Real Colorado Wedding: Sasha and Chauncey | Mile High Station Wedding

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Bride: Sasha, 24 – Consultant | Groom: Chauncey, 28 – Asst. Store Manager
Date: March 12, 2016 | Location: Mile High Station, Denver


#Saucey. Is it possible to have a crush on a whole couple? (They also had a great coordinator in Rachel Austin Events so I might have to add more people to my love-fest.) Because Sasha and Chauncey kinda rock. At minimum I’m falling hard for their wedding.  In addition to the groom sharing a name with my pet fish in college; I like their musical taste, sense of humor, attention to detail, and excellent choice of wedding vendors. Chris McLaughlin Photography (CMP) knocked it out of the park on this Mile High Station wedding. The unusual lighting situation there is a blessing and curse but he absolutely killed it. I was in love with every image and had to sneak photos into collages at small scales (that hurt my soul) because I just couldn’t say goodbye to them! To help you find all the goodness I decided to format this post a little differently. I’m sure a couple who chose mad libs for their guest book could appreciate the #Saucey Wedding Photo Scavenger Hunt. See if you can find them all:

  1. Groomsman chasing a pidgeon.
  2. Upside down newspaper
  3. Bootie grab
  4. Little boy with major attitude
  5. Sensational bokeh (look it up)
  6. Catbeard!
  7. Leg Lamp
  8. Elvis Lips
  9. Best favors ever
  10. “Hi my name is Chauncey and I want to be your next president” – pose ;)

Their Story:

We met while working at the mall in Pueblo, CO. Chauncey began flirting with me the moment I walked in to shop for some clothes (he used to manage the Pac Sun). After a few visits to my store or what his mother calls “stalking” (I worked at Sunglass Hut) he feigned interest in buying sunglasses and offered me his business card to which I replied, “Do you just want my number?”.  We instantly clicked and everything was (and still is!) absolutely perfect. His family loves me, my family loves him, and our friends love each other! We even endured a long distance relationship as he moved to Denver six months after we met and I continued my education at CSU-Pueblo.

We went to Cancun for our 3 year anniversary. The day before what would have been our anniversary, he insisted we go to the beach that morning immediately, which I thought was strange but I went along anyway. I tried to sit down and start sunbathing but he wouldn’t let me and handed me his camera and asked me to film him sending a message to his family. I start filming and he proposed! I started crying like a crazy person and managed to squeal out a yes! – Sasha

The Details:

  • Sasha’s family is Jewish. While the overall goal was to keep the party secular, they did incorporate some traditional elements into the ceremony. Chauncey created a chuppah for their altar and they did the customary breaking of the glass.
  • The couple’s celebrity couple hybridized name was “Saucey” and they took that to the tables with DIY mini-hot sauce bottles labeled “Hot Saucey”.
  • The couple had customized mad-lib cards in place of a guest book.
  • The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s brother, Aaron.
  • Something Old: Mother’s vintage earrings | Something New: Dress | Something Borrowed: One of her earrings as the set was split between sisters (very cool) | Something Blue: “My undies”

The Best Part:

The food, duh, but really it was all our favorite. We really can’t choose. We will say that working with Chris from CMP was also one of the highlights as he made the event that much better and captured everything perfectly. – Sasha

The Soundtrack:

  • Processional: “Madness” – Muse (covered by Vitamin String Quartet)
  • Bridal Processional: “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol (covered by Vitamin String Quartet)
  • Recessional: “500 Miles” – Proclaimers
  • Introductions: “Crazy in Love” – Beyonce
  • First Dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Muse


Venue: Mile High Station | Photographer: Chris McLaughlin Photography (CMP Studios) | Videographer: Greg Schlosser, GPS Wedding Films | Event Coordinator: Rachel Austin Events | Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige via JLM Boutique (CA) | Shoes: Bradgley Mischka | Hair: Jaded Beauty | Makeup: Makeup by Heather B. | Groom(smen) Attire: Calvin Klein via Men’s Wearhouse | Cake: Denise Pedigo | Caterer: Footers Catering | Floral Design: The Olive and Poppy | Rentals: Butler Rents | Lighting and DJ: Elite Entertainment | Stationery: Sweet Zion Paperie


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Want more of this couple? Check out their LoDo engagement session

Real Colorado Wedding: Maaco and Nick | Evergreen Lake House Wedding

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Bride and Groom under the veil

All photos by Ashley Kidder


Bride: Maaco – Controller | Groom: Nick – Optometrist
Date: July 12, 2015 | Location: Evergreen Lake House, Evergreen


Evergreen Lake House wedding photos are always interesting because the lake it sits on is busy…very busy. Some photographers work around the outdoorsy crowd on the lake (typically in Photoshop) and others embrace it. Ashley Kidder is clearly the kind of photographer who can jive with the whimsical nature of this venue and I love the results. The happy couple who selected this site, Maaco and Nick, are as dynamic and vibrant as the scene in the background. Their many laughs together in the album tell you all you need to know about this couple. Their future’s so bright, they have to wear shades. (You’ll get that lame joke halfway through the photos…)

The Proposal:

Nick planned an extended weekend getaway the week following my birthday. I thought the trip was for my big day. I had been teasing about him proposing on the days leading up to the trip. We spent two days in Breckenridge and made our way to Glenwood Springs on the third day. We stopped at Hanging Lake for a hike. It was drizzly hike. Nick kept fidgeting with what I thought was his Go Pro. Little did I know, it was my ring. He had planned on proposing at the top, near the waterfall, but the perfect moment eluded him. We spent the night in the hot springs. We gazed at the stars, while relaxing in the pool. He proposed the next morning in our hotel room. I remember he was so nervous. We took another dip in the hot springs following his proposal. He was so relieved and ready to relax afterwards. It was a perfect weekend! – Maaco

The Details:

  • The mercury glass vases on the tables were DIY and made from a candle stick, candy jar, and mirrored spray paint. (I seriously never would have guessed!)
  • The wedding party wore red as a nod to the bride’s Taiwanese heritage. Red is considered good luck on the wedding day.
  • Maaco tried to tie silver into various elements of the day. I’m particularly drawn to her incredible hair accessories and that gorgeous dress, but touches of the metallic can be found on her bouquet and the decor as well.

The Best Parts: (According to Maaco)

  1. My father’s pep talk before walking me down the aisle and our father-daughter dance.
  2. Nick’s vows. He did good! It was so sweet, but he was able to incorporate a touch of humor as well. We like to have fun with each other.
  3. Seeing all the details and planning come together.

The Soundtrack:

  • Processional: “Canon in D” – Pachalbel
  • Bridal Processional: “Thousand Years” – Christina Perri (Instrumental Version)
  • Recessional: “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
  • First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
  • Father-Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable” – Nathalie Cole
  • Mother-Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  • Cake Cutting: “Sugar” – Adam Levine


Venue: Evergreen Lake House | Photographer: Ashley Kidder | Bridal Gown: San Patrick via Emma & Grace | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Melinda Conley, Pearl’s | Makeup: Nicole Ramirez, Pretty Bride Shop | Groom(smen) Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo via Bridal Loft | Rings: Shane Co. | Caterer: Relish | Floral Design: Westminster Flowers | Cake: La Momo Maes | Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals | Officiant: Kyle Trowel, Blessed Day Weddings


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Love this couple? Want to see more?
(Spoiler alert: They brought their dogs along!)

Check out their engagement session on the photographer’s blog.

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