All for the love of a good wedding
English couple set to exchange vows for 67th time in Queenstown
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.