Wednesday, August 06, 2008

With this wing I thee wed

A daring couple held their wedding on top of the wings of three aircraft flying at 1,000ft. The groom, Darren McWalters, 24, stood on the top wing of a biplane while his bride, Katie Hodgson, 23, flew alongside on the wing of an identical aircraft in full bridal gown.

The Rev George Bringham, 67, flew ahead on the wing of a third aircraft and brought the couple from Leyland, Lancashire, together in holy matrimony over an airborne communications system.

The ceremony was played through loudspeakers throughout RFC Rendcomb airfield, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, to the congregation waiting on the ground below. Jets of white smoke fired from the back of the aircraft as the couple exchanged their vows. Mr McWalters, a fitness instructor, said: “We got engaged in the Brazilian rainforest and I wanted a wedding blessing that would top my proposal.”

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