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.

Real Colorado Wedding: Jennifer and Scott |Glacier Club Wedding

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Bride: Jennifer, 28 | Groom: Scott, 27
Date: September 12, 2015 | Location: Glacier Club, Durango


It’s always a great joy to welcome vendors to the blog. Today is the first post for Kelly Miranda Photography, whose work has been on my radar for quite awhile now, and also for this particular venue. I love repeat contributors to the site but am also excited whenever I get to step into new territory. Welcome!

Jennifer and Scott’s Durango Glacier Club Wedding in the fall utilized shades of purple to contrast the autumn landscape and technicolor green of the well-groomed golf course. Wooden elements like the altar pieces, flower box centerpieces, and plank guestbook brought the Colorado lodge feel to the wedding with their wood-burned monograms. The clean white linens and an abundance of beautiful flowers kept things feeling bright and alive at a time of year when nature is waning. And all this while planning from a distance. It is a remarkable world we live in where the internet can bring two people together, help them plan a destination wedding 6 hours away, and let other Coloradans draw inspiration from their beautiful album. Thank you to Jennifer and Scott for letting us be part of your day!

Their Story:

Scott has a crazy work schedule and I was new to Denver and we were both not wanting to meet someone in the bars, so we decided to try our luck on eHarmony. According to him, he messaged me and if I didn’t respond in the next few days, he would move on. Lucky for him, I did respond. Our first date was dinner and Cirque du Soleil. After dating for about 2 ½ years and buying a house together, it was time for the next step. I’ve always wanted to hike Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, so he took me a few days before I started a new job. We were taking pictures at the top when he asked what I thought. He then said he was going to make it even better, got on his knee and asked if I would be his wife. After much disbelief I said yes. The best part is we were the only ones at the top and that will always be special to us. – Jennifer

The Details:

  • Most of the decor of the wedding was created by the bride, including the adorable kids’ activity books that entertained the junior crowd. She also made the very impressive clay dish that the rings were presented on!
  • Jennifer’s dad made the wood altar pieces and the wooden flower box centerpieces. He then branded them with the couple’s initials. (Love this detail)
  • The guestbook was a large wooden slab that was stained and had the couple’s monogram and wedding date burned into it to echo the centerpieces’ branding. (From Etsy)
  • A memorial table honored the friends and family of the couple who could not be there.
  • Jennifer had a piece of her mother’s wedding dress tied around her bouquet. This was especially meaningful as her grandmother had made the gown.
  • The ceremony was officiated by a family friend who, like Scott, has a law enforcement background. He HANDCUFFED the bride and groom together during the ceremony!
  • Something Old: Lace around her bouquet | Something New: Dress | Something Borrowed AND Blue: Grandmother’s jewelry

The Best Parts:

I would say Scott’s favorite part was the reception and being able to enjoy the time with his family and friends. Mine was doing the first look with my dad. We have always been close and Scott and I knew we wanted our first look to be at the altar. Also, during the father daughter dance, half way through, my dad went and got my older sister and I got my grandpa, and we finished the song with them. – Jennifer

The Soundtrack:

  • Processional: “We Bought a Zoo” – Jonsi
  • Bride’s Processional: “Marry Me” – Train
  • Recessional: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” – Stevie Wonder”
  • First Dance: “Then” – Brad Paisley


Venue: The Glacier Club | Photographer: Kelly Miranda Photography | Bridal Gown: Casablanca Bridal via Amanda’s Bridal | Hair: ReyLynn’s Barber Lounge and Hair | Groom(smen) Attire: Denver Tux | Bridesmaid’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Rings: Shane Co. | Cake: Barbara Mills | Floral Design: Wildwoods Fine Flowers | DJ: Stand Alone Entertainment


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