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Would you officiate a skydiving wedding? Alaska couple jumps into marriage heart first

Published Thursday, Jul. 15th, 2021

Cover image: Screenshot of Jeremy & Jessica, from Josh Eckl & Whitney Holcomb's video, KTUU, CNN, video linked below

If you were asked to hop out of an airplane to officiate a wedding, would you do it? We know officiants go to great lengths to give their couples the perfect wedding day, but skydiving


This recent Alaska wedding involving a 6,000 foot ‘drop down the aisle’ certainly wouldn’t work for everyone... 


Here’s a look: 


Daring newly-weds Jessica and Jeremy met skydiving, so making the thrill part of their wedding day seemed natural. 


The couple wore wedding-inspired skydiving gear for the jump, including a tuxedo t-shirt (him) and form-fitting white pants and lace (her). They held hands during the descent, and Jessica even carried a decorative flower bouquet… making this one of the coolest trips to the altar we’ve ever seen.



Photograph of Jessica and Jeremy in the air, arms outstretched, with the earth far below, Jessica is wearing white and holding a wedding bouquet and Jeremy is wearing black

Jessica and Jeremy's one-of-a-kind procession

Screenshot from Josh Eckl & Whitney Holcomb's video, KTUU, CNN, video linked below


In a video originally aired on Anchorage’s local KTUU (and quickly picked up by stations everywhere), the couple is seen smiling and high-fiving after a successful landing near the base of Knik Glacier. After some quick scrambling to set up a wedding arch, and a surprise appearance by Jessica’s father, Jessica changed into a wedding dress and the two were married. 


When asked why they chose to sky-dive to the wedding site, Jeremy said: 


“It was special to us because that’s how we met. It’s kinda part of our lives before we met each other. So it’s something we love to do by ourselves anyways, and to join together and be able to do that, was something real special to us.”


Watch the entire video on WKRC Local 12 Cincinnati 








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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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