Couple tie the knot on a remote NT cattle station

RED CHOPPER: This outback bride soared into her wedding last weekend. Picture: Maryanne Lewis.

RED CHOPPER: This outback bride soared into her wedding last weekend. Picture: Maryanne Lewis.

The bride flew to her wedding in a bright red mustering helicopter in unique NT outback style last weekend.

Her guests drove many kilometres into the heart of the Never Never, to see a young couple say ‘I do’.

Alice Rudolph and Daniel Pascall tied the knot last Saturday at Gorrie Station, a remote cattle station, 170km south-east of Katherine.

Alice, 23, works in patient travel at the Royal Darwin Hospital and Daniel, 26, is a carpenter, who once hailed from Mataranka.

“We met at a New Year’s party about eight years ago,” Alice said.

“I was 15 and he was 18.”

The pair have been together ever since, and now have a two-year-old son together named Archer. 

“He is an amazing father, once you hit seven years with someone you kind of know it is forever,” the bride said. 

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Although the couple now live together in Darwin, Alice heralds from Gove, a town tucked into the northeastern corner of Arnhem Land. 

“Daniel grew up in Mataranka, and he is good friends with the family who owns the station,” Alice said. 

The bride joked to the station’s owner about using one of their mustering helicopters to get to the aisle.   

“I asked as a joke, but then he was really excited about it.

“Two other guests owned helicopters and so they took the bridesmaids in those.”

The newlyweds said their vows in front of 150 guests.

“He proposed on the beach in Gove, I was expecting it, but not right then,” Alice said. 

“We usually take the dogs to the beach in Gove, so we were walking along the beach like any other afternoon and then he popped the question.”

Guests were treated to an authentic NT feast following the nuptials. 

“Daniel’s dad did all the food, we had a ‘home grown’ pig on a spit, mud crabs, barra and steak,” the bride said.  

Gorrie Station is nestled in the Sturt Plateau, a landscape of red and yellow earths and towering termite mounds. 

“It is about 15km down the Stuart Highway, south of Mataranka then about another 62km down a dirt road,” Alice said. 

“For the people who didn’t have four wheel drives, we hired one of the Bodhi Buses which took people out and bought them back to Mataranka.

“Everyone else camped or stayed awake all night.”

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