Groom Surprises Wedding Guests by Skydiving Into Cocktail Hour

This former Navy SEAL made quite the impression on his loved ones!

Navy SEAL Groom skydives into cocktail hour to surprise guests
Photo by True Photography

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Jeanne Parsch and Steve Sanders exchanged vows at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California in what seemed to be a classic alfresco ceremony. However, the groom – a former Navy SEAL – surprised his friends and family during the cocktail hour by skydiving into the event space immediately following the couple's "I dos." The surprise wasn't just a memorable spectacle, either – it was a way the couple incorporated their love story to personalize the celebration.

Nearly two years before they were wed, Jeanne and Steve met while skydiving – in fact, Steve, who now skydives for a living, was her tandem partner. "I landed and said, 'Oh my God, I love you,' and he said, 'I'm single,'" the bride told NBC San Diego. "We've been together ever since." While the pair played with the idea of both taking part in the surprise skydive, the bride ended up opting out, choosing to stare in awe at her new husband in the air while her guests did the same.

Take a look at a few photos from their wedding, below! 

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Wedding ceremony Omni La Costa Resort in San Diego military wedding
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Bride watching groom skydive into wedding cocktail hour
Bride and groom kiss under parachute wedding cocktail hour surprise
Photo of bride and groom when they first met tandem skydive
Photos by True Photography

View military weddings featured in the pages of Inside Weddings and on, read how one New York couple surprised another duo with a free honeymoon, and discover the wedding details that don't go unnoticed by guests.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy