A joyful David Bain yesterday married the daughter of one of his closest supporters during his second trial.
Mr Bain and Christchurch primary school teacher Liz Davies tied the knot in a private ceremony at a vineyard.
The pair, who met more than 10 years ago, vowed in front of 80 family and friends at Trent's Vineyard, on the southern outskirts of Christchurch, to spend the rest of their lives together.
Mr Bain, dressed in a white shirt, cream-coloured tie and waistcoat with a white rose, was in high spirits before the ceremony.
The 40-year-old joked and laughed with his three groomsmen, who were dressed in red waistcoats, without jackets.
He had guests in stitches while waiting for his future wife to arrive, joking, "She's got 12-and-a-half minutes, and if she doesn't turn up we'll all go down to the pub."
Mr Bain drove himself to the venue in his own maroon Toyota Surf 4WD, adorned with a lucky horseshoe.
When he arrived and saw reporters, photographers and cameramen at the entrance to the popular wedding venue, he threw his hands up in horror.
Security was tight for the ceremony, held in warm conditions under sycamore trees, surrounded by grapevines and sweeping paddocks.
Three security staff checked the site two hours before the nuptials began, and a checkpoint was set up at the entrance to the vineyard's long, tree-lined driveway.
The 20-minute ceremony, which began with the celebrant briefly mentioning Mr Bain's trying past, was interrupted when three helicopters, commissioned by three different news outlets flew overhead.
Several of the guests pulled the fingers at the choppers, while the celebrant was forced to stop talking because of the noise, eventually forcing the bride and groom to move under the cover of an awning.
Mr Bain's close friend and supporter, former All Black Joe Karam, earlier said he was delighted to attend the couple's "wonderful day".
Two of Mr Karam's sons were groomsmen.
"There will be dancing and singing," he said, after earlier saying how the couple had turned down lucrative women's magazine deals - worth up to $50,000 - to cover their big day.
He said the pair met 10 to 15 years ago, but romance "didn't happen until recently".
Mr Bain's fiancee arrived in a limousine with tinted windows. She wore a veil and white dress while her three bridesmaids were in red.
"David, I love you truly and deeply, more than all the stars in the sky," she said in her vows. She said she was honoured to become his wife, saying he was an amazing person whom she loved more every day.
The pair created their own vows, which included jokes about promising to wash the dishes and weed the garden. A cousin of Mr Bain's gave a blessing, white doves sat in an aviary nearby, and horses grazed in a neighbouring paddock.
When they were announced man and wife, the guests stood, clapped and cheered, and after the ceremony a reception was held at the vineyard.
It's understood the couple will honeymoon in the North Island.
Mr Bain was convicted in 1995 of murdering his parents and three siblings and spent 13 years in jail before he was acquitted in a 2009 retrial.
He is waiting to hear if he will be awarded compensation from the Government over his false imprisonment.
When the couple got engaged in September 2012, Mr Bain's then future mother-in-law Carolyn Davies said she was "delighted" to welcome him to the family. Mrs Davies visited him in prison and billeted him during his second trial at the High Court in Christchurch, even making his lunch every day.
Last night, Arthur Allan Thomas, wrongly jailed for the murders of Pukekawa farming couple Jeannette and Harvey Crewe, wished Mr Bain all the best. "I wasn't invited, but that doesn't matter. I'm right behind David and delighted to hear he's married," the 76-year-old said from his Taupiri home.
He supported Mr Bain during his second trial and had met him several times. "Good on him. He deserves a happy life."