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Cori Cook Floral Design

Denver, Colorado

Y’all. I’m beyond excited for today’s vendor. While I truly love every vendor I feature on this site, Cori’s work is just magical. I am a sucker for a stunning bouquet, and I cannot help but swoon over her beautiful floral creations. Her work is one of the reasons I really love working in this industry. It’s just inspiring.

Where are you located and do you travel for weddings and events?
We are located in Denver, CO. We do travel for weddings and service the Rocky Mountains (Vail, Aspen, Beaver Creek, etc) as well the Fort Collins and Colorado Springs areas. We also do several weddings in Orange County, California every year as that is where we began our business.

What is you biggest inspiration when working on floral design for a wedding?

Our brides. Our goal is happy brides. We design in a variety of styles (classic, modern, rustic, funky, etc) and our goal is to determine the style/vibe of our brides and design flowers that perfectly suit and compliment her style of wedding. We are also always very inspired fashion and interior design. Anything from a fabric pattern to a lampshade to the color palate at Crate and Barrel inspires us with new ideas for design. For this reason, we think it is very important to stay “up” on what is in style in these industries. Plus, it’s a great excuse to go shopping (:

What got you interested in flowers?
I have always been interested in nature. My mother is a nature-lover and always made my family stop to notice and thank God for the beauty and intricacies of nature. We used to plant flowers together every Spring and she often bought herself weekly flowers to decorate the house with. I have always, always appreciated flowers. After graduating college, I had a strong urge to work with flowers. So I went to a floral design school and started doing friends’ weddings. Thankfully, God has given me great favor in this industry and I realized I had a natural knack for design.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
Passion! I am very passionate about what I do. I think it is always, always important to be learning, growing, and maturing in my ability to design and run a business. So I am always trying to better myself and my business model. We work very hard to make our brides extremely happy with our services. And because we specialize in only weddings, we have time to invest!

What are your favorite flowers / plants to work with?
This is always hard question as a florist to answer. I really can appreciate just about any flower for it’s unique qualities. But what makes me squeal with delight when I have it in my cooler are peonies and lily of the valley. I have expensive taste (:

What keeps you busy outside of floral design; what are your hobbies?

I think it is important to have a BIG life outside of my career! First of all, I have an amazing husband who I love living life beside. I also have a great family and circle of friendships. Those are my priorities. Besides spending time with those people, my other hobbies include cooking, running, reading, singing, gardening (a brand NEW hobby), DIY home décor, volunteering in the youth ministry at my church, camping, etc. I want to do it all!!

Colorado Occasions

Denver, Colorado

Erica is a fabulous Denver-based Colorado whose work I was introduced to thanks to a dear friend.  She recently re-located back to her home state of Colorado after living and planning weddings in Florida. Her love for life and planning unique and personal events is infectious. Plus, she really encourages her clients to make their event what they want it to be. Not what society tells them it should be. If that’s not a girl after my own heart right there, then I don’t know what is.

Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
We are located out of the Mile High City, or Denver, Colorado. We love it here!! And we are world travelers – ready to hit the road wherever the next event takes us. We have planned weddings in Florida, Oregon, MEXICO, and of course all over the state.

What is your biggest inspiration when planning and / or designing a wedding?
The greatest inspiration comes from my Brides and Grooms. Nothing inspires me quite the way each individual couple does; there is something special to be said about each one and I love to focus on their uniqueness so that it definitely shines through in every aspect of their big day. I really strive to make their day incomparable to any other, and I’m talking about more than color scheme, flowers and monograms!

What got you interested in event planning? Did you start out in weddings?
I have always been a planner, and super organized! No detail is too small in my eyes. Whether it was our high school groups Halloween party, a friends surprise birthday party in college, or a charity kickball tournament – I seem to gravitate toward making the impossible possible (and making it look good too!). I was offered the opportunity to work for a premier planner in Tampa, Florida and I took the opportunity with guns blazing. I fell madly in love with the wedding and event industry… and Voila! Here I am today, starting my second company here in Colorado.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
What sets me apart is my desire to help create something that is so distinctive that its unmistakable who’s wedding it is. I’ll refer back to question #2 about what inspires me – and I’m passionate about creating such an experience that not only my B&G won’t forget it, but their guests wont either. I think weddings should be catered to the B&G, and not the B&G catering to what is deemed “a wedding”… a little personality is just what I look to infuse in every wedding. I also like to think that my experience, education and expertise not only proves to be helpful, but I strive to be a resource to all my couples – giving direction, suggestion and insight (and of course FUN) into the wedding planning process!

