Queerty is better as a member

Log in | Register
LOVE IN THE AIR

PHOTOS: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Attends New Zealand’s First Gay Wedding (30,000 Ft In The Air!)

1175268_10151724388485777_1094168334_n

PHOTOS: Today, New Zealand officially became the 13th country to welcome same-sex marriage, and the first couple married 30,000 feet in the air onboard a special Air New Zealand flight from Queenstown to Auckland in front of family, friends and Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who attended with husband Justin Mikita.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to be able to celebrate this historic and joyous moment with Lynley [Bendall] and Ally [Wanikau],” said Ferguson. “Marriage equality is something very dear to both Justin and me.”

Following the ceremony a surprise choir performed the traditional Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana”, which was memorably sung in the New Zealand Parliament when the bill was passed in April.

The newlyweds said they’ve waited a long time to make their 13-year union official, and Bendall added: “To be married at 30,000 feet beneath strings of fairy lights with our children, friends and family as witnesses makes an already memorable day that much more special. It was surreal to have Jesse play a part in the ceremony too – we’re big fans of Modern Family!”

Put on by Air New Zealand, Chief People Officer Lorraine Murphy said the in-flight ceremony was an unforgettable way to mark the new law and “a great celebration of New Zealand’s diversity.”

1098405_10151724318845777_254687421_n

 

1170719_10151724319350777_596464962_n

 

1184898_10151724319270777_795422928_n

 

1176393_10151724367715777_655793468_n

 

1173790_10151724319590777_1619280224_n

 

1003043_10151724318730777_198530283_n

 

999439_10151724388260777_1817633013_n

h/t: GayStarNews | Photos: Air New Zealand’s Facebook

 

By:           Andrew Villagomez
On:           Aug 19, 2013
Tagged: , , , , ,
  • 3 Comments
    • yaoming
      yaoming

      Married on an airplane? Why? Doesn’t seem very romantic.
      And Jesse Tyler Ferguson? I don’t get that, either. Is he from New Zealand?
      Nothing about this story makes sense.

      Aug 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • pauleky
      pauleky

      @yaoming: Ugh…couldn’t you just be happy for them?

      Aug 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel-Reader
      Daniel-Reader

      Awesome. New Zealand is a truly stunning and breath-taking place to honeymoon, too. It has a monumental grandeur that is awe-inspiring, and the people are wonderful.

      Aug 20, 2013 at 2:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

    Add your Comment

    Please log in to add your comment

    Need an account? Register It's free and easy.



  • QUEERTY DAILY

     




    FROM AROUND THE WEB

    Copyright 2014 Queerty, Inc.
    Follow Queerty at Queerty.com, twitter.com/queerty and facebook.com/queerty.