Up In The Air: 5 Couples Who Got Married in the Skies
On your wedding day you might feel like your feet have been swept off the ground. But some couples take that literally! Thrill-seeking couples are constantly breaking from the norm and trying to push the boundaries.
Check out these couples that took their wedding day to new heights.
Feeling sky high
In June, Alexander Serruys and Marieke van De Wal got married on an airplane, but the bride had no idea it was going to happen! The groom popped the question as a surprise on board a flight from Belgium to Greece. He had planned the big day with the help of his bride-to-be’s sister, who picked out the wedding dress, trying it on to make sure it fitted. He invited 40 close members of family and friends, who all hid at the back of the plane. Alexander pushed the food trolley along the aisle to the front of the plane, before dropping to one knee and asking Marieke to marry him. It’s hard not to shed a tear as the couple tie the knot 30,000ft above the ground.
Out on a wing
One couple went a step further. In 2008 Katie Hodgson and Darren McWalters got married 1,000 feet above the ground on the wings of a plane. Groom Darren McWalters, stood on the top wing of a biplane while Katie flew along side on the wing of another aircraft - dressed in a full bridal gown. The Reverend George Bringham , who was 67-years-old at the time, flew ahead of the couple on the wings of a third aircraft and performed the wedding ceremony. Later, the couple exchanged rings inside the reception hall at the airbase in Gloucestershire, England, before sitting down for a private dinner and party.
Down to earth with a bounce
In 2008, Sandra Eens and Jeroen Kippers were married on a platform 150 feet from the ground - and then leapt off! Dressed in full wedding regalia, they were able to have their first kiss as husband and wife upside down. 10 close friends and relatives joined the couple on the platform as they said their vows in front of a minister in a specially converted cradle. Friends also watched from the ground at the former military base in Sint-Truiden, Belgium.
Ups and downs
Not only did Scott Heck and Mary Reinert get married on board The Legend wooden roller coaster at Holiday World in Indiana, they also had an Elvis impersonator perform the ceremony. The couple, who are members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization, were married by Elvis impersonator Bruce Borders at the top of the lift hill, 113-feet above ground. Watch their roller coaster of a wedding unfold...
Slow and steady descent
64-year-old Rick Harker and 55-year-old Marlene Hoar were married as they rappelled down the side of a skyscraper in Vancouver, Canada. Strangers stopped in their tracks to watch the couple seal their marriage with their feet pressed against the glass windows outside the fifth floor of Axa Place. The couple, who must have a head for heights, also raised money for the British Columbia Lions Society Easter Seals who work with disabled children.