McLEAN, Va. -- Bob Ewing has gotten a lot of mileage out of his decade-old tuxedo and has even run a couple of marathons in it. Now he's been married in it, after he and his new bride made the 900-foot sheer climb on one of West Virginia's most striking landmarks in full wedding regalia.
Photos of the bride and groom, both residents of Arlington, Va., atop the narrow peak of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia have become a hit on the Internet, with more than 500,000 views.
The bride, Antonie Hodge Ewing, made the climb in her mother's wedding gown. Her mother, Evangeline Hodge of Los Alamos, N.M., made the climb as well.
"I had to prove to myself I could do it," said Evangeline Hodge, a novice climber who refused permission to print her age, telling a reporter to come up with a creative adjective for "old." ''I did it for all the old people out there."
It was Antonie's idea to get married on the peak. Ewing proposed to her in March as the couple scaled the rocks, and after she said yes, she informed him that she wanted to get married there as well.
The family pitched in. Brother Scott Ewing got himself ordained and performed the ceremony. A second brother, John Ewing, made a separate climb and photographed the ceremony with a rented, high-powered lens. Family and friends who couldn't make the Aug. 11 climb participated in a second ceremony and reception the next day.
Initially, the plan was for immediate family and some close friends to all make the climb, Antonie said. But it became unwieldy, and they had to cut most everyone from the climbing party.