HOWZAT FOR STEVE SMITH

Wed­ding pic­ture spe­cial

The Sunday Times - - Front Page - BRIANA DOMJEN

SIX months ago it would have been the Aus­tralian equiv­a­lent of a royal wed­ding. But yes­ter­day, in the lengthy wake of cricket’s ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal, former Test cap­tain Steve Smith tied the knot with long-time part­ner Dani Willis un­der far less me­dia glare.

Smith and his beau­ti­ful bride ex­changed vows in Ber­rima in the South­ern High­lands of NSW, un­der a pas­tel pink flo­ral arch. “To­day I got to marry my best friend. What an ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble day. Dani Willis looked un­be­liev­ably beau­ti­ful,” Smith posted on In­sta­gram.

The cer­e­mony was a sports star-stud­ded event with a guest list that in­cluded 29-year-old Smith’s former team­mates Mitchell Starc, Josh Ha­zle­wood, Aaron Finch, Us­man Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Pat Cum­mins and Moses Hen­riques. Smith popped the ques­tion to Willis on top of the fa­mous Rock­e­feller Cen­tre in New York last year, be­fore his con­tro­ver­sial 12-month ban for ball tam­per­ing.

The date of the cer­e­mony had been kept un­der wraps but Willis, a law stu­dent, had held two hens par­ties in re­cent months — one in Las Ve­gas and one in Syd­ney.

Her sec­ond hens night took place at Chin Chin last month, along­side girl­friends in­clud­ing spin­ner Nathan Lyon’s ex-part­ner Mel War­ing. Both Willis and Smith have laid rel­a­tively low since the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal. Smith, Dave Warner and WA’s Cameron Ban­croft are serv­ing lengthy bans.

Pic­ture: MediaMode / Diimex

Pic­tures: Me­dia-Mode / Diimex

Love match: Steve Smith and Dani Willis cel­e­brate their wed­ding at the Ben­doo­ley Es­tate in Ber­rima yes­ter­day. Right: Mitchell Starc, Mitch Marsh and Josh Ha­zle­wood.

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