What is one quirky thing about you that people don’t know?
I named my Boston Terrier Murphy after Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. He seems to hold himself to that!

When you’re not busy planning weddings for couples, how do you like to spend your downtime?
I would have to say (when I’m not playing with my two pups, Sadie and Murphy), you can find me cooking, or enjoying a good movie. I cherish Sunday’s during football season (Go Broncos!) and during the summer’s you will find me outdoors camping and hiking 14ner’s.

Katy Gray Photography

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Katy was one of the first photographers outside of Colorado (but in the Mountain West region) whose work I just drooled over. Her ability to capture pure moments in natural light is just beautiful. Every wedding of hers I peek at is just full of gorgeous photography. If she’s not on your Google Reader, she needs to be.

Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
I’m based in Jackson, WY and I love destination weddings!

How would you describe your photography style?
We try to stay unobtrusive during the majority of a wedding and shoot what happens as it happens. The major exception to this of course is family portraits and the half hour to an hour we get alone with the bride and groom. Even then, we try to keep our direction to a minimum and capture what naturally evolves between the couple.

How did you get interested in photography? Did you start out in weddings?
I think it’s safe to say I’ve always been interested in photography. I remember going on a family trip when I was about seven and my brother and I were supposed to take turns with the camera – I’m not sure he got to take even one picture that trip.

I started out doing mostly fine art work when I graduated from photo school and never really thought about photographing weddings until we had our own and I just fell in love with our images. I got a wee bit obsessed at that point – pestered our photographer until he let me tag along on a few weddings and it’s just snowballed from there.

What do you think sets you apart from other photographers in the industry?
I’ve been told that I have a calming effect on people, which is nice when it’s ten minutes before the ceremony and the bride’s hair isn’t done yet. ☺ Photographically I feel like I really connect with my clients. I generally don’t meet my brides until their wedding day – unless they do a bridal or engagement session – but by the time the bride is done getting ready it feels like we’ve known each other for years.

Stylistically I feel that I have a unique look compared to others in my immediate region – I tend towards film-like post-processing with a bit of a vintage feel to it. I like to keep my colors muted and black and whites classic with a good tonal range.

What is your favorite thing to photograph?
Other than weddings, I photograph the crap out of my kid. So much so that he really pays no attention to cameras of any kind. I also have a thing for old motel signs.

What other hobbies and activities make your heart sing? What do you do for fun?
I love to read. And sew. And snowboard. I definitely need to snowboard more.

Intricate Icings

Denver, Colorado

Rachael Teufel is a cake superstar. Literally. Not only does her cake shop, Intricate Icings Cake Design in Denver, Colorado, bake some of the most uniquely delicious cakes, but she really listens to her customer.  Plus, it helps that she has a little street cred, with a few appearances on the Food Network.  And, with delicious cake and beautiful designs, it’s not wonder brides look to her for their wedding cake.

Where are you located and do you travel for weddings and events?
Intricate Icings is located in Erie, Colorado, just north of Denver. We can safely travel about 2.5-3 hours from our studio with our cakes. Which means we can deliver to most of northern, southern and eastern Colorado and as far west as Vail. We also deliver to parts of Wyoming.

What is your biggest inspiration when designing a wedding cake?
If I had to sum up our design approach in one word it would be inspiration. I absolutely love designing cakes and what I love even more is personalizing every cake we create. It’s extremely important to bring the bride’s personal style to the design in every way possible. I enjoy using things like her bridal gown, invitation, linens, color schemes and flowers as inspiration. I really try to create an image of what the entire event will look like before sketching the cake for them so that the cake suits the feel and style of the reception. If I had to pick one item for inspiration, it would definitely be the bridal gown.

