Lovebirds flying high
THE wedding bells were ringing high over Cape Byron yesterday as two locals tied the knot about 150 metres above the lighthouse.
But no one could accuse these two lovebirds, John and Julie Hill, of having their heads in the clouds considering how well they know each other.
Believe it or not the Ballina couple are marrying each other for the second time.
After an 18-year marriage, a divorce and two-year separation, the couple have gravitated back together and are now expecting their first child.
It was an easy decision says the Ballina IT worker and fledgling pilot when his soon-to-be ex ex-wife popped the question.
"She proposed to me this time but it wasn't a surprise," he said.
"I've realised she's the love of my life (so) we sat down and talked about it and now we're expecting our first child."
"We were married for nearly 20 years but we didn't have any kids first time around.
"We were separated for two years but we got back together in March this year.
"I guess we liked it so much the first time thought we'd do it again."
After Julie broke with the traditionally typecast gender role by proposing herself, John embraced the opportunity and took over the planning.
"Julie organised the first wedding so I'm organising this one," he laughed.
"I've been flying for about 18 months now so I thought, 'Why not do it in a helicopter?'.
"It's something different and it keeps the guest list down if you know what I mean.
"So it's just the celebrant, the pilot a witness and us - nice and easy."
John admits he hadn't heard of anyone getting married in a helicopter before.
"I've heard of proposals and things like that, but never a wedding," he said.
"The nuptials should only take ten minutes, I've cut them right down - if it were up to me I'd only ask 'Do you or don't you?', but there are certain things you've got to say for legal reasons."