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: 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.