Husband {BLOG} Hijack - Cori Cook's Husband

Hi, I'm Michael and I'm Cori Cook's Husband. And this is my story ... 

So, Cori is out and about getting for our trip to California this week and has no idea that I'm doing this right now ... and yes this trip does involve a wedding annnnnd some sunshine and a lot of great ol' friends! We are stoked! Anyways, Cori has no idea that I'm currently hijacking her blog, but I wanted to share with you, her faithful followers, a quick glimpse in to the fun side of Cori Cook Floral Design!

So, we were up in Beaver Creek yesterday setting up a beautiful wedding at the Donovan Pavillion in Vail (she'd be so proud of me for linking that site for you!) and as I was setting out some candle votives (in a very professional manner of course, like always) I caught a glimpse of myself in one of them. So, what does any super professional husband start doing? I start making awesome faces in them and snapping a couple shots, minutes later, Cori catches me, outside on the patio all by my lonesome snapping some pictures of myself in the reflection ... needless to say, if you know anything about Cori, you know that she loves joining in on the fun!

And I, being the supportive husband that I am, thought she'd want you to enjoy some pictures from our candle votive camera booth :) 

Have a great week everyone!!

 - Michael

Husband to Cori and VP of Operations & Etc. - Yes, I gave myself that title :)


Breckenridge Wedding Flowers | Cori Cook + Becky Young

One of the things I have loved most about this summer is our mountain weddings!  I have so enjoyed getting to know some of Colorado's finest mountain towns like Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, and Breckenridge!  This wedding was another favorite to work on as Michelle (the beautiful bride!) was a blast to work with.  Not only was she super laid back and open to ideas, but everything about her weddings was colorful and exuberant!  When I saw this first picture, I immediately emailed my dear friend and photography genius, Becky Young to say, "That is my favorite photo of all time!"  I love the excitement and joy caught in that moment.  Congrats, Michelle & Colin!!!  It was my pleasure to work with you!  Keep in touch (:

Photography: Becky Young Photography (She's fabulous!)
Floral Design: Us!  Cori Cook Floral Design
Ceremony Venue: Seven's Patio at Base 7 in Breckenridge, CO
Reception Venue:  The Maggie in Breckenridge, CO
Catering: Breckenridge Hospitality
Cake & Cupcakes: Sugar
Hair Styling: Elements Salon


The Bridal Bouquet was a vibrant mix of colors.  Flowers used were orange dahlias, fuchsia spray roses, yellow roses, oncidium orchids (one of my favs!) and billy balls.  

Boutonnieres were made of orange mokara orchids and lily grass loops.  With a turquoise bowtie to match the guys' patterned ties.  

Again, another fabulous shot of this new style of corsage that we have been designing.  A single fuchsia peony on a beaded wristlet.  So chic and fun for non-traditional moms!

Michelle had a patterned aisle runner and we provided clean, modern lanterns with yellow oncidium orchids peeping through the open tops.  


  Michelle's banquet-style tables were decorated with patterned runners and lantern floral arrangements.  I love how crisp and clean these turned out!  We also included several vintage bottles down the center of the table with mono-botanical arrangements of zinnias, billy balls, and bells of ireland.  Just a fun pop of color!
Wanna see more?  Click here to see Becky's post on the same wedding!


Villa Parker Wedding Flowers | Ballerina Romance | Natalie & Colby

I love a good, classic, romantic, garden-style wedding.  And you know what else I love about this wedding?  That this bride's last name was "Villareal"...seems fitting she would get married at the "Villa Parker."  I know, it's probably cheesy, but I love things like that.  Anyway, a couple of other things that I love about this wedding:

1. A large bridal bouquet!  I have to often remind myself when designing bouquets to not design it too big.  With the exception of a few brides that request gigantic bouquets (which we happily oblige!), you have to design a bride's bouquet around her style of gown, her size (a giant bouquet on a petite girl just looks funny!), and the style of wedding.  Lucky for us, Natalie is a ballerina.  Which means that although she is quite petite, she chose a nice, ballerina-inspired gown with a full-skirt.  You know what that means:  She could have a nice, large bouquet to help balance the size of her full-skirt!  I loved how her bouquet turned out!  See below.

2.  I love when brides want a flower on each place setting.  It is just such a good accent to the decor and sets the tone for the table.  Normally we would use an orchid or another smaller flower.  But since peonies were in their prime, we decided to keep the ballerina-feel going and place a big, fluffy peony on each napkin and I loved the result.  It tied in well with the lush, garden-style centerpieces, and made the entire Villa smell amazing!

