1. This adventurous couple got married at Mount Everest Base Camp and the photographs are incredible
James Sissom and Ashley Schmieder became the first couple to exchange their vows at in Nepal’s base camp in a wedding dress and tux, according to photographer Charleton Churchill. Charleton, a long-time wedding photographer, explained on his website that he has wanted to complete the incredible feat since 2011. “It’s one of the most epic and beautiful locations in the world that’s difficult to get to, and nobody’s done it before. So we are thrilled to have finally pulled it off,” he wrote.
But getting the amazing photographs was no easy accomplishment for anyone involved – the trio trained for a year to get up the mountain, including the two to three weeks actually at Everest, in order to acclimatise to the conditions.
Charleton had previously attempted base camp, but the earthquake in Nepal scuttled those plans. But last year, Ashley contacted him and said she wanted an adventure wedding, but wasn’t sure where they wanted to go. Naturally, Charleton had the answer.
While the glamorous photos make the couple’s trek to base camp look quite effortless, Charleton does note that it took some pain and suffering to pull it off. James suffered from shortness of breath and needed oxygen, and their concerns meant he had to head to base camp carrying oxygen. The wedding would have to be quick and they intended to leave by helicopter.
But, they eventually made it to base camp, and James and Ashley were married. But their gorgeous formal wear also meant that it was a struggle to keep everyone warm, particularly Ashley in her wedding dress, when the weather was between -5 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
“James and Ashley exchanged vows at Mount Everest Base Camp right in front of the famous Khumbu ice-fall where people use ladders to manoeuvre over crevasses, and with the beautifully carved Nuptse Face in the backdrop,” he wrote.
However, the helicopter did not arrive in time to take them down, which meant that they had to sleep there. While it was not great for James, they had oxygen for the night and they left the next morning.
2. Bonkers couple get married...at 1,000ft
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.
Rev George Bringham flew ahead of the couple on the wings of a third aircraft and brought the Lancashire couple together in holy matrimony over an airborne communications system.
The ceremony was played through loud speakers 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 aeroplane as the couple exchanged their vows in mid-air.
Heavy winds and rain cut the flight short and the couple, from Leyland, were rushed inside.
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 - he used to be scared of heights.”
Fearless Rev Bringham, 67, who works around Shipley, near Bradford, said he was not scared in the slightest by the 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.”
Formation wingwalkers Team Guinot flew the couple 1,000 feet in the air for the ceremony.
The couple exchanged rings inside the reception hall at the airbase before sitting down for a private dinner and party.
3. Cemetery Wedding: Couple Gets Married At Parents’ Gravestones
While it might seem like a strange venue to most guests, Diane Waller and Randy Kjarland told the Austin Daily Herald that they felt that it was the right way to include their parents in their Big Day, since their parents had always approved of their relationship.
“How cool is that?” Waller told the newspaper. “To honor our parents and family, to have them with us in a weird sort of way.”
As expected, not everyone approved of the couple’s odd decision to wed at the Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Minnesota. “Some people think it’s a joke, but it’s actually going to be very respectful of why we’re there,” Waller said before the wedding ceremony. “Other people, when they hear our story, have cried.” Approximately 50 to 60 guests attended the graveyard wedding.
But according to the couple, the cemetery seemed like the right place to wed since Kjarland originally proposed to Waller in front of her parents’ gravestones — after respectfully asking for permission to marry their daughter, of course.
Believe it or not, a cemetery is only one of the many weird places that couples have gotten hitched. Click through the slideshow below to see five other unexpected and unusual wedding locales.
4. Taranaki couple stop traffic to exchange vows
He's talking about how his new wife Samantha felt when she first saw Waitara's Bertrand Rd Bridge, the venue for the couple's wedding on Saturday.
She came across the bridge while out with a group of friends a while back and from that moment on wanted the quaint wooden structure to feature in her dream wedding one day, he said.
And since January, the young Taranaki couple have gone to great lengths, even stopping traffic, to make her wish come true.
It was not a simple process, they needed permission from neighbouring residents and made a submission to the New Plymouth District Council asking for the road to be closed from 3pm to 5pm on the big day, Wallace said.
The bridge was originally built in 1897 and from 1985 to 2004 was closed to vehicles and only open to pedestrians. Then, after more than $600,000 was raised by the Bertrand Rd Suspension Bridge Trust, the bridge was repaired and reopened in 2006.
The rustic bridge is nestled either side by pockets of bush and provided an idyllic backdrop as the couple exchanged vows in a moving ceremony.
Near on 100 guests gathered at the base of the bridge as the groom waited for his fashionably late bride-to-be.
Although the wedding vibe was casual, Samantha looked stunning, dressed in a stylish lace gown with a low-cut back and flowing trail. The bridesmaids wore elegant navy dresses, while Wallace and his groomsmen wore suits with bow ties.
Wallace admitted he left a lot of the finer details up to Samantha. And there were a lot of them, including 1000 meticulously folded origami swans; some of which hung from the bridge.
"I did have a go at making some of the swans," he said.
The location was kept a secret from guests who were bussed from New Plymouth in a bid to make it a surprise.
And those in attendance were impressed.
"It's pretty out there, it's amazing," Eljay Anderson said.
The outdoor venue was one of Taranaki's many hidden gems, Xanthia Bollen added.
"While I'm sure the neighbours wouldn't be too rapt about this being used for a wedding location on a perpetual basis, but it is stunning," she said
Marriage celebrant Rose Haskell said she loved how the bridge was "a pioneer venue".
