Camilla Alves' didn't initially say yes when Matthew McConoughey proposed to her.

The 'Fool's Gold' actor asked the Brazilian model - with who he has children Levi, three, and Vida, two - to be his wife last Christmas Day (25.12.11) and despite his carefully thought out proposal, things didn't quite go according to plan.

He said: ''At Christmastime, we go around our family and everyone takes turns opening presents.

'So I had wrapped the engagement ring in about eight different boxes deep, so she would keep opening boxes to get with it.

''We finally got to her, and I'm calling my family over. She gets to it, she opens it up, her eyes go wide. I take a knee and I ask her, 'Will you marry me and take my name?'

''The first words out of her mouth were not yes. I'm not gonna say what it was. But I did say, 'Look, I'm down on a knee. I'll stay here awhile. I will outlast you.' And I did! She conceded.''

The couple married earlier this month at their home in Texas, and to mark their nuptials, guests were invited for a three-day celebration which included camping on their estate, and Matthew says they did this in order to give everyone an occasion to remember.

He told TV talk show host Jay Leno: ''We put 40 tents up in the year. This is was her idea. She said, 'I want to build a village. I want all of our friends and family to come here, stay for three full days, have an experience with us, so they can really remember this weekend.' ''