They say your wedding is the biggest day of your life. You’ll be able to feel like a princess with your happiness ever when your dream is finally coming true.
This California couple decided to boost their wedding day and selected to mention their “I Dos” Four Hundred feet above the ground. Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin decided to celebrate their union on top of the desert close to Moab, Utah, where they both fell in love and later got engaged.
“I used to be terrified of heights … So, it really meant a lot to get married in the air in a space that used to scare the s— out of me, and have it feel normal,” Weglin tells PEOPLE. “We also added a whole bunch of paracord to the net for the wedding … to ensure it’d be really stable for the day off. If you didn’t look down, it was pretty easy to forget where you were.”
1. The daredevil couple shares the journey bug and wished their massive day to reflect who they really were.
Apparently I’m a wifey now 💁♀️💍 ABSOLUTE DREAM DRESS AND VEIL by @galialahav from @kinsleyjamescouturebridal 🙌 😍 ABSOLUTE DREAM PHOTO by @thehearnes 🙌 😍 And last but not least, ABSOLUTE DREAM NET VENUE made by the absolute best man, @sketchyandylewis 🙌 😍 None of this could have happened without you, we appreciate you, @theletabug, and all you both have done for us in this process so incredibly much. ❤❤ (Check out @abbihearne and @thehearnes page to see a few different shots of the big day😉) #youjenksedme
2. Happiness, joy, love and little jitters- the proper definition of the marriage day!
I’ll admit, there have been a bunch of really cool things about sharing this amazing wedding (hello new followers!) but one favorite is getting to show people that you can define and create a wedding that fits you. You don’t have to listen to what the wedding industry tells you needs to happen, all you need is yourself and your love, a few legal steps, and the rest is up to you. Kim and Ryan threw tradition to the wind in so many ways and their wedding day was so perfectly them. If you’re considering eloping somewhere rad in 2018, or you are planning a big wedding that’s driving you insane and you want to skip it and exchange vows in the wilderness instead…let’s chat. We’ll help you plan a day that’s about you, your love, and the gorgeous landscape around you…and of course we’ll take amazing photos the whole time. That’s all you really need.
3. Yeah, I do know that’s high, extremely high!
A few of you have asked for a pulled-back photo of the spacenet wedding for scale. You can really get a sense of it here…we were literally suspended 400 feet above the desert while aerialists hung on silks below. @sketchyandylewis is the mastermind behind the invention of the spacenet and I’m so thankful he has continued to share this epic creation with us. @callenhearne took this photo, if you zoom in you can see me taking close up shots in my blue jacket (and harness, of course) 😊
4. Kimberly appears like a vision in this white and pale pink ensemble!
This @galialahav dress is the single most beautiful piece of clothing I’ve ever seen. When @_kimw_ first texted me photos of it, it was so different and unique I had trouble picturing something so glamorous in our rugged Moab desert, but I knew Kim is a visionary queen and if anyone could pull it off, she could. Sure enough, when we met them for their first look, she got out of their dirtbag white van and the moment I saw this dress in person, on her, in the Moab desert…my jaw dropped. I’ve never seen anything like it and whether she was hiking through the sand, climbing on rocks, or floating 400 feet in the air on the spacenet, she looked like a downright goddess. There were moments I was shivering in fleece leggings and a down jacket, and she was wrapped up in this custom veil compliments of her bridal boutique @kinsleyjamescouturebridal looking peaceful and glamorous and like she didn’t have a care in the world…because she didn’t. She was marrying her best friend, in the best place on earth, surrounded by the best people, and looked damn good. What more could you possibly want?
5. No wedding is complete without your lady squad! Am I right?
6. The happy couple cementing their love forever.
Yesterday still feels like a dream. @_kimw_ and @slackinhigh fell in love in Moab and got engaged in Moab, so it only made sense to them to get married here too. They planned the most amazing celebration and invited all the monkeys out to play. They were married on this spacenet (built by the amazing @sketchyandylewis), 400 feet above the desert, while friends walked high lines (zoom in to see someone in the background!), performed aerials on silks below, played music around, and flew a paraglider above. They even had BASE jumpers as “flower girls” leap off the edges of the cliffs with 5,000 flower petals in their packs. It was unreal. I am so beyond in love with this amazing community and stoked to see everyone’s creativity come together for Kim and Ryan. I hope you’re ready for my feed to be nothing but desert adventures for the next month 👏🏻 @galialahav @kinsleyjamescouturebridal
