After holding a small wedding in Hawkes Bay, former Prime Minister Dame Jacinda Ardern has taken a moment to celebrate with her 1.6 million social media followers.

She made the marriage social media official with a post to Instagram captioned: “worth the wait”.

Ardern and husband Clarke Gayford tied the knot on Saturday, after almost five years of engagement.

The marriage was officiated by close friend and former deputy prime minister Grant Robertson.

The couple were tight-lipped about the big day, but Stuff understands the ceremony was small – with mostly family, very close friends and a few politicians.

The pair said ‘I do’ in front of around 50-75 guests beneath a canopy of trees at Craggy Range Winery.

Ardern wore a white, halter neck dress, custom-made by fashion designer Juliette Hogan, while Gayford wore a black suit, custom-made by Zambesi, with a white shirt and black tie.

Their 5-year-old daughter, Neve, walked down the aisle with her father, wearing a dress made from Ardern’s mother’s wedding dress.

As afternoon approached, guests began to arrive, including former prime minister Chris Hipkins and partner Toni Grace.

Other guests spotted at the venue included fashion designer Juliette Hogan, chef Peter Gordon, former deputy leader of the Labour Party Kelvin Davis, former speaker of the house Trevor Mallard, former press secretary Andrew Campbell and High Commissioner of New Zealand to Australia Annette King.

Kiwi singers Hollie Smith, Marlon Williams and Tali also attended.

With on-site accomodation, many of the guests stayed overnight, but some have been staying in the townships nearby.

Members of the public were stopping outside the venue regularly to try and get a peek at the high-profile couple.

Police arrived at the venue around 1pm to address a small group of protesters.

About 3pm, a helicopter was circling the venue as a Daily Mail photographer took pictures out the window, prompting police to make enquiries. The helicopter had left by 4pm.

Wedding plans had been set down for the summer of 2022, but the government, led by Ardern, tightened gathering rules due to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“My wedding will not be going ahead, but I just join many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic,” she said at the time.

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