, the two began planning the wedding!!! They decided on their wedding date (2.5 years after Stephen asked her to be his girlfriend), booked the venue, picked the photographer, and ordered invitations before Stephen had actually even proposed!!! He finally popped the question on December 10th in Megan’s apartment, presenting her with the ring they’d designed together :)

handmade shabby chic bride and groom bird cake topper, KimJMartin Photography

colorful shabby chic backyard reception, just married garland, KimJMartin Photography

purple paper pompoms, white japanese hanging lanterns, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding reception, KimJMartin Photography

just married garland, sweetheart table, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, chalkboard menu, KimJMartin Photography

{From the Bride} I made almost EVERYTHING myself for our wedding. My roommate helped a lot and so did Stephen but I used the month I had off during the holiday season to do most of the work. My favorite moment of the ceremony was when a friend of ours did a reading by Sandol Stoddard Warburg called “I like you”. It really represented our relationship and Steven even cried (the only time!). My dad, a pastor, also performed our ceremony and that was really special. Our first dance was Harry Connick Jr.’s “We Are in Love” and we self-choreographed a swing dance that went off without a hitch. What I didn’t realize about planning a wedding was how much outside pressure I would get from friends and family… and how many times I would want to just run away and elope, but I’m glad we didn’t.

colorful shabby chic desserts table, homemade wedding cake with golden raspberries and rose garnish, handmade shabby chic bird cake topper, KimJMartin Photography

colorful sweets display, orange slices in apothecary jars, colorful candy display, KimJMartin Photography

orange rose garnish on homemade wedding cake, KimJMartin Photography

lemon sticks in apothecary jar, purple rock candy, colorful sweets display, KimJMartin Photography

yellow rose and lavender sprig garnish on homemade wedding cake, KimJMartin Photography

{Advice for Couples} Do premarital counseling if you can. It brings up a lot of issues you might not think of. Make sure you share the same life goals and morals. You don’t have to agree on everything but you should be able to accept that. Have fun! Be silly! If you can’t be silly with your spouse, who can you be silly with?

romantic bride and groom portraits in a field, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, KimJMartin Photography

romantic bride and groom portraits in a field, colorful backyard shabby chic wedding, KimJMartin Photography

Oh my gosh! I love this wedding! It’s so colorful and fun and looked like one heck of a party! Megan, to have done most of it yourself, my hat is off to you! You rocked it! Congratulations to you and Stephen! May your lives together always be filled with laughter, fun and color! Thank you for sharing your love story with us! And a very special thank you to Kim for sharing this super fun day with us today! xoxo

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Photography: KimJMartin Photography – Event Design/Coordinator: the Bride/family friend

Venue: Private Residence – Officiant: Rev. Donald Thomas

Caterer: A Touch of Mesquite – Cake: Bridesmaid – Cake Topper: Maid of Honor

Wedding Dress: custom design by Dolly Couture – Lace Gloves: BHLDN

Ceremony Shoes: J.Crew – Reception Shoes: Yoki from ModCloth

Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Calvin Klein

Groom’s Attire: H&M – Men’s Ties: Express

Hair: Argonauta Salon & Spa – Makeup: Bridesmaid

Florals: GlobalRose, Costco and local growers (all arrangements made by the Bride)

Stationery: The Bride – Save the Dates: Tiny Prints

Rentals: Giuffras Rentals – Favors: donations made to Red Cross Japan Relief

Comments

  1. says

    What a fun and gorgeous wedding. I love it and what a talented bride to have done most of it all herself. Kudos to her. I love the colors and decor and especially those “be seated” clothespins.

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      She really did an amazing job, didn’t she?! Everything looked well-put together and absolutely fab-u-lous!! It looks like it was one heck of a party too! Thanks for stopping by, Brenda! xo

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      The colors, the candy bar, the light… check, check, check! I loved those things most too! :) Thanks for reading, Britt!! xoxo

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      It’s always my pleasure, Kim! You do amazing work and I really do adore this wedding! Thank YOU! xoxoxo

  2. Megan says

    Thanks for featuring our wedding!! I had a ton of fun planning my wedding and I hope my work can inspire others :)

    • AlexandraAlexandra says

      Aww! It was such a happy honor to feature your wedding, Megan! You did an absolutely wonderful job putting everything together – it looked beautiful! And I KNOW it will inspire others!! xoxoxo

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  1. [...] I absolutely love Heart Love Weddings, and Alexandra, the editor, is such a joy to work with.  When I sent her Megan and Stephen’s wedding from last June, she was just as excited about it as I was when I was shooting it! Megan put so much amazing DIY work into the day, and her and Stephen were so adorable together.  I was so happy to see it published and to share it with the wedding worldYou can see the full feature here. [...]

  2. […] I absolutely love Heart Love Weddings, and Alexandra, the editor, is such a joy to work with.  When I sent her Megan and Stephen’s wedding from last June, she was just as excited about it as I was when I was shooting it! Megan put so much amazing DIY work into the day, and her and Stephen were so adorable together.  I was so happy to see it published and to share it with the wedding world You can see the full feature here. […]

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