Couple Gets Married at 35,000 Feet High

Couple Gets Married at 35,000 Feet High
Sun 09-11-2014

Engaged couple Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart busily crisscross the country for their jobs, racking up tons of frequent flyer miles.

So, it's no surprise that the pair was in the airport when they came up with a creative idea for their wedding ceremony. 

"We were literally sitting at a gate in Baltimore, waiting for a flight and just thinking, 'What should we do?' " Coven told WFAA.com.

"And we thought, 'What about getting married on a plane?' " 

They contacted Southwest Airlines and cashed in enough of their combined 1.5 million Rapid Rewards points to secure tickets for about 30 family members and friends.

And on a flight Sunday somewhere between Nashville and Dallas, with a flower girl who handed out pretzels and peanuts down the center aisle, they tied the knot at 35,000 feet. 

The groom's brother-in-law, announced to all onboard, "We are gathered here today, whether you intended to or not, to celebrate the wedding of Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart." 

When they approached the airline with their idea, the company's marketing team sensed a tie-in with Southwest's corporate "NONSTOP Love" campaign, heralding the recent expansion of flights from the airline's hub of Dallas's Love Field.

Apart from the couples' invited guests, the rest of the 143 passengers onboard the sold-out flight received a note at the boarding gate that "cordially invited" them to attend the brief ceremony, which followed the drink service "so that our customers were happy and taken care of," says Southwest spokesperson Michelle Agnew.

As a gift, Southwest flew the newlyweds for free to San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the honeymoon. 

Source: People Magazine