Today’s Maryland wedding is the perfect mix of classic charm and backyard DIY. Kirsten & Matt had a tight budget but also had some specific style ideas in mind. Kirsten always loved the 40s and 50s and decided to use that famous midshipman kissing the nurse picture as their inspiration. They used common Maryland waterfront themes, a bright color palette of navy & yellow and some fun vintage touches to execute their small budget, backyard wedding.

They also relied one lots of family and friends to make their wedding come to fruition. The bride’s sister made the invitations and friends made everything from the bouquets & arrangements to the cake and even appetizers! The groom’s parent’s backyard was the perfect venue, and the strings of globe lights adorned the property perfectly! A special thanks to Horace & Mae Photography for the submission!

Matt & Kirsten’s DIY, Backyard Maryland Wedding with Vintage Touches

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Photography: Horace & Mae Photography | Flowers: DIY | Venue: Groom’s Parents’ House | Signs: DIY | Cake: DIY

From the bride:

I’m one of four girls in my family and the first to get married, so to be nice on my parents, I wanted to keep the wedding as low budget as possible. Our colors were navy and yellow with a nautical meets vintage feel. I’ve always been fond of the 40s and 50s and seeing as how I was marrying a boy from Maryland, the photo of the midshipman kissing the nurse was the perfect inspiration. We had the wedding in a small church, and the reception in the backyard of my in-laws’ waterfront house.

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Unfortunately, none of my family could really be involved in the planning being on the other side of the country and all. But my sister Sarah made all of the wedding invitations, and my mother in-law was instrumental in helping me organize and keep track of everything we borrowed. The week of, however, all family members in both sides helped set up and prepare for the wedding. We had friends making the appetizers, the bouquets, boutonnieres, and flower arrangements, and the wedding cake.

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Click inside for the rest of Kirsten & Matt’s small-budget, backyard Maryland wedding!

Pretty much everything was DIY from the flowers to the various chalkboard signs used.  Most notable was the 17′ boat we had floating in the pool, painted the colors of the wedding, and filled with flowers and candles. Second most notable detail was probably the six strands of globe lights hanging from the house to end of the yard.

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I think the most off beat thing we did was make almost 200 whoopie pies in the different flavors for our guests.

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Congratulations Matt & Kirsten! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, small-budget, backyard Maryland wedding with us! A special thanks again to Horace & Mae Photography for sharing their images for today’s feature.

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    1. The rowboat was a generous donation from a friend. We were frantically trying to find a boat because the one we were set to purchase fell through last minute: it needed more repairs to be seaworthy than we were prepared to deal with 2 days before the wedding. So a friend provided their homemade boat and graciously let us paint it whatever colors we wanted for the reception!

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