This year's Mardi Gras was historic for so many reasons – the 'Yes' vote, same-sex marriage finally passing parliament and of course the 40th anniversary but for this happy couple, it was even more special. Amidst all the celebrations, rainbows and glitter James and Stuart were the first couple to ever be married on a Mardi Gras float, saying 'I do' during the parade with their celebrant in full Patsy Stone attire – amazing!
The newlyweds were joined by 65 groomsmaids and groomsmen all marching behind the float to Pet Shop Boys 'Absolutely Fabulous' and said their vows as they crossed the location of the rainbow crossing. This was an extra special moment for James, who created a global movement in 2013 of the 'DIY Rainbow' following the crossing being ripped up at Taylor Square.
After the parade festivities, James and Stuart were joined the next day at the Kings Cross Hotel by 120 of their family and friends to celebrate the historic moment with heartfelt speeches, cake cutting and a few stellar performances including Prada Clutch impersonating Cher.
"Without choosing suppliers who made big things so simple, who also support equal marriage and are sensitive to the needs of same sex couples, we wouldn't have been able to pull it off so smoothly."
"This is a new world for the LGBT+ community and to interact with people in the wedding world who understand things like the correct use of pronouns and welcome a same-sex couple as warmly as they would a straight couple is one less stress when planning everything."
"We didn't realise it when we decided to do it, but it took a village to pull off the first wedding at Mardi Gras, and the reception the following day."
Celebrant: Lesley Hancock. "A wedding like ours needed a huge character to be the celebrant. We asked Lesley to merge her two talents and bring to life Bolly swigging, fash mag slag from Absolutely Fabulous, Patsy Stone, as our official celebrant. Her friend and acting partner, Nathy Gaffney, joined in as hopeless PR, Edina Monsoon, to bring the iconic pair to life. Her unique ceremony entertained our guests, (and the Mardi Gras holding bay) and still managed to feel special and romantic. She really was the perfect match for us!"
Planner: Shari Carr. "Without her we wouldn't have had anything to wear, eat or drink!"
Float design: Isaac Beattie and Shari Carr.
Choreographer: Alice Marklew
Grooms suits: Stefanos Stefanou from Roman Daniels . "He created our fabulous sequinned suits to make sure we stood out on top of our wedding float, he incorporated even small details like our glittering corsages made by FAKE flowers."
Rings: Con and Eros from Colossus Jewellers in Earlwood. "They designed our unique matching rings in a short space of time and didn't flinch at any of our last minute requests. They are amazing guys and we are now wearing something so unique and special that we know they put a lot of care in to."
Reception: Kings Cross Hotel. "The incredible level of service they provided was second to none, from the moment we walked in they had everything under control and it ran like clockwork."
Cake: Faye Cahill Cake Design. "It was a show stopping wedding cake – delicious tiramisu and red velvet which included intricate details of our suits we'd worn the night before on the groom and groom wedding toppers. Faye welcomed us into her studio and listened to our brief, before designing our stunning three tier masterpiece which was out of this world."
Photographer: Phat Ngo
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