From the couple... Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day? A: I always thought I wanted to be married in my home church where I grew up in Memphis. But after we were engaged, I kept imaging a wedding with our closest friends and family out in Colorado where we met. I didn’t think I could convince my parents, but my Mom surprised us when she said "why don't you get married in Telluride? I’d love a vacation.” We worried about asking our friends to travel so far, but realized it was the only place for our wedding. The decor was inspired by the dramatic setting and meant to complement the views, not distract from them. We chose soft greenery with white and blush florals and a sage green for the bridesmaids dresses. We created our own chapel on the deck of Goronno Ranch with Mount Wilson as a backdrop. There was an eagle flying around and a few elk grazing in the hills around us during the ceremony. It was truly God's church out there. There was also a bear that made an appearance at the reception - fortunately he did not stay for long. Q: Let's talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? A: Our wedding planners and florists, Simplify Telluride, were the best. They turned Gorrono Ranch-- a historic sheep farm and beer stop on the mountain during ski season-- into a glamorous, candlelit venue. Conveniently, our floral decorator was also one of my best friends who has great taste - I told her whatever she liked, I would like, and that was true! Our main direction was that we didn't want to distract from the beauty of the scenery, and we didn't want to be "fussy." We wanted a natural and easy feel to match the Telluride vibe. With a seated dinner, the tablescapes were important. Simplify created gorgeous, romantic centerpieces overflowing with flowers and hundreds of tea lights. It was magical! Q: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding? A: We used primarily blush and white floral - hydrangeas, roses, tulips, peonies - mixed with soft greenery like eucalyptus. With a backdrop like ours, we wanted to keep it simple for the ceremony. The floral emphasis was on the interior of Goronno where dinner and the reception were hosted. We had a seated dinner with a long estate table in the center of the room for the wedding party. Simplify created a dramatic tablescape- lining the length of the table with with floral arrangements and countless tea lights. Eucalyptus and hydrangeas draped down from the chandeliers over dinner and the dance floor. It all helped to soften but compliment the rustic venue. Q: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding? A: Our band, The Great Funktier, were some of our best friends! Lucky for us they also happen to be the hot band in Telluride. They really went to lengths to customize the setlist and include our favorite songs- including "Uptown Funk" and "This is How We Do It." Wes, the lead singer and a groomsmen, doubles as a rapper and really knows how to work the crowd! Q: Let's talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail. A: Telluride is very relaxed. When I lived there, I felt like I was going to a black tie event if I wore heels with my jeans. When trying wedding dresses, I found so many beautiful, full gowns that I loved, but just did not work in our setting. I stumbled upon Claire Pettibone at a bridal boutique in Atlanta called Kelly's Closet. I loved the romantic, vintage look of the the dress and thought it was a perfect fit for our venue. Hart wanted to keep it "clean and classy" for his wardrobe, so he chose a sharp navy suit. I only nixed the first tie that he picked out. Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal. A: Telluride- the prettiest, quirkiest town in Colorado -- was the first place we both worked after graduating college. My best friend and I met Hart and his best friend this first day we moved to town, and our friends married each other too! We had the time of our lives for four years and later moved to Atlanta. Fittingly, Hart proposed on the only mountain he could find in Atlanta - Stone Mountain. He took me out there on a ruse of helping take photos for a work project, then took me off the beaten path and popped the question. It was a special moment and very "us." I was so excited to come back down and find that he had arranged for both of our parents to come to town to celebrate with us! Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day? A: Definitely the first look! We had ours on the Valley floor heading into town because this is our favorite view in Telluride- the first glimpse when you drive in, and it always gives us the feeling of coming home. I had to hike to him over dirt and prairie dog holes with my dress pulled up to my knees. My sweet Dad was there to hold up my veil so it would flow in the wind. It was all worth it to get the amazing photos and share a minute with each other! We also loved the time together with our wedding parties in our separate "saloons" at Goronno's. After a few hours of pictures, we were ready to relax for a minute and recoop before the ceremony started. We had snacks and champagne and a whole lot of laughs. Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you'd like to share with other couples planning their day? A: Everyone tells you to stop and enjoy it because it all goes so quick, which it does. But I would add to try not to spend your energy making sure everyone else is having fun. (It's a wedding - it will be fun!) Instead, spend it enjoying and appreciating your friends and family - it is the only other time in your life when they will all be in one place to celebrate you! Don't miss those quality moments with them.