Thanks for stopping by! I’m so excited you’re here! I am Cori – the owner and creative director of Cori Cook Floral Design! My world is my family and flowers and I am so grateful for this beautiful life. My heart and desire is that as you spend time exploring this journal, that you too, would be inspired to live your own kind of beautiful life! Cheers!
It’s the first day of Fall! So I thought it was appropraite to share this beautiful photoshoot with all it’s autumn-colored-gloriousness! I am going crazy with excitement, so please excuse the super-long intro of this photoshoot!
This shoot was truly labor of love! Two of my favorite friends (Audrey of Audrey Hannah Photo & Vanessa of Flourish Studio Photography) and I got together last Spring and asked the question, “What would we do if we could have complete design control of a wedding?” Collectively, we have found that brides often get locked into only using two colors or trying to recreate a wedding they have seen in a magazine. The result is a style that is boring and overused. Instead, we wanted to give our readers a glimpse into a creative world that could be their wedding if they just hired the right wedding pros and trusted them with making that vision come alive! AKA: Hire us and we’ll make all your dreams come true (: Ha ha!
We wanted to make the shoot easy on the environment, so we committed to only using things that were reused and environmentally friendly. All the crystal glassware and all the books were found at local thrift and antique stores. The brides tea-length gown is designed by Adele Wechsler, and was made from environmentally-friendly fabrics. Many of the flowers were Colorado-grown and all were purchased from a local wholesaler. All accessories were borrowed. The idea was that nothing we used was brand new. Everything was reused and can be reused again!
Once the ideas were flowing between the three of us, we decided we needed some coordination and design help and called the amazing Ashley from Table 6 Productions. Ashley helped our ideas come together and came up with the idea of hand-making a table runner out of old book pages. We knew we wanted a literature theme and this was the perfect way to get it going!
Little did I know that I would develop some really amazing friendships during this process. Moving to a new state and starting a business by yourself can often be lonely, so I have been so thankful for the great friendships made through the coordination of this shoot…
Lastly, I want to thank all the amazing wedding pros that put their hearts into this shoot! It was an honor to work with each of you and I look forward to hopefully doing it more! Here is the rundown:
Photography: Audrey Hannah Photo and Flourish Studio Photography
Floral Design: Me! Cori Cook Floral Design
Event Styling & Coordination: Table 6 Productions
Make Up: Makeup By Janine
Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens
Hair Styling: Heidi Mitchell
Dresses: From Anna Be
Models: Cameron & Tiffany (Bride & Groom), Keshelle & Amy (Bridesmaids), & Jacob (Groomsman)
Without, any further ado, enjoy this lovely shoot…
…Okay, one more thing…I love comments about what you think about the shoot! Just saying…(:
Notice the vintage book-page runner…Brilliant idea, Ashley!
To incorporate the literature theme into the bouquets, I used pages from an antique book and gave a few of the bouquets book-page loops around the border! I love how they turned out!
Top Left: Coral Peonies with Viburnum Border, Top Right: Daisies with book-page border, Bottom Left: Yellow Button Mums with book-page border, Bottom Right: Baby’s Breath with Dusty Miller Border.
Coral Peonies. They are so beautiful, I can barely stand it!
Vintage Trunk full of yellow tulips, green cockcomb, rosemary, oncidium orchids, viburnum, & baby’s breath…So lovely.
Planted Kale Arrangements.
Right: I love putting this much details into my boutonnieres. Rosemary Spring, lily grass loops, billy balls, and buttons, hand-tied in natural twine and adorned with a vintage love quote. Left: Antique cigar box with a selection of boutonnieres for the shoot.
Left: A favor! A bunch of Rosemary, held together by burlap and a fabric covered button. Ready to be planted. Right: Bridal Bouquet of Kale and Billy Balls. Hand-tied in vintage book-pages and adorned with billy ball “buttons.”
And now, my absolute favorite pictures from the day! (Below)