If you’re family, friend or (blog) follower, you know that our friend, Mark, owns a hot air balloon. We’ve flown with him three times, and have helped and photographed numerous launches and landings in the past several years.
A few months ago, Mark was contacted by a couple, Heather and Chad, who was interested in getting married during a balloon flight. They planned the wedding for this past weekend, but were flexible as to the exact date/time, because balloon flights are so dependent on weather conditions.
The flight happened Saturday afternoon, and Motor Man and I were there for the launch. Heather had asked if I would take pictures of the occasion, and I was honored.
Although there was a slight chance of a thunderstorm, the day could not have been more beautiful.
Their officiant was Reverend Potter, who also married Motor Man and me. It was Rev. Potter’s first hot air balloon ride, and he shared with us that it was one of the items on his bucket list.
Heather’s children, Jeffrey, Brittany and Parker, were there for the launch and followed us as we “chased” the balloon during the flight.
Their balloon ride lasted around forty-five minutes, and they traveled about 3 1/2 miles over our little town of Smithfield. Once back on the ground, the newlyweds posed for a kiss.
Of course, Motor Man and I wanted a picture with the happy couple.
And they asked for one with their balloon pilot, Mark, and crew chief, Luke.
Afterwards, we were invited to join them for dinner at nearby Smithfield Station Restaurant. Of course, with the Covid 19 restrictions, dining is only allowed outside, but it was a gorgeous evening for dinner on the deck. And, later, the cutting of the wedding cake.
To end their special day, Heather and Chad were treated to a beautiful sunset.
They’re such a nice couple, and Motor Man and I were glad to play a small part in their wedding day. We hope they always find that ‘love is in the air’.
~These Days Of Mine~