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Tulsa couple married in KJRH helicopter 30 years ago

Posted at 12:57 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 14:29:51-05

TULSA, Okla. — Planning a wedding is a big deal.

It's stressful and expensive. So, when a family friend came up with a creative idea, a Tulsa couple jumped on board and Channel 2 was there 30 years ago.

Their wedding plan started with a suggestion from a friend's dad: KJRH pilot Doug Drury. Why not get married in the news helicopter?

David and Kimberly Iseley met in 7th grade at Union and then ran into each other two years later.

"It was really just an act of faith that we got together," David said. "If I hadn't been where I was and she hadn't been where she was, who knows?"

GALLERY: Iseley's 30 year wedding anniversary

Kim added, "And he turned and looked at me and I think we both kind of knew from the very beginning, from the very first date that this was going to work."

A few years later, the groom, best man and maid of honor climbed aboard a helicopter with a terrified preacher and bride on December 1st, 30 years ago.

"I remember Doug telling me it was going to be just fine," Kim said. "That was the first time I'd ever flown in a helicopter."

"Legally, they were married in the helicopter when we were 1000 feet over Tulsa flying from downtown to their church," Doug said.

The helicopter landed near the church.

"We were like rock stars when we were landing there," David said. "He landed that thing so soft on the grass and matter of fact your news crew was there that day. It was a blast. It was really fun."

KJRH covered the wedding when it happened. Now celebrating their 30th anniversary the Iseleys said the key to successful marriage: 'marry your friend and soulmate, and communicate.'

The Iseleys also have two daughters and call Tahlequah home.

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