A couple decided that there was no place they'd rather get married than on an airplane.
Not a private plane. Not a plane on the ground. Just a regular, commercial aircraft full of other passengers.
It's a strange story, but very touching, especially when you see how much everyone else played along. Take a look:
"Airplane wedding" might sound like the premise of some god-awful romantic comedy (not all of them are, but this one would be).
Seeing it play out in real life, on the other hand, shows that it can be pretty sweet.
Michael and Renee used the airplane aisle as their, well, aisle. Renee walked towards Michael while Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" played, because of course.
The pilot of the Southwest flight addressed the entire plane over the intercom, saying:
"They met each other four years ago," the pilot announced. "And this weekend decided to make it at least another four years,"
Everybody's a comedian.
"They met on a Match.com date," the pilot also shared. "And yes, ladies and gentleman, it really does work."
"They were in beautiful Baltimore when they met," the pilot added. "And it’s happily ever after from there."
Their vows were appropriately tongue-in-cheek under the circumstances.
"I, Michael, take you, Renee, to be my wife, my partner in life, and my travel companion when I become a Rapid Reward Member today, tomorrow and forever."
That's very cute.
(They danced down the aisle to Chris Brown's "Forever," which is gross, but it's inclear whether they or a passanger chose that music)
Skylee Campbell was one of the many passengers who captured this precious moment on video.
"Can’t think of a better way to spend a late-night, 5 hour flight," Skylee wrote. "Other than watching a wedding happen on the plane!"
It makes sense that the airlines are happy to oblige.
First of all, it gives flight attendants and pilots a break from, you know, the mundane agony of just doing their jobs like they do on every other flight.
Second of all, it gives new, free good press for the airline. Do you know how rare that is, these days?
How many videos have we all seen of people getting dragged off of airplanes?
Earlier this month, there were overlapping horror stories from airplanes. One was of a man removed for his foul body odor.
Another was of a man who, according to the woman who was seated beside him, was allegedly masturbating during the flight.
So, yes, a heartwarming story that takes place on an airplane is clearly welcome. From their perspective.
There are ethical concerns to getting marred in a plane in this manner.
The ceremony is sweet, sure. But … the passengers didn't sign up for this.
These two were effectively tying the knot in front of a captive audience who, rather than being invited to a wedding ceremony between strangers, found themselves immersed in it against their will.
Sometimes public proposals happen like this, but it usually only monopolizes a minute or two of people's time.
This was a whole wedding ceremony, and the captain was speaking over the intercom. That's not exactly easy to avoid.
On top of that … imagine having to go to the bathroom while on the flight. That's an unpleasant prospect at any point, because the process of flying is an exercise in misery.
But interrupting a wedding that you never asked to attend adds extra unpleasantness to being squeezed into a small nightmare bathroom while hurtling through the clouds in a metal tube.
Still … we haven't actually heard any complaints.
The flight crew reportedly had all of the passengers activate their overhead lights to illuminate the aisle.
It's such a cute story.
Apparently, the crew was happy to comply.
This couple is hardly the first to get married on a flight, and they won't be the last.
Honestly, airplane tickets might be expensive considering the conditions that people endure on flights, but they can't compare to the price of a more traditional wedding.
Good for these two for thinking outside of the box.
And good for the flight crew and passengers for indulging them.