Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne married long-term partner Amellia Bonnici in a secret ceremony just a month after they announced their engagement.
Hayne, 32, and Bonnici, 29, the mother of his daughter Beliviah Ivy, 4, were married Tuesday at the Pullman Magenta Shores resort, on New South Wales’ Central Coast.
In the scorching Australia Day heat, the couple’s ministry was intimate and quiet, with a group of about 50 family and friends, including fellow NRL stars, in attendance.
Hayne wore a white jacket and open white shirt, smiling as he waited for his bride under the floral arch.
Bonnici looked elegant in a white dress with her hair pulled back to show off her pearl earrings.
Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne married long-term partner Amellia Bonnici in secret ceremony just a month after becoming engaged
Hayne wore a white jacket and open white shirt, smiling as he waited for his bride under the floral arch
Bonnici (pictured) looked elegant in a white dress and her hair pulled back to show off her pearl earrings
The glamorous 29-year-old lifts her dress as she walks to the ceremony held at the Pullman Magenta Shores resort on the NSW Central Coast.
Hayne’s father Manoa Thompson (second from left) watches as his son waits for his bride
The deeply religious Hayne – who is a former Hillsong regular – chose not to have the ceremony in a church, but instead take their vows under a white floral arch.
Those in attendance were seated in rows of white wooden chairs scattered across a lawn between the resort’s villas.
Although the ceremony was shielded from the public, there was no illumination from the sun, with temperatures rising in the mid-afternoon to the mid-1930s.
Hayne’s mom Jodie, his dad Manoa Thompson – a former NRL star himself – and his half-sister Evie Thompson were all in attendance.
Bonnici’s mother Donna and father too
Also among the audience was Hayne’s former Parramatta teammate Tim Mannah.
Obviously, only a limited number of guests were informed of the venue prior to the Australia Day wedding.
The remaining invitees were told to meet at a specific location where a bus picked them up and took them to the Pullman resort.
The couple’s decision to tie the knot comes after a relationship full of ups and downs.
Hayne and Bonnici only announced their engagement on Australia Day and shared this photo on Instagram
Hayne opted for all white for his special day, with chinos and a white jacket, a shirt and a white rose
The newlyweds walked away from the ceremony to enjoy a drink, while Bonnici’s bridesmaid helped lift the train from her wedding dress
Hayne’s half-sister Evie Thompson (in orange) joined the newlyweds as they set out to have photos taken
Guests at the ceremony joined in with the relaxed theme of the wedding with their brightly colored dresses
It is clear that only a limited number of guests have been informed of the location before Tuesday, the rest will be taken to the resort by bus
On Tuesday afternoon, a large flower stand is carried into the ceremony
Hayne and Bonnici met on Instagram in early 2016 and she was pregnant just a few weeks later.
The footy star had just returned from a much-discussed stint with the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL, signing a $ 1 million a year deal with the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.
But while Hayne lived in the sun, Bonnici stayed at home with her family to care for the couple’s daughter.
Hayne was released from the Gold Coast in late 2017 and returned to Parramatta.
In December of that year, he was charged with sexual assault in the United States, he vehemently denied.
Hayne finally reached a settlement with his prosecutor in 2019.
Bonnici has assisted Hayne for a tumultuous few years, including during an NSW District Court trial for sexual assault last year (pictured is the couple walking into Newcastle Court)
Bonnici and Hayne met on Instagram and just a few months later they welcomed a daughter, Bri
While Bonnici stood by him, the controversies continued, and on the Grand Final Day in 2018, he was allegedly accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her home near Newcastle.
He faced a NSW District Court trial in 2020 with Bonnici standing by his side every day on his way to court.
The jury was unable to reach after a two-week trial and was fired. A new trial will be set for 2021.