An Alternative Pop-Up Wedding at Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado

Not wanting a traditional wedding, Leslie Oliver (40 and a communications director) and Brian Elms (39 and a process improvement director) decided to have a pop-up soiree in Vail, Colorado. There were no formal colors (Leslie wore champagne and ivory and Brian wore navy and purple), no formal flowers (they picked up two calla lilies from the local market that morning) and no formal invitations (the sent text messages to friends and family). "We got the idea of a pop-up wedding from an article that we read about people crashing the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and getting married in front of their favorite painting," Brian says. "We did a pop-up wedding because wanted our friends to have a wonderful time and wanted the wedding to be about Leslie, Kora (my daughter) and I becoming a family." Before the ceremony, Leslie and Brian walked around Vail Village at the Veuve Clicquot Festival and tasted wine and enjoyed the local food. Then, two hours before the ceremony, Leslie and Brian texted their friends and family telling them where and what time the wedding would be. They chose a field by Gore Creek at night and used LED candles and two lanterns to light up the eight-minute event. They were expecting about 50 people to show up, but more than 100 attended. As soon as the nuptials were complete, they popped a bottle of champagne and drank it in the field. Afterwards, they went to their hotel, Four Seasons, for drinks. The next day, they threw a party at a local restaurant so they could celebrate and watch the Vail Duck Race.