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Newlyweds tie the knot at fly-in wedding

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Georgia Hanson and Parker Thaxton made their fly-in wedding dream come true at a private grass strip in Georgia.

  • Newlyweds Georgia and Parker Thaxton depart their wedding in the Thaxton family’s Cessna 170. Photography courtesy of Crista Stubbs Photography.
  • The couple walks down the aisle as husband and wife. Georgia Hanson and Parker Thaxton were married in a wooded area just beyond the grass runway.
  • The groomsmen pose for the camera after exiting their airplanes.
  • Georgia and Parker Thaxton take a quick break from socializing to enjoy a few slices of pizza.
  • The newlyweds prepare to depart their ceremony in the Cessna 170.
  • The bride tosses her bouquet in front of the hangar.

After 4.5 years of weekly airplane-side dinner dates, one in-flight prom proposal, and hundreds of sunset flights, Parker Thaxton, 23, and Georgia Hanson, 21, tied the knot at their fly-in wedding at Eagles Landing, a private airpark community in Williamson, Georgia, in October.

Thaxton arrived in style in his family's polished Cessna 170. His groomsmen followed, flying a Stinson 108, a Cessna 185, an Aeronca Champ, and a Cessna 172. Once they chocked their aircraft, the groomsmen walked from the grass runway to the wooded ceremony site, with ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man playing in the background.

The bride, who arrived at the ceremony site in a 1930s Chevrolet truck, said, "Since Parker and I first started dating, I always knew our wedding had to be at an airport...not to mention it's just awesome to fly in and out of your own wedding."

Following their "I do's," the newlyweds socialized with guests and ate pizza before hopping in their getaway vehicle—the Cessna 170—before the sun set (driving back later for their hangar reception).

"The 170 is like a part of the family,” the groom said. “We had to include it in the wedding."

Cayla McLeod

Cayla McLeod

eMedia Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor-Web Cayla McLeod is a private pilot with a love for tailwheel and backcountry aircraft. When she isn't writing stories, she enjoys flying with friends and introducing others to general aviation.
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