This day will (probably) only come around once. It’s the one day to celebrate your love and wear a big fancy dress. You might as well refuse to hold back and do whatever your heart desires to get the most incredible day possible.
If that includes standing on a net 400ft above a desert, you go right ahead.
Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin did just that.
The couple fell in love in Moab, Utah, and it’s also where they got engaged – so it only made sense to get married there too.
But rather than saying their vows down in the sand, Ryan and Kimberly wanted to elevate things a little.
So they recruited space net creator Andy Lewis, and adventurous photographers The Hearnes, to create something special: A wedding that took place in a net 400ft above the desert.
As Ryan and Kimberly tied the knot, friends performed aerial stunts below the net, did acrobatics on the edges of cliffs, and even flew over in paragliders.
The bridesmaids ziplined into the ceremony, flower girls base jumped with petal-packed parachutes, and Kimberly’s dad walked her down the aisle – a slackline to the net.
The choices weren’t just to have the coolest wedding ever, but to highlight the trust and sense of adventure in the couple’s relationship.
‘One of my favorite parts about our relationship is that we share the same passions and attitudes towards life,’ Kimberly wrote on Instagram. ‘I love that I can share this space with @slackinhigh, above the quiet abyss, with no questions asked, and with full calm and understanding.
‘Between all the highlining and adventuring we have done over the past three years, we have found ourselves constantly putting our lives into each other’s hands (i.e. trusting their rigging, trusting that they’re spotting or belaying you correctly, trusting that they care enough to be attentive, double check their work, and keep you safe, etc.)
‘From that I believe we have developed a really special bond and a really strong trust in one another.
‘When you have done things together that literally challenge your lives, it has a way of highlighting the important things, and every other “problem” you had before suddenly seem to be insignificant in comparison.
‘Our adventures remind us to LIVE together. To be lighthearted and not waste our short time on this Earth squabbling about petty things and “problems” that we don’t really have.
‘Additionally, this photo represents the bond we have with the community in trusting the safety of this net that we all helped weave, rig, and create.
‘Maybe that’s why the slack family as a whole is so special. We are all bonded in this way that not many people will ever understand. In a way that you only really get to understand when you are pushing your boundaries and having ultimate faith in your fellow human being.’