7. Candid and happy. It’s true, happy brides are the prettiest!
One look at the #LilyRose gown by @galialahav and I knew it would hold its own in the magnificent desert setting we’d be getting married in. One look and a loud squeal, after months of looking for THE one, and I knew I had to wear this dress. Not only is it ethereal, beautiful, and detailed, it is feminine and STRONG. Sexy yet elegant. Different. And just so unexpected. Inspired by nature, this dress pushes limits, and that is exactly the feeling @slackinhigh and I wanted to create when planning our wedding. This isn’t just a dress to me. It is the embodiment of the energy that the GGBY festival creates every year. It is a representation of confidence, self-love, and life; the energy I want to surround myself with and carry with me into our marriage and throughout our lives together. (It also doesn’t hurt to receive compliments like: “it looks like your breasts are covered in butterfly kisses” – direct quote from @theletabug 🙏😂) Photographers: @thehearnes // Bridal shop: @kinsleyjamescouturebridal
8. They’re slacklining! that is additional or less walking on a bouncy, single piece of webbing that’s suspended above the bottom (they’re lying down here, however you get the point!)
Post-ceremony cuddle sesh 400 feet above the canyon floor…totally normal stuff, right @_kimw_ and @slackinhigh? My advice: never let anyone tell you what is normal, especially when it comes to wedding planning. Priority 1: get legally married. Priority 2: literally anything else you want it to be 👊🏻
9. The “Hell Yeah” moment!
In light of the last video I posted getting so much attention of @sketchyandylewis ‘dropping the rings’, I’m here to set the record straight: IT WAS A PRANK! 😛 We knew he was going to pretend to drop our rings because he kept joking about it during rehearsal, but we also knew that he had our real rings attached to a carabiner on a string around his wrist. So we just thought he was going to do a little fake out to mess with the crowd. But of course he had to go above and beyond 😂👏. He pulled out a quicklink with some washers on it, and dropped that through the net. (Don’t worry! We didn’t litter. All gear was retrieved from the bottom of the cliff by rappelling into the canyon.) Even though I knew our real rings weren’t even made of metal, it still sounded and looked so real that I got worried for a minute. I think everyone on the net and in the crowd briefly thought the worst haha. The rings we exchanged on the net can be seen in the pictures above. (Zoom in to see them better.) I made tiny soft shackles out of 7/64” amsteel for our rings, specifically to exchange on the net so we wouldn’t have to worry about dropping them. Soft shackles are pieces of gear that we use in rigging our highlines, but they are normally a lot bigger. I thought it would be fun to repurpose them and make rings, boutonnières, and bouquets out of them since the button knot kind of simultaneously looks like a diamond and a flower. I also loved that it was a very literal “tying of the knot”. 📸: @thehearnes
10. I don’t understand if to appear at the dashing couple.
One of my favorite parts about our relationship is that we share the same passions and attitudes towards life. 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. @sketchyandylewis. 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. ❤ 📸:@thehearnes
11. Here comes the bride!
12. There have been even base jumping flower girls! Would you be doing this for your bestie?
13. Unconventional and completely brilliant.
I love the perspective shift in these photos and the sense of scale these give. Rigging this net is always quite the undertaking, and since we did it nearly a week before the actual festival began this year, we had the least amount of people we’ve ever had to help get it rigged(maybe 6 people at each anchor). Pretty incredible that we still managed to pull it off considering this thing weighs probably 500 lbs. Not only that, but we also set it in a new location this year, rigged the new anchor all natural, and created an aisle out to the spacenet, which has never been done before. Thank you @sketchyandylewis @slacklifebc and all the other monkeys and riggers at the festival who lent a helping hand and their creative minds to literally turn my dreams into reality. I’m always blown away by what happens when this community comes together, and this wedding was a HUGE testimony to that. PS- I’ve had a lot of people asking for footage of the BASE jumping flower girls… keep an eye out, I will be releasing a teaser tonight 😉 AERIALISTS: @lizasouras on silks, @cdignes on silks, @theletabug on Lyra. PHOTGRAPHER: @callenhearne @thehearnes
