Dan and Honor's glittering ceremony
The country will need to find a new most eligible bachelor now that All Blacks No 10 Dan Carter had married his long-time sweetheart Honor Dillon in a glittering ceremony at Lake Timara Lodge near Blenheim on Friday.
Kiwi songbird Hayley Westenra delivered an ''incredible'' rendition of Pokarekare Ana at the traditionally styled ceremony in Marlborough, one of the 180 guests has revealed.
The guest, who did not want to be named, revealed details of the lakeside wedding and handed over a copy of the service, which included readings and Christmas carols.
''It was superb. Very, very well done,'' he said.
Celebrity guests included All Blacks Richie McCaw and Ali Williams, and their former coach Graham Henry.
The service sheet listed Dillon's bridesmaids as Amy-Kate Snowise, Amber Edgar, Michal Wells and Jessica Bradley, and Carter's groomsmen as Ben Jones, Jimmy Cowan, Doug Tausili and Simon Walsh.
Carter's sister Sarah gave a reading at the wedding, which was shrouded in secrecy after the couple agreed a deal, rumoured to be worth $50,000, with a magazine.
''Honor and Dan came together as friends. Today they pledge not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship,'' she said.
The guest said Dillon was ''very beautiful'' in a classic white wedding dress, her face covered by a veil as she was led down a grass aisle, through guests seated on white chairs, to the lakeside altar, where she was greeted by Kings College chaplain Warner Wilder.
He led a 45-minute ceremony ended with a flyover by Blenheim pilot Jay McIntyre, who said he did not catch a glimpse of Carter or Dillon because he was performing ''aerobatic training'', and worried he might crash.
The guest said the wedding party was led away for photographs after the ceremony while guests mingled lakeside.
Guests arriving at a post-wedding lunch at the lodge yesterday said the wedding was ''good fun'' and their hangovers weren't as bad as expected.
Former All Black Aaron Mauger, who arrived with his heavily pregnant wife Amy, said the ceremony was ''fantastic'' and that the bride looked stunning.
Security patrolled the estate's perimeter, manning roadblocks to keep prying media away, while the aerobatics overhead stopped helicopters from flying media in for a closer look.
Guests were banned from taking photos.
- Sunday Star Times