Kiwi couple mark first day of gay marriage at 39,000ft

A New Zealand couple celebrated today's legalisation of gay marriage in the country by tying the knot in a plane.

The couple walked down a different kind of aisle. Credit: APTN

Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle of the aircraft holding their bouquets before the wedding ceremony.

The legislation allowing gay marriage came through in April. Credit: APTN

The couple, who wedded at 39,000 feet after winning a promotion by national carrier Air New Zealand, have been together for 13 years and have three foster children.

About three dozen same-sex couples plan to marry in New Zealand today. Credit: APTN

They are one of several gay couples to marry in New Zealand today as the new law comes into force.