Concert regulars take chance to tie knot

Newlyweds Rebecca and Alan Menzies are flanked by (from left) bridesmaids Amber Hosking and Jamie...
Newlyweds Rebecca and Alan Menzies are flanked by (from left) bridesmaids Amber Hosking and Jamie-Lee Ritchie and groomsmen Chris Small and Ray Korematsu-Ohara at Saturday's Gibbston Valley concert. Photo: Delwyn Short
For a Cromwell couple, it really was a nice day for a white wedding at the Gibbston Valley concert.

Although British rocker Billy Idol may not have performed his signature 1982 hit at Gibbston, it was a perfect day out on Saturday for newlyweds Alan Menzies and Rebecca MacLeod as they celebrated their wedding day in front of friends, family and 18,000 concert-goers.

The concert backdrop was the spot where Mr Menzies proposed in 2017, moments before headline act Icehouse took to the stage.

The couple, who had been to the Gibbston concert every year since they were engaged, talked about celebrating their nuptials at the annual event last year.

‘‘It was something we thought would be a bit of fun,’’ Mrs Menzies said.

‘‘We went home that night [last year] and said ‘Why don’t we do that?’’’

The pair then approached Greenstone Entertainment, who thought it was a great idea, she said.

‘‘It was fantastic. Everything was taken care of.

‘‘We didn’t have to organise catering ... and the bands.’’

The ceremony, which took place as gates to the venue were opening, attracted the attention of some early revellers.

‘‘I do remember some cheers from the crowd.

‘‘It was pretty hard to take in anything else apart from Alan standing in front of me.’’

She said the Gibbston concert would continue to be an annual ‘‘family tradition’’.

adam.burns@odt.co.nz

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