LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Woodland Hills couple is taking their wedding worldwide by tying the knot 38 times in 12 countries.
From the Thai resort island of Phuket, Cheetah Platt and Rhiann Woodyard told CBS2 that their celebration didn’t have to be expensive or traditional but meaningful.
“Vows and rings and promises to be together forever could be done anywhere, and so we decided, if it can be done anywhere, why not do it everywhere?” Platt said.
The pair decided to tour the world with a dress, a tuxedo and a camera and on a budget.
They spent hours scouring the Internet for the best deals and cashing in credit card airline points.
“All and all, this wedding has been worlds away from the typical $30,000 wedding,” Woodyard said. “We didn’t have the money for a crazy, extravagant wedding.”
And dollars aren’t all they’ve stretched.
The lovebirds are professional acrobats and took some pretty interesting shots of their wedding kiss and in most of the photos, Woodyard is wearing the same gown.
Woodyard said the pair went to Macy’s.
“And we’ve got my tuxedo, her dress rolled up in the bottom of a backpack,” Platt said.
Platt and Woodyard are in Thailand.
“We’ve had three weddings in Thailand. And we’ve got our next wedding is scheduled for either tomorrow or the next day depending on the boat transfer,” Platt said. So far, the pair has visited Spain, Mumbai, Giza and Kenya.
As CBS2’s Cristy Fajardo reports, the most recent ceremony made it to the top of their list.
“We were allowed to share our wedding in an elephant rescue, and these are elephants that would not be taken in by anybody else, and we got married with a tiny little baby elephant holding our hands with us,” he said.
The happy couple plans to return home in a few weeks but the adventure won’t end there.
“We’re jumping on my motorcycle and we’re taking a tour around the Western United States, visiting national parks, monuments and beautiful locations. We’re going to get married another dozen times over the course of about two weeks in some of the most amazing locations the Western United States have to offer,”
Both say the experience is everything they could have hoped for.
“It’s been tough. It’s been amazing. It’s been everything in between. We’ve learned so much about each other. We’ve explored our relationship in ways we never would have done with a one-day wedding. It’s made our relationship what it is and that is priceless,” Woodyard said.
The couple’s first wedding was on Feb. 9. They plan to culminate the experience with a legal ceremony in Southern California in May. To keep up with their travels, follow their Flickr gallery here.