"It's a unique situation and great that council allowed this to take place."
5. Miami couple gets married beside iconic Christ of the Deep statue
Kimberly Triolet and Jorge Rodriguez got married beside the Christ of the Deep statue, positioned in 25 feet of water about 5 miles off Key Largo.
A notary public used an underwater slate for the exchange of vows during the wedding ceremony, witnessed by friends and other divers aboard a boat from Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Resort in Key Largo.
Their wedding marked the 50th anniversary of the Christ statue, which was submerged Aug. 25, 1965.
"To be able to get married at the Christ statue on the 50th anniversary is amazing, and we'll for sure be coming back for our 50th anniversary to dive it again," Triolet said. "Picture(s) cannot just describe how pretty it is, and it's something definitely that should be on everybody's bucket list to see."
The 9-foot-tall bronze Christ statue became a symbol for John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park -- the first underwater park in the United States. It is a replica of the Christ of the Abyss, submerged off the coast of Italy.
Visitors from around the world flock to the Keys to see the barnacle-covered Christ statue.
6. Russian Couple Tie the Knot at -30 Degrees Celsius
Sergei, also known as “The Walrus”, is a member of the local ice-swimming club, always dreamed of getting married in such extreme conditions, but his fiancee was never a big fan of winter and low temperatures. Still, her love for The Walrus was so great that she agreed to go through this heart-stopping challenge. So after taking a nice bath to warm up, Irina followed her beloved into the frozen waters, where their friends were already waiting. They formed a half circle around the happy couple, and since no priest was brave enough to marry them at -30 degrees, Sergei simply put a ring on Irina’s finger, while the crowd cheered.
Luckily, friends and family of the happy couple who were to cold to stand by them during the offbeat ceremony, got to join the festivities in a nice warm wooden cabin, where they danced the night away.
I tell ya’, nothing says “I love you” like getting married at -30 degrees, because that’s what your fiancee wanted. I wish my wife had been so understanding and agreed to have the wedding at a strip club…
7. Apple 'obsessed' American couple marry at New York store on Valentine's Day
The couple, from New York, said “iDo” at the city’s Apple store on Fifth Avenue, at 12.01 on Valentine’s Day in a ceremony dominated with the company's products and references to them.
The pair, who met in the Apple store, had their priest dressed as Steve Jobs, the company’s chief executive, read their vows from their iPhones, while the rings were tied to a ribbon wrapped around a first generation iPod.
Part of their vows included a passage from the Apple CEO that said: “You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down.”
Mrs Ling, dressed in a strapless wedding dress, had her vows written on a card that said "I love you more than this" followed by a picture of an iPhone.
Details of the unauthorised wedding, which was attended by about 30 friends, emerged after an Apple Store employee, tweeted about the wedding on Twitter, the mico-blogging site.
“We got to know each other because Ting was looking to buy an iPod…and I managed to strike up a conversation that way,” Mr Ting, who was dressed in a suit and a pink tie, later told Entertainment Weekly.
“I used to joke that the Apple Store is my church because I am not religious, and I loved everything Apple.
“Ting then came up with the idea of having the wedding there.”
Henry Hu, a friend who officiated the wedding, wrote on a blog that he had difficulty trying to find attire similar to what Jobs wore.
"I looked in every store and I ended up finding it... at Sears... for $4.97... on the clearance rack... In Extra Large...," he wrote.
"Apparently, black turtle necks are not 'in' this season.
"After much preparation and anxiously waiting for the moment to come, it was a huge success,"
According to a blog on Apple's retail stores, the ceremony was not authorised by Apple, but staff "did not interfere".
A video of the wedding, which was shot on the phone of a local hot dog vendor who works out front of the store, has also been posted on YouTube.
Some joked underneath that it was cut with Windows Media Maker. Opinion was split about the couple's decision.
It is not known where the couple honeymooned.
8. Santa Maria Couple Gets Married at Costco
The wedding took place last week as family and friends came into the store after it closed to celebrate the marriage of Robert Bonilla and his bride Meredith.
They met in Costco about a year ago while shopping.
It held such a special place for them, the company approved their wedding ceremony.
The uniquely romantic event took place in the frozen food section, the exact spot where they first laid eyes on each other.
Bonilla stood on wooden pallets and greeted his bride there to take the vows, after she walked down an aisle lined with poinsettias.
Afterwards they kissed, shared time with friends, and found a cushy "double" recliner chair to relax in.
9. Couple Flies Into Wedding Ceremony on Jet Packs
Amanda Volf chose a jet pack instead, zooming down an ocean aisle to wed her groom-to-be, Grant Engler, in what appears to be a first-of-its-kind wedding Thursday.
Instead of waiting for his bride at the end of the aisle, Engler donned one of the $90,000 contraptions himself, meaning both bride and groom flew in together to meet their shocked guests on the shores of Newport Beach, Calif.
It was there that Volf, 25, from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Engler, also 25, said, "I Do," in what is being billed as the first jet-pack wedding in history.
Volf is a former wedding planner herself, so perhaps she thought a jet pack, connected to a boat through a hose, would be easier than planning a wedding.
Instead of a dress, she only had to pick out the pair of white board shorts and a white rash-guard shirt she wore for the short flight and ceremony, while Engler wore a wetsuit.
In a bid to wedding tradition, however, Volf donned a veil and Engler donned a white bow tie with his black wetsuit.
10. The couple who tied the knot during a roller coaster ride