Pilot marries couple on five-hour flight

Elise Solé

A high-flying couple tied the knot on a Southwest flight in front of fellow passengers, who participated in the crowdsourced ceremony.

Renee and Michael boarded a flight from Las Vegas to Baltimore decked in wedding attire.

She was wearing a white gown with a sparkly belt and a veil, and he a tux.

With 45 minutes remaining on the five-hour trip, the couple rose from their seats and headed toward opposite ends of the plane.

Photo: Facebook/Skylee Campbell

Then, holding a yellow floral bouquet, Renee began walking down the aisle toward her groom to the Ed Sheeran song Perfect.

The pilot officiated at the wedding, announcing over the intercom, “They met each other four years ago and this weekend decided to make it at least another four years. They met on a Match.com date — and yes, ladies and gentlemen, it really does work.”

The pilot asked Michael to repeat the vows, which read in part, “I Michael, take you, Renee, to be my wife, my partner in life, and my travel companion…”

After the ceremony, the couple danced down the aisle to Chris Brown’s song “Forever.”

“Our crew jumped at an opportunity to wow two customers with an in-flight wedding surprise,” a representative from Southwest Airlines tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

It was adorable,” passenger Skylee Campbell, who filmed the ceremony, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

They had us all turn on our call lights to light up the aisle and play music.” 

Campbell also said the couple was presented a makeshift “cake” consisting of straws, toilet paper, and napkins bearing scrawled-out marriage advice from other passengers. 


Surprisingly, Southwest Airlines has hosted its share of in-flight weddings.

In August, couple Taylor and Mikaela Flowers were on their way from Texas to Riviera Maya, Mexico, for their honeymoon when a flight attendant re-created their nuptials after the husband ordered a celebratory whiskey and Coke, according to ABC News.

The bride wore a veil and carried a bouquet made of toilet paper, and they repeated the vows, “We vow to love each other, only fly Southwest, and to always put our small carry-on bags underneath the seat and not in the overhead bins.” 

“It was awesome,” Mikaela told the network. 


In 2014, CNN reported that Indiana couple Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart enlisted the help of Southwest for their in-flight wedding from Nashville to Dallas, along with 30 of their loved ones and 100 random passengers who received wedding invitations and peanuts from a flower girl. 

“If anyone can show just cause why they might not be lawfully joined together,” said the officiant, per CNN, “let them push their flight attendant call button now or forever hold your peace.”


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