Flight Attendant Marries the Love of Her Life Mid-Flight to Honor Her Mom's Dying Wishes

An Alaska Airlines flight attendant was recently able to grant her mother's dying wish by tying the knot on board a plane, 35,000 feet in the air. Kristy Stratton's mom wanted just three things from her daughter, and in one unique wedding, all three were knocked out of the ballpark atmosphere.


Kristy Stratton has been a flight attendant for 11 years, and when she came up with a unique idea for her wedding, Alaska Airlines was totally on board. Because she'd met her husband Jim Larsen during a layover from Los Angeles to Seattle (where they now live) six years ago, they decided to get hitched now on that same flight.

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Stratton said the idea came to her as she was trying to figure out a way to fulfill her mom's last wishes. Billie Jo Stratton was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in September 2014, and she want just three things when it came to her daughter: She wanted to see where she lived; she wanted to see where she worked; and she wanted to see her get married.

"I was thinking of unique wedding ideas while driving home from a red-eye about a month before the wedding and thought it'd be a cool idea to get married on that exact flight," Kristy confessed to TODAY.com.

The airline was totally for the on-board wedding, so she enlisted her pastor, Scott Wetzel, along with her photographer, Christina Frees -- a fellow Alaska Airlines stewardess -- and let her mom know that her wishes were coming true.

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In one fell swoop, Billie Jo would get to see her daughter's place of work and watch her get married at the same time, on the way to seeing where she lives now in Seattle. How unbelievably sweet is that?

Passengers that day knew something was up when the flight attendants passed out bubbles, chocolate roses, and candy hearts, and their questions were answered about an hour into the flight, when one of Kristy's coworkers announced the in-flight nuptials that were about to take place.

Billie Jo watched from the front row -- her lifelong love for travel as well as her love and wishes for her daughter totally fulfilled by the wedding in the sky. After the wedding, Kristy said, "I was really touched and overwhelmed by the amount of love and joy flooding through the cabin ... Not only did they make the day even more special for me, but for my mom as well."

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This is one seriously cool family.


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