It was a wedding that helped make history – as Kyle Emerson and Richie Wood said their vows at midnight in the splendour of a Sheffield Town Hall reception room.
The pair became one of the first in the country to tie the knot as the new equal marriage laws came into effect.
Sixty friends and family were there to join in the celebrations as well as a further 25 special guests – including MPs Paul Blomfield, Meg Munn and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper.
“It was absolutely fantastic and the whole thing seems to go by in a flash,” said Kyle, aged 25, who lives with 28-year-old Richie in Hillsborough.
“Everyone said you should try to take it all in, that it was your day, but suddenly the chimes were going for midnight and soon after we were married.
“The reception was in the mirror room and the wedding was in the Mandela Room – it looked really beautiful, it was like it was a state ceremony,” he said.
“There was a real buzz in the air and it was a fantastic evening in a lovely location.”
Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley addressed guests, emphasising this was no ordinary wedding, but it was Yvette Cooper who had the biggest surprise for the couple.
“She gave us a copy of the same sex marriage bill from Parliament and she’d had it personally signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg,” Kyle said.
“It was a really nice touch and a wonderful wedding present.”
Kyle and Richie met after kissing as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve seven years ago and have been together ever since.
Their big night started at 8pm with champagne and the festivities went on till well past 1am – with some of the guests then going elsewhere to continue the party.
“But not us,” Kyle said.
“We were straight off to bed, we were absolutely shattered.
“I suppose we had been a little nervous but we were happy to be together and we knew it was the right thing to do after being together for the last seven years.”
The couple’s next task is to book a honeymoon but do not know where yet.
Kyle added: “It was great to contribute to a little bit of history although with all the attention and everything it did get a little crazy.
“It was a wonderful, joyous occasion but it was all a bit of a whirlwind.”