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Each year as we begin to wrap up our season, I can’t help but feel so incredibly thankful for the amazing weddings we photographed, and the couples that have been become a part our family. Thank you for a wonderful 2014! We are forever grateful for each and every one of you!

 

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It is always so nice when we get to spend time with some of our favorite vendors in the industry. I spent the day with Cori and her team, watching them create their magic behind the scenes, and of course talking about our favorite boy bands. Take a peek at our interview with Cori Cook Floral Design.

 

Tell me a little about yourself

I am Cori!  I am 31 and live in Wheat Ridge, CO with my husband and we are expecting our first baby at the end of January!  I grew up moving around the United States and went to college in Southern California, where I met my husband.  We love living in Colorado!  My passions include flowers (ha…obvious!), friends & family, our church, adventure, travel, hiking/being outdoors, and overall just enjoying life.

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What made you get started in floral design?

A few years after college, I felt like there was this creative side of me that was largely untapped.  I decided floral design school would be a fun way to tap into that creative side.  I really never expected to love it so much, but I did.  So I immediately started offering to do friends’ wedding flowers.  I loved that too and eventually realized that I could make a living out of this passion and started Cori Cook Floral Design!

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Tell me about your bride, who is she?

Our bride!  While we work with lots of different personality types, our bride is one who loves flowers and puts a high value on them for her wedding.  Flowers are usually the thing she is most excited about in the planning process.  Our brides are generally more design-savvy or have hired planners who are.  We also love working with brides that are excited about their future marriages!

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Your designs are amazing, where does your inspiration come from?

Our design inspiration comes from a lot of places.  Our biggest inspiration is our relationship with God, the best Creator there ever was…We’re very aware that every creative talent is a gift that’s been given and is a reflection of his Love at work in our lives.  We also have a very creative staff with interests in all area of design, so I feel like I am daily inspired by their unique passions like calligraphy, photography, dance, music, etc.  Otherwise, travel, art, and even window displays inspire us.  We try hard to look for inspiration outside of the Pinterest/wedding blog world, so that our art is original and inspiring.

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Do you have any advice for newly engaged couples?

My biggest piece of advice would be to plan for your marriage as intently as you plan your wedding.  Your wedding, while important (we’ll be the first ones to say that!) lasts a day.  Your marriage should last a lifetime.  Sign up for premarital counseling, do a pre marriage class, ask and ponder the hard questions of communication, family origin, sex, finances…Invest in your future marriage.  It will bring your closer and a couple and make your wedding day even more impactful.

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What is your guilty pleasure?

Guilty pleasure?  Right now, white chocolate peppermint mocha frappachinos from Starbucks…but I’m pregnant.  So don’t judge.

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What is your favorite part of the design process?

My favorite part of the design process is designing bouquets and centerpieces.  Every week and every design is different and presents a challenge, and that keeps me from feeling bored.  Instead, I feel alive when I put together the first centerpiece or bouquet.  After the 25th, I don’t mind a break (:  I also love walking away from a successful wedding install and feeling a genuine adrenaline rush and high on life.  I know we all feel this way and it helps us to know that we are doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing.

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How would you describe your style?

Our style is bold, romantic, and lush.  We really believe that in almost all cases, bigger is better, so skimpy is not the name of our game.  Our arrangements take on a wild and free shape and we love pairing romantic blooms with unique greens, berries, branches, and other textures.

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Anything else you would like brides to know.

We are a full-service, boutique company that specializes in wedding flowers only.  We take a limited amount of weddings per weekend so that our client feels connected to us and confident in our ability to deliver.  We’re currently booking for 2015 and 2016, so call us to book a complimentary consultation!  We’d love to get to know you!

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Make sure to follow Cori. (Links below)

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Email: cori@coricook.com
Phone: 303.842.3273

Denver Floral Design

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I have fallen in love with adventure sessions, and they way the authentically portray each couple we photograph. Nothing is faked, and they end up being so much fun!

I went to school with Karah & Aaron and saw the very beginning of their very awesome relationship, it was amazing seeing them 10 years later, and still madly in love! When I asked what activity described their relationship, Karah immediately decided on camping. Can I just mention that they have the most amazing tent I’ve ever seen!!!

I am so excited to share this session, and stayed tuned for Part 2 in the coming months.

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I love this next photo. So cute.

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We arrived the night before Julie & Tyler’s wedding at YMCA of the Rockies ready to go and super pumped to be sleeping in our awesome bunk beds (cue Garrett throwing pillows at me all night.)

The morning of their wedding, clouds filled the sky and it began to drizzle, I love the feeling of cool mountain air hitting my skin.

Garrett and I started our day with the girls. We knew this wedding was going to be extra special, and with over 40 people in the wedding party. Julie put her dress on outside on the second story deck of the house they had rented for the weekend, and she was so relaxed and calm. Julie loved being outside, even with a few sprinkles,  she really allowed herself to take it all in. I think this was my favorite moment of the day.

We had so much fun and loved being outside with the Rocky Mountains as the perfect backdrop. We didn’t want the bride and groom to see each other during the portraits, so we had to think of creative ways to get everyone together. I love the image with the bridal party on 2 separate levels—it was a great way to get them all together without Julie and Tyler sneaking a peak.

