This loved-up couple have been together for three years, engaged for 18 months and “coincidentally ended up being married on the first weekend after same-sex marriage became legal,” the grooms tell us. “We had the pleasure of hearing those magic words for the first time: ‘Marriage is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others.’ When our beautiful celebrant, Clare, read this out, the crowd went wild. It was truly perfect.” We agree, guys. And caught on camera by the lovely Zoe Morley Photography, it means we all get to witness this epic union…

THE PROPOSALWe were away for our one year anniversary in the Kangaroo Valley.  Mikie sat me down and gave me this amazing scrapbook of photos documenting our first year together. I cried like a baby from page one. It was the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever received. I still cherish the scrapbook so much, that when our fire alarm goes off I take it out with me. So, I’m flicking through the scrapbook and at the end Mikie’s throws in some clues for another present. There are photos of him at Tiffany’s sipping champagne and buying something. I was really confused and before I knew it the last clue said ‘will you…’ and just like that Mikie was on one knee proposing.”

THE VENUE “We didn’t want that gap in between the ceremony and reception where guests have to travel around. So Gunners Barracks was perfect. We could have the ceremony and reception on site and back-to-back.”

FAVOURITE DETAILS “I loved our flowers. Our florist (friend) made the most divine bouquets for the groomsmaids and it was great to have a pop of colour when everything else was white and light colours. The canopy that she made for the ceremony added to the theme and the table settings were superb.”

DIY “We had a commemorative tea towel made up as our bomboniere. It was a fun palm print with a simple ‘m+m 2018’ on it.  We folded it up, popped some brown string around it with a name tag and it doubled as our place setting.”

WE’RE GLAD WE… “Being two guys, we needed to think about how we walked down the aisle and I’m really happy with where we landed. We started with our groomsmaids walking down in pairs. Two of Michael’s, then two of mine… Then we had our parents walk us to the start of the aisle, before we sent them down one set at a time. Then it was our turn. We always wanted to walk down the aisle together. We both deserved that ‘bride’ moment, somehow perfectly timed so that we came down when Mariah was hitting those really high notes in Endless Love.”

STANDOUT VENDORS “Our photographer Zoe was the highlight for us. She made us feel so great about ourselves and this meant we ended up with the best photos ever. We look like models! She was so excited to be a part of one of the first legal gay marriages in Australia and her energy really got us to shine even more than you normally do on your wedding day. Plus, she wore the biggest love heart hoop earrings I’ve ever seen. Zoe is a dream and we adore her.”

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