A Transgender Tale of True Love A Transgender Tale of True Love
Kimble and Shelby’s story of how they planned their wedding day will inspire and warm your heart. Thank you for sharing your love story... A Transgender Tale of True Love

Kimble and Shelby’s story of how they planned their wedding day will inspire and warm your heart. Thank you for sharing your love story with us!

Question: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?

Answer: We wanted a ceremony that reflected both of our traditions and our values. For Shelby, nature is important and she wanted to have a service outside.  Kimble is Christian, Shelby is Unitarian, and the service was a blending of both our spiritual traditions, set among the trees and lake.  We didn’t have much of a specific theme other than “fall,” and we used Navy and Burgundy colors since they are two of our favorites.

Question: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

Answer: All of our decorations we did ourselves or with the help of our families.  Kimble made the decorations and we used mostly recycled jars and borrowed plates so as to be both environmentally friendly (a big point of importance for Shelby) and the mix of our friends and family’s plates gave us a home style feel.  The cake topers Kimble made by decorating two small pine cones.  Shelby’s mom made all of the flower arrangements and brought many of the jars and all of the table cloths from her family.

Question: What were the florals like in your wedding?

Answer: Shelby’s Mom did all of the flower arrangements, the bouquet and boutonnieres.   There were a TON of flowers and they were beautiful.  Flower arrangements were in the recycled jars that we decorated with fall themed accents.  These were the main decorations and the centerpieces.

Question: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Answer: Probably the most humorous part and unique part of our ceremony was “Flat Maple” – a life-sized cut out of our dog, Maple.  Kimble wanted Maple to be the “best dog” at the ceremony but we worried she would want to chase the ducks or find a way to take her home between the ceremony and the reception.  A solution was found in dressing up Maple in a matching bow tie for her picture and ordering a “Flat Maple”  cut out as a stand in for real Maple during the ceremony.

Question: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look?

Answer: Shelby actually found her dress on consignment. She was driving by and saw it in the window and pulled in immediately.   It was a pretty traditional dress which surprised us both but she loved it and it was beautiful. She also wore the necklace that Kimble got her for their engagement and a wreath of baby’s breath flowers that her mom helped make.  Kim wore their Navy suit and got a fall vest and burgundy tie for them and their dad to match.  Kimble also made custom cufflinks with little wood cuts that were wood burned with the date on one and K+S on the other.

Question: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Answer: We met through mutual friends.  We had met once in passing but Kimble was kinda grumpy that night and Shelby thought they were probably a jerk.  Later our friends sort of sneakily got us to dinner at the same time as a group and we hit it off. Kim proposed at a cabin in north Georgia. We had coffee and breakfast out on the porch, then Maple (the dog) helped with the proposal by bringing the ring out to Shelby attached to her collar.

Question: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Answer: All of it!  I don’t think that any one moment stands out- being able to share our commitment with each other and our friends and family … its just the whole package.

Question: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Answer: Keep it simple and don’t stress yourself out with all the details.  It’s more about what you have to say to each other than about flowers or decor.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box of “wedding vendors”- we had our local favorite “comfort food” restaurant cater for us and it was not only cheaper but super yummy and homey.  More than anything- remember why you’re doing this- its about the relationship not just the event.


Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: C Brown Photo | Atlanta Wedding Photographer