This, loves, is exactly the way we should all be spending our Valentine’s Day: an amazing day of pampering, baking and cuddling. Because this gorgeous photo shoot from the talented team of Cori Cook Floral Design, Talia Events and Jill Carter (to name a few) is, well… awesome. And it’s as pretty as it is luxurious (seriously). See it all captured by Michele Hart right here.
For their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple our model, Kelly, wanted to do something extra special for her husband, Mike. She reached out to her wedding photographer, Michele with Michele Hart Photography and asked her to come up with an intimate photo session and surprise date for the two of them. Michele turned to Rachel from Talia Events who assembled an amazing group of vendors to bring their vision to life.
It was important to us that the style of each scene and the day as a whole be romantic without being the default Valentine’s Day box of chocolates (don’t get us wrong, we have nothing against chocolate) and dozen red roses. Instead, it was to be the manifestation of an ideal day of preparation; a glimpse into what it might look like to have an abundance of luxury, time and beauty to get ready for a sweet date at home.
The entire shoot was set in the background of the lovely, historic home in downtown Boulder of Paige from Blackburn Design Interiors. A talented Interior Designer, Paige was also a gracious and welcoming hostess.
We began in the intimate setting of their bedroom. Our woman awoke to a bed strewn with flowers and a calligraphy love note handwritten by Christi of Christi Johnson Calligraphy. After a trip to the local market to purchase an armful of blooms, our character created floral beauties to scatter throughout the house and a centerpiece to top the date night table. Cori and Liz of Cori Cook Floral Design incorporated lots of romance, texture and richness with touches peach and coral in their creations as a new spin on the traditional Valentine’s Day red.
With blooms in place, she moved from flowers to baking. Topped with an artistic, edible sugar and gelatin peach and embraced in a net of spun sugar, Kim and Jake’s Cake created a lovely and delicious cake for two.
Washing away the preparations of the day, she melted into a dreamy bathtub surrounded by blooms and topped with a cascade of peach, pink and red garden roses spilling over the side. From the look and feel to the smell, it was absolute bliss!
Preparations continued with date night appropriate hair and makeup by Keegan from Steele the Spotlight and wardrobe styling by Jill Carter. Keegan ensured our model looked flawless throughout her day while Jill dressed our character in clothing that spanned from romantic, but comfy jammies upon waking, a chic, put together outfit for baking to a “wow” gown for the evening’s events.
As evening came and her husband arrived, she made a grand entrance down the home’s staircase and the date commenced. Our couple enjoyed a slice of cake and glass of champagne before moving to the living room for a slow dance and sweet embraces.
At the close of the shoot our model, Kelly, captured her day saying she’d felt “pampered like a princess”… like every woman should on Valentine’s Day.” It truly was a dream day—filled with the right amount of pretty, a dash of style and plenty of romance!
Photography: Michele Hart Photography | Planner: Talia Events | Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design | Cake: Kim And Jake's Cakes | Hair And Makeup: Steele The Spotlight | Calligraphy: Christi Johnson Calligraphy | Residence: Blackburn Design Interiors | Stylist: Jill Carter