14. Everything that’s refulgent and crammed with sunshine!
We did it! We tied the “knot”! I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful bride @_kimw_ wearing such a beautiful dress from @galialahav. I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location than the spacenet built by my best man @sketchyandylewis. @thehearnes are absolutely talented photographers in the way they captured our moment. What a magical day with at least 200 people from our slack family. @kinsleyjamescouturebridal #notyouraveragewedding
15. Simply to present you slightly perspective on the peak that they were at, here’s a video.
*SWIPE RIGHT TO SEE THE WHOLE VIDEO* Story time! On rehearsal night of our wedding, @hibs69stang was driving me and @_gillogs_ back to town from the Fruitbowl. We were all mentally and physically exhausted from the past two long days of setting up and coordinating, and feeling all of the not so fun part of the wedding stress. We decided to put on some music for that long dirt road and zone out. He has 11,500 songs in his car’s library…..I shit you not, the FIRST song that came on was Hard to Concentrate by @chilipeppers . I looked at him, stoked, like, “Did Ryan tell you!?” And he said, “No, what?” He had no clue that was going to be our first dance song the next day. Out of ELEVEN THOUSAND songs, that one by chance came on first, the night before the wedding. (Funny how the universe seems to send these little signs/pick me ups that you’re on the right path). I never planned much about a wedding growing up, but the one thing I always knew was that if I ever got married someday, THAT would be the song we would dance to (assuming I could find a guy that was okay with something not super traditional, and the right wedding environment to be able to play it in). Every time a relationship didn’t work out, I always drifted back to that song, wondering if I’d ever get to know a love like that. Well, that dream finally came true! Because this song doesn’t have an official music video, and has meant so much to me for so long, I thought I’d pay tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers by using their song over some of our wedding shots. And the cherry on top!? I FINALLY get to see them in person for the first time on Thursday in San Francisco. Another dream come true. Hey internet! If you want to help me tag them and get their attention, I’d love to show this to them 😀 @chilipeppers CREDITS // Dress: @galialahav by @kinsleyjamescouturebridal // Bouquet: @thefauxbouquets // Tuxes: @generationtux // Video footage courtesy of @scottyrog, @wingatemotion , Kfir Smiley Amir, @cincybase , @davidlaffargue , @jimmypeterson27 , @scottyybob // Edit by me 🙂
16. Ryan’s friend even dropped the ring. OMG! (Don’t worry they fixed it.)
17. And that’s the marriage video, you’re aiming to beam from ear to ear while observing it!
The sky is NOT the limit with you by my side! 😉💓 On November 20, 2017, @_kimw_ and I exchanged “Hell Yeah’s!” in a wedding in the sky! 400 feet in the air on a spacenet in Moab, Utah. We had aerial artists performing on silks and lyra underneath us, BASE jumping flower girls that wore tutus and packed their chutes with real petals, and a giant desert rave for the reception. Her dad even got to walk her down the “aisle”, which was a first of its kind! Normally, people get onto the net by slacklining on a 1 inch piece of webbing out to the middle, but we specifically engineered the aisle so that those dearest to us (who arent slackliners) could easily join us on our special day. Thank you everyone who got involved, lent a helping hand in setting up the net and the rave tent, and even risked their lives for us! We couldnt have done it without you, and we couldnt have asked for a more magical day. And as a slacklifer, I gotta say, its pretty surreal to have your wedding video made by THE @scottyrog @wingatemotion 🙌 Gown: Lily Rose by @galialahav from @kinsleyjamescouturebridal // Spacenet designed and rigged by @sketchyandylewis. Aisle brought into reality with the help of Andy and @slacklifebc // Wedding Officiant @blackrockseco // Aerialists @lizasouras @cdignes @theletabug // BASE Jumpers @mrcorbing @davidlaffargue @cincybase @jimmypeterson27 @theinfamousskypig @scottyybob @stickynicky420 @taz @andikissthesky // Photographers @thehearnes // Hair Styling @katevictoria_hair // Bouquet @thefauxbouquets // Tuxes @generationtux //
“From what 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 seemed to be insignificant in comparison.”
She concluded: “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.”
Congratulations Ryan and Kimberly you made a gorgeous couple and we wish you a life full of light, love and thrill, just like your wedding day was!