Ken Nilsen proposed to his girlfriend, Tracy Bellman, on a trip to Paris – in view of the Eiffel Tower, one of the most popular, romantic spots in the world.
For the wedding, the couple decided on a far less likely place to tie the knot by walking down the aisle -- the aisle of a Delta connection flight, roughly 35,000 feet up in the air.
The couple said “I do” recently between Cincinnati, where they live, and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in D.C. alongside their children and 10 of their closest friends, according to Delta News Hub.
“I’m in the wedding industry,” said Tracy, who owns a bakery in a story on Delta News. “I’ve seen it all, and we just wanted to do something different and uniquely us. Plus, we love Delta.”
“She’s the creative artist and I’m a nerdy actuary, so we’re very different,” Ken added in the Delta piece. “Something that we’ve always had in common was travel, so getting married on a plane just seemed to be the perfect fit.”
The two are avid travelers. Ken is a self-proclaimed Delta addict – loving everything from the customer service to the on-board service.
On the big day, Delta employees picked up the couple at security in an airport “wedding limo” – a golf cart with bundles of white balloons– to take them to their gate.
Once in the air and the wedding party had their drinks, Ken and Tracy walked down the aisle and exchanged their vows, just as the plane sailed over the northwestern border of Virginia.
“Our pilots were so nice, they wrote down the coordinates where we were when it happened so we have that as a little keepsake,” Tracy told Cincinnati WKRC.
The couple have traveled to New Zealand, South Africa, Paris, and many other destinations. Ken told Cincinnati WKRC it all clicked on a previous flight.
"I remember one specific time, we had just finished up a meal on an overseas flight and she's like, 'I love airplane food,' and I'm like, 'You're the one,'” said Ken.
When the flight landed in D.C., customers cheered and blew bubbles as the newly married couple walked down a carpet covered in rose petals. There was also a golf cart with a 'Just Married' sign and Coke cans on the back with earbud strings.
The couple flew home to Cincinnati after the wedding, but have plans for a honeymoon trip which includes traveling to Cozumel, Denmark, Las Vegas and then to back to Paris where they got engaged.