What got you interested in wedding cakes?
I have always had a passion for art since I was a little girl. I grew up baking with my family and didn’t really explore cake decorating until after I graduated College. I made my first fully decorated cake in 2001 and haven’t stopped since. Once I found my passion for cake decorating, I knew wedding cakes would be my focus. I love simple, clean lines with intricate detail and weddings suit that style very well.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
I think Intricate Icings is one of the few companies around that is capable of creating great tasting cake, phenomenal designs, and wonderful customer service for every one of our clients. We really pride ourselves in providing all of these elements to insure your cake is the highlight of the party.

What is your favorite cake flavor combination?
Picking my favorite cake flavor is really difficult. I enjoy so many of the flavors we offer. But I guess if I have to choose, my favorite cake flavor would be Tiramisu. It’s an espresso cake soaked with additional espresso and Kahlua, layered with a Mascarpone cream filling and cocoa powder. A very close second would be our zucchini lime cake with cream cheese filling. It’s our top seller and such a light, refreshing cake.

What tips do you have for couples in the market for their wedding cake?
Couples in search of a wedding cake really need to decide what is important to them and then find a company that is able to provide everything that they are looking for. This goes for any industry, not just cakes. It’s important to meet with a few vendors in each category for the sake of comparison because every vendor has something different to offer. Before meeting with your cake designer, collect inspiration items in order to guide the design. The client doesn’t need to know exactly what they want but it’s nice to narrow it down a little. Bring a few photos of cakes that you like as a starting place to build from. I personally want to hear all about the wedding before I even start asking about what they want their cake to look like. It’s important to pair your cake design to the venue, décor, flowers etc for the most dramatic effect. Above all, feel comfortable with the vendor you choose.

Sophie – A Design Boutique

Cincinnati, Ohio

I am quite excited to share today’s vendor spotlight – Alicia Foehl of Sophie – A Design Boutique.  Her paper work is fantastic – and being a lover of all things paper, I could not help but swoon over every. single. creation. she has made.  I know you’ll enjoy her work as much as I do. Plus – she is located in the Midwest!

What type of services do you offer to brides and grooms?

  • Custom designed wedding invitations (includes RSVP cards/postcards)
  • Wedding programs
  • Monograms
  • Place cards
  • Menus
  • Table numbers
  • Thank you notes
  • Envelope seals
  • Save the dates

How long have you been in the wedding industry and where are you located? What got you interested in the wedding industry?

I have been in the wedding industry for about three years, and am currently located in Cincinnati, Ohio but most of my clients are from Northwest Ohio. I have always been interested in everything paper but it wasn’t until my best friend asked me to design wedding invitations for her Fall 2008 wedding that I realized I really had a passion for wedding stationary. I had never tackled a project like this but, with my graphic design background, I thought I could handle this task. I really had no intentions of starting a business with a niche in wedding stationary but I received so much positive feedback that I could not ignore it. I have been designing custom wedding invitations ever since.

What type of couples do you like to work with (traditional, modern, etc.)?

I don’t think I have a certain “type” of couple that is my favorite when it comes to style (traditional, modern, etc.). My ultimate favorite clients are the ones who say “Surprise me!!!” I have had multiple clients who really trust me and they allow me to have all the creative freedom in the world. Obviously it’s important to design something that fits their style and represents one of the most important days of their lives. I am truly inspired by each an every one of my clients. That’s why many of the designs are so different.

Is there anything within your business that you specialize in?

Sophie – A Design Boutique specializes in hand-made creations. All of my invitation designs are assembled by hand to ensure the highest quality of production. I tie every ribbon, adhere every invitation, apply all embellishments and punch all eyelets.

What do you think makes your boutique different?

I think what makes Sophie – A Design Boutique different than many of my competitors is the one on one time I have with my clients and EVERYTHING is assembled by hand. I think it’s important to listen to the needs and wants of my clients and implement a design that best represents their personalities.

What advice would you give a bride and/or groom who is looking for their perfect wedding invitation?

