April 11, 2020
As little girls growing up, we dream of our fairytale weddings! From the dress to the shoes, to the flowers, right down to the colored napkins. I would have never dreamed my fairy tale would involved the approval of the FAA, TSA, and the Bay City Mayor's office.
My husband and I contacted the airport manager back in early fall of 2012 as well as the FAA who told us there is NO law preventing us from getting married at the airport! We were “cleared for take off” or so I thought....
We talked to all the chains we were told to speak to, we were told we were approved, sent out our save-the-dates and invitations. Yes, they were airport themed and all. They resembled airline tickets, luggage tags, and passports! ;)
As the date got closer, I contacted the city to schedule a time to map out our wedding day. At the meeting we were told we were not approved and that they had a meeting with the FAA. This was a meeting that NEITHER I, NOR MY FIANCE, was informed about or invited to. We were then informed that we needed to pay thousands of dollars in fees, plus to cover employee wages for 8 hours.
If you know me, you know this did not sit well with me. I was going to FIGHT for what I truly believe in. There is was no law preventing us. So, let me give you a little backstory.....
In July of 2012, my then fiancé, proposed to me while flying over S. Higgins Lake. (You can read more on this in Chapter 7!) He’s also a pilot. So you can image by now, I had to keep with the airport theme!
Finally, three days before our wedding was scheduled, (YES, 3 DAYS before our vows,) the City Council brought our wedding to a vote. This was the only city council meeting we were told of and invited to. Our wedding was the last thing discussed, keeping us in suspense. But it was approved unanimously. Emotions flooded our bodies. The few locals in attendance clapped, then a couple news stations descended upon us for comment. I truly felt it was approved because of all the media attention our story got. The Council team wanted and needed good media to be out there about them after all this. That day we scheduled for a NOTAM to be placed for the airport. A notice to airmen (NOTAM) is a notice filed with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards at a location that could affect the safety of the flight or grounds.There was to be no one coming or going within that 30 minute time frame. However, we did go above the airport managers head. which was obvious we pissed him off enough for him to pay someone to land and take off during that 30 minute closed window.
Little did he realize this would only make our pictures more stunning! SO, if I didn’t get to properly thank you at the time....THANK YOU airport manager!
Karen is the owner of Boutique Marketing Studio & blog owner of My Life, Your Entertainment. “My life, Your Entertainment,” is a real-life, non-sugarcoating blog by yours truly! I am a mother of two teenage boys (Lord, I know you love me). I am a pilot bride who envies her groom’s love for flying. I find humor in the little things and will laugh until my belly hurts. I am stubborn, I cuss worst than a sailor. I am too outspoken, I drink, I have tattoos, I drive a fancy truck and I am addicted to chocolate. I love hard and trust too easy. However, I can build a wall to protect my heart faster than an airplane taking off at 130 knots. The life motto that I have, and will, always live by is, “On a wing and a prayer.” My life, my family, and all its beautiful chaos, takes place in the beautiful Great Lakes State. You will find that my blog talks about all of the things I have passion for: life, marriage, kids, marketing, hobbies… you name it! I hope somewhere, there is a soul or two I can speak to. So, stick around and don’t forget to subscribe! Xo, Karen;
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