NZ wedding the final ingredient
Carly Saunders and Tresne Middleton. Picture: Supplied

They already declared their love in a commitment ceremony two years ago.

But now My Kitchen Rules favourites Carly Saunders and Tresne Middleton have made their union official by legally tying the knot in New Zealand.

After coming out with their romance during their time on the Seven cooking show, the NSW couple recently flew to Waiheke Island to bypass Australia's ban on same-sex marriage.

They told Woman's Day that, though their first non-legal nuptials were special, their big day had more meaning this time around.

"You want it to feel real but you know it's not," Tresne said of their original commitment ceremony.

"It's like someone's telling you you can't feel a certain way. It's so unbelievably s….. we can't get married in our own country. It's a real downer.

"But today it's only about us - no drama and no distractions. The way it should be."

The Newcastle women donned flowing white gowns and jewelled headpieces as they fought back tears while reciting their vows, which saw them promise to protect and inspire each other.

The pair also chose to adopt the same surname and will be known as Mrs and Mrs Hart from now on, shunning their former surnames after several family members did not support their union.

"We both have family that don't support us, so we thought 'Stuff them, let's decide on a new name that's true to us'," Carly said.

The West Australian

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