Outdoor gardens, historic churches, and tropical beaches are some of the more popular venues that couples seek out as the location of their vow exchanges. However, a Texas-based bride decided to walk down the aisle of an airplane to commemorate her future marriage to her soon-to-be husband. The duo surprised fellow passengers by hosting a pretend wedding ceremony on a Southwest Airlines flight from Austin, Texas, to Oakland, Florida, on April 2, 2023. The airlines crew was also in on the fake nuptials.
One passenger, Tamara Bogetti, told Storyful that she saw the bride and groom boarding the airplane with a wedding dress in their carry-on luggage. “About an hour into the flight, the flight attendant went over to the woman and asked her to come with her to the back of the plane,” Bogetti recalls. “She told the groom-to-be that she’d be back and he would need to go to the front.” Then, the bride processed down the middle of the aircraft in a “wedding dress” and a “wedding veil” made of toilet paper. The woman made her way to her fiancé, who was wearing a pretzel sash.
Bogetti documented the ceremony on video and uploaded it to Twitter. “Southwest made this flight fun celebrating a bride & groom!” the caption of her tweet says. “@SouthwestAir #airtravel made me smile despite the delayed flight!” In the clip, the passengers are seen clapping and cheering for the couple while they practice their walk down the aisle. Many of them also whipped out their cell phones to capture the impromptu moment. “They did a brief faux ceremony,” Bogetti describes. “It was so fun and creative. It uplifted everyone on the plane."
Many other couples have also recently selected unique venues for their nuptials. René Hurtado and Max Bochman said “I do” on March 18, 2023, while standing front row at Taylor Swift’s second concert of her Eras tour in Glendale, Arizona. “We pretty much had the best seat in the house,” Hurtado told Rolling Stone. “It was a really wonderful experience. Our section was so supportive and sweet to us when they saw what we were doing.” While Swift performed “Seven,” the two exchanged vows, so the newlyweds could celebrate to “Invisible String,” which was the next song on the set list that has significance to the couple. “It was really thrilling and exciting,” Hurtado reflected. “I’m so glad we did it. It was really special, and the timing during the concert was so beautiful.”
Another couple also used one of Swift’s shows to commemorate a milestone in their relationship. On March 17, 2023, a fan popped the question in Arizona during the first concert of the Eras tour. While the artist performed “Love Story,” the concertgoer got down on one knee just as Swift sang the line “He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said, ‘Marry me, Juliet,’” The Indian Express reported. His girlfriend said “yes.”