Dubai: Every couple goes the extra mile to make their wedding day stand out. Many would hire the most expensive planner to throw the most lavish party, or even dive underwater for that memorable ceremony. For two travel junkies Ha Xian Sheng and Zhen Mei Qu from China, it means tying the knot above 35,000 feet.
The couple exchanged “I dos” on Monday aboard a Cathay Dragon flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong after winning an online travel competition called “Marriage in the Air,” which was organised by the carrier, together with three online travel platforms Ctrip, Mafengwo and Qyer.
The duo were joined on flight KA 877 by more than 160 passengers, including relatives, friends, media and fans. Although the venue of the ceremony was unconventional, the airline ensured that every wedding detail was taken care of.
Wedding-themed decorations were arranged at the check-in counters, boarding gate and inside the aircraft cabin. The aisle inside the plane was adorned with flowers, as well, and guests were given souvenir bags.
Once the Cathay Dragon flight reached cruise altitude, the master of ceremonies conducted the traditional wedding ritual: the couple exchanged vows and rings, and guests popped champagne bottles.
To further mark the occasion, the airline served its signature afternoon tea and warm claypot rice dish – a long-time favourite amongst its regular flyers – to all the guests and passengers onboard.
Launched on 21 November 2016, the “Marriage in the Air” competition featured three couples who have established themselves as China’s most popular online travel influencers.
Over the course of a month, the couples attempted to outdo each other by creating a series of imaginative and creative travel-related social media posts in order to win the unique top prize they were all aiming for – an inflight wedding onboard Cathay Dragon.
The winning couple’s travel blogs have a combined network of nearly 1 million followers. They were voted through a public online ballot.