After their flight has been cancelled, a couple found a priest to marry them in the air on another plane. Tissue paper decorations, a spiral notebook wedding book and happiness – these are the ingredients of a spontaneous wedding on a plane.
An Oklahoma City couple had their flight to Las Vegas cancelled, so they ended up getting married in the air on another plane.
According to Southwest Airlines, Pam Patterson and Jeremy Salda had planned to marry on Sunday in a Las Vegas chapel. To avoid having anything to do before the ceremony, which was going to start at 9 p.m. on the same day, they decided to board the plane in their wedding outfits.
Their connection from Dallas airport, however, never took off. Several delays were announced and the flight was eventually cancelled. A fellow passenger named Chris, who was also on his way from Dallas to Las Vegas, overheard the couple’s frantic conversation and what followed was just like the script of a romantic movie: It turned out that Chris was an ordained minister and he was willing to marry them in Las Vegas.
The trio quickly booked the last three seats on a Southwest flight, then hopped over to the other Dallas airport where the flight was leaving from.
During takeoff, the captain noticed Patterson’s wedding dress and they had a conversation. She told him their story and joked that they should get married on the plane, in the air. Then, for the second time this week, she was shocked, because the captain replied, “Let’s do it.”
The crew decorated the cabin with ribbons made from toilet paper and made the pastor a shoulder ribbon from snack mix. A flight attendant named Julie was the witness and, another surprise, a professional photographer was also on the flight who got out his camera and captured the unique ceremony.
A passenger passed around a notebook as an impromptu guest book in which all the passengers wrote their best wishes to the newlyweds. It was a wedding that will sure be remembered by the couple, the passengers and the staff.
This is not the first wedding on a Southwest flight. Earlier, another couple boarded in Las Vegas and got married on a flight to Baltimore.