Suzy & Clint: A Spiritual Celebration in Telluride, CO

by Amy Elliott

Suzy Lozier and Clint Pollack will always have Providence (where they met as Brown University undergrads), San Francisco (where they fell in love, and currently live), Boston (where Clint proposed), and now Telluride, the charming Colorado town they hosted their wedding in one unseasonably warm Memorial Day weekend.

THE BRIDE Suzy Lozier, 30, physician associate
THE GROOM Clint Pollack, 30, pediatrician
THE SCENE Gorrono Ranch, Telluride

THE OFFICIANT Since Suzy, Clint, and their families planned this "destination wedding" from afar, finding a nondenominational officiant was a challenge. They were lucky enough to discover Daniel Rollingbears, a Native American medicine man. "He matched our sensibilities really well," says Suzy. "We really liked the ideas he presented, and he was flexible, letting us incorporate Judeo-Christian elements wherever we wanted." The two recent medical school graduates and their guests gathered at Gorrono Ranch, a 19th-century sheep-herding spot perched at 10,000 feet in the middle of mountains. Surrounded by snowy peaks against a cerulean sky, Suzy and Clint said their vows on a mountain overlook, and then celebrated in an adjoining antique barn.

THE CEREMONY Accompanied by their sisters, who served as honor attendants, the bride and groom stood beneath a flowering arch that Rollingbears had built for them, Suzy in a luminescent, oyster white cibelene (a vintage couture fabric) gown and Clint in a black tux. Rollingbears played the flute, sang Native American prayers, and guided the couple through spiritual rites. Suzy and Clint fed each other strawberries and blueberries, "to symbolize how grateful we are to each other," explains Suzy. From a two-sided vessel, they drank water toted from Clint's homeland of California, reserving the rest to consume on their first anniversary. Music was integral to the celebration as a friend from Senegal played the djambe and Suzy's cousin sang "Annie's Song" by John Denver on guitar. At the close of the ceremony, there was a moment's silence, and then the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" triumphantly exploded from a nearby stereo, calling the crowd to cheers and applause.

THE CELEBRATION Inside the barn, candles glowed from the tables, to highlight exposed beams and iron chandeliers. Clusters of roses and peonies in hot shades of pink and red provided warmth, romance, and sexy bursts of color. A nine-piece "hi-fi latin exotica" band ushered in a heady, all-fired-up evening with robust, energetic '30s-'40s-era dance music and even serenaded the bride and groom during dinner. "Our friends and family came from all over to celebrate with us," says Suzy. "We're all big lust-for-life types. I looked around, and there was such a tremendous feeling of love and joy going around, huge smiles everywhere."

--Amy Elliott
photography © Laura Klein

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