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Raising a toast to the couple - 14m above the ground

German couple got married hanging from a tightrope

Photo: BBG Live via Twitter

Photo: BBG Live via Twitter

A couple in eastern Germany have held a wedding ceremony with a difference - after getting married in a swing dangling from a motorcycle on a tightrope 14m above the ground.

German news agency dpa reported that a pastor standing in a cage on a fire service ladder presided over the wedding of Nicole Backhaus and Jens Knorr in the town of Stassfurt.

The couple exchanged rings in the air but, for safety's sake, waited until they were back on the ground to kiss.

More than 3,000 people watched the wedding in the sky, which took place during a local festival. The tightrope was stretched between the town wall and a tower, and the motorbike was ridden by Falko Traber, a member of a family of artists.

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