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Where is New Zealand?
It is in the lower part of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is not part of Australia. That's 1200 miles away.
So what is New Zealand like?
A great question. Warm friendly people, very diverse cultures these days with Maori the indigenous population. European, Asian, peoples from all over the world.
New Zealand weddings have a style all their own. A couple can choose to marry almost anywhere any time 24/7.
Do you mean a church, mosque or temple?
Possibly, but I am talking about the great outdoors, on mountains, in forests, gardens, on a boat, on a beach, in a hot air balloon, even in an old world war 2 aircraft, on a parachute jump. The options are endless.
New Zealand has civil celebrants who may marry people anywhere they choose any time of the day. Although I must clarify that statement, some areas are forbidden by Maori law to be used for a wedding ceremony.
So what are these wedding ceremonies like?
Let me tell you about a recent wedding held in Queenstown. The guests were kept in the dark as to where the venue was. They were collected by coach from their accommodation or homes and taken to a secret rendezvous.
From there they were transported by helicopter to an outcrop of rock high on the Remarkable Range of mountains which overlooks beautiful Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand.
Breathtaking views and a very, very small area for the ceremony. Luckily, only a few select people were invited so they were able to find somewhere to stand and watch and admire the views.
The groom arrived by helicopter with his groomsman and the return helicopter brought the bride and her bridesmaids. The sun shone and everone was simply blown away by the beauty of the ceremony and the surroundings.
The Celebrant stood with her back to the enormous drop, off the rocky outcrop.
One brave lady! She tells me there was JUST enough room for the Registry table where the Bride and broom and their witnesses needed to sign the documentation for the marriage. Fortunately it wasn't wet as it had been the day before and there was no snow...