Written by Jessica - Posted July 4th - Photographs by A Brit & A Blonde
Breken Elwood & Carter Etherington said their “I do’s” on Sunday in front of close to a million people during Toronto’s very fabulous Pride Parade. Yes that’s right: a million! We have shot weddings in some pretty amazing places – but shooting on a parade float surrounded by so much love was mind blowing. No doubt the biggest gay wedding ever! Work it!
BEST. WEDDING. GUESTS. EVER. Tens of thousands of people from all walks of life and from all over the country and the globe witnessed their big day. And not one invitation or save the date was sent out! The cheers for the length of the parade never let up for a second. From when Breken & Carter walked down the aisle hand in hand to when they exchanged rings and I do’s. When the grooms kissed as husband & husband – the crowd went wild. It was the most emotional wedding we have ever shot and beyond incredible to be a part of it all. Jason was on the float and I shot from the street level capturing all the excitement. Humanist wedding officiant Mary Beaty conducted the ceremony.
Breken & Carter won a contest put on by Tourism Toronto to get the word out about Toronto Pride. The prize: airfare, hotel accommodations at the Windsor Arms Hotel and an official marriage ceremony during Toronto pride. This amazing idea was from Tourism Toronto’s ad agency CP&B. And it certainly was the crowd and media favourite! The journalists and cameras flocked to the float like Carrie Bradshaw to a new pair of Manolo’s.
“It’s overwhelming. It’s like the biggest hug you’ve ever received. It’s unbelievable” said Breken when interviewed by the press.
The guys are from NYC and flew down on Thursday. We shot their super intimate and wonderful wedding at the Windsor Arms hotel on Saturday. Their bestest friends were on hand for the big moment and celebration. Guest count: 8. It was perfect. We will be doing a blog post to share photos from this very elegant and magical day.
Nothing could have prepared them for the overflow of love, congratulations and amazingness that came their way during the parade. Tears of joy streaming from their faces and from those in the crowd – and behind our cameras!
It was an incredibly amazing day. Difficult to really put into words how it felt to be a part of it all. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Ontario since June 2003. But this was certainly the biggest and best gay wedding ever.
Long. Live. Love.