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Australia's first legal same-sex weddings happened on the weekend, and they were beautiful

We’re crying.

By Jessica Chandra

Two lesbian couples made history over the weekend by being the first people in Australia to celebrate same-sex weddings in the country!

Lauren Price and Amy Laker from Sydney, and Amy and Elise MacDonald from Melbourne, tied the knot in their respective ceremonies in front of their loved ones.

Amy Laker and Lauren Price's wedding in Sydney
Amy Laker and Lauren Price's wedding in Sydney

Even though same-sex marriage became legal in Australia earlier this month, couples were advised that they probably wouldn't be able to marry until January 9, 2018, because the government usually needs a month's notice before any couple gets married.

But both of these beautiful couples managed to override the one-month rule because they had people flying in from overseas for their civil ceremony, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Lauren Price and Amy Laker's wedding in Sydney
Lauren Price and Amy Laker's wedding in Sydney

Lauren and Amy, who both wore white gowns and were pronounced wife and wife in front of 65 loved ones at Macarthur Park in Camden, were able to get special permission from Births, Deaths and Marriages NSW because Lauren's family from Wales had already paid to come over.

It was their celebrant, Janice Bradley, who encouraged them to change their civil union to a legal marriage, and that's exactly what they did.

Lauren Price and Amy Laker's wedding in Sydney
Lauren Price and Amy Laker's wedding in Sydney

The same goes for Amy and Elise MacDonald, because Amy's family had travelled from Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates.

Another same-sex couple, Cas Willow and Heather Richards, has also been granted special permission to marry in the coming week, but their story is more heartbreaking.

Cas, 53, and Heather, 56, have been together for 17 years, but want to marry ASAP because Cas has a terminal illness.

"I don't even know if I'll make it to Christmas, let alone January 9, so they allowed us to get married early," Cas said.

The angels at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where Cas is being treated, are doing everything they can - including donating catering, goods and services - so the couple can have their special day.