Married 24 times, and counting

Married 24 times, and counting
American aerial acrobats Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard are on an 83-day globetrotting wedding tour across 12 countries in six continents.

For the 24th time in nine weeks, American couple Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard got married yesterday morning.

Their three-minute ceremony and exchange of wedding vows was held at the Helix Bridge against the Marina Bay skyline.

Singapore is the latest stop on their 83-day globetrotting wedding tour across 12 countries in six continents, during which Mr Platt, 30, and Ms Woodyard, 32, will get married at each stop.

"What's important to us is to stand somewhere in our pretty clothes and say our vows," the two aerial acrobats told The Sunday Times. "Since we didn't mind doing it anywhere, we thought - why not do it everywhere?"

Since leaving California with two backpacks for Bogota, Colombia on Feb 8, they have travelled to Spain, Ireland, Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, India, Thailand and Singapore.

Next up are Australia and Fiji, before they head back to the United States on April 15, where they will embark on a two-week road trip before getting hitched for the last time, in front of family and friends.

Among the highlights so far have been a camel ride in the Egyptian desert, a "jumping wedding" done in the presence of Kenya's Maasai tribe, and saying "I do" at an elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai.

The exotic locales, coupled with their acrobatic poses in wedding attire, have captured the attention of the world media. Ms Woodyard was approached by Indonesian tourist Juanita Pondaaga and her two children in Arab Street. The children recognised her from online articles. Madam Juanita, 37, said: "What they're doing is so romantically adventurous."

The planning process for their adventure took eight months, after Mr Platt proposed almost a year ago. They spent US$3,000 (S$4,100) each on plane tickets, relying mostly on budget airlines and cheap accommodation. An online "wedding fund" was set up, enabling family and friends to make donations instead of giving wedding gifts.

"The key was not to care where we went or how long we stayed," said Ms Woodyard, who had never travelled out of the US before this. "We've had unplanned weddings in totally unexpected locations but they still turned out beautiful."

mklee@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Mar 29, 2015.
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