Weddings With A Difference
A sky diving bride and groom, medieval themed weddings or dressing up as pirates are just a few way Territory couples have celebrated weddings with a difference.
Darwin couple, Nicky Panatos and John Trikilis, were married in June 2009 but before their wedding ceremony the couple took a different leap of faith – out of an airplane.
The couple decided to jump out of a plane at 12 000 feet in a tandem skydive the morning of their wedding day. “We thought if we could survive that then we can survive anything,” Nicky said.
It was all hands on deck for one Darwin couple who adopted a pirate theme for their wedding on the Leeuwin II as it cruised Darwin Harbour.
Territorians Kelly Horan and Michael McCabe decided walking the plank with all guests dressed in pirate costumes w as about as non-traditional as a wedding could get.
Top End couple Gavin and Victoria Bates went with a mediaeval theme including symbolic rituals such as jumping over the broom, sweeping bad luck away with a broom as the bride enters and fire dancers at the reception.
“I love all things medieval so we had six flower faeries, my sons gave me away and my bridesmaids and matron of honour carried a candle, jug of water, burning incense and I held flowers to represent fire, water, air and earth,” Victoria said.
All of the guests dressed in medieval garb, the flower girls wore multi-coloured dresses and the bride wore a corseted gown with long flowing sleeves and a laced bodice.
The timing of the wedding was also in keeping with the medieval theme as it was held on the first day of a three day full moon cycle and September 1 was the first day of Spring. September is considered the luckiest month to get married.
Penny’s Fancy Dress owner Heather Malone said themed fancy dress weddings are becoming more popular in the Territory.