Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 17, 2013

Marriage takes flight: Mohlers wed at Goshen airport, with fly-in by groom

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
THE GOSHEN NEWS

— GOSHEN — Katrina Smullen and Sammy Mohler were on Cloud 9 Saturday.

Both literally and figuratively. The couple was married at the Goshen Municipal Airport and their wedding was planned around their theme — Cloud 9.

Since March has unpredictable weather, the ceremony was held in a hangar with the pair standing on a small temporary stage. It was decorated with clouds and the number 9 was placed in a vantage point.

“I introduced her to flying so she wasn’t surprised when I suggested it,” Mohler said. “It kind of fits with who I am. She welcomed the idea over time.”

The family and guests were seated in white, plastic folding chairs in the hangar.

Everyone wore coats to stay warm as the cold wind blew in after the hangar door went up to watch the groom and the Rev. Todd Bryant arrive in a small plane for the wedding.

“Are you ready?” Mohler asked his dad, Charles Mohler, through the plane’s radio just before landing.

Then it was time for the bride to make her appearance down the aisle to the music of “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone With the Wind.” She carried a bouquet of purple tulips accented with white ribbon.

Her matron of honor, Carol Black, wore a dark purple floor-length gown and the best man, Dan Mohler, wore a black tuxedo.

Just as the Rev. Bryant started the ceremony, another plane went by the hangar drowning out his voice.  He compared marriage to layers of clothing.

“Love is the overcoat for even days like this (with the cold wind),” Bryant said. “Love is the final layer of clothing.”

After the couple shared their first kiss as husband and wife, they hurriedly made their way through the airport office building to a red helicopter outside. They settled in the seats behind pilot Randy Sharkey, waved to the crowd watching outside and flew to the reception at West Goshen Church of the Brethren, where they made their grand entrance.

The Cloud 9 theme continued at the reception with an airplane wedding cake with a taxi runway, airplane candy favors and the guests threw paper airplanes at the bride and groom.

“This is the first time a wedding has been held at the airport,” Mohler said.

He’d asked Randy Sharkey, the airport manager, for permission and was given approval for take-off to go ahead with their plans.

“Randy was real helpful and they all are nice people to work with (at the airport),” Mohler said.

The couple began dating a year ago and Mohler proposed to Smullen after a flight to Indianapolis, where she said, “Yes.”