Pam Patterson and Jeremy Salda met on the dating app Bumble in 2020, and there was instant chemistry between them. Patterson asked Salda out after messaging her for a few days. “It was just one of those great dates where you talk all night until 2 AM.” On their second date, Salda brought confetti and flowers for them to spread throughout town.
In addition to having children from previous relationships, the two shared a love of family. However, they were at different stages of parenting. Patterson had two grown children, a 28-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son, whereas Salda’s children were still growing, a 15-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter. In Pam’s words, “I wasn’t sure I was ready to do a whole family thing again.”.
Their obvious connection didn’t lead to their happily ever after just yet. They agreed to stay in touch and see other people. Neither Patterson nor Salda stayed on the apps for long. Salda contacted Patterson on Mother’s Day. Salda secretly bought a ring when the spark stayed this time.
Salda proposed during a vacation in January 2022. On a beach in Cancun, he dropped to one knee and asked Patterson to marry him. Remembering their special moment, Patterson said,
The couple immediately began planning their wedding after meeting. “I’ve been speechless twice in my life. The first time was when I met Tim McGraw, and the second time was on that day.” Tim McGraw said.
However, they needed to be legally married in the US before they could have a destination wedding in Mexico. The couple planned to get married in Las Vegas. After booking the marriage license appointment and reserving the hotel room, their flight was cancelled.
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In a hurry, they booked another flight, connecting through Texas this time. Dressed in a suit and gown, they landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and planned to run to the chapel. Once again, bad weather grounded them.
Chris Mitcham, a fellow passenger, noticed the couple and asked where they were going. As they explained their plans to Mitcham, he revealed that, not only was he headed to Vegas, but he was also an ordained minister and was willing to marry them if they missed their appointment. On the next flight, leaving from nearby Love Field Airport, the three booked tickets together.
Undaunted, they raced across town. Patterson recalled the mad dash, “I literally ran through the airport, through security, in my wedding dress.” Winded, they finally boarded the plane, and the pilot asked nonchalantly if Patterson intended to get married in Vegas. Then she replied, “Well, we’re going to try, but if that doesn’t work, I’ll just get married right here on this plane.”
The pilot liked the idea and announced that a ceremony would be held onboard. Tissue paper streamers were hung, the song “Here Comes the Bride” was queued, and the call lights were illuminated. Patterson walked down the aisle after Mitcham set up video equipment.
They were married at 37,000 feet above Arizona. “I can’t wait to be your co-pilot in life,” Patterson joked in her vows.
source : apost