At Air Affaire, Portland pair's wedding plans to fly sky high

By Joe Smillie
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM –– Air lovers are cordially invited to the sky-high wedding of Portland, Ore., couple Misty Collard and Cory Adcox, who will get married aboard Capt. Crystal Stout's hot air balloon at 7:30 a.m. Sunday during the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire.

“I tried to pick out a venue where he couldn't run away if he got nervous,” said Collard, who is 33. Adcox is 36.

The couple have invited anyone who wants to see the ceremony to attend as Stout pilots the balloon and acts as the officiant marrying the couple.

Stout said she has married a dozen other couples, both in and out of her balloons.

The balloon will be anchored 50 feet in the air during the ceremony at Sequim Valley Airport, 468 Dorothy Hunt Lane.

After the “I dos,” the tether will be cut, and the newlyweds will sail into the sky to celebrate their union.

“I always wanted to get married in a hot air balloon,” Collard said. “It's something a little bit different and fun.”

The couple met on separate vacations in Las Vegas, parted ways and later bumped into each other in a Portland, Ore., elevator.

That chance meeting kicked off their four-year relationship, which will be sealed in the sky above Sequim on Sunday.

“We've vacationed up here several times. It's a great place to go play on the beaches,” Collard said.

Fortunately, Collard said, she is an early riser, which means preparing for sunrise ceremony will not be too difficult.

She did choose a 1920s “flapper-style” dress for the wedding to make it easier to get into the balloon.

“If I had a more traditional dress, there would be no way I could get inside the basket,” she said.


Sequim-Dungeness Valley Editor Joe Smillie can be reached at 360-681-2390, ext. 5052, or at

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