I would advise them not to settle for just any invitation. Typically, the save the date or the wedding invitation is the first item your guests will receive. You want them to open the envelope and be excited for your wedding. The invitation is the first impression and we all know you only have one shot at a first impression 😉

When you’re not busy designing stationary and paper goods, how do you like to spend your downtime?

I love to travel! I have spent quite a few weeks on the road last year. Some of my travels this past year included: Italy, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Niagara Falls, New York, Houston, Austin and my favorite city of all Nashville. I am a big fan of country music and I have a wide collection of cowboy boots that go along with that passion for the country lifestyle.

Photography by Erin Hoffman Photography

Matt is a photographer based out of the Pilot’s home town (Yeah, Spring Patch), and they happened to attend the same high school.  Plus, he just so happens to be Meagan‘s photographer.

Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
I am located in Springfield, IL and I travel all over the country and am also available for international weddings.

How long have you been photographing weddings and couples?
2 years

What is your biggest inspiration when photographing a wedding?
I love the spirit of the day, everyone is there to celebrate and support the couple and I love being there for one of the most important days in a person’s life.

What got you interested in photography?  Did you start out in weddings?
I’ve always been somewhat of an artist and visual arts always appealed to me. I kind of fell into photography because it was something I really liked doing and found out I was really good at it. I did start out doing weddings and portraits.

What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
I think my work sets me apart but more importantly my work ethic and my personality. Couples love working with me and I make the day fun. I’m very easy to work with and get ahold of when you need me and I think I go the extra mile to always make sure the bride and groom are overly pleased!

What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who is looking for a photographer for their wedding?
Find someone who has the work you like but more importantly find someone you click with and who is laid back. Also it’s good to know their reputation.

When you’re not busy shooting weddings, how do you like to spend your downtime?
I’m a big movie watcher, I also love working outside and thinking of ways to expand what I do!

Shauna Younge Dessert Tables
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Today I’m bringing you a delicious dessert table by the fabulous Shauna Younge of Shauna Younge Dessert Tables.

A few weeks back, Shauna was asked to design a table for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Weddings Magazine Bridal Party based off of this inspiration board.  She recently got the photos back and wanted me to share with the Landlocked Bride readers.






All photos courtesy of Sweet Shibui Photography.

The color palette is fantastic, not to mention how hungry I am from staring at these photos while I type.  Those purple macaroons have my name all over them.

A big thanks to Shauna Younge Dessert Tables, Sweet Shibui PhotographySugar and Flour, Patrick’s Bakery, Franklin Street Bakery and Sweets Bakeshop for letting us feature Shauna’s creation!

Michelle Torno of Memorable Events

1. What type of services do you offer to brides and grooms?

Memorable Events offers wedding packages from venue set up to full planning. Our most popular request is for day of coordination. I usually tell my brides if they think they need help with it I will take care of it.

2. How long have you been in the wedding industry and where are you located?

I have been in the wedding industry since 2005, previously I worked on corporate events. Memorable Events is located in Hudsonville, MI which is halfway between the lakeshore and Grand Rapids, but I will travel the entire state for events.

3. What type of couples do you like to work with (traditional, modern, etc.)?

I love working with all types of clients. Lately I have been working with a lot of DIY brides that are looking for someone to bounce ideas off of and to pull all their ideas together on the day of.

4. Is there anything within your business that you specialist in (green weddings, floral design, etc.).

I specialize in Day Of Coordination. I pride myself in being able to see a couple’s vision both in all the little details and the overall picture and am able to bring their vision into reality.

5. What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?

I believe what sets me apart from other vendors is that I have a great ability to think outside of the box. I think through an event from every angle, the guests, the couple, and the families and make sure every need will be met leading up to and on the day of the event.

6. What advice would you give to a bride and/or groom who is just beginning his/her wedding planning journey?

I hate to see couples overwhelmed with the planning process during their engagement. I tell all my clients to make sure they put each other first and focus on the real reason for the wedding, their marriage.

7. When you’re not busy planning weddings for couples, how do you like to spend your downtime?

When I am not busy with weddings I am at home enjoying all my boys…my husband, my 10 month old son and my dog. We love to go to the lake and to camp. But in reality, planning is 24/7!! The only real break I get is when there isn’t wireless service!