Southwest Wedding: Couple gets married at 37,000 feet

One spouse took their love to new heights, quite literally. To about 37,000 feet, in fact.

A Southwest flight from Dallas to Las Vegas was transformed into a makeshift wedding chapel last Sunday, complete with toilet paper rolls and a flight attendant and bridesmaid.

Pam and Jeremy Salda have been dating since August 2020 and told CNN that when they heard the news of the lifting of the mask’s mandate on some airlines, they were joking last Tuesday about running away in Las Vegas.

Then their jokes got serious.

“In about an hour and a half we booked our flights and hotel,” Jeremy Salda said on Friday. “Pam bought a wedding dress online and gave it up for the night.”

A Southwest flight from Dallas to Las Vegas was transformed into a makeshift wedding chapel last Sunday, complete with toilet paper sheets and flight attendant maid of honor for Pam and Jeremy Salda. (Caitlin Manzer)

The Oklahoma City couple set a date at their wedding chapel for 9 p.m. Sunday night.

With Pam Patterson (now Pam Salda) in her wedding gown and Jeremy in a suit, the two headed to Sin City.

But during their layover at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, they encountered multiple delays and eventually had their last flight to Vegas canceled.

While waiting at the station, they met Chris Clegora, another passenger on the same flight to Vegas, who also happened to be an appointed minister.

He overheard their adventure at their wedding and proposed to him in Vegas himself. From there, the three found a Southwest flight bound for the Arab League with only four seats left

However, this flight was scheduled from Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL), which was about 25 minutes away. “We had 50 minutes before the plane took off,” Pam told CNN. “We asked Uber to stop it, and he did.”

As they ran through DAL in their wedding attire, the couple said people were cheering on them.

They eventually made it to the gate and while they were on the plane, the captain was curious about Pam’s wedding dress. She jokingly explained the story about the marriage on the plane.

To her surprise, the pilot replied: “Let’s do it!”

A Southwest flight from Dallas to Las Vegas was transformed into a makeshift wedding chapel last Sunday, complete with toilet paper sheets and flight attendant maid of honor for Pam and Jeremy Salda. (Caitlin Manzer)

“Southwest has been the airline of love for nearly 51 years,” Southwest said in a written statement given to CNN. “We always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate our customers in special ways.”

Cabin crew members hung toilet paper banners and made a cligoura scarf out of snack bags.

As Pam walked down the aisle, other passengers operated their call buttons and Julie Reynolds, one of the flight attendants, stood up as an impromptu maid of honor.

He happened to have a professional photographer on board and took pictures of the newlyweds. What about cutting a wedding cake? Another passenger served the remaining powdered donut.

“It’s strange how everything fell into place,” Pam said.

A notebook was even passed on as a temporary guestbook. Pam says other passengers left messages inside about how the unexpected wedding brightened their day, or how it felt like watching the rom-com unfold in front of them.

“We were thrilled to host Pam and Jeremy’s special day,” Southwest said. “We extend our congratulations to the newlyweds and wish them well in their new life together.”

The newlyweds spent an extra day in Vegas to celebrate their spontaneous wedding.

They plan to continue their originally planned party in August, where they will celebrate with family and friends in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Now, though, they have a few wedding guests invited: their full minister and flight attendant.

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