All for the love of a good wed­ding

English cou­ple set to ex­change vows for 67th time in Queen­stown

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

There has been a Zulu wed­ding, a mile high wed­ding, a big fat Greek wed­ding and now a Maori wed­ding will be tak­ing place.

In search of the per­fect nup­tials, English cou­ple Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant will get mar­ried for the 67th time in Queen­stown to­day.

After end­less hours hunt­ing through wed­ding mag­a­zines and un­able to find what they wanted for a wed­ding on­line, the cou­ple em­barked on a global tour in 2011 to find the ul­ti­mate place to get mar­ried.

Since then they have had 66 wed­dings con­ducted by wed­ding spe­cial­ists in­clud­ing shamans, Zulu chiefs, pas­tors, vic­ars, rab­bis and even a Voodoo priest­ess.

The wed­dings have taken place in first-class on a plane, on yachts and horse­back and in ex­otic places across the world.

To­day they will board the Spirit of Queen­stown, where they will set sail to Mount Ni­cholas Sta­tion for a Maori in­flu­enced wed­ding.

Pelling said it was im­por­tant to the cou­ple to in­cor­po­rate Maori cul­ture in the wed­ding.

The pair will wear tra­di­tional cloaks and songs at the cer­e­mony will be sung in Maori.

‘‘The point of our trip is to take in as much cul­ture and tra­di­tions from each coun­try that we can.’’

Pelling said the cou­ple were ap­proached by Queen­stown based pho­tog­ra­pher Emily Adam­son when they first set off on their trav­els and were told if they were ever in New Zealand to give her a call.

Adam­son said ‘‘I thought it as a re­ally in­ter­est­ing idea.’’

How­ever, it had


a ‘‘chal­lenge’’ to or­gan­ise a Maori in­flu­enced wed­ding in Queen­stown.

Queen­stown also did not have a marae and a lot of other places in New Zealand were bet­ter equipped, Adam­son said.

Adam­son said she be­lieved the ex­po­sure would be a great ben­e­fit to the Queen­stown area.

‘‘It’s a great place to go and get mar­ried,’’ she said.

Pelling, who had vis­ited the re­sort in the ‘80s, said, ‘‘Queen­stown is def­i­nitely the most beau­ti­ful part of the coun­try.’’

The cou­ple share their ex­pe­ri­ences on their popular blog 2peo­ple1life, which has had more than a mil­lion views.

Their Face­book page has more than 50,000 fol­low­ers and they have ap­peared on the Ellen show with Ellen De­Generes.

The Guin­ness Book of World Records state that United States cou­ple Lau­ren and David Blair from Hen­der­son­ville, Ten­nessee, have the record for the most mar­riage vow re­newals, hav­ing ex­changed their vows 100 times.

How­ever, Pelling said there was no plans to chase the world record. ‘There is not tar­get for a set amount of wed­dings.’’


Smile: English cou­ple Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant take part in a Bavar­ian cer­e­mony for their 50th wed­ding. The pair will get mar­ried for the 67th time in Queen­stown on Wed­nes­day.

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