Meet the First Couple of 2016! Here's the Scoop Behind This New Year's Eve Wedding in Times Square


3... 2... 1... "I do!" Millions of couples welcomed the New Year last night with a midnight kiss. But it meant something extra special for two sweethearts, when that 12 a.m. smooch officially made them the first married couple of 2016! Miami's Monica and Alfredo earned themselves that title, thanks to a national contest held by Generation Tux that led them to tying the knot in the middle of Times Square on New Year's Eve. How's that for an ultra-unique wedding venue? Wonder what the Wedding Wire reviews have to say about that...

The Generation Tux contest invited all of America to vote on which to-be-wed pair should earn the title and an out-of-this-world Times Square wedding. It all came down to the smittin' Alfredo and Monica from Florida and longtime loves Alexander and Michael of Atlanta, Georgia. The winner would receive a wedding with all the trimmings, officiated by Generation Tux CEO and founder George Zimmer, and a dream honeymoon to Cancun.

Wedding Photo of First Couple of 2016

Photo: Sarah Zimmer Photography

Both pairs of sweethearts were whisked away to New York City where the winner was announced as Monica and Alfredo, who tied the knot as the clock struck 12 and the Time Square ball dropped. So how does one end up saying their "I do's" amongst falling confetti and millions of New Year revelers? Alfredo, who is no stranger to grand gestures, told BRIDES that he entered the Generation Tux contest in secret, pulling off a pretty epic surprise for his bride-to-be! "The way I told her we won the contest was the same way I proposed to Monica," the groom shared. "At a big showcase in front of about 100 people, I told her 'Babe, we're getting married in New York,'" as Frank Sinatra's New York, New York played to set the mood, of course!

First Couple of 2016 Wedding

Photo: Sarah Zimmer Photography

Now without any need to search for a venue, caterer, or panic over a thousand little details, the couple was thrilled to just sit back and relax, as Generation Tux handled all the nitty-gritty of planning. (Oh, if only, thought all brides everywhere...). But while you thought you were nervous saying your vows in front of your friends and family, these two had to say their "I do's" in front of the entire world, exchanging that walk down the aisle for the streets of New York City. "I never had so many congratulations before!" said the groom. "I proposed in front of over 100 people, so getting married in front of 1.2 million people was amazing." And you thought your guest list was out of hand!

First Couple of 2016 Jumbo Tron

Photo: Sarah Zimmer Photography

But Monica and Alfredo weren't the only ones who made history last night! The runner-up couple, Alexander and Michael, also tied the knot, making them the first gay couple to wed on the iconic Times Square stage. "It was on his bucket list to be in Times Square on New Year's Eve," said Michael of his brand new hubby. "And to be married here? It's amazing."

First Couple of 2016 Alexander and Michael

Photo: Sarah Zimmer Photography

And after such a momentous year for the LGBT community with the SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, there's no getting around that Alexander and Michael's Times Square nuptials were nothing short of historical. "We had to represent so much more than just us," explained Alexander, referencing those of the community who fought for so long to help make this possible. "Without them, we wouldn't be here."

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"It's not about us," Michael remembers. "But we're so glad to be representing the gay community. We deserve all the rights everyone else does too, because this is real," he said, sharing a quick kiss with his groom. "You can't get more real than this."

Looks like 2016 is starting out with quite a bang for both pairs of newlyweds! "It took 10 years for us to get here," Alexander shared. "We always said we would wait until it was legal. But thank God we waited because this was unbelievable!" A Times Square wedding on New Year's Eve? Yup, we'd say that's a pretty good way to sum it up!

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