Dan Carter and Honor Dillon married
BLAIR ENSOR, RACHEL YOUNG AND MICHAEL DALY
Dan Carter and Honor Dillon are believed to have tied the knot at their wedding in Marlborough.
Scores of guests were at Lake Timara Lodge where All Black Dan Carter and former Black Sticks striker Honor Dillon were married at New Zealand's 'wedding of the year' this afternoon.
An aerobatics display took place over the lodge, with a Nanchang trainer from the Omaka Aviation Heritage centre pulling the trick.
The bride's father Jimma Dillon is a local flying identity, while guest Richie McCaw, the All Blacks captain, is a flying enthusiast.
Some of McCaw's friends flew to the wedding from Christchurch in a DC3, Fairfax understood.
All Black Ali Williams with his partner Casey Green and former All Black Leon Macdonald and his wife Hayley were among the throngs of guests who made their way onto a large tour bus about 3pm bound for Lake Timara Lodge.
With a present tucked under his arm, former All Blacks coach Graham Henry and his wife Raewyn also boarded one of the two buses waiting on Henry Street, beside Seymour Square.
Captain Richie McCaw, with crutches in hand, hopped into a car before the buses left.
Several of the women were dressed in short colourful dresses with fascinators and hats held in place on freshly styled hair.
Meanwhile, the men looked sharp in suits with colourful ties.
Several guests were seen leaving Chateau Marlborough with a beer in hand for the 15 minute journey to the venue west of Blenheim.
The guests attracted a large amount of attention from passersby with several stopping to look and commenting on how wonderful they all looked.
Onlooker Lindy Horrocks was there to wave off her friend, a relative of Dillon, who was on the bus. She unfortunately was not the plus one to the "wedding of the year".
All the guests remained tight lipped about details surrounding the wedding.
However, it is rumoured Jimmy Cowan is among Carter’s wedding party.
Security has tightened at the venue with road blocks in place to keep prying media at bay.
Cars carrying guests are being checked by secuirty before entering.
Dillon’s uncle Richard earlier told Fairfax Media the ceremony would begin at 4pm.
ACP Media is threatening legal action against other news organisations if its exclusive rights to Dan Carter and Honor Dillon's wedding are infringed.
New Zealand's wedding of the year is shrouded in secrecy, but is expected to get under way at 4pm at a luxury lodge in Marlborough wine country.
A letter from ACP's legal counsel said the company had bought exclusive rights to the wedding story and photographs.
The wedding venue and adjacent properties had been secured and anyone who entered without authorisation would be trespassing, the letter warned.
If necessary, ACP would start proceedings.
ACP's magazine titles include Woman's Day, The Australian Women's Weekly, Next, Metro, and North & South.
BUZZ AROUND TOWN
Marlborough's Mayor Alistair Sowman said Blenheim was "buzzing with excitement".
He had not been invited to the wedding and knew few details of the event.
"I haven't been briefed, but I had an inkling something major was taking place," he said.
"There's been anticipation, but no one is prepared to reveal the facts. Everyone is excited and there's a real buzz around the town."
Hosting the wedding in Marlborough was great because it would put the region "on the international map", he said.
SPECULTATIONS ABOUT WEDDING DRESS
As excitement builds in town speculation is rife about what the bride will walk down the aisle in.
Marlborough dressmaker Bernadette Thomas suspected Dillon would wear a one-off elegant, understated dress.
The Renwick based dressmaker, who made former All Black Aaron Mauger's wife's dress, said her top picks for the designer of the dress would be Christchurch-based Robyn Cliffe or Auckland-based John Zimmerman.
However, whatever she wore it would be fantastic, she said.
"She doesn't need a lot to look gorgeous."
The flowers were also a source of speculation, especially among the florists of Marlborough.
The wedding venue, Lake Timara Lodge, is arguably one of the most beautiful settings in Marlborough as it is set among 240 hectares of land, including 10ha of one of New Zealand's most beautiful English gardens and a large man-made lake.
This morning, the gardens were looking in pristine condition with white roses blooming, the grass feshly mown and hedges neatly trimmed.
It is understood Dillon's relatives, David and Sue Dillon, would be doing the flowers for the wedding.
Local florists believed roses, orchids and oriental lillies would be top of the list for the couple as they were in season. Meanwhile, keen gardeners spoken to by The Marlborough Express, believed white roses mixed with greenery would be heavily featured as it would fit the English look and feel of the wedding venue.
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