Exciting news for Australia! Coming hot on the heels of the country's decision to legalize gay marriage on December 7, one couple will go down in history as having the first Australian same-sex wedding.
Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, wasted no time tying the knot in southwest Sydney yesterday under the new Australian marriage law. The garden ceremony at Macarthur Park included 65 friends and family, with both brides stunning in sleeveless white wedding dresses.
Right before the ceremony, Price and Laker signed the certificates to officially legalize their marriage while seated at a long table with a decorative white tablecloth. Then, the couple exchanged vows and sealed their legal nuptials with a kiss underneath a flower-covered archway. Their wedding party featured two adorable flower girls and two bridesmaids in matching navy gowns.
Price and Laker dated for three years, and got engaged two years ago in France. Price proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The first Australian same-sex wedding wasn't expected to happen until January 9, 2018, since couples would have to notify Births, Deaths and Marriages NSW a month in advance. But these lucky lovebirds were allowed to wed earlier because Price's family had already paid for travel arrangements from Wales to attend the ceremony, according to Daily Mail.
They had originally planned a small commitment ceremony for the weekend at the British Consulate, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, which is why their families had planned to come visit, but the brides requested special access for financial reasons once the law passed.
Just two hours after Price and Laker's wedding, another couple, Amy and Elise McDonald, also tied the knot in Melbourne under the new marriage law yesterday—the second legal same-sex ceremony in Australia—treating their guests to an unexpected same-sex wedding surprise. Amy and Elise's parents both knew about the wedding, but the rest of the guests did not, thinking that it would just be a commitment ceremony. This duo also received early permission to marry because of family travels.
Several more same-sex couples have been granted exemptions and are also expected to marry before the 30-day waiting period.
Here's to the first of many legal same-sex marriages. And congrats to both pairs of brides for making Australian history and officially getting to say "I do!"