In what can truly be considered an exceptional example of improvising, a US couple got married 11km over Arizona in a flight after their wedding plans went wrong. According to reports, the couple – Jeremy Salda & Pam Patterson – were scheduled to get married on April 24 in Las Vegas.
The excited couple received a setback just two days before their scheduled wedding after their flight got cancelled. Jeremy & Pam tried rebooking for Las Vegas again. Things turned further awry when their last flight also continued getting delayed, and was eventually cancelled.
The concerned couple waited near the plane terminal and discussed what to do next as a fellow passenger Chris overheard them. Chris told the couple that he was a minister and would be willing to officiate their wedding in Las Vegas.
The three again booked tickets to Las Vegas and somehow managed to board the plane. Jeremy & Pam were both in their wedding outfits which caught the attention of the pilot who accepted the couple’s request to get married on the plane.
The Facts of the Matter
We have all witnessed and have often been part of some unique weddings. Whether it’s the grandeur of the wedding venue, or the head-turning uniqueness of the wedding stage, some weddings are forever etched in our memories.
Passengers of US-based airline Southwest Airlines were recently witness to a similar situation where they witnessed a couple get married mid-flight as the plane flew about 11km over Arizona state. Interestingly, it was fate and not the couple’s decision to get married in flight.
Setbacks After Setbacks – Flight Delays, Cancellation
It just so happened that Oklahoma residents Jeremy Salda and Pam Patterson had booked a Las Vegas chapel for their April 24 wedding. However, when the couple reached the Dallas airport to catch their first of the connecting flights, they met with their first shock. The flight continued getting delayed and eventually got cancelled.
Twist of Fate – Couple Meets Ordained Minister
Annoyed with the ordeal, the couple sat on the terminal and tried to figure out what to do next. Meanwhile, a passenger named Chris introduced himself to the couple and told them that he was an ordained minister and is willing to officiate their Las Vegas wedding.
The couple had worn their wedding dresses to the airport as they figured they won’t have a lot of time once they reach Las Vegas. The couple, and now an ordained minister in the tow, booked tickets to Las Vegas.
“Let’s do it”: Pilot Agrees to Officiate Wedding in Flight
The couple who had donned the wedding attire soon drew attention from people and the pilot of the flight himself.
The couple explained the matter to the pilot and Pam even joked about getting married on the flight himself. To the couple’s surprise, the pilot said, “Let’s do it!”.
Professional Photographers in Flight Captured Moments
Explaining the entire situation in an elaborate Facebook post, the Southwest Airline wrote, “Our Flight Crew sprung into action with toilet paper streamers and a snack mix sash for Chris. Julie, one of our Flight Attendants, stood in as Pam’s Maid of Honor. A professional photographer on the flight pulled out her camera for official wedding photos. Another Passenger passed around an old notebook for the whole cabin to sign with well wishes and their seat numbers, which was given to the bride and groom as a makeshift guestbook.”
Facebook Post Goes Viral
“Congrats to the newlyweds on a memorable inflight wedding neither our Employees nor Passengers are likely to forget! We can’t wait to welcome you back onboard the love airline. #SouthwestHeart”, the Facebook post further read.
The post has received over three-hundred and sixty-two-thousand likes and over twenty-eight thousand comments so far.