Bevan Hurley

Bevan Hurley is the Herald on Sunday chief reporter.

All Black groom talks babies

Tamati Coffey and Tim Smith celebrated a civil union. Photo / Janna Dixon
Tamati Coffey and Tim Smith celebrated a civil union. Photo / Janna Dixon

Wedding bells have been ringing out across the country in what's shaping up as a summer of celebrity love. All Black Ali Williams and his bride Casey Green tied the knot in Queenstown, sticking to tradition - Green showed up 18 minutes late.

The star lock forward has opened up about how his rugby career is almost at an end, and there will be no babies for at least a year.

"The scary fact is, rugby is about to finish for me and there's no point bringing babies into my life just yet," he told the NZ Woman's Weekly, which went on sale a day early yesterday. "But when we do, I'm happy for Casey to bring home the bacon so I can go fishing three times a week."

All Black captain Richie McCaw was one of Ali's groomsmen, while his World Cup-winning teammates Dan Carter and Jerome Kaino attended with their new wives.

In the lead-up to the wedding, Green terminated her Twitter account and dumped Facebook friends after apparently attracting unwelcome attention from one of Williams' ex-girlfriends.

A source said Green feared she was being cyberstalked and "unfriended" a large number of women on Facebook as she tried to keep details of her glitzy wedding ceremony secret. Green had already tweeted details of her wedding back in September before swiftly removing it.

"Apparently she was being stalked by one of Ali's ex girlfriends - and she didn't know who it was," a source said.

Rather than take any chances in the build-up to the big day, she simply unfriended a wide variety of people.

"She was talking about this at Daniel Carter's wedding. It was a hot topic at the event."

In a much more contemporary affair, TVNZ weatherman Tamati Coffey tied the knot with Tim Smith in a "big fat gay" civil union ceremony, complete with drag queens and dogs dressed in pink feather boas.

Rainswept guests at the North Shore's The Wharf included model agency boss Sara Tetro and husband Craig Innes, as well as NZ's Next Top Model judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree. Umbrella-wielding representatives of a women's magazine rushed to shelter the couple's dogs from the rain as they arrived.

The matrimonial theme is set to continue as two more high-profile couples complete arrangements for their summer nuptials.

Women's magazines are expected to shell out big dollars for the exclusive rights to the wedding of broadcasting couple Mike Hosking and Kate Hawkesby and MasterChef winner and TV chef Nadia Lim is marrying fiance Carlos Bagrie at a secret location in Northland next month.

- Herald on Sunday

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