Equal marriage passed in the Australian parliament on December 9 but, thanks to the traditional 30-day waiting period, most same-sex couples had to wait until January 9 to tie the knot. (A few couples got special exemptions to marry early.)
Below, browse images from some of the first same-sex weddings from Down Under. Love wins!
3.5 years ago I performed my first ceremony which was Corey and Pat’s commitment ceremony. Today, my journey came full circle as I attended their wedding on the first day same sex marriage became legal in Australia. I was enormously honoured to do so. For them, it’s been 10 years of patience to say I do. Today it finally happened. Today their love was finally seen as real, just and equal. #lovewins
Hundreds of couples had their ceremonies at the stroke of midnight, like Gillian Brady and Lisa Goldsmith (above) who were wed at The Court in Perth.
Australian Commonwealth Games sprinters Craig Burns (above, right) and Luke Sullivan were wed at Summergrove Estate in New South Wales at 12:01am, timing it so the official, legally binding words were said once the date turned over.
G O O D M O R N I N G Happy 9th of January – for those playing along at home, it’s the first official day Same Sex Marriage is legal in Australia! *applause* Overnight, two very special brides got very specially married in some very special @gingerandgoldbridal outfits! They were wed at an epic party thrown by some of the wedding industries finest, all in the name of love and equality! We are so teary and happy to have been apart of history in this way and can’t wait to see more epic photos from @christianmarcphotography! Have a great day everyone! ❤️ @thealtarelectric @gooddayrentals_vintage @mahatiamercy @teeganandco @lovekittypimms @lunar_red_films @goodgraceandhumour @fatandskinnycatering @notelmelbourne @ferdydurkebar @katemakeupart #realbride
✨congratulations to these beautiful ladies on their wedding at midnight 09.01.17, the first day same sex couples were allowed to legally marry in this country. It makes my heart burst with pride that we fought for this change and we changed the world… beautiful photograph by the very talented @christianmarcphotography we can’t wait to see more pics of this epic celebration!
One couple, Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus, had been together for 30 years—and have had more than a dozen commitment ceremonies. But their wedding Tuesday at the David Williamson Theatre at Melbourne Polytechnic in Prahran was the first one to make them legal spouses. The men met at the school as students in 1987.
“Ron, together we fought for this,” McManus said in his vows. “And, darling man, we won.”