A wedding at 32,000 feet surprised passengers who flew on Southwest Airlines Flight 4058 as a 4-year-old flower girl passed out the peanuts.
The wedding was for Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart, who said “I do” during at 32,000 feet on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737, according to the Daily Mail. The jet was traveling from Nashville to Dallas Love Field. Some of the passengers looked up as the bride and groom approached the front of the plane.
It might seem strange to board a flight and be told that there would be a wedding, but that’s exactly what happened. They waited until they were over Arkansas before telling passengers that Southwest Airlines was about to do something different. Ana Schwager, a Southwest employee, spoke on the intercom.
“How many of you thought you were going to a wedding today?”
The wedding at 32,000 feet started after a 4-year-old flower girl named Sydney passed out the peanuts on the crowded Dallas-bound jet. Then the music started playing and that’s when Dottie Coven danced down the aisle in her white wedding dress and veil to marry Keith Stewart. She said a lot of things around flying “tend to not be fun .. Let’s make it fun again!”
The officiant then spoke:
“We are gathered here today - whether you intended to or not - to celebrate the wedding of Dottie Coven and Keith Stewart … If anyone can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together let them push their flight attendant call button now.”
That’s when bursts of laughter was heard in the cabin. The front of a 737 was a tight squeeze for this wedding at 32,000 feet. The couple read vows from their mobile phones as everyone else used their own to capture the moment.
The couple said they had only 40 friends on the flight as guests, according to Travelers Today. The rest of the 141 passengers on board the flight were all strangers. Many people looked around the cabin in disbelief.
“They inadvertently became wedding guests to Coven and Stewart’s six-mile high wedding during the two-hour flight.”
Keith and Dottie had accumulated more than a million Rapid Rewards points since they travel so much for work. They were able to trade in most of them in exchange for 30 tickets on this flight for family and friends who got to witness the ceremony sitting in seat belts. It was a unique union that occurred six miles high on the two-hour flight.
The wedding at 32,000 feet comes two years after the couple met on a dating website, notes ABC 30 News. Coven, 44, and Stewart, 38, live near Louisville, Kentucky. She’s in sales and he’s in IT and their jobs take them across the country.