Hannah Ward and her groom Daniel Nathoo pose for Kate Ludwig in the hangar at Sky Wings Aviation at the Red Deer Airport on Thursday. Grounded by a mechanical issue

Couple marry in airplane hanger

Daniel Nathoo and Hannah Rahbek-Ward wanted to get married on a small plane flying over Red Deer on Thursday afternoon.

Daniel Nathoo and Hannah Rahbek-Ward wanted to get married on a small plane flying over Red Deer on Thursday afternoon.

When a broken propeller put an end to that idea, they decided to do the next best thing.

“We had the ceremony in the airplane hangar,” said Rahbek-Ward after the ceremony at Sky Wings Aviation at Red Deer Airport.

“I think it was really great. The pictures are fantastic. It was a very intimate ceremony, just close family.”

The couple hoped to take a short flight on another plane after the ceremony but poor weather grounded that plane, too.

Rahbek-Ward, 19, of Red Deer, said they wanted to get married in the air because it would be unique and air travel played an important role in their romance.

Nathoo, 20, is from Israel and the pair met while attending Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School when Nathoo’s family was looking to immigrate to Canada.

His family eventually returned to Israel because Nathoo had to complete his military service.

Rahbek-Ward, who has been working as a front desk clerk at Sandman Hotel, will be moving to Israel where Nathoo is a military cook and part-time garbage collector.

She advised other couples not to fret when things go wrong at their weddings.

“Things don’t always turn out the way you plan so it’s good to have a plan B.”


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