Many of us have spent hours dreaming of walking down the aisle and hearing those magical words "this is your captain speaking", but one couple in Australia recently chose to walk down the aisle of a Virgin Australia flight and get married.
Most of the 150 passengers onboard flight VA841 on February 17 had no idea the wedding was about to happen. They looked on as Elaine walked down the aircraft aisle wearing a striking white ensemble, before Australian actress, singer and now well-known wedding celebrant Tottie Goldsmith solemnised the nuptials, with the couple officially tying the knot at 40,000 feet as the aircraft flew over Canberra in the ACT.
Elaine and her beau Luke live in Prahran, Melbourne.
"We actually had planned to marry onboard a Virgin Australia flight on Valentine's Day, but we had to postpone when the Victorian lockdown came into play just 24 hours before the big day. So after a false start, we couldn't be happier to finally tie the knot today," said Luke.
Elaine said after working as a wedding planner, she wanted a wedding that was simple and low fuss.
"I'm 17 weeks pregnant and we just decided we didn't want any fuss and here we are marrying onboard a flight in front of 150 complete strangers," Elaine laughed.
"This is always what I had dreamed of - doing something random and completely out of the box. After friends suggested I marry on a flight – Luke loves travel and planes – I couldn't think of a more perfect way for us to say 'I do', and here we are."
Luke says with family located all around the world, a large family wedding was going to be impossible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our friends and family will probably think we're a bit crazy, but know we're always up for an adventure! We're pregnant and while both originally from Adelaide, our families now live between the UK, America and Croatia. After five years of dating we wanted to elope, and thanks to Virgin Australia, we've done just that," he said.
As a result of strict coronavirus regulations, the couple first kissed as husband and wife upon disembarkation of the aircraft in Sydney, where they were finally able to remove their face masks.
The airline says all COVID-19 protocols were strictly followed.