Monday, March 17, 2014

Wild Weddings and Other Bizarre Nuptials

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Check out these wild wedding stories from Dare to Look!, the new book from Ripley's Believe It or Not! The book is a collection of bizarre, fun and totally true stories from around the world!

Bargain Rate - Isidore and Joan Schwartz stayed at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, on their wedding night in 1952. When they returned in 2012 for their 60th wedding anniversary, they paid the same price as their first visit--$16.80, even though rooms at the hotel now start at $319 a night.

Wedding-Day Fall - Derek and Cassy McBride of Erie, Pennsylvania, were married in a hospital chapel after the groom suffered a collapsed lung and broke three ribs when he fell down a flight of stairs earlier on the day of their wedding.

Mountaintop Ceremony - Avid climbers Bob Ewing and his bride Antonie Hodge Ewing got married on the narrow summit of a 900-ft-high (274-m) mountain in West Virgnia. The groom made the sheer ascent of Seneca Rocks in a tuxedo while the bride accessorized her mother's wedding gown with a helmet and hiking shoes. Her mother Evangeline, a novice climber, also made it to the top to witness the happy event.

Flying Visit - Adventure enthusiasts Grant Engler and Amanda Volf made a spectacular entrance to their beach wedding at Newport Beach, California, by flying into the ceremony wearing water-powered jet packs, each connected by a 30-ft (9-m) hose to a boat. The bride landed on the beach aisle wearing a surfing vest, shorts and a veil, while the groom wore a white bow tie over a black wet suit. After exchanging their vows, the couple performed the traditional first dance in midair above the ocean.

Delayed Pictures - A centenarian couple from Nanchong, China, finally posed for their wedding photos in 2012 - 88 years after getting married. When Wu Conghan, 101, and his wife Wu Songshi, 103, married back in 1924, they did not have the option of wedding photos.

Oldest Newlyweds - After dating for 18 years, of which 15 had been spent living together, 95-year-old Lillian Hartley and 98-year-old Allan Marks finally married in 2012 near their home in Palm Springs, California, to become the world's oldest bride and groom with a combined age of 193 years.

What's your crazy wedding story? Let us know in the comments!  

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