Flying start to married life

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Aeroplane Wed ps1232-8f Aeroplane Wedding Pictured by Pam Stanforth ps1232-8f Eloise Sleight, Dean Nicholson

A NEWLY wed couple are flying high after starting married life with their heads in the clouds.

Eloise Sleight, 21, and Dean Nicholson. 22, tied the knot by exchanging their wedding vows 1,000 feet up in the air above Leven airfield.

The ceremony was radioed on the tannoy system to around 100 family and friends on the ground below.

The couple, of Conington Avenue, Beverley, exchanged their vows in a tiny Cessna 172 aircraft while flying from Mount Airey airfield at South Cave to Leven, where the reception was held in an airfield hangar.

The ceremony was conducted by the pilot, Peter Spencer, part of the ministry team at Beverley Community Church and a proprietor of the Hull Aero Club which is based at Leven airfield.

Earlier in the day Eloise and Dean had completed the formalities of the ceremony at Priory Baptist Church in Hull.

But Eloise, who is studying to be a teacher and has been helping at Swinemoor Primary School in Beverley, said she and Dean had wanted to make their special day a reflection of their lives.

Dean, who works as a carer, is a trainee pilot at Leven airfield, where he also helps out.

“When we were deciding on a wedding venue I wanted it to be about us, and we chose the air because that represents Dean,” said Eloise.

“I was slightly nervous at first but I have been flying with him a couple of times before and it was really good.”

After a smooth landing, the couple joined their guests for a down to earth buffet with jelly and ice cream.