15 Couples Fly in Hot-air Balloons
   2011-08-29 18:15:58    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: sunxiyuan

15 newlywed couples celebrate their wedding ceremony in mid air aboard a hot-air balloon in northwest China Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2011. [Photo: cnwest.com]

A romantic group wedding ceremony took place at the Daming Palace National Heritage Park in the city of Xi'an, in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Sunday. Following the marriage, fifteen couples began their journey of happiness against the backdrop of blue sky and white clouds, after boarding hot-air balloons.

At about 5 p.m. on Sunday, following a passionate opening speech from the host, fifteen happy couples, accompanied by a firework salute and the melody of the Wedding March, walked down the red carpet, hand in hand. They signed the red marriage certificate, and stepped onto the stage, where they professed their love for one another and talked about their wishes for the future.

Colorful hot-air balloons ascended slowly into the air around 6 p.m., with the fifteen newlywed couples on board. The couples smiled and waved to their guests, and embraced one another as they sailed high into the air. Meters off the ground, the couples could be heard saying "I love you", as they exchanged tokens of love and kissed one another.

"Your wedding is one of the most important things in your life. I'm so happy to have been part of a wedding ceremony like this, which has been so memorable," said Xiao Zhang, one of the bridegrooms. He added that this kind of wedding ceremony not only saved on cost but also left the couple with beautiful memories for the future. One of the brides, Xiao Wang said with a smile: "I'm so happy."

Another bridegroom, Xiao Jing, who was away on business, rushed back to Xi'an to take part in the unique ceremony. As the romantic ceremony came to a close, many of the guests gave their best wishes to the happy couples, while the newlyweds themselves were still visibly excited from the moments of happiness they just shared together in the air.



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