Camden’s Macarthur Park hosts Australia’s first legal same-sex wedding

Lauren Price and Amy Laker wed at Camden's Macarthur Park today. Picture: Equal Marriage Rights Australia/Facebook
Lauren Price and Amy Laker wed at Camden's Macarthur Park today. Picture: Equal Marriage Rights Australia/Facebook

It was an historic day at Macarthur Park on Saturday, when Narellan couple Amy Laker and Lauren Price tied the knot.

Not only was it a special day for the brides, it was also a history-making occasion for the nation – their wedding marked the first legal same-sex marriage in Australia.

Ms Laker, 29, told the Advertiser it was a “great feeling” to marry the love of her life.

“It felt amazing, both Lauren and I couldn’t look anyone in the crowd in the eye because we would have started crying,” she said. 

“I love that I get to call her my wife."

The government passed legislation through Parliament on December 8 which legally allowed same-sex couples to marry.

While most same-sex couples must wait until at least January 9 to make their unions legal, Ms Price and Ms Laker were given a special exception to the mandatory 30-day wait as Lauren’s family were already flying in from Wales.

“We had to apply at Birth, Deaths and Marriages to have that wait period waived,” Ms Laker said.

“We had to write a report and then wait for them to make their decision.

“When they came out and said, ‘we’ve got some good news’ I just started bawling.

“I was ecstatic, just really chuffed.”

Ms Laker said the whole process was such a whirlwind they didn’t even get a chance to tell her wife’s family that the commitment ceremony they thought they were flying in for would now be a legal marriage.

The pair were not aware before their wedding that they would become the first legally married same-sex couple in Australia.

The wedding was attended by 65 of the couple’s nearest and dearest – including their dog Malibu (“he had to be a part of the wedding”), who served at ring bearer.

Ms Laker said the weekend was extra special as Sunday was Lauren’s 31st birthday.

The newlywed was thrilled to see the level of public support news of her wedding had garnered online.

“I’m so glad that there was a positive response, for the LGBTQI youth out there,” she said. “There were obviously some comments from haters, which Lauren and I have tried not to look at, but every time there was a negative comment people were questioning the poster straight away.”

Ms Laker thanked her celebrant Janice Bradley for her great support in making their marriage legal and her photographer for capturing the special day.

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