Couple Celebrates a Skydive Wedding

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Couple Celebrates a Skydive Wedding
Sat 16-02-2013

Jan Schlesner and Susann Lasch had a crazy idea for their wedding, skydive!

The couple got on the skydive plane as the Richmond marriage celebrant Lester Oakes united them and said: "Go now in peace and love."

The couple jumped out of the plane above Motueka and then Lester followed, strapped to the chest of tandem-master James Beaumont.

It was the first time Lester had skydived. He was more concerned about not losing the rings and making sure everything went perfectly for the German bride and groom.

"Once the ceremony is over, I can focus on the next thing, which is the skydive," he said.

The German couple met 5 years ago while learning to skydive and decided they wanted to marry in a skydive plane. Since regulations prevented them from fulfilling their dream in Germany, they cast around for another location and settled on New Zealand.

They wore custom-made jumpsuits, the groom's in black and the bride's in white, with matching helmets and gloves. Embroidered on the leg of their suits were the words "Jan und Susi NZ Feb 2013".

The ceremony took place in the skydive plane over the Abel Tasman National Park, including the exchange of rings and signing the wedding registry, before climbing to their jump altitude.

Skydive Abel Tasman owner Stuart Bean said the skydive wedding was a first for his company, and as far as he knew, a first for New Zealand.