Melbourne couple marry mid-air on Virgin flight

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Melbourne couple Elaine Tiong and Luke Serdar have literally taken their love to new heights, choosing to have their wedding in mid-air on a Virgin Australia flight to Sydney.

Stunned passengers looked on as flight VA841 played host to the airline’s first-ever mid-air wedding, which was officiated by Australian actress and singer Tottie Goldsmith.

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Elaine and Luke become husband and wife in the air. Photo: Supplied/Virgin Australia/Carly Ravenhall

Elaine, 35, and Luke, 36, said they were looking for an unconventional wedding without the fuss, and so became husband and wife at 40,000 feet, as the aircraft flew over Canberra in the ACT.

“We actually had planned to marry onboard a Virgin Australia flight on Valentine’s Day, but we had to postpone when the Victorian lockdown came into play just 24-hours before the big day, so after a false start, we couldn’t be happier to finally tie the knot today,” Luke said, after the event on Thursday.

Elaine added: “I’m 17 weeks’ pregnant and we just decided we didn’t want any fuss and here we are marrying onboard a flight in front of 150 complete strangers.

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“The truth is, I was a wedding planner for many years, and after organising hundreds of weddings, I wanted something different for us.

“This is always what I had dreamed of - doing something random and completely out of the box. After friends suggested I marry on a flight – Luke loves travel and planes – I couldn’t think of a more perfect way for us to say ‘I do’, and here we are."

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Tottie Goldsmith was their official celebrant. Photo: Supplied/Virgin Australia/Carly Ravenhall
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Elaine walked down the aisle, and the couple kiss after landing. Photos: Supplied/Virgin Australia/Carly Ravenhall

Because of of strict COVID-19 regulations, the couple did have to wait for their first kiss as husband and wife until they got off the plane in Sydney, where they were able to remove their face masks.

As part of the onboard celebrations, the cabin crew gave each passenger a buttermilk biscuit wedding favour in the shape of a love heart by Memory Lane Cookies.

Tottie Goldsmith said she was glad to officiate as she is "always up for an adventure".

"Not many people can say they boarded a flight as an engaged couple, then disembarked a married one. I’m so thrilled to have been able to share in their experience and in their love for one another,” she said.

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