Hitched: Richie and Gemma

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Newly-weds Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn have shared the story of their Wanaka wed­ding in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Woman’s Day.

The All Black leg­end and his Olympian hockey player bride wed at The Olive Grove in front of 170 fam­ily and friends.

A team of about 22 se­cu­rity guards sur­rounded the venue and en­sured the me­dia were de­nied any free shots of the cou­ple or their guests.

The mag­a­zine has pub­lished the cou­ple’s wed­ding al­bum.

‘‘The main thing was that we wanted a very chilled-out day,’’ McCaw told Woman’s Day.

‘‘I think you can get hung up on it be­ing ab­so­lutely per­fect, but it doesn’t have to be all proper and per­fect.’’

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the cou­ple took a he­li­copter to the top of the Crown Range for a photo shoot.

In the pho­tos, Flynn, 26, can be seen in a white cus­tom-made Anna Shim­mel silk satin gown and McCaw, 36, in a black Ermenegildo Zenga suit.

The Woman’s Day ex­clu­sive tells the back story to the fa­mous cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship.

They met sev­eral years ago at a pro­mo­tional event at­tended by both the All Blacks and the Black Sticks, and got en­gaged in Janu- ary 2016.

‘‘She puts up with my good and my bad,’’ McCaw said.

Flynn told Woman’s Day that McCaw ‘‘just has this ef­fect on peo­ple - he makes peo­ple around him want to be bet­ter’’.

Sido Kitchin, ed­i­tor of Woman’s Day said, ‘‘Richie and Gemma un­der­stood there was un­prece­dented in­ter­est in their wed­ding day, and made the con­sid­ered de­ci­sion to share their story be­cause they value and ap­pre­ci­ate the enor­mous sup­port of Kiwi fans in their ca­reers.’’

The mag­a­zine deal is se­cret, though it is un­der­stood to in­clude a do­na­tion to char­ity by Woman’s Day.

GE­ORGE HEARD/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Tight se­cu­rity as Richie McCaw mar­ries part­ner Gemma Flynn.

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