The First Parachute Wedding

The first wedding to take place in parachutes was held at the New York City World’s Fair on August 25, 1940. Reverend Homer Tomlinson of the Church of God in Jamaica, Long Island, performed the ceremony for Arno Rudolphi and Ann Hayward. The minister, the couple, the maid of honor and best man, and four musicians were all suspended in parachutes on the 26-story Parachute Jump ride. The couple wed, kissed, and parachuted down as husband and wife. Fair exhibitors loaded the newlyweds down with gifts, and the next day headlines proclaimed "No Man On Earth is Good Enough for Ann.”