He wanted a memorable and uplifting ceremony to remember his special day.

I am Robert Ambeau, a local hot air balloon pilot and Director of Balloon Operations for the Ascension Parish Hot Air Balloon Festival at Lamar Dixon. Last year I was contacted by Matt Owens of Hattiesburg, Miss. and asked if he could be married to his fiance Dallas Jackson in a balloon. He wanted a memorable and uplifting ceremony to remember his special day.

Matt and I made plans for the hot air balloon ceremony to take place on December 2, 2017 with a sunset flight. The location chosen to inflate the balloon and perform the ceremony was the property behind the Galvez-Lake Fire Department on Joe Sevario Road for the best flight path. The fire department graciously granted permission, and after the ceremony and wedding pictures, we were off into the wild blue yonder to celebrate their special occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Matt Owens had a beautiful flight and landed as the sun was setting in the background.

The dates for this year's Ascension Parish Hot Air Balloon Festival are September 21, 22, & 23, 2018.