3.  Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a sucker for ruffles, rosettes, and tiny print.  Which is why I can't get over how perfect these bridesmaid dresses are.  I love the color, the rosette detail on the skirt, and the way they are consistent with garden-romance feel of the wedding!  Ahhh!!!

4.  Working with Natalie's photographer: Gaston Photography.  David and I met at one of my very first weddings in California (He, like me, does weddings both in Colorado and California!) and have been friends ever since.  This summer, we had the fun opportunity of working with him on three weddings in a row (more fabulousness of which you will see soon!)  Not only is he a fantastic and seasoned photographer, but he is fun and genuinely kind.  And he takes care of business with photographing my flowers.  I am so thankful for him for that!

And now, without further ado, here is the list of weddings pros that pulled this wedding off!  

Photography: Gaston Photography
Planning/Coordination: Jessica Alder of JA Special Events
Floral Design: Us! Cori Cook Floral Design
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church
Reception Venue:
Villa Parker Cultural & Event Center
Hair & Makeup: Ahhh Mobile Spa
DJ: ShowTek DJ

P.S.  For the flower-enthusiasts out there, I have begun to include a description of the flowers included in our bouquets and arrangements for your reference.  If you ever need help identifying a certain variety in one of our arrangements, let us know!  We're happy to help!  Keep in mind though, that flowers are subject to seasonality and might not always be available.  For your reference, this wedding was on May 28, so if you are a peony-lover, you may want to plan your date around their season (:

Bridal Bouquet made of white and pink peonies, white sweet pea, garden roses, sahara roses, candy bianca roses, ivory spray roses, parrot tulips, and my new favorite for adding romance to a bridal bouquet: "Blushing Bride."  See it in there right below the candy bianca roses and above the pink peony?  Lovely.  Just Lovely.  

There's those amazing bridesmaid dresses.  Love love love.  The bridesmaids bouquets had the same varieties of flowers as the bridesmaids, only we added snowball viburnum for more color.  


LEFT: We designed two types of centerpiece (one of my favorite things to do if you have a high table count!).  The first was a silver platter on which sat three cut-glass vases with varying pink and white arrangements. This one was made of peonies, hyacinth, and sahara roses.  RIGHT: The bridal bouquet with a vintage pink brooch attached.  We love these details.  

Tip for saving without skimping: Reuse your bridal and bridesmaid bouquets as decor for your head table.  Because Natalie had 7 bridesmaids, we had 8 bouquets (including hers) to work with.  Instead of laying these on a table to wilt, place them in vases that line your head table.  It's simple and smart!  Then spend a little bit of money for a rose petal runner, votives, and some pillar candles, and this is the result.

Fluffy Peony on each place setting.  Centerpieces were designed in silver pedestal bowls.  You like?  You can rent them from us!  Centerpieces were made of pink peonies, sahara roses, spray roses, candy bianca roses, viburnum, sweet pea, parrot tulips, and hanging amaranthus.  We also lace wrapped all her votives (look closely to spot them!)


Beaver Creek Wedding Flowers | Kate & Phil | Cori Cook Floral Design

Ahhh!  Coral Peonies.  Juliet Garden roses.  Two of my absolute favorite things on this earth!  

I hope you enjoyed my sneak peak of Kate's wedding last week.  Like I said before, Kate writes her own floral blog (of which I follow!) and had a specific vision about her wedding flowers.  I love how her bouquets and centerpieces turned out.  Natural, organic shapes and textures, while sophisticated and cheery.  As a floral designer working for another designer, you always hold your breath until you're absolutely sure what you designed was what she wanted!  And it was.  The day after her wedding I got this text: "Cori---these flowers are straight out of my dreams."  A great way to end a fabulous weekend of designing!

Photography: Lori Yohe of The Purple Tree Photography
Floral Design: Us!  Cori Cook Floral Design
Planning/Coordination: Gemini Event Planning
Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Beaver Creek
Reception Venue: Splendidio at the Chateaux

Bridesmaid Bouquets: Coral Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Try Ivy, Peony Tulips, and Fuchsia Spray Roses.  Hand-tied in navy silk ribbon.  Bridal Bouquet: Coral Peonies, Peony Tulips, and Juliet Garden Roses.

Centerpieces were organically-shaped beauties designed in vintage, milkglass pedestal vases.  If you love these vases, let me know!  They are one of our favorite rental items.  Flowers included in the centerpieces were coral peonies, fuchsia peonies, parrot tulips, peony tulips, vined kumquats, Juliet garden roses, poppies, spray roses, ranunculus, and try ivy.