Famous Pairs: A Roundup of Details We Love (and Could Love) From Gay Celeb Nuptials

With same sex-marriage slowly but surely becoming legally recognized across the country, many celebrity couples are throwing weddings comparable to their heterosexual contemporaries. Here, Equally Wed has rounded up the best personal touches from memorable ceremonies, as well as what we imagine for the weddings of engaged gay celebrity couples.

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-elton-john Sir Elton John and David Furnish
WEDDING DATE: 12.21.05

The couple, together since 1993, jumped at the chance to marry the day same-sex marriage was legalized in England. They exchanged vows in matching black morning suits at the beautiful Windsor Guildhall, capping off the vows with a lavish reception where vintage pink champagne flowed like water.

Photo courtesy of IMF

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-alan-cumming Alan Cumming, OBE and Grant Shaffer
WEDDING DATE: 01.07.07
The actor and the illustrator kicked off their ceremony by sailing down the Thames to the Old Royal Naval College. The couple walked down the aisle to the theme from Cumming’s film Circle of Friends. They exited to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend,” then headed to a rented ice rink for their first skate.

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-ellen-degeneres-portia-di-rossi Ellen DeGeneres and Portia di Rossi
WEDDING DATE: 08.16.08
The lovely ladies chose to celebrate their love by having a quiet outdoor ceremony. Guests sat on lush floor pillows surrounded by candles. After the “I dos,” guests were served an entirely vegan menu, a reflection of the couple’s affinity for animal rights.

Photo courtesy of The Ellen Show

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-george-takei-wedding-pictures George Takei and Brad Altman
WEDDING DATE: 09.14.08
The couple, together for 21 years, tied the knot in a multi-cultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. The ceremony was officiated by a Buddhist priest, Native American wedding bands were exchanged, and a Japanese Koto harp and bagpipe procession provided the music.

Photo courtesy of FlynetPictures.com

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-jane-lynch Jane Lynch and Dr. Lara Embry
WEDDING DATE: 06.03.10
The couple kept their Massachusetts nuptials very low key—they only had 19 guests, all close friends and family. A friend who became ordained especially for the occasion performed the ceremony. After their vows, guests dined on New England staples such as lobster and sea bass.

Photo courtesy of TrueFramePhotography.com

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-neil-patrick-harris-david-burtka Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
For the actor and his partner of seven years, we picture a formal yet fabulous affair in a glittering metropolis such as Manhattan. After swapping “I dos,” Harris, backed by a Broadway chorus, could perform an original song and dance as a tribute to his partner.

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-cynthia-nixon-and-christine-marinoni Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
The actress and the education activist and stay-at-home mom could tie their love of education and the arts into the celebration of their love for each other by accepting a donation to their favorite charities in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. With the recent passage of gay marriage in their home state, a wedding could be right around the corner for these new mothers.

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-rufus-wainwright Rufus Wainwright and Jörn Weisbrodt
We imagine this affair to pay homage to the glamour of Old Hollywood, with the ceremony held in a vintage theatre. While guests wait for the couple to walk down the aisle, a pianist playing romantic music of the era as clips from romantic films showing on a screen could entertain them.

Photo courtesy of PacificCoastNews.com

summer-gay-weddings-celebrities-chely-wright-lauren-blitzer-engaged Chely Wright and Lauren Blitzer
The country star plans to marry her fiancée in August. As Wright had a very public coming out last year, we picture her nuptials to be quite the opposite—a quiet and intimate ceremony, followed by food and drinks at their favorite place to eat, such as a diner.