Thursday 21 March 2019

High-flying couple tie knot on just a wing and a prayer

The wedding ceremony took place 1000ft above the ground
The wedding ceremony took place 1000ft above the ground
The bride and groom pictured mid-flight and mid-ceremony
Before the ceremony, the nervous bride is attached to wing of one plane
Bride Katie Hodgson and groom Darren McWalters

Jamie Grierson

A daring couple held their wedding on top of the wings of three planes yesterday -- 1,000 feet above the ground.

Groom Darren McWalters (24) stood on the top wing of a biplane while his bride, Katie Hodgson (23), flew along side on the wing of an identical aircraft -- dressed in full bridal gown.

Reverend George Bringham flew ahead of the couple on the wings of a third aircraft and brought the Lancashire pair together in holy matrimony over an airborne communications system.

The ceremony was played over loud speakers throughout RFC Rendcomb Airfield, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, in the UK, to the congregation waiting on the ground below.

Jets of white smoke fired from the back of the aeroplane as the couple exchanged their vows in mid-air.

Fitness Instructor Mr McWalters said: "We got engaged in the Brazilian rain forest and I wanted a wedding blessing that would top my proposal.

"It was unbelievable. Looking down and seeing my family and friends below was just incredible. I'm lost for words."

Postwoman Ms Hodgson said when she was a young girl she never imagined she would wed on the wings of a plane.

She said: "As I got older I became more adventurous. I bring the adventurous side out of Darren."

Fearless Rev Bringham (67) said that he was not scared in the slightest by the mid-air experience.

He said: "I did this before, about eight years ago. It's certainly the most unusual wedding I've ever done.

"The only hairy moment was when I thought my goggles were about to come off."

The couple exchanged rings at the airbase before sitting down for a private party.

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