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In New York, newlyweds celebrate with a two hour balloon flight from Central Park to Mount Vernon

"Balloon Wedding," New York City, November 8, 1865, artist's impression
11/08/1865
A crowd of thousands gathered near Professor T.S. Lowe's balloon United States in Central Park expecting a wedding ceremony carried out in the skies over New York.  They were disappointed to be told that the actual nuptials between Professor John F. Boynton and Mary West Jenkins had taken place earlier at a the Fifth Avenue Hotel and that the two hour flight was merely a celebration.  The crowd cheered anyway.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
"The Balloon Wedding," Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, November 25, 1865, p. 148.
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