I loved when Julie’s Dad kissed her on the cheek and took a moment to pray with her before the ceremony; it was special to me because they got to share that brief moment together before he walked his little girl down the aisle.

The reception was set up beautifully by Mark Christopher Wedding & Events, and the details were perfect. The threat of storms made for awesome skies, and the rain held off until the very end of the ceremony, when—of course—it hailed!

Thank you, Julie & Tyler, for having complete trust in us and being up for anything! We loved capturing your day.

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The team for Julie & Tyler’s Wedding:

Ceremony: YMCA of the Rockies Reception: Stanley Hotel.

Wedding Planner: Mark Christopher Weddings & Events
Dress Designer: Augusta Jones
Florist: Flori Flowers
Video: K Hodge Films
Band: Diamond Empire Band
Cake: Juliana’s Bakery & Cakery

Hair and make-up: Riverpointe Spa

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Emily and Ben were married in July with a ceremony and reception at Piney River Ranch in Vail, CO.

I love that the whole wedding party took a moment to pray together before walking down the aisle. It was special time to just take it in and really remember what the whole day is about.

After getting Emily in her dress we found that the ceremony was on a 30 minute rain delay. When the weather didn’t clear, everyone grabbed a umbrella, the rain poured, and it went on beautifully. In this case, the rain was a beautiful addition to this mountain wedding.

Rain coming down, them on the dock kissing—it was absolutely romantic—and I loved that Emily didn’t mind getting her hair wet. Emily and Ben were up for taking photos in the rain and going into the middle of the lake while the rain was pouring. Some of my favorite photos—ever.

The rain didn’t stop until it was time to turn off the music and go home.

A few details stand out to me: Ben wrote letters to Emily and kept them in a notebook which he gave her. I thought that was so sweet. And the custom cake topper of the two of them and their pup Bruno was so them!

Emily & Ben, thank you for braving the rain, but I couldn’t imagine your day any other way.

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The team:

Venue: Piney River Ranch

Florals/Decor- Yonder floral & Decor House
DJ—A Music Plus
Dress Shop—De Ma Fille
Videography—Proper Films
Hair and Makeup—Allie Fullingim

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Kate and Nick were married on July 18, 2014 with a ceremony and reception at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau in Estes Park, CO. Garrett and I were so excited to shoot this beautiful Della Terra Mountain Chateau wedding.

Kate & Nick started their day by exchanging gifts. I loved Nick’s reaction when he opened her boudoir album, and the way tears ran down Kate’s face as she read his letter. We had gorgeous blue skies above during the ceremony and their sweet pup Griffin was such a great addition to their ceremony, as he is like their baby. My favorite part of the day was when Kate and her dad were walking down the aisle, the bridesmaids – her sisters, reactions were absolutely the best I’ve seen.

We had just started formal pictures after the ceremony when the weather changed and a terrible monsoon came out of absolutely no where. Kate was such a trooper. It was unlike anything I had ever seen! But it cleared up, and we were able to get a few more of Kate and Nick alone and then they danced the night away! Nick’s brother couldn’t make it to the wedding, so he surprised the couple with a video toast, and it was perfect.

Thank you Katie and Nick, for allowing Garrett and I to capture this moment for you! And Thank you both for toughing out the crazy weather, and not letting it ruin such a beautiful day! If nothing else, it means your marriage can make it through anything.:-)

Vendors

Venue: Della Terra Mountain Chateau
Florist: Boulder Blooms
Catering: A Spice of Life
Cake: Indulge Bakery
DJ: Elite DJ
Dress Boutique: Anna Be
Dress Designer: ANNA MAIER
Bridesmaids dresses: J Crew

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Michelle & Josh were married on September 13 with a ceremony and reception at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail, CO.

As Garrett and I made the trek west, we were talking about how the day before had been so incredibly cold and rainy and we didn’t know what to expect on this special day. Much to our surprise, it turned out to be absolutely beautiful, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!

I loved the moment when Michelle’s Dad saw her for the first time. His response was priceless. Josh and Michelle decided to do a first look, and we were so glad they did. We had the most beautiful light I had seen all year, and the bridal party was amazing and made portraits so fun!

The ceremony went off without a hitch, and I loved the flower girls looking through the window while Michelle got her

dress bustled before the reception. The reception itself was perfect, in true Vail fashion.

We are so excited to see where your life together takes you! Thank you for choosing us to be your Vail wedding photographer.

 

 

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The team for this wedding:

Planner: The Wedding Studio
Venue: Donovan Pavilion
Hair and makeup: The Parlour
DJ: The DJ Guy
Linens: Chair Covers and Linens
Cake: Goochie Gourmet
Flowers: Pink Posey Designs
Caterer: Occasions
Musicians: A Music Plus

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Chanelle & I have been friends on facebook for what feels like forever, I had been following her and Sean’s love story from afar, and was so excited when she asked us to be her wedding photographers. What better place to do their engagement session than where they are having their big day!

The love these two share is amazing. Constant laughter throughout their entire session. Needless to say, we can’t wait for their big day next September at Chatfield Botanic Gardens.

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