Lisa: loves food, wine, and swearing a bit. She loves Alex. Brave. Caring. Funny.
Alex: loves all things wild, loves Lisa… did I say Lisa is a bit wild? Sure not, but it took Alex almost 10 years to get Lisa’s heart. Patient. Spontaneous.
What Is This 2People1Life Project All About?
Here is how it goes: they fall in love, they live together for a year, decide to move to Australia, then decide that they’ll visit as many places as possible on their way to Australia, in the search of The Perfect Wedding Location. Exciting, isn’t it? This is where it becomes even more exciting: they’ll actually get married in every potential Perfect Wedding Location they visit! They want to document their travels, so how would they be able to relate to something they have not experienced personally?
And Guess What? Tahiti Was On Their Way!
The whole 2People1Life project is about embracing cultures and finding out about worldwide traditions. Tahiti was no exception, EXCEPT that Lisa & Alex got married… 3 times… on 3 different islands… today, Lisa shares their first of 3 Tahiti weddings experience: an in-flight wedding on their way to the Islands of Tahiti. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Blog Lisa!
1. Where Did That Idea Of Marrying In A Plane Come From?
A wedding on an airplane was something Alex and I had, for some reason, dreamed of since before we ever even began our adventure of travelling the World having a wedding ceremony in every country we visited. We even wrote it in our original invites that we posted to all of our family and friends. We invited them to join us on a wedding adventure where we would “marry under a Berber tent in Morocco, in a waterfall in Tahiti and even in the air on a flight to an amazing destination.”
I certainly think that Tahiti counts as an amazing destination and as we stepped onboard the Air Tahiti Nui flight with our Photographer and Cinematographer we were offered a glass of champagne and we immediately knew we were in for a treat, not just a long haul flight to paradise.
Air Tahiti Nui prides itself on comfort with a Polynesian flavour and we were offered a fresh Tiare – the airline’s emblem, a stunning Tahitian flower with the sweetest perfume as we took our first class seats and were introduced to the crew. Everyone excitedly welcomed us aboard and we even got to meet the captains in the cockpit before we took off!
2. How Did The Wedding Prep Go In An Airplane? We’re Curious To Know!
The wedding was to be held as soon as we reached 35,000 feet and as the plane rose into the air so did our heart rates! The nerves were kicking in hard. We had captive guests and were about to hold what is believed to be the first in-flight wedding. Most weddings on aeroplanes are held on the ground but we were waiting until we were at cruising altitude to take the ‘plunge’!
Once we were in the air and the seatbelt sign was turned off we were led to the back of the plane to get changed in the area where the drinks and meals are stored. All the trolleys were pulled out to make room and we laughed as we had wondered how we were going to get ready in the small aeroplane toilets!
I shimmied into my dress and with shaking hands pinned my handmade Charlotte Rose hairvine into my unruly hair. I was too nervous to put much make up on and before we knew it we were led down each Aisle by hostesses. Alex on the right and me on the left. One of the crew members played music from his I-phone down the telephone that they use to make announcements so the whole plane was filled with music!
We laughed as we walked and wondered what on earth everyone must be thinking! Most of the passengers stood or clapped as we walked down to the front of the plane to hold the ceremony and my face hurt with smiling by the time we got there!
3. How Was The Ceremony Held And What Did You Like Most About It?
Once we reached the front we were reunited and stood close, side by side, clasping hands while the crew captain read us our vows. He read them in both French and in English so we could understand and we giggled nervously the whole time. We exchanged a Tahitian Tiare flower as is the Tahitian tradition in place of exchanging rings.
Alex placed my flower behind my left ear and I placed his behind his left. A sign that we were now husband and wife.
Everyone around us clapped and cheered as we kissed and we raised a glass of champagne with a few of the passengers who had come to join in the ceremony. We signed a certificate from the airline to congratulate us on our wedding at 35,000 feet, directly above England.
The fabulous cabin crew handed out small favours to all of the guests. Air Tahiti Nui had made up small boxes of sugared almonds with printed ribbon around them with small cards explaining our thanks for being our captive wedding guests. The small favours made me weepy, I was so touched by them, they were just so incredibly thoughtful.
4. It Must Have Been So Exciting! Did You Party Afterwards?
The rest of the flight was just as the airlines website promised, a series of treats to break up the long flight. Our meal was incredible and Jeff and Catherine joined us to celebrate our 42nd wedding some more! We got very little sleep on the first leg of the flight as we were all just too excited! But after a mini stop (hang) over in LA we slept soundly all the rest of the way in our huge reclining seats.
We arrived in Tahiti and were welcomed as though we were royalty. Dancing, singing, chanting and lots of flowers and leis were involved, not to mention the thighs!!! After our wake up dance we arrived at our hotel in the dark and far too excited to sleep. We had a wander around in the dark and tried to see everything but we couldn’t possibly imagine the paradise that we were going to wake up to the next day.
Credits – Wedding location, flight and favours – Air Tahiti Nui | Photography – Catherine Mead | Video – Jeff Wood Visuals | Hotel – Intercontinental | Logistics – Tahiti Tourism | Hair Vine – Charlotte Rose Designs
Thanks Lisa! See you again next month! Can’t wait to read about your next Tahitian wedding experience!