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Richie McCaw, Gemma Flynn wedding: Guests, dress, venue and more

Against the sound of thousands of hearts collectively breaking, there's an eerie quiet in the All Blacks camp over Richie McCaw's engagement news.

Fans were quick to congratulate the rugby star and his hockey-playing bride-to-be Gemma Flynn (or mourn that they'll never be the future Mrs McCaw), while the Black Sticks also shared a tweet of congrats to their player.

Wonderful in white, Gemma gave us an idea of how she might look as a bride at last year's Halberg Awards.
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But from the rugby fraternity, there was nary a peep, with more player tweets about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (looking at you, Piri and Liam) than of congratulations.

Our guess is the silence means super-secret nuptials, with the planning - and the A-list guest list - kept well away from the public eye.

We've compiled a list of possibilities to help plan what will arguably be the biggest wedding in NZ history:


The hardest part of any wedding is culling the guest list. It's even harder when you're a celeb, with the public wanting to know who made the cut, who didn't, and what it might mean.

Will the entire Rugby World Cup-winning side be invited, along with their +1s? Or will Richie have to pick his faves? Kieran Read, Conrad Smith and Keven Mealamu seem like certain invites, and our money's on Dan Carter as best man.

Alongside the inevitable rugby and hockey A-list, we're expecting a small number of who's who from outside the sporting world to attend, but the guest list will mostly be made up of the media-shy couple's close friends and family.

Will John Key make the list, and pester Richie for an altar-side selfie? We sure hope not.


Auckland, Christchurch, or somewhere far, far away from prying eyes?

If the happy couple's engagement photo was any give away, central Otago might be a good spot for a white wedding, while Gemma's hometown of Tauranga also has plenty of picturesque venue options.

An estate would be ideal: The private pair will likely want to reduce their travel between the ceremony and reception to avoid unnecessary exposure to paparazzi, and give their celeb guests as much privacy as possible.

Queenstown's Stoneridge Estate could be a goer - but will Richie and Gemma want the same wedding photo backdrop as Ali and Casey Williams?

Instead, chopper pilot Richie could jet the pair into Omarama Airfield, marry in the aerodrome, and put their guests up in the on-site chalets. If they ask nicely, they could probably get the overhead airspace closed to keep snap-happy media out.

The other big decision is: glam or rustic? While our money's on a luxury lodge, there are also plenty of 'grammable options off the beaten track for this laidback couple.


We wouldn't be surprised if top New Zealand designers have already got their bids in to dress the couple for their big day. Will All Blacks sponsor Barkers dress the boys? And, most importantly, who'll design Gemma's dress?

Kiwi designer Jane Yeh is the obvious choice, having dressed several All Black wives, including Casey Williams and Amy Kahui, and top female sports stars like Kayla Sharland, Casey Kopua and Temepara Baily.

Another possibility is Anna Schimmel, who was enlisted to create the gorgeous gowns of Honor Carter and Amber Vito.


Will Richie and Gemma go the full celebrity route, and do a photo deal with a women's magazine? Though not possible for us common folk, an exclusive over pics is the perfect way to stop guests watching the ceremony through their cellphones, and posting unauthorised photos online.

Security is bound to be tight on the big day, to keep VIP guests feeling safe and ensure their privacy. Will Guy Williams pose as an All Black and try to sneak in? We wouldn't be surprised.

It's anyone's guess what song the couple's first dance will be set to. Richie's previously revealed he's a bit of an easy listening fan, but we hope it'll be something a bit more upbeat to get the All Blacks on the dancefloor. Might we suggest We Are The Champions?

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Modern couples are including their pets on their wedding day

OME might say it’s barking mad but modern brides and grooms are extending their wedding invitations to their four-legged friends.

Local celebrants are noting a rise in couples including their pets not only in photographs and in their vows, but also the ceremony itself.

“People definitely regard them as part of the family so it makes perfect sense to include them on the big day,” said celebrant Kerri Flanagan.

Ms Flanagan recently performed a ceremony which had the couple’s border collie as the ring bearer. Wearing a waistcoat, white shirt and tie, the dog carried the wedding rings on his collar.

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“They told me their wedding wouldn’t have been complete without their fur child,” Ms Flanagan said. Penelope Carrick, of Modern Celebrants Adelaide, said there were risks.

“I’ve mostly had couples’ dogs as their ring bearers and pretty much every time it happens, they always break the lead and run away with the rings on,” she said.

“I always suggest that the dog comes to the rehearsal … dogs can get very excited and nervous about new places, so getting them used to their new surrounds normally helps.”

Newlyweds Kristie and Jason Brinkworth, of Mt Barker, said it was important to include their dogs, Conan and Arnold, in their November wedding.

They dressed the dogs in suits, from Desperate House Dogs in Harbour Town, and included them in their photography session.

“It was my idea just because they are kind of like our children … they’re a massive part of our family so I really wanted them to be included,” Mrs Brinkworth, 25, said.

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Wedding bells bring riches to the Range

THE Range will be overrun with brides-to-be this weekend as six wedding venues open their doors for the Hinterland Wedding Summer Showcase.

The venues will host displays from more than 100 wedding suppliers ranging from florists and stylists to massage therapists and groom groomers.

Fourteen accommodation providers will also open their doors to assure couples that all their guests can be catered for in a hinterland wedding.

Hinterland Tourism president Christine Kardash said the wedding industry brought about $25 million a year to the Range economy.

"It's an enormous tourism driver because for every wedding there are the guests for that wedding so hopefully we're making such a good impression that that guest will decide to come back at another time," she said.

The owner of Montville Country Cabins said the event would highlight the Range's versatility as a wedding destination.

"There are six venues open and each of those venues has their own unique appeal, ranging from very formal to casual garden-type venues," she said.

Wedding florist Stacey Lambert is preparing three displays for the Summer Showcase.
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"The businesses are all owned and run by individuals and families so they really have a huge investment, not only financially but personally, in those businesses."

Now in its third year, Ms Kardash said the event had proved a great way to generate long-term bookings.

She said exhibitors would be stepping it up this year with live music, demonstrations and fashion parades.

Visitors can also register for the chance to win $1500 in wedding services.

Maleny wedding florist Stacey Lambert will have displays at three venues this year.

"It's an opportunity to connect with (potential clients) face to face," she said.

"You build a relationship which you can't do normally."

Ms Lambert's business, Poppy Lane Flowers by Design, deals exclusively with weddings.

"I do it because I love it," she said.

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