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Fort Wayne couple’s love at first flight



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INDIANAPOLIS – Getting married on the airport might not be the primary selection of a venue for a lot of. One Fort Wayne couple, although, mentioned they may not consider getting married anyplace else.

“Doesn’t everyone (meet on a aircraft)?” Stephani Hamilton mentioned with a chuckle.

In 2019, the vacation spot was New England for each Stephani and Jeff Hamilton. Individually, they boarded Southwest Flight 2218 from Indianapolis to Boston as full strangers.

Stephani was dwelling in Indiana on the time, whereas Jeff was within the space visiting his daughters.

“He was on his manner again from a weekend go to along with his daughters and I used to be on my manner out for only a very fast — I believe I used to be solely on the market for possibly 72 hours journey out to New England,” Stephani mentioned. It was her first time going to New England, however Jeff grew up there and lived there on the time.

Close to the again of the aircraft, Stephani recalled she sat within the window seat. Jeff chimed in including not solely was it not like him to board late, however he normally sat within the entrance of the aircraft. However as destiny had it, one of many solely remaining seats Jeff might tackle the Boston-bound Southwest flight was the center seat subsequent to his future bride.

“She’s sitting within the window seat and she or he’s taking her headphones and she or he was proper about right here — And I requested her, ‘So what are you doing happening Boston for?’ “ Jeff mentioned with a smile.

For your complete flight and shuttle to the rental lot — the 2 talked nonstop.

“We had been that tremendous annoying couple that simply talked for 3 hours on an airplane, so I am positive everybody sitting round us was like, would they please be quiet?” Stephani mentioned.

Actually hours after getting off the aircraft, the 2 had been off on their first date.

Stephani and Jeff said this is one of the first photos the two took as a couple in April of 2018.

“We talked all by means of dinner. Sat and speak some extra. Till lastly one of many servers got here up and mentioned, ‘We closed an hour in the past,’” Jeff mentioned.

Stephani added with amusing, “ ‘Are you able to guys get out?’ “

Jeff mentioned, “ ‘Is there any manner, you guys might go? We did not wish to interrupt. It seems such as you guys had been deep in dialog.’ We’re like, ‘Yep, sorry.’ “

4 years later, the Hamiltons made their love story official. In July, the couple swapped vows within the place that introduced them collectively – Indianapolis Worldwide Airport.

“It simply felt proper to do it on the airport as a result of that has nice symbolism to us,” Stephani mentioned.

CREDIT: Beth Waterman Photography

Southwest even made them a marriage cake and upgraded the newlyweds, so they may board first simply two hours afterward their honeymoon flight. If you happen to guessed it, the 2 had been going again to New England.

Jeff mentioned TSA pre-check made the short turnaround attainable.

CREDIT: Beth Waterman Photography

WRTV reporter Nikki DeMentri requested the couple, “Was it love at first sit?”
Jeff responded first: “I say sure, she mentioned it was not.”
Stephani added, “I say it was excellent dialog and there was clearly an instantaneous chemistry and connection.”

The 2 eloped the day between their birthdays in mid-July.

CREDIT: Beth Waterman Photography

“Whereas we did not have a type of actually weird conferences on the airport, the place we ran into one another in a single place, after which ended up sitting subsequent to one another on the aircraft, like within the motion pictures — We nonetheless had been sitting on a aircraft that was at that airport. It simply felt proper and all of it got here collectively rather well and it went off with out a hiccup,” Stephani mentioned.

With out query, love actually is within the air at IND. The Hamiltons add it’s once you least count on it, you discover your soulmate.

They’ve matching tattoos with the flight quantity from that first flight as a reminder of their love story.

CREDIT: Beth Waterman Photography

“I did not get on a aircraft on the lookout for something. Fairly but, right here I’m, and I knew earlier than I bought off that aircraft,” Jeff mentioned.