on top of Yasur Volcano - Michelle & George
Island, Vanuatu - Dec. 17, 2006
I'm sure this was one of the
most unique and spectacular places in the world for a wedding
ceremony, on top of an erupting volcano on a remote island in
the South Pacific. The forces of nature were co-operating with
us, the weather was perfect and the volcano was very active (But
not TOO active!!).
The wedding began with a ceremonial
blowing of the conch shell to announce the arrival of the couple.
It must've been an odd sight to see the two of us hiking up the
side of the volcano wearing a tuxedo & a wedding dress, not
your typical adventure-wear. The volcano was erupting every few
minutes with large explosions that would send hot rocks and ash
high into the air, often at appropriate times during the wedding.
The entire wedding party was dressed in traditional grass skirts
& feathers, customary to the islands. The wedding concluded
right at sunset with the popping open of a celebratory bottle
of champagne and as the bubbles exploded out, so did Yasur with
a surge of ash and rock.
Michelle and I are very pleased
with how everything turned out and would like to dearly thank
everyone who helped make this complicated event a true success.
The wedding ceremony was filmed
and was seen on one of the episodes of my television show "Angry
Planet" as well as "Wild Weddings" on TLC