Ex-wedding planner stuns Virgin Australia passengers with a sky-high ceremony
What do you get when a former wedding planner and aviation freak get in trouble?
Around 150 Virgin Australia passengers had to find out earlier today than a couple made history by tying the knot at 40,000 feet.
Stunned passengers on board flight VA841 from Melbourne to Sydney watched and filmed on their cell phones as the Melbourne couple Elaine Tiong, 35, and Luke Serdar, 36, said “I do” in a sweet onboard ceremony.
The romantic flight, dubbed the “Wedding in Heaven”, was a first for the airline, which helped make the couple’s dream wedding a reality.
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Witnesses watched Elaine walk down the aircraft aisle in a white ensemble before Australian actress Tottie Goldsmith conducted the ceremony via the aircraft’s PA system.
Luke, an electrician from Prahran, said the wedding was supposed to be a week before.
“We had originally planned to get married on Valentine’s Day on a Virgin Australia flight, but we had to postpone when the Victorian ban came into play just 24 hours before the big day. After a false start, we couldn’t be happier Bind today at last the knot, “he said.
Stylist Elaine, who is 17 weeks pregnant, said she didn’t want the excitement of a conventional wedding, so getting married on a flight in front of 150 strangers is the perfect alternative.
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The eye-catching bride stunned unsuspecting onlookers as she walked down the aisle. (Virgin Australia)
“The truth is, I was a wedding planner for many years, and after organizing hundreds of weddings, I wanted something different for us,” she said.
There was another cute reason she thought a heavenly wedding would be appropriate.
“That was what I had always dreamed of – doing something random and completely unusual. After friends suggested I get married on a flight – Luke loves travel and airplanes – I couldn’t think of a more perfect way we could say, ‘I do and here we are, “she said.
The COVID Safe ceremony was performed in face masks, with the couple saving their first kiss as husband and wife after disembarkation in Sydney.
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The couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife while getting off. (Virgin Australia)
All passengers received heart-shaped buttermilk biscuits as a wedding favors from the cabin crew.
Sarah Adam, General Manager Product and Customer of the Virgin Australia Group, wished the couple a happy life together and indicated more surprises in the air.
“We’re a fun and vibrant airline, and travelers can continue to expect surprises like this when they fly with us,” she said.
Virgin Australia launches a one-of-a-kind Brisbane-to-Sydney on March 5th Flight of pride for carnivalwith airborne drag performances, bottomless bevvies and DJ entertainment.
The “Party in the Sky” is hosted by Sydney Drag Royalty and Virgin Australia Cabin crew member Penny Tration.
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