A HELICOPTER, rodeo arena and a love story that started with a chance meeting.
While it sounds like the set of a Hollywood movie, these were three of the components of Lee and Brendon Lewis's wedding day.
The Darwin couple wed on Friday August 19 by celebrant Margi MacGregor.
As Valentine's Day fast approaches, the new Mrs Lewis, nee Twomey, reflected to the Rural Weekly about her special day.
Lee is born and bred in Darwin lady and while Brendon has lived on and off in the Territory for about 10 years, it wasn't until the couple happened to be at the Noonamah Rodeo that they finally met.
Lee said there was an instant attraction.
Flash forward a few years later and the couple has their own block at Bees Creek, which is home to their horses.
Brendon rides as a pickup man for the rough stock riders at rodeos, and also campdrafts every now and then.
"We both share a mutual love of horses,” she said.
The wedding day was a day full of surprises for their guests, who had travelled from just about every state in Australia.
"We hadn't actually told people before where the ceremony was going to be,” she said.
In a lush setting, the couple said 'I do' at Freds Pass Reserve, which is just down the road from where they live. Another surprise, or shock, was that a helicopter was hired for the wedding party to be flown to the next venue.
"So it picked us up from Noomanah rodeo and pub then we did a bit of a flight over and landed back at our place,” she said.
The flight was especially special for one of the bridesmaids, as she had never been in a chopper before.
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