Art Smith is at it again! Just a few months after throwing a free group wedding for 101 gay couples in Florida, the celebrity chef put on another extra-special complimentary wedding event this weekend for 101 same-sex couples — this time, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sunday's large-scale celebration is one of many recent same-sex group marriages to pop up lately. In addition to Art Smith's #101GayWeddings events, earlier this year newlywed Lance Bass attended a mass wedding in Ft. Lauderdale, and, of course, we can't forget how Queen Latifah officiated 33 gay couples's wedding at the 2014 Grammy's. But one could argue that this celebration was the most momentous of them all, as it so closely followed the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Friday decision to legalize gay marriage across the nation. That's definitely a reason to celebrate!
In addition to attendance by the famous Florida-born chef, who has been married to husband Jesus Salguiero for almost five years, the ceremony was officiated by none other than Billy Bean, one of Major League Baseball's first openly gay players, People reports, and DJ Tracy Young, who famously played Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie, provided the entertainment.
"The whole event was donated," Smith, who is Oprah Winfrey's former personal chef, said. "Fifteen chefs came on their own accord — on a Sunday, mind you — in support of this. It was fantastic. And Tracy Young was blowing out the music; she was absolutely wonderful."
After the vow exchange, celebrants and their guests were treated to a tasty reception menu of Georgia peach and tomato gazpacho with shrimp, Cuban black beans with rojo pork, grits, curried lamb, artisan cocktails and a cupcake wedding cake.
Smith said he started planning the event before Friday's ruling. "I wasn't sure it was going to happen, and I was fearful that all these people would not be legally married," the chef said. "It couldn't have been better."
Smith already has two more #101GayWeddings in the works, including ones in Mississippi and Ohio. "Every time I do these things, I call Oprah and I email Oprah and I say, 'What do you think?'" Smith, who lives in Chicago with his husband and their four adopted children, said. "She's given me tremendous courage. It's been really wonderful."
"What we're doing now is not about us, it's about the future," Smith added. "To me, doing it for the future is worth it."