Styled Shoot: Vintage Tea Party Wedding in Cheesman Park

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Bride with a vintage hat on a red settee, Ashley Kidder Photography, Patina Preferred

All photos by Ashley Kidder

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I was trying to open a vintage rental business (and failed to do so). Why am I telling you this? Because I adore vintage goodies. So much so that I was trying to start a business to conceal my collecting habits. And as soon as I saw the antique sewing machine in this shoot with the Sphinx…well…I was hooked. (And on eBay looking to score my own because I’m also an Egyptian lover from way back.) There is great fun in making the old feel new again. I think that’s what I like about this shoot. The entire setup is awash in vintage decor and nods to Victorian textiles but it isn’t gaudy or matronly. Mismatched china and table linens bring in tons of contemporary color and flair. Rustic elements like the unclothed table bring the feminine down a notch while the modern bride with a striking pink hat adds the pageantry expected of a formal tea. Lush floral arrangements echo the patterned fabrics. Touches of black and wine color on the dessert table are nice a punctuation to the pastel. But my second favorite part of this shoot was the use of edible lace on the cake and cookies. If you want to give yourself a treat, find a video of this technique and be amazed. Victorian ladies would be belly up on their fainting couches if they saw this witchery! For more on the inspiration, lets hear from the shoot’s coordinators:

For this tea party in the park shoot, I wanted to have a light, airy backdrop with an overall timeless feel. Cheesman Park’s pavilion has fabulous Victorian architecture enhancing the romantic vintage-chic touches. I was inspired by how lovely mismatched vintage floral china can come together to create a cohesive and feminine look. The details were as equally light, feminine, and pretty in their pastel color palette. Most importantly, I wanted to create an atmosphere of contagious happiness and elegance. – Laurie Kirkley, Patina Preferred Vintage Rentals

I got my inspiration from Laurie’s vintage tea cups. After seeing the inspiration board created by Laurie I saw she was going for a very vintage yet feminine look. Her beautiful set of vintage tea cups inspired me to use bold blooms with a lot of greenery. I chose a cascade bouquet because that is a very vintage and classic and popular style of bridal bouquet used many years ago. It is slowly coming back in style. Flower recipe: Dahlias, white spray roses, garden roses, greenery and tulips. – Sarah Johns, Something Styled Events and Floral Design

When Laurie approached me to photograph this vintage tea party styled shoot, I couldn’t help but say yes! Her rentals collection is bursting at the seams with character, flair and variety. The combination of her rentals, Pink Paisley Events’ pastel floral design, our gorgeous model in the dress she wore to her summer wedding (Hayley Paige’s Londyn gown), the flawless calligraphy from Whimsy Design Studio, the custom linens from Pear Tree Rentals, the cute-as-a-button desserts from Langilicious Fine Pastries, and timeless hair + makeup from Kim J Beauty was absolutely perfect. The end result was superbly cohesive and I love the looks we created for spring brides. – Ashley Kidder, Photographer


Photographer:  Ashley Kidder, Wedding Photographer | Design and Vintage Rentals: Patina Preferred | Bridal Gown:  Anna Bé | Hair and Makeup: Kim J Beauty | Desserts: Langilicious Fine Pastries  | Rentals: Pear Tree Rentals | Floral Design: Something Styled Events and Floral Design | Stationery: Whimsy Design Studio


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Real Colorado Wedding: Erin and Nick | Quirky Hillside Gardens Wedding

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Bride and groom blowing dandelions, black and white, TMDexter Photography

All photos by TMDexter Photography


Bride: Erin | Groom: Nick
Date: June 22, 2015 | Location: Hillside Gardens & Event Center, Colorado Springs


When we first begin to look at wedding blogs, I think we all ooh and ahh over perfect flowers, modelesque brides, and softly lit portraits. We want wedding day inspiration. And Erin and Nick’s Hillside Gardens wedding definitely has those elements to drool over and pin. But as you move forward planning your real life wedding and reflect upon the marriage to come, you will get an appreciation for the posts that are full of heart, kinda quirky, or have tons of involvement from their “village”. Because when photographers capture those moments of joy you can feel through your screen, you know the couples are in it for the marriage and not just the wedding day. Their joys spread to everyone around them and the love is palpable. These are my favorites.

Their Story: (Via Questionnaire)

Erin and Nick met in their church’s singles group in 2013. Erin was a professional ballet dancer at the time and was very focused on her career; but Nick wasn’t deterred and took on the challenge of winning Erin’s heart. He even went as far as grabbing her and jumping into a pool during a BBQ to get her attention! Eventually Nick’s efforts paid off when he and Erin were engaged during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2014.

The Details:

  • Nick’s last name, Dial, inspired the soap favors.
  • Erin commissioned the owner of Hillside Gardens to create a very meaningful bouquet by taking flowers and foliage from the grounds of the venue.
  • The couple made baskets full of paper airplanes to throw about at the reception.
  • The bride bought her gown pre-owned and made her own veil for a look that is incredibly tailored with a much more appealing price.
  • Erin’s mother designed and sewed the fun, multi-colored bridesmaid gowns. Her sister made the desserts. Friends and family rallied to create the decor and make the food. It was a coordinated effort!
  • The couple performed a foot washing ceremony and sand ceremony to honor their union.


Venue: Hillside Gardens | Photographer: TMDexter Photography | Bridal Gown: The Altar Bridal Consignment | Hair and Makeup: Natalie Spear, Prodigy Salon | Rings: Jared | DJ: Celebrity DJ | Officiant: Pastor Ted Haggard


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