The images below are the outcome of an excellent group of talented and creative minds who came together to produce an environmentally friendly, literature themed wedding photo shoot strictly as a way to inspire brides to go beyond the norm and plan an event that is truly unique and memorable.
Photography- AudreyHannahPhoto with Flourishstudiophotography
Floral Design- Cori Cook with Cori Cook Floral
Event Design- Ashley Summers with Table 6 Productions
Hair Styling- Heidi Mitchell with HMitchellsalon
Makeup- Janine Schmenk with makeupbyjanine
Location- Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfiled
Dresses provided by- Anne Be Bridal Boutique
The beautiful people modeling for us-
Cameron and Tiffany our perfect bride and groom
Kashelle, and Amy as our gorgeous bridesmaids
Jacob as our strapping groomsman, who also happens to be my little brother... so proud :)
To read a bit more about the process continue below, or to get on to the goods, scroll down-
Many of you may not know that Brian, Louie and I have moved our lives to DENVER from Colorado Springs this summer.
There are many reasons as to why, but the short of it is that our businesses were pulling us into a bigger city with bigger potential. Also, my family stretches across Denver to Greeley and being closer to them was a must after 7 years of being 2 hours away. Now we can enjoy spontaneous dinners and Rockies games with my folks!
As I was preparing for the transition from city to city I began seeking out connections to other Denver wedding vendors and photographers. I didn't want to be alone, lost and overwhelmed in a much larger city and industry.
I ended up meeting with a wonderful woman and photographer, Vanessa Kruse with Flourish Studio Photography earlier this year. We began our friendship over a cup of coffee and were quickly blown away at how our pasts were connected, without even knowing it! Our past connections alone inspired a tie and sparked a friendship... we decided we were not only going to be shallow "industry friends" but decided to try our best at nourishing a true friendship in such a busy and competitive field, (Vanessa, I need to come see your new house... SOON! :)
During our first meeting Vanessa began speaking of this EXCEPTIONAL florist she knew. She RAVED about her.
At that point I really hadn't developed any loyalties to any specific florist, I had seen some great work in Colorado Springs but never made any connections (because I am going to admit right now that I am a horrible networker... I just like taking pictures)
When Vanessa mentioned Cori Cook Floral, my brain immediately reminded me of an email I received a year earlier from Cori Cook! We had previously tried connecting months and months before, with no success (again, bad networker, shame on me)
I remember truly loving Cori's style and was so thankful that another opportunity to meet Cori had presented itself!
The 3 of us ladies met a few weeks later and out of our meeting came the idea for the photoshoot below.
I LOVE working with these truly respectable and talented women, as well as hanging at eachother's houses, playing games, joking about our pasts, eating too much ice cream (Cori and Tex) and just living life together in AND outside of the wedding industry we are immersed in.
From our meetings and overall dreams for the Denver wedding industry we came up with the idea to produce the images below along with the incredible help of Ashley Summers at Table 6. Ashley is a true creative mind who took many of Vanessa, Cori and I's scattered ideas, organized them, added to them, and formed the shoot into a beautiful success. We couldn't have done it without her.
We came up with the literature theme to evoke a fairytale like dream... many people have mentioned how the shoot makes them think of Alice and Wonderland!
We also wanted to keep our shoot completely environmentally friendly seeing as more and more people are going that direction these days. So, all our florals were locally grown, our wedding dresses borrowed, our decor purchased from antique shops and our accessories handmade or borrowed.
I hope you all enjoy this post, and even more, I hope all the brides to be out there are truly INSPIRED to plan a remarkable event that is reflective of WHO YOU ARE!
Love this image... I also love that my vintage refurbished 1920's sofa makes an appearance (thanks dad for your hard restoration work)
notice the beautiful hair styling by my dear friend Heidi Mitchell
just a few examples of Cori Cook's innovative and modern floral design... I just love what she can do with a wedding bouquet (more to come below)
Our lovely tablescape!
Note our adorable wedding favors- herbs ready to be taken home and planted! Again props to Cori!
notice the "book chandelier" and table runner hand crafted out of old book pages (I can't take credit for the idea but I did put in the hours to make it!)
notice the antique glass bottles, vases and trays
love the handmade bow-tie and ADORABLE boutonniere designs
All images in this post taken by yours truly with the exception of this awesome image of my brother Jacob on the left, thanks to Vanessa!
We then proceeded on to a second outfit and accessory change.
Tiffany couldn't have been more beautiful!
LOVE this bouquet by Cori, my favorite of the day! Also, notice the boutonniere and handmade book page bow-tie as well.
~~~~*** BEHIND THE SCENES***~~~
Ashley left, and Cori right, setting up!
Heidi working her hair magic
Vanessa at work!
The whole crew!!!
Top row from left- Cori's hubby Tex and Cori Cook, My hubby Brian and I (Audrey), Heidi Mitchell, Ashley Summers, Vanessa's hubby Jared, Janine Schmenk
Bottom row from left- Kashelle, Jacob, Amy, Cameron, Tiffany, and Vanessa Kruse!
THANK YOU to all involved. Thank you to our husbands who offered their brawn for moving furniture, and also their light blocking skills. Thanks to all the models, I hope you had a great time playing dress up!!
Thanks to the ladies involved in beautifying the models! GREAT JOB!
And thanks to Cori, Vanessa and Ashley for all you did to make this whole thing SUCH A BLAST!
To see Vanessa's images of the shoot stop by her blog and check them out!
Now... what to do for the next one!!!! I'd welcome any themes and ideas :)