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October 15, 2015

Vail Pop Up Wedding in the Dark

Vail Wedding Weddings

Leslie and Brian were looking for a photographer that wouldn’t get too involved. They wanted a someone who would just stand back and capture the moments at their Vail pop up wedding. We were a perfect fit.

Leslie and Brian bucked the traditional trends and designed a wedding to fit the two of them. The idea was simple. Invite all your friends and family to Vail for the weekend and at one point the couple would text out the location of their ceremony to the guests. We knew the time and location of the wedding – behind the Vail Public Library at 8 pm – but the guests would have to wait for the text. The idea was simple but at 8 pm in Vail there would simply be no light. The couple planned to have the guests hold LED candles and they would light the altar area with a lantern. Perfect. We had our light.

Before the ceremony, the couple met on a bridge over the Gore River for a first look. Brian’s daughter was also there to share in the moment. Then a quick stroll through the Vail for some champagne and finally off to dinner with friends and family. Eric and I peeled off to put some photos of the first look on Social Media and then awaited guests and couple’s arrival at the ceremony.

As guests filed in Eric and I assessed the situation. LED candles didn’t throw much light so getting wide shots showing all the guests was difficult at best – everyone blended into a black blob. I photographed the ceremony from a low vantage point in front as Eric photographed from the rear. I noticed a group of people to my right lit by a small lantern someone was holding a small lantern with her arm extended. My photo ops were limited so I fired off a quick flurry of shots and I returned my focus to the ceremony.

The warm glow of the lantern paled in comparison to the warmth felt from the crowd surrounding Leslie and Brian. Love was abundant as this couple sealed their union amongst family and friends.

The next day the couple and guests filled the Tavern on the Gore to watch the amazing duck race. Hundreds of spectators watched as thousands of yellow ducks filled the river. What a fun way to cap off such a unique wedding.

If you’re planning an non-traditional wedding and are looking for a photographer to capture your unique story, please text, call or email us.

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Chris Stark
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Chris Stark is an award-winning photojournalist and former news photographer who honed his craft at several Colorado newspapers. Documentary wedding photography translates perfectly into Chris' fly-on-the-wall style. Chris lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and daughter and spends his free time on the bike or hiking with his family.