This past weekend, Southwest Airlines® took love to new heights when two of our most loyal Customers tied the knot at 35,000 feet! Rapid Rewards® Members Keith and Dottie Stewart showed their love for each other—and the LUV airline—on the very first nonstop flight from Nashville to Dallas Love Field. The Southwest-themed wedding was held in conjunction with our celebration of eight new nonstop destinations from Love Field following the expiration of the Wright Amendment restrictions on October 13, 2014.
While the lovebirds didn’t meet on a Southwest jet, Keith and Dottie travel weekly for their jobs and fly Southwest as much as they can. Along the way, the couple racked up more than 1.5 million Rapid Rewards points, many of which they cashed in to bring 40 close friends and family along for their big day in the sky.
We had been working with the couple for months on the details of their special day, but it was a complete surprise for more than 100 other Customers on Flight #4058. Thanks to our friends at Nashville International Airport, the couple received a very special sendoff complete with music, decorations, and commemorative tokens for each Customer onboard. The wedding party was easy to spot, as they were festively decked out in red, blue, and yellow themed attire!
Once up in the air, it was time for the main event. A “peanut girl” kicked off the ceremony and was closely followed by the dancing, joyful bride. Keith’s brother served as the officiant, asking anyone with objections to “ring the Flight Attendant call button.” Of course, no one objected, and the two were pronounced husband and wife!
Upon arrival in Dallas, Keith and Dottie walked off the plane hand-in-hand and were greeted by cheers and congratulations from Southwest Employees and Customers alike. After a few quick photos, they were whisked off to a reception at one of Love Field’s premium dining options, Cool River Café.
The nonstop love wasn’t finished! As a final wedding gift for the happy couple, Southwest provided complimentary airfare for a fabulous honeymoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Rapid Rewards partner Marriott® chipped in as well, generously providing a four night honeymoon suite at the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino.
We couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds. Thank you for letting Southwest Airlines be a part of your big day, Keith and Dottie. May your new life together be full of LUV and happiness always!