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Cable car wedding a first in more ways than one

Jul 15th, 2008 | By | Category: News

Cabel1A COUPLE of Brit expats have scored a trio of firsts – by being the first to get married on Wellington’s cable car, in what may be New Zealand’s shortest marriage ceremony.

Nicola Tod and Malcolm Stuart were married in just four and a half minutes during the cable car’s six-minute journey from bottom to top.

The third “first” came from marriage celebrant Katie Shannon – it was her first wedding.

“Everybody should get married in four minutes,” she said. “It was such a rush, a real buzz.”

Asked why they chose to marry on the cable car, Nicola – a journalism student at Whitireia Journalism School – said she started thinking about something that would be a bit more fun.

“I’ve always thought what I would like to do would be more quirky, and casual, and a bit more fun and different. A bit Wellingtonianish, and would involve the children,” she said before the wedding.

About three weeks ago a friend suggested the cable car: “I probably would never have thought of the cable car, but as soon as it was suggested I thought โ€˜yes’.

“It has been remarkably stress-free as far as the planning goes. I’m really enjoying it because there hasn’t been that much to organise.

“I’m loving the fact that I’m not rushing out to get the right outfit, the right shoes, getting my hair done and makeup.”

She said it was fun to plan the event: “It’s been an extraordinary three weeks. It’s been quite liberating.”

The major concern was logistics. With the 3pm cable car booked, there was no leeway for anyone to be late. Everyone – including Nicola and groom Malcolm, who was until recently an anaesthetist at Greymouth Hospital – was gathered at the turnstile by 2.30.

The only cause for panic was the cancellation of the marriage celebrant’s flight from Greymouth on Friday. She arrived in Wellington at 11am on Saturday.

Once at the top, the party of 17 adults and nine children disembarked for celebratory drinks in the cable car museum.

It was the first time the cable car has been used for a wedding. In the past, people have got on at stops to take photos, but no one has had a wedding on the car.

Cable car inspecting officer Gavin MacIntyre said the booking caused no problems for them.

“We were quite lucky the day was quite quiet. We didn’t have too many people having to wait for the next cable car.”

Asked if they would do it again, he said it would depend on the time of year: “In summer it gets a lot busier.”

PICTURES by James Gilberd.



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  1. Nic looked every bit the blushing bride……just with I had been there rather than cold Edinburgh

  2. Is it another first to have a response from London? Nicola is my sons Godmother and we’re very proud. (and in London whilst his mother is over in NZ hanging around in cable cars.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Good one Nic and Malcolm! You both look grand!

  4. Many blessings and I am so happy to hear of your celebrations. Congratulations and wishing you a happy life together, all the best.

  5. What a handsome couple. Glad to see nobody got cold feet and jumped off at one of the stops on the way up!
    Well done guys and all the best for the future.

  6. Couldn’t think of anyone else who’d pull this off with so much style! Well done, talk soon!
    Lot’s of Love…..

  7. Many congratulations to you both. Nic, I’m most impressed with your inventiveness. Looks like you both really enjoyed it. Belated happy birthday to you too. Wishing you much future happiness (in and out of the papers).

  8. OK so who will be first to conceive on the cable car? Heck maybe it’s already happened! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

  9. Lovely, but incorrect…. My parents got married in the Wellington cable car in 1992. ๐Ÿ™‚

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