08/30/2011 11:10 am ET | Updated Oct 30, 2011

Chinese Wedding Ceremony Takes Place In Hot Air Balloons (PHOTOS)

The blushing brides may have worn white, but in the heart of China's Shaanxi province, it was anything but a traditional wedding day.

As these stunning Getty photographs attest, 15 Chinese couples took to the highest of heights -- in beautiful hot air balloons -- to tie the knot high above the Daming Palace Ruins Park in the town of Xian.

The mass ceremony reportedly began at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, when the couples walked down a red carpet, hand in hand, to the strains of the traditional "Wedding March." They ascended into the air shortly after signing their marriage certificates.

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