Lafayette couple takes a leap for love

A Tippecanoe county couple wanted a simple courthouse wedding without the headaches of a large celebration. However their post-matrimony celebration was anything but simple.

Posted: Jul 16, 2018 6:41 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Tippecanoe county couple wanted a simple courthouse wedding without the headaches of a large celebration.

However their post-matrimony celebration was anything but simple.

Brandon and Tristina Messer met a little over nine years ago through mutual friends. After that, they did their relationship a bit backwards.

“First we got engaged, then we bought a home, then we had a boy and a girl and now we are married,” said Tristina.

So when the time came to tie the knot, they wanted something low-key. A courthouse wedding in front of a judge was the perfect answer.

“We wanted simplicity, we wanted to just do it and fulfill his bucket list,” said Tristina.

Brandon wanted to tackle skydiving with his new wife by his side.

So they decided to trade in their wedding cake and DJ for parachutes and skydive instructors.

“They tell you that we’re halfway up and you’re looking down at the ground and that’s when the nerves start to set in,” said Brandon. “I was looking back at her to make sure she was alright so she was my worry.”

They say the experience tested the strength of their relationship.

“I said untill death do us part,” said Tristina. “If we were meant to be, we were going to survive this skydiving trip and we did.”

However two very important people were not as excited about their plan.

“Emma is disappointed because she wanted to be the flower girl,” said Tristina of their 5-year-old daughter. “And Blake (age 3) wanted to be the ring bearer.”

The Messers say in the near future, they will do a little ceremony in their backyard just for the kids.

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