Stalwart Labour MP Trevor Mallard married journalist Jane Clifton in an intimate and sunny ceremony in Wellington yesterday.

The couple exchanged vows at Mr Mallard's Wainuiomata home in front of family members and close friends. More guests were invited to a reception later that afternoon.

Mr Mallard wore a dark suit over a white shirt - the top button undone. The bride, who is a columnist for the Listener magazine, wore a long gown with a soft white shawl.

The ceremony was held outside in a marquee decorated with colourful bunting.

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David Clark, the Labour MP for Dunedin North, was the celebrant. Among the guests were Sir Robert Jones, former Act MP Deborah Coddington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson, Chris Hipkins and Jacinda Ardern, and CTU president Helen Kelly.

Former National Deputy Prime Minister Sir Don McKinnon gave Jane Clifton away.

Among those who made speeches were Ms Ardern, political scientist Jon Johansson and former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

This is Mr Mallard's second marriage and Clifton's first.