Friday, December 09, 2011

Wedding bells ring for Dan Carter and Honor Dillon

All Blacks star Dan Carter and former Black Sticks striker Honor Dillon are believed to have tied the knot this afternoon at a closely guarded location.

With interest building, a solicitor for the owner of the Australian Women's Weekly, warned anyone not invited who goes on to the site of the ceremony that they would be trespassing.

The magazine is rumoured to have paid around $50,000 for exclusive rights to the wedding coverage, which is being attended by a host of rugby stars.

The wedding took at the luxury Lake Timara Lodge near Blenheim.

Carter and Dillon are believed to have said their vows around 4pm.

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ONE News reporter Daniel Faitaua who is near the lodge said he had seen three buses filled with people arriving.

One of the buses had tinted windows, and other media reported seeing fellow All Blacks stars Ali Williams, Aaron Mauger, Andy Ellis on that bus.

Faitaua said locals had reported seeing All Blacks coach Graham Henry at a jewellery store in the town.
"One needs to ask whether he may be best man and was picking up the wedding ring," Faitaua said.

Faitaua said security at the venue was tight, with guards double-checking every guest that arrives.

Stars arrive
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw arrived on an 8pm flight in Blenheim last night and teammate Williams and his fiancee, Casey Green, also arrived in the region yesterday.

McCaw, still on crutches, was met by security and transferred to a car driven by Mauger, a former second five-eighth.

Marlborough District Council yesterday confirmed roads had been closed around the lodge, adding to speculation that it would be the site for the wedding.

Built in 1924, Timara Lodge is set on 240 hectares including 10ha of English gardens and a large man-made lake. The secluded setting would also be the perfect place to avoid nosy media types.

The intersections surrounding the property, including Lake Timara Rd, Dog Point Rd and Waihopai Valley Rd, will all be closed from 2pm until 1am on Saturday and again from 9am to 10pm on Saturday.

A Blenheim florist said Dillon's relatives David and Sue Dillon, from The Throne farmstead, would be doing the flowers. Meanwhile, Sustain Hair and Well Being Spa are apparently booked with guests getting ready for the day.

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