Thursday, 24. July 2014
13. 05. 14. - 16:00
Many people go through hoops on the their wedding day - but not exactly like champion gymnast Yan Mingyong.
Yan and his bride Ma Qiujing struck up a series of rubberman poses for the camera at their nuptials in Shanghai, east China.
The photos were put on to the internet and became an instant hit in China.
Yan, a multiple medallist in world gymnastics who specialises in the rings event, married Ma Qiujing, a former trampolinist who now works as a gymnastics coach, and both decided on something different than catching the bouquet or waving beneath a snowstorm of confetti for the photos of their big day.
They hung upside down on bars, suspended themselves from rings 20 feet in the air and at one stage sealed their love with a kiss holding on with one hand each to separate rings suspended from ropes.
Guest Chou Lou said: "It was a fantastically original take on an old and much loved tradition. Bride and groom photos are important and treasured mementoes in China. By doing their own thing in this way they have ensured they will look back with wonderful memories."
Yan said: "We talked about what interested us most in life apart from our love for one another and we came to the conclusion that it is of course gymnastics. So we decided that we should seal our love on our big day with a display that we could capture forever on film.
"People cheered and clapped as they saw us go through our routine. I was filled with love and pride for my wife for agreeing to take part in this display."
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