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Our love’s sky high

HAPPY LANDING: Janelle Ragen reaches land after tieing the knot at 14,000 feet.
HAPPY LANDING: Janelle Ragen reaches land after tieing the knot at 14,000 feet. Skydive The Beach And Beyond

JANELLE Ragen and Brendan Ward exchanged vows at 14,000feet before leaping out of a plane tandem skydiving.

After being chauffeured by limousine to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, Janelle, 29, and Brendan, 36, were joined by local celebrant Kathryn Murphy and musician Jeff Massey for their elevated nuptials.

After exchanging vows aboard the twin-engine navajo and enjoying Mr Massey's guitar accompanied rendition of "Nothing's going to change my love for you", the couple, Mrs Murphy and Mr Massey all took the leap of faith.

The usually sedate couple, who have nine children between them, said the sky dive wedding, devised by Janelle, was an awesome way to start married life together.

"This lovely girl came up with the idea and said we should do something different, and I agreed," Brendan said.

"It was insane, and damn crazy, but it was awesome."

EVERLASTING: Janelle Ragen and Brendan Ward tie the knot at 14,000 feet above Ballina.
EVERLASTING: Janelle Ragen and Brendan Ward tie the knot at 14,000 feet above Ballina. Skydive By Thebeach And Beyond

A long kiss came after vows were exchanged, then Janelle said the realisation that they were going to jump set in.

"Once Brendan jumped my fear escalated; I was good until then," she said.

"The feeling when you first jump out of the plane is incredible," Brendan said. Despite experiencing two massive highs within minutes, the couple agreed getting married was the highlight.

"I cried when I got married, but I didn't cry when I jumped," Brendan said before kissing his bride.

"It turned out exactly how we wanted; it was perfect," the couple said.

Family and friends waited at Ballina's Kingsford Smith Park to greet the newlyweds when they landed just after 10.30am.

Mrs Murphy said she only decided to jump from the plane this morning to face her fear of heights.

"That was the coolest wedding I have ever done," she said.

Skydive the Beach and Beyond Byron Bay owner Joe Stein said the skydive wedding was a first for the company.

"We have done lots of aerial proposals followed by skydives, but this was the first wedding," he said.

The married couple enjoyed a celebratory lunch at Byron Bay.

Topics:  skydive, wedding


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