NZ Airline provided A Wedding Venue with a difference

Richard Rawstorn (2R) with Richard Andrew (R) from Christchurch and Jess Ives (2L) with Rachel Briscoe (L) from the Bay of Islands celebrate being married during the first same sex marriage at the Rotorua Museum in Rotorua on Monday, August 19, 2013. More than 30 same-sex couples will say "I do" on Monday when New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country and only the 14th in the world to legalise gay marriage.

Richard Rawstorn (2R) with Richard Andrew (R) from Christchurch and Jess Ives (2L) with Rachel Briscoe (L) from the Bay of Islands celebrate being married during the first same sex marriage at the Rotorua Museum in Rotorua on Monday, August 19, 2013. More than 30 same-sex couples will say “I do” on Monday when New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country and only the 14th in the world to legalise gay marriage.

Flying into the sunset
Ever wanted to tie the knot aboard a flight? Just to be different? Air New Zealand made this possible today. Celebrating the first day that same sex marriages are legal in New Zealand on August 19, 2013, the national airline ran a competition for two lucky people to get married during a flight.

Lynley Bendali  and Ally Wanikau were the lucky winning couple. Together for 13 years already, they took the opportunity of getting married on the very first day they were allowed to. And they did it mile high! Of another type of course. An Air New Zealand flight between Queenstown and Auckland became the wedding venue for their special occasion.

US actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the hit comedy "Modern Family" (R), who recently married his long-term partner Justin Mikita (L), arrive in Auckland on August 19, 2013 after attending the wedding of Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau  who made history celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by saying “I do” in the skies on a flight from Queenstown to Auckalnd.  Dozens of same-sex couples said "I do" as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage.  Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) to a historic bath house as gay men and women took advantage of the law change.     AFP PHOTO / Michael BRADLEY

US actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the hit comedy “Modern Family” (R), who recently married his long-term partner Justin Mikita (L), arrive in Auckland on August 19, 2013 after attending the wedding of Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau who made history celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by saying “I do” in the skies on a flight from Queenstown to Auckalnd. Dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage. Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) to a historic bath house as gay men and women took advantage of the law change. AFP PHOTO / Michael BRADLEY

As an additional treat for them on their special day they had some surprise celebrity guests to add to the mix. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame attended the celebration with his husband of but a few months. As with New Zealand the USA has only just relented in recent months on the law of same sex marriages and only in some of the States.

It certainly made for a wedding venue with a difference.

And to remember the rather hilarious speech by an MP of New Zealand addressing the assembly on the fears expressed by some of the citizens on the new law, watch the short video of Maurice Williamson.