High-wire Artists Tie the Knot in Mid-air

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High-wire Artists Tie the Knot in Mid-air

 

A German couple's wedding went viral last week after a photo of the ceremony circulated the internet showing the newlyweds held up over 20 feet in the air on a high wire.

Aerialist Anna Traber and Sven Lier tied the knot while they were both suspended from a tightrope, photos of which circulated the internet after the bride posted them on her social media accounts.

 

Photo Credit: @CCTV via Twitter

 

The photos show the couple sitting beside each other on a flower-covered swing facing an officiant, who was seated on a trapeze. Their mid-air ceremony in the marketplace of Breisachs, Traber's hometown, seemed to have drawn a crowd, according to Newsweek.

Traber is a descendant of well-known trapeze artists that have been active since the 16th century while her husband, reportedly, did not come from an old family of aerial performers.

"Every marriage is a tightrope walk," Traber said, speaking with online news agency English 24 News on Saturday. "For our marriage, the tightrope should be the right starting point and a good omen."

Traber's tightrope family isn't the only one that made headlines. In June, Nik and Lijana Wallenda—siblings who came from the legendary Flying Wallendas family of aerialists—made a daring tightrope walk about 1,300 feet above Times Square in New York.

New York City law requires performers to wear harnesses when doing extreme performances such as walking on wires thousands of feet off the ground. For the Wallendas' walk, Nik and Lijana began at the opposite ends of the rope and met in the middle. They then passed each other and continued to walk until they reached the end of the wire.

 

Photo Credit: Good Morning America

 

Such performances are a thrill to watch and one can't help but wonder, "what would happen if they fall?" Fortunately for Traber and Lier as well as the Wallenda siblings, both of their stunts were finished without any accidents.

 

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