Brigid & Matt’s Telluride Wedding at San Sophia Overlook
Ceremony Venue: San Sophia Overlook at Telluride Ski Resort
Reception Venue: Gorrono Ranch
Planner: Telluride Unveiled
Floral: Bridal Veil Floral
Hair: The Loft Salon
Cake: Peace Of Cake
Dress: Emma and Grace Bridal
Transportation: Telluride Express
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: We live, work, and play in the mountains, so a beautiful mountain venue in the San Juans was a perfect venue for us. Our style was mountain chic with some rustic accents. Our colors were sage, dusty blue, and navy. We both come from Irish ancestry so we incorporated an Irish handfasting into our wedding ceremony. My sister (maid of honor) conducted this part of the ceremony by tying ribbons around our hands and saying the corresponding words.
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: We had beautiful agate slices for name cards and table numbers and flowers with greenery on all the tables. We gathered ideas for inspiration from the mountains that surround us and executed the design and setup with the help of our wedding planners and florist.
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: Our florist created beautiful floral bouquets for the bridesmaids and bride as well as flowers at Gorrono and San Sofia. They were an important part of the overall style. We ended the day with a petal toss… as we left the reception to our “getaway vehicle” our guests lined up outside of Gorrono and tossed white rose petals. Ben Eng captured this beautifully with the flowers in the air.
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: We personalized the day with wooden signs and a custom guest book (skis that were made for our guests to sign).
Q: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A: My dress was a custom creation by Emma and Grace in Denver. The dress was my dream dress. It had multiple layers of intricate lace and a full lace train with a low open back and mermaid style. I really loved it. I wore jewelry from my mom, his mom, and my great grandmother. My shoes were a dusty rose satin Badgley Mischka bridal.Matt wore a custom navy blue suit, white shirt, and dusty blue tie. His groomsmen wore grey suits with the same dusty blue tie and white shirts. They all wore brown leather shoes.
Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A: We met in Salt Lake City where I lived and worked when Matt was home visiting his parents between expedition trips in the Arctic.He proposed to me at Lake Powell, on a boat, at sunset, with our dogs. I love the desert, and he loves the water, so Lake Powell is a special place for us. He asked me to pose with my dog for a photo on the bow of the boat at sunset. When he knelt to take the photo, he took a ring box out of his pocket and totally surprised me!
Q: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A: Sharing our love and commitment to each other in front of our closest friends and family on a beautiful mountaintop was the highlight. Also my dad walking me down the aisle, our first dance, and sharing a private moment outside of Gorrono during sunset after the dinner.
Q: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A: Have fun with it! The entire process was a blast. While we loved every detail and how it all turned out, we never got preoccupied with the notion that things had to be perfect or exactly as expected. We held the perspective that the most important thing was us sharing our love for each other and celebrating with our closest friends and family, so we didn’t get lost in the details of planning. Also, by avoiding the stress we were able to make the most of the wedding day by remaining present during those special moments.