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For better or for worse . . . couple weds in highway tunnel after accident stops traffic on way to ceremony

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 September, 2016, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 September, 2016, 1:26pm

A couple in northern China held their wedding inside a highway tunnel on Wednesday morning after being stuck in a traffic jam for an hour, mainland media reports.

The couple were driving from the bride’s hometown to a wedding venue in Ankang, Shaanxi province, when an accident blocked the highway completely, Huashang Daily reported.

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After waiting with about 100 other vehicles for more than an hour, the couple decided to begin the ceremony in the tunnel at 11:30am, as local custom dictates that weddings should be held before noon.

A wedding host asked the bride and groom whether they took each other as partners for life.

They each answered “I do” in front of about 50 relatives and drivers and passengers from other vehicles.

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“The two will come across a lot of challenges as they spend the rest of their life together,” said a driver who attended the 10-minute ceremony.

“I believe they will remember this wedding, which is their first step towards marriage.”

The newlyweds were able to continue their journey when one lane was cleared at 12:10pm

Traffic movement on the highway was not fully restored until after 2pm.