In the summer of 1946, less than a year after the end of the Second World War, LIFE magazine shared a story from a small town in Ohio that suggested, in LIFE’s laconic phrasing, that “the U.S. [had] turned another corner in its return to peacetime normalcy.” The validity of such an assertion, meanwhile, largely depends on one’s understanding of what constitutes “normal.”
Here, in the midst of wedding season, seven decades after Mad Marshall and Yolanda tied the knot, LIFE celebrates the lengths, and heights, to which people will go to consecrate their love. Be sure to check out some of the other—and, if possible, even more vertiginous—pictures from their special day, below.
Finally: If anyone happens to know what became of the pole-perching newlyweds—Did the marriage last? Did they have kids?—please let us know in the comments. Thanks.