Dame Jacinda Ardern marries Clarke Gayford in intimate wedding ceremony

Former Prime Minister Dame Jacinda Ardern has married her long-time fiancé, TV presenter Clarke Gayford, on Saturday.

The wedding took place at a premium winery in Hawke's Bay, where preparations were underway most of the day.

Security is very tight, with about 200 people invited to the wedding including family, friends and some former colleagues.

On Saturday afternoon guests were spotted trickling in, including former Labour Party deputy leader Annette King, former Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson and celebrity chef Peter Gordon, who had been booked to cater at Dame Jacinda's first wedding attempt.

Then, just after 3pm, former Prime Minister and current Labour leader Chris Hipkins was sighted with his partner Toni Grace, along with Sir Trevor Mallard, an ex-Labour MP now serving as Ambassador of New Zealand to Ireland.

Guests arrive at Ardern and Gayford's wedding.
Guests arrive at Ardern and Gayford's wedding. Photo credit: Newshub

It's believed the ceremony began after 3:30pm. Dame Jacinda was wearing a flowing white dress and veil and holding flowers, surrounded by people holding umbrellas.

Then just after 4pm she was filmed walking down a long vine-covered aisle toward a crowd of guests who had been waiting underneath a large tree in the centre of the vineyard for the ceremony to begin.

Loud cheers could be heard just after 4:30pm as friends and family celebrated the marriage.

The happy couple.
The happy couple. Photo credit: Supplied

The first official photos from the wedding were released on Friday evening and show the happy couple posing together in a vineyard.

The first showed Dame Jacinda in a stunning white dress holding a white bouquet of flowers and embracing Clarke, who wore a black suit with a white boutonnière.

A second showed the happy couple holding hands as they walked through the vineyard, lit by the warm Hawke's Bay sun.

Dame Jacinda and Gayford together in the vineyard.
Dame Jacinda and Gayford together in the vineyard. Photo credit: Supplied

International media are in town for Saturday's big day. The Daily Mail earlier this week snapped Ardern at a Havelock North nail salon, donning a facemask.

It's understood the couple, in the lead-up to Saturday, has spent time in Mahia where they got engaged in 2019

Dame Jacinda said in 2019 Gayford's proposal happened at the top of Mokotahi Hill in front of a select group of witnesses. 

"It was Clarke, me, a member of the DPS [Diplomatic Protection Service], so very intimate," she joked. "[A] couple of locals from Mahia and a dog that tried to eat the chocolate Clarke bought me, so it was very romantic."

In 2022, their original wedding date was postponed because of the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak. 

Ardern announced her resignation as Prime Minister on January 19 last year.