Lesbian couple weds mid-air
Lesbian couple Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau finally legitimised their relationship in the eyes of the law when the pair were amongst the first same-sex couples to marry on board a special Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown to Auckland.
The couple made their vows in front of family and friends and special guest American actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson who also recently married his partner Justin Mikita when the US overturned Proposition 8.
Ferguson commented: "It's been an absolute pleasure to be able to celebrate this historic and joyous moment with Lynley and Ally... Marriage equality is something very dear to both Justin and me."
Rather than traditional wedding bands, Ally, Linley and their children exchanged pounamu as a symbol of unity and eternity.
Immediately after the couple said 'I Do' a chorus of the Maori love song Pokarekare Ana rang out as the pair's friends serenaded them with the song.
Bendall and Wanikau had previously solemnised their love with two commitment ceremonies, one shortly after they got together and a recommitment in 2009.
The duo won the opportunity to get married aboard the special Air New Zealand flight after submitting a video entry in which the whole family took part.
The couple will jet off to Palm Springs for a honeymoon courtesy of Air New Zealand.
If you want to learn more about Ally and Linley check out our feature story. Gay News Network would like to extend our congratulations and say thanks for including us in your special day!
Watch their winning entry below