Bride and Groom Marry Over Steep Abyss, Standing on Net They Wove


Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin first met in Moab, Utah, in 2014 at a highlining festival for adventurous climbers and thrill-seekers.

The pair quickly fell in love at the festival too, and began to go on adventures and road trips together after just two weeks.

Over time, the couple also co-founded the Slackademics website, a site dedicated to educating others about the art of slacklining.

And after almost two years of dating, Jenks planned a sweet and daring proposal suspended over an abyss at the festival.

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He brought Weglin up hundreds of feet in the air on a space net — a large hammock-like net that’s often suspended over tremendous gaps in rock formations.

Afraid he’d drop the actual ring into the abyss below, Jenks opted to propose with a plastic ring that had deep sentimental value to the couple.

Weglin and Jenks planned the wedding for a year after the engagement, and they knew the one place that would make their day the most special.

They chose the location where they’d gotten engaged, and knew it would be even more unconventional to be married on a space net.

“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,” Weglin wrote in an Instagram post.

Jenks’ best man worked to engineer a sturdy and colorful space net and “aisle” that the bride and groom could walk down and stand on for the ceremony.

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They then suspended the net 400 feet above a Utah canyon and brought the ceremony and celebration to the red rocks.

The wedding photographer praised the couple for working “their passions, hobbies, interests, and personalities into every detail” of the day.

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Many of their friends were actively involved in the wedding as well, including some that blew bubbles from the safety of the rocks and another who played the flute.

One stood painting on the edge of the cliff, 10 BASE jumper flower girls released flower petals as they leapt off the rock, and three friends performed aerial stunts suspended underneath the net.

Weglin’s father walked her down the aisle, and he was clearly but understandably nervous walking down the wobbly web of ropes.

But after all was said and done, the bride and groom were absolutely overjoyed to marry one another in the place most special to them. Congratulations to the daring and happy couple!

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Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
Liz was a senior story editor for The Western Journal.
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