A wedding planner who’s been flying for nearly four years without a single complication has finally settled into a routine that’s more predictable.
Evernoters wedding planner, Lisa Hockley, had to sign a waiver, because she had to use her own personal flight schedule and she could not book a flight for herself.
But her first trip was so exciting that she decided to keep flying and book her own flight, using the same schedule as her husband.
Lisa Hocking is a wedding planner based in the Philadelphia area.
She started her career at the age of 17 after graduating from college, where she had an MFA in the communication program.
“I had a great idea for a website,” she says.
“My idea was to write about people who were married and their wedding plans.”
She went to her first wedding, which was a surprise for everyone involved.
“The wedding was so beautiful, so sweet, and everything was so perfect,” she recalls.
“But it didn’t feel like a real wedding.
It was more like a fancy dinner and party at the home of someone’s friends.”
In that first year, she did not expect her first plane to be the same plane she used for her first couple of weddings.
“You just kind of go into it and go with it,” she explains.
“And then when you get on the plane, you realize it was a very exciting time.”
But after six months of flying with her husband, she decided that the first time she was going to fly alone was going too far.
“We went through this whole phase of me being like, ‘Oh, well, this is a really crazy idea.
This is so wrong, but I can’t just not do it,'” she says, laughing.
“Because when you’re a pilot, you’re trying to fly and you’re not thinking about the consequences.”
She decided to book a private flight and then a business flight, so that she could get the best possible experience, which is why she never booked a business plane for herself and did not book her wedding.
Lisa says that if she had done a wedding without a wedding photographer, her wedding planning would not have been so successful.
“If you don’t book a wedding photography agency, it’s like, OK, I can do it, but it’s a totally different thing to do,” she continues.
“It takes so much longer to book, you know, for the bride and groom, you have to fly them up to get to the airport and then you have them wait for the flight.
You know, it takes so long.”
She says that her business flight was her best and most memorable, but her first flight was so unexpected that she didn’t think it was going well.
“When I booked my first business flight on the way to the wedding, it was so stressful because I was in such a rush,” she laughs.
“That was the first day of my wedding, so I was like, oh my God, this wedding is going to take forever.”
After her business-class flight, Lisa flew to Philadelphia for the wedding.
After a long night of dancing and singing, she had dinner at a restaurant, and after a couple more days, she was finally able to take her own private plane to her destination.
“On the way, I was thinking about this idea that we would take the airplane down to Philadelphia and have a private party for everyone.
And so that was what I was going for,” she said.
After landing, she realized that she wanted to get a different perspective.
“There were a couple people in the front row, and there were a bunch of people in back row,” she tells me.
“So we were like, what the heck, we’re going to have a different wedding.
We’re going the wrong way, but we’re not going to be on the same flight.”
So she booked a private wedding in her own hotel and then had the reception at her hotel, but she didn.
“What I didn’ expect was the reception would be so much more chaotic,” she admits.
“People would be going up and down the aisle like crazy, and people would get thrown up on the stairs, people would run off the stage, people might even get thrown into the toilet, so you could see everyone’s reactions to everything.”
“I remember walking up to the stage and I was so excited,” she adds.
“Then I saw all the people in front of me.
I was sitting on the front step and people were running off the stairs.”
“So then I was really sad,” she remembers.
“One person just started crying, and I’m like, that’s really sad.
I want to go to the bathroom, but they don’t have a toilet, and they’re yelling and screaming at people to leave, and then they throw up all over the floor.”
“When the ceremony was done, it looked like people were just