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It's not every day you see a wedding at an airport, but they do happen. Hey, those chapels are there for more than just a few minutes of pre-flight prayer. Still, it's even rarer to have an entire wedding ceremony out on the airport tarmac itself. In fact, it may have only happened once: last week, at Detroit-Metro Airport.
The nuptials of Joe and Ilona occurred smack dab on runway 9L at DTW, their "I dos" delivered with a soundtrack of jet engine noise as aircraft continued to take off and land on a nearby runway.
A wedding this like may never happen again, and for the details on why exactly the couple chose Detroit Airport for their special day, and how this all came to be, we spoke with the best man, also the Airport Authority's Public Affairs Manager, Scott W.:
After a super swanky 3-day wedding in San Diego last weekend, LeBron James and Savannah Brinson have surfaced in Rome, Italy.
It appears the high school sweethearts are spending their honeymoon visiting the city's ancient ruins and are loving every minute of it.
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LeBron James finally tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson in San Diego on Saturday.
The couple, who have been together for more than ten years and have two kids, decided one day wasn't enough to celebrate their nuptials so they planned a whole weekend's worth of activities.
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The creative minds behind some of Air New Zealand's most entertaining in-flight videos have struck again. This time there are no Hobbits or flight attendants in merely body-paint or disco dancing Richard Simmons for that matter. This video features the (very touching) 'love story' of a Chinese couple and cleverly compares the act of falling in love with staying safe between take off and landing.
Starring Weibo, Chinese Twitter, icons, Molly Wang and Solo Zhuang, the video documents the pair going through a proper courtship that will not only ensure safety at 36,000 feet, but prevent some bumps and bruises along the rocky road of love. From helping each other with their seatbelts and an oxygen-depleting first kiss, the couple navigates around pitfalls of a mile-high romance.
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Wedding bells can now ring anywhere Royal Caribbean ships sail with the introduction of onboard nuptials. Leave the details to the experts on the ship and your big day will be just as nice as on terra firma.
This is a first for the cruise line, and the 'Royal Romance' program allows for couples to say their "I dos" and those already wed to renew their vows while on vacation. The ship's captain officiates the ceremony and the registration for the marriage will be based in the Bahamas, the registry of the fleet of ships.
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The Hoover wedding
The month of June may be over, but the slew of summer weddings is far from following. While tuxedo rental places charge peak prices and caterers artfully fold cloth napkins, we're wondering where all these newlyweds are heading on their honeymoons. Odds are that tropical islands are at the top of the list, but what about places like Ohio or Georgia?
These were the hotspots for Presidential honeymoons, according to an exhaustive list by The Awl that names the known honeymoon destinations of all 44 US presidents and their wives.
It's absolutely worth a full look, but here's our favorite:
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Korean Air's surprise, in-flight birthday and honeymoon cakes.
Remember Midwest Airlines? They delighted passengers for years by servinb complimentary warm cookies onboard. Then they were taken over by Frontier and, though Frontier tried to keep the cookie tradition alive, they eliminated the treats earlier this year.
It's hard out there for an airline, trying to stay in the black while still giving passengers a little extra something special. But then there's Korean Air, who still offer a free dessert that get all your seatmates talking: in-flight birthday and honeymoon cakes.
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It seems hard to believe but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already been married a year. Yesterday, the couple quietly enjoyed some downtime on their anniversary after a whirlwind year of worldwide travel.
Instead of heading off on a romantic honeymoon, Kate and Wills spent the first couple of weeks following their wedding in Anglesey, off of northwest Wales, where William was working as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at the Royal Air Force Valley base.
Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new featureTravel Catfocuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).
Travel Cat spotted at: Bamboo Guest House in Knysna, on Western Cape's Garden Route in South Africa.
This week's Travel Cat comes from Rebecca Metz, Community Manager at AirportParkingReservations.com. Her story:
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Airlines understand that once that cabin door closes, the revenue for unsold seats is lost forever. Some carriers even like to oversell the cabin, which is what causes passengers to be bumped. Even the mere thought of getting bumped from a flight enrages us, so that's all we need to mention about the matter. Regardless, airlines sometimes get creative with promotions to fill those seats.
Enter Virgin Australia, who've introduced Mystery Breaks. Basically, passengers purchase a seat on a plane without knowing the arrival airport. For the spontaneous traveler, it's a godsend. If you are more of a pedantic traveler, your palms may already be sweaty.
For couples who don't want to spend their entire honeymoon in bed, Kaya Responsible Travel has launched Honeymoon Volunteers, a program that lets honeymooners do good without sacrificing their privacy or creature comforts.
Volunteer Honeymoon trips include a Diving Conservation Project with accommodations on a private island on the Belizean marine reserve. Honeymooners will help tackle the issue of lion fish invasion on the world's second largest coral reef during the week, and stay at a romantic colonial farmhouse resort on the weekends.
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Happy New Year! Also, happy year that more same-sex couples will achieve equal (or at least equal-er) rights. Just yesterday, January 1, two more US states switched to legally recognizing and performing civil unions. These are Delaware and Hawaii. For the moment, let's focus on the latter.
Hawaii is the only US state west of the Mississippi River to allow same-sex civil unions. None have gone so far as marriage (the California Prop 8 debacle came closest) and what this means for gay couples is that their unionnot just the honeymooncan also happen in the Aloha State.
According to The Baltimore Sun/KTLA, the turning of the calendar immediately coincided with the law going in effect: