Jeremy Salda and Pam Patterson began dating in August 2020. As their relationship progressed, they decided to get married. They made plans to marry in Las Vegas on April 24, 2022. The couple made sure to have a marriage license reserved, a hotel room booked, and a flight from their hometown of Oklahoma City to Vegas.
Pam even bought a wedding dress.
Then the trouble started, according to People magazine. Two days before they were scheduled to leave, the flight was canceled. The pair worked quickly and rebooked the flight on a different airline. But instead of a direct flight, there was a layover in Texas.
And the issues continued. The Washington Post reports that Jeremy and Pam watched as the flight in Dallas-Fortworth went through multiple delays before finally being canceled.
Since the couple wore their wedding attire to the airport, they wouldn't have had time to change before getting to the chapel; many people asked them what was happening. They shared their story of wanting to get married, but with the clock running out, it seemed as if they would not be able to fulfill their goal.
That's when they met Chris Kligora. According to AZCentral, he told them that he was an ordained minister and would marry them if they didn't make it to Las Vegas.
Love In The Sky
Jeremy, Pam, and Chris found a Southwest Airlines flight to Vegas. The issue was that it was out of the Love Field Airport. The trio got an Uber and raced to ensure they didn't miss this flight and delay the wedding once again.
Pam told People that they were running through the airport and gaining a lot of attention. "It's like a scene from a movie. I'm literally running through the airport, through security, in a wedding dress. …People are shouting at us, 'Congratulations! Yay!'"
As they boarded the plane, the pilot stopped them. He asked if they were planning on getting married in Vegas. Pam answered that they were trying to get married in the City of Sin, but if not, they would get married on the plane, according to The Washington Post.
The pilot spoke with flight attendants and Southwest execs; everyone liked the idea of the couple getting married during the flight.
It didn't take long for the crew to start decorating the cabin with streamers. Bottles of champagne were brought out to help celebrate the event for the couple. Other passengers were genuinely excited for the couple and happy to participate in the big day.
Once the plane reached cruising altitude, the lights were dimmed, and the ceremony began. Chris performed the ceremony in front of the other passengers and crew members.
Pam marched down the aisle to a downloaded copy of "Here Comes The Bride."
With tears in her eyes, Pam told her groom that he was her person. People Magazine has her quoted saying: "If there's ever any turbulence, I want to weather it with you."
Love Goes Viral
After exchanging their "I dos," Pam and Jeremy danced down the aisle to Bruno Mars' "Marry You." The entire flight erupted in applause and congratulations for the newlyweds. Everyone in attendance was invested in the couple, which made them happy.
Jeremy told The Washington Post that they plan on going to Mexico in August, which was supposed to be their wedding, and they want some people to come along with them. "Now we're still going to go to Mexico, but this time, we hope to invite Chris and the crew."
Southwest posted about the wedding on their official Facebook page. It read in part: "Congrats to the newlyweds on a memorable inflight wedding neither our Employees nor Passengers are likely to forget! We can't wait to welcome you back onboard the love airline."
The post went viral and brought a lot of attention to the couple. It brought a lot of attention to the newlyweds and has spread some joy around. Something that Pam says she's ok with, given that she believes in spreading happiness.
She told The Washington Post: "If I can spread kindness around like confetti by being silly and wearing a wedding dress to an airport, then I wouldn't have it any other way."