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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Styled Shoot: Blush Wedding Inspiration

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Blush and navy wedding inspiration, Sharee Davenport Photography

Photos by Sharee Davenport, Brittany Slaughter, and Kelly Wilkerson

Without fail, when I hear the term “blush” for a color, I think of Steel Magnolias and Shelby’s wedding colors of “Blush and Bashful”.  It was the most late 80’s wedding imaginable and also the “girliest”. So much so that a roadkill armadillo cake was the only way to combat the overwhelming femininity (pretty sure a womb was her design inspiration). Jump forward 25 years and reverse that polarity for today’s post. This blush wedding inspiration shoot at Moss Events Denver is the quintessential modern wedding and proves that subtle touches of pink can neutralize classic, masculine details and soften a stark, industrial location. When you start with such a spartan backdrop, the design of the decor is allowed to stand on its own merits. But that also means that has to be very commanding because the eye falls solely there. Like the armadillo cake of ages past, the blush sequin table cloth is a big exclamation point that shifts the gender scale. Pink and white roses carry the blush pink softness throughout the shoot and highlight other pink details like the edging on her dress tiers. Her unique dress is a contemporary statement that is striking in its design but simplified in it’s silhouette. The floral crown is today’s bridal headwear staple – an answer to yesteryear’s voluminous bubble veil. But for every bit that her influence is modern femininity; his is classic, formal masculinity. Nearly ever shoot you see has a bride that catches you eye. This is no exception. But rarely is the groom so striking. I’m over here fanning myself like a Southern lady at Shelby’s wedding. “My word!” Some men can really rock a suit and he’s styled so handsomely with his bow tie and pocket square from Denver’s own Knotty Tie Co. The vendor list on this wedding shoot is very Colorado-centric and you feel the influence of our state in the overall aesthetic. Ever able to create civilized beauty in the face of ruggedness, the look is every bit as Colorado as Shelby’s wedding was Louisiana.


Venue: Moss Events Denver | Planner: Cherry Bomb Events | Photography Team: Sharee Davenport, Brittany Slaughter, and Kelly Wilkerson | Hair and Makeup: Alchemy Creative | Dress Designer: Natalie Sonora, nsonora92@gmail.com | Nails: Ashleigh Franke, Jamberry Nails | Ties and Men’s Accessories: The Knotty Tie Co. | Menswear: Weddington Way | Men’s Shoes: Jim’s Formal Wear | Floral Design: Love Letters Floral Design | Cake: Langillicious Fine Pastries | Decor + Place Settings: Plank and Pearl | Napkins: Pear Tree Rentals | Stationery: Felicity Allyse


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