Kelli Hunt Environments
Fort Collins, Colorado
Over the last year, event rental companies have been making a name for themselves by finding unique items to add to their inventory. As someone who has been in the industry, Kelli saw a void in the Northern Rocky Mountain region to provide couples with those specialty pieces for their big day. Combined with her photography eye and down to earth personality, she works to bring new life to furniture and accessories, perfect for any party or event.
I admire anyone who takes on a business like this. It becomes a hobby and labor of love to find fun pieces to add to your collection. Lets just say I’m glad we live in a condo in the city, or I’d be off at the flea markets and antique shops hunting for fun items of my own.
Where are you located and do you travel for weddings?
Fort Collins, CO. Yes, I will travel pretty much anywhere for weddings.
What is your biggest inspiration when collaborating with couples to style their wedding?
I get inspiration everywhere. People, nature, design, architecture, and of course pinterest to name a few. But I mostly feel inspired by a coupleʼs personalities, their story, and overall vision for their wedding. Iʼm inspired when people dream big, because it makes me dream even bigger.
What got you interested in event rentals? Did you start in weddings?
Iʼm a photographer as well, so when I photograph weddings, I find myself naturally styling and pulling in objects to make photographs unique. Since Iʼm at a wedding pretty much every weekend, I realized how much potential a wedding or event could have if unique pieces were used in replace of traditional or predictable wedding decor. Iʼve been a long-time lover of unique found and made vintage pieces, so the idea of rentals naturally developed. I started in weddings and have expanded to events, retail spaces and commissioned projects.
What do you think sets you apart from other vendors in the industry?
Because Iʼm a wedding photographer, I have to know what looks good in a photograph as well as to the natural eye. Combining my background knowledge of design, light, color and overall style, I can see where to place pieces in order to have a pleasing aesthetic. Simply put, Iʼm passionate about style, creativity and seeing a vision come to life.
Where do you search for your inventory?
My typical searches include Craigʼs list, Goodwill, antique stores, garage sales, and random people that know I love collecting pieces. Itʼs addicting. I canʼt go anywhere without stopping because I see something unique that would fit perfectly with my inventory, even if I have to give it a little love.
What is one quirky thing about you that people don’t know?
I accidentally swallow my gum within the first 5 minutes of chewing it. I donʼt know why, but it never fails. Then I put in another piece and swallow it again :).
When you’re not busy with weddings, how do you like to spend your downtime?
I love to be outside in nature, hiking, running, etc. Iʼm a lover of coffee, adventure and vegan food. But mostly I find myself always creating. I am an artist, so even though photography and vintage rentals are what I do for a living, itʼs not unusual for me to be painting, reupholstering, or coming up with another new idea.