Blue, White and Purple Wedding from Kim J Martin Photography

No better way to start off Monday than with a truly beautiful wedding (with loads of golden, romantic light) from Kim J Martin Photography. I really love the color combination of blue, purple, and white. The blue bridesmaids dresses with the purple and white bouquets is just so, so pretty against the gray of the men’s suits. And that dessert table?? Yummy. And Kim really knows what I love best (I love her for that) and provided loads of oh-so-sweet couple portraits, of which you’ll find oodles of below!!

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Jenn and Brian met while working together at a bank in San Jose. (Brian was only there about six months but their relationship lasted much longer than that!) Jenn was immediately intrigued by Brian the first time they were introduced and after they found out they’d both gone to Cal Poly SLO. They overlapped for two years there and were both in the school of business, but never knew of each other back then. They found out right away that they shared a couple friends and a love of Costa Rica.

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Jenn technically made the first move by asking Brian on several group outings, including a kickball game (after which they played a round of flip cup), happy hour after work (where she actually brought another guy, drank one too many Mai Tais, and ended up suggesting that she and Brian go to Costa Rica together), a Kenny Chesney concert with friends (where they first held hands), and a Fourth of July pool party (where she bandaged him up after he cut his elbow on the pool floor, and he finally asked her out!). Their first date was to see the first Transformers in the theater, and their first kiss was that same night when they got back to her apartment. They laugh when they remember it because he was so nervous he actually missed her mouth the first time and kind of kissed her cheek instead… so they tried again :)

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As they got to know each other better they started to see how much they had in common – a love of travel and seeing the world, the importance of family and friends, love of the outdoors, Mexican food, goofing around, board games, taking photos, country music, and comfy pajamas to name a few.

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One of their most favorite memories together was a trip to Costa Rica and Panama during the first year of their relationship. They’d both been to Costa Rica before but never together, and they had such an amazing time that they were inspired to live there one day. (Which later came true in 2012!!)

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Brian proposed on their annual trip to Napa. They LOVE Napa and head there every winter to see the beautiful mustard flowers, enjoy the crisp sunny weather, drink lots of wine, and eat amazing food. The proposal happened at a small French restaurant in Yountville. Jenn kind of knew it was coming, which is actually a good thing, because when they got there, the host accidentally greeted them at the door with, “Congratulations!” and Brian had to say, “Not yet…” very quietly while she pretended not to notice!!

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After a delicious meal, their waiter brought out their dessert… and a ring! Jenn was so overwhelmed and happy that they both teared up during his short speech. The other guests at the restaurant were so sweet, they clapped and congratulated them, and offered to take some photos of them together. Then they drank champagne and Brian finally could relax!

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{From the Bride} Wedding planning was an overwhelming task for me. I am not the best decision maker, and it’s crazy how many decisions are involved in planning a wedding day! It took us quite a while to find a location we could agree on. Brian’s top pick was a campground along the American River, which while beautiful, was still a campground and I couldn’t get over the idea of dirt all over my wedding dress. My top pick was Bella Vista Bed and Breakfast in Coloma, and eventually Brian agreed to have the wedding there since we hadn’t seen any place that was a better compromise. Mostly we loved the view from Bella Vista, which was gorgeous, and the outside areas for the ceremony and reception were beautiful as well.

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One of our favorite moments from the day was our first look. It had been such a stressful week with all of the final preparations, and when he turned around and we saw each other, the excitement and happiness were magnified and suddenly we were like, “Oh my God, this is really happening!”. A lot of the wedding day is a blur looking back, but certain moments stand out because we tried to slow down, focus on each other and take a mental picture. The ceremony was perfect and I will never forget walking down the aisle, our amazing friend and officiant, Derek, leading the ceremony, saying our own vows to each other, and the kiss!

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At the reception, a few things did not go as well as I’d hoped and I was pretty disappointed and stressed out at the time. But, in hindsight, I was and still am completely ecstatic to be married to Brian, and that is all that really matters! My biggest disappointment was that we had decided not to use a DJ and to just use an iPod. Then I spent WAY too much time picking out all the perfect songs, and not enough time getting them in a proper order! Therefore, they ended up on shuffle, and that just did not work out very well. My suggestion to anyone who asks my opinion, is get a DJ, or at least someone you trust to man the iPod, as its super important for the flow of the reception to have the right song playing at the right time. 

Our first dance song was “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban, a song we both love.

I’ll always remember dancing with my Dad and him telling me how proud he was of me and how much he loved me. I recently lost my Dad and so I really treasure all the memories of him at our wedding and all the amazing photos of him taken by our photographer, Kim Martin.

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{Advice for Couples} My advice for couples planning a wedding is to accept the help that your friends and family offer you, and if they don’t offer, ask for help! I wish I had taken more people up on their offers to help with the planning and details; it would have made the process less stressful! Rather than being a perfectionist and wanting to do it all yourself, let other people play a role, it will be more fun that way. If family and friends aren’t a good option, and you can afford it, I would highly recommend hiring a wedding planner or coordinator. Anything that takes the stress off you at the wedding is something worth considering. Also, I’ll say it again, get a DJ!! There are other ways to save money if that is important to you, as it was for us. We chose a location that let us choose a caterer and bring our own alcohol, so we were able to save a lot of money there. Overall, try not to take things too seriously, and remember it’s all about the two of you getting married. Don’t feel pressured to do it all… We decided not to do some of the traditional wedding stuff, like the bouquet and garter toss, and I don’t think anyone missed it! :)

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bride and groom, blue, white and purple wedding, romantic wedding, golden light wedding, Kim J Martin Photography

Congratulations, Jenn and Brian! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us!! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! Many thanks to Kim J Martin for sharing their very special day with us today! xoxo

Photographer: Kim J Martin Photography / Venue: Bella Vista Bed & Breakfast / Catering: Mike at Bountiful Cuisine / Bar Service: A Perfect Pour / Flowers: Dottie at Camino Flower Shop / Shuttle Transportation: The River Store / Linens & Tables: America's Party Rental / Hairstylist: Jen Bold / Makeup Artist: Michelle Kinkaid / Bride’s Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bridal Salon: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Men's Attire: Renfros Bridal / Love Banner: The Mad Stamper - Etsy

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  1. And you know how much I LOVE that you feature those couples images that I love sending you!! :) Thanks so much for an amazing feature! I love reading through the entire post, it’s so fun to be able to relive my couple’s story again. Thank you for being such an amazing storyteller :)

  2. Stunning colors!

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