While her husband-to-be was in Sydney launching his movie Chasing Great this week, Black Stick Olympian Gemma Flynn was spotted, ensconced in a meeting at the picturesque True Food & Yoga restaurant on Auckland’s Tamaki Drive on Wednesday afternoon.
Spy’s spies wondered, was the pink folder on the table her wedding planner? Could the beautiful venue overlooking Auckland harbour be the perfect compromise for the Bay of Plenty gal and her Canterbury guy — former All Black captain Richie McCaw — for New Zealand’s wedding of the decade? Or was she just meeting there to make plans?
Gemma Flynn at True Food & Yoga.
One thing we do know is that Flynn, 26, has been wedding dress shopping across the ditch at Brides of Sydney, a store with more than 1000 dresses to choose from. She headed to Sydney as part of her involvement with reality TV show Say Yes to the Dress Australia, which premieres on TLC on SKY on Friday 28 October.
Described as part fashion show, part bridal story, part family therapy, the six-part series uncovers the lengths bridal consultants will go to to satisfy each bride. Wedding dress designer Adam Dixon was Flynn’s stylist and the show says it is an Olympic-sized test to dress Flynn for her pending nuptials.
Gemma on Say Yes to The Dress.
Dixon said it was a great “honour” to work with Flynn, who looked fabulous in all the dresses she tried on.
“To be honest, everything looked wonderful on Gemma, she is just so gorgeous,” he said.
And Flynn was definitely no Bridezilla: “Gemma was fantastic to work with, very easy-going and an absolute pleasure. We certainly had a lot of fun.”
Flynn’s family and friends made the trip across the Tasman to be part of the experience.
Adam Dixon and his best mate Kevin.
“She brought along her mum (Michelle), a couple of cousins and a friend for their help. They were a lovely bunch and just happy to be a part of the experience with Gemma. When it came to the dresses they were very helpful indeed and more than happy to give their feedback. They didn’t hold back their opinions, that’s for sure.”
So do her recent red carpet appearances give any clue to the type of dress Flynn will choose? Spy loved the sleeveless halter style, white lace and mesh dress she wore to the Halbergs in December. Tauranga designer Grace Millicent Couture nailed it dressing her in a black long sleeve chiffon, floral emblazoned top and navy skirt with thigh-high split, which she wore to the New Zealand premiere of Chasing Great.
But Dixon isn’t giving anything away.
“My lips are sealed ... I’m sworn to secrecy,” he said. “She really did look stunning in everything she tried on. You’ll just have to watch the show to see what happens!”