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Two grooms won ‘wedding of the year’ for 2019 after a spectacular display of waterfall fireworks, a change of costume and guest appearance by Real Housewives from Melbourne star Gina Liano in a celebration that was ‘unique to them’.

Daniel, 36 and Michael Montgomery-Morgan, 34, from Melbourne, made the decision on April 5, 2019, eight years after their meeting through their mutual hairdresser in 2011.

The special day, where the reception gathered at the luxurious Metropolis Events in Southbank, cost the couple $ 120,000 because they didn’t want their friends and family to donate on travel, accommodation or clothing.

“The original budget that we had in mind was $ 45,000, but things are increasing very quickly. Renting one strip of carpet costs $ 1,000 for a wedding. We paid for all the wedding party clothes, our parents and my aunt flew over from London, “Michael told FEMAIL.

Daniel, 36 and Michael Montgomery-Morgan, 34, based in Melbourne, took the knot on April 5, 2019, eight years after their meeting at their mutual hairdresser in 2011

Daniel, 36 and Michael Montgomery-Morgan, 34, based in Melbourne, took the knot on April 5, 2019, eight years after their meeting at their mutual hairdresser in 2011

The couple had a mixed sex party filled with their best friends and brothers and sisters (photo)

The couple had a mixed sex party filled with their best friends and brothers and sisters (photo)

The couple had a mixed sex party filled with their best friends and brothers and sisters (photo)

“We didn’t want them to spend anything extra. Both Daniel and I work very hard and save very hard. We have wanted this for a long time and have done it all by ourselves. ”

That family-oriented feeling goes back to the couple’s original meeting, when Daniel took care of a terminally grandparent.

It was Michael’s patience with Daniel in this time and deep understanding that turned four months from casual dating into a full-fledged relationship.

Their relationship culminated in a proposal on Daniel’s 30th birthday – “Michael stole the spotlight that day” – in which Daniel gave him an identical ring back on his partner’s birthday.

But when gay marriage was legalized in Australia in December 2017, the men were in no hurry to walk down the aisle, somewhat hesitant to share their marriage, given ‘there were some people who voted no’.

It was Michael's patience with Daniel in this time, and deeply understood, that four months of casual dating turned into a full-fledged relationship (in the photo)

It was Michael's patience with Daniel in this time, and deeply understood, that four months of casual dating turned into a full-fledged relationship (in the photo)

It was Michael’s patience with Daniel in this time, and deeply understood, that four months of casual dating turned into a full-fledged relationship (in the photo)

But when gay marriage was legalized in Australia in December 2017, the men were in no hurry to walk down the aisle, somewhat hesitant to share their marriage, given 'there were some people who voted no'

But when gay marriage was legalized in Australia in December 2017, the men were in no hurry to walk down the aisle, somewhat hesitant to share their marriage, given 'there were some people who voted no'

But when gay marriage was legalized in Australia in December 2017, the men were in no hurry to walk down the aisle, somewhat hesitant to share their marriage, given ‘there were some people who voted no’

They don’t have to worry, with a 12-month schedule that led to the most “positive” experience with everyone, from the sellers to the audience witnessing their wedding photos on the streets of Melbourne that encouraged them.

“People clapped and congratulated us when we posed for photos in public. It really was a memorable moment from the day, “said Daniel.

The couple wanted to follow ‘some traditions’, but also wanted it to feel like ‘their day’ and the ceremony was a reflection of both personalities.

So they got ready together, read letters they had written to each other, had a mixed sex feast, and both their “very supportive” parents walked them down the aisle.

As the ‘main organizer’, Michael was given the task of wearing the spreadsheet and the budgets, so that they could wear both a tuxedo and a glitter suit for both the formal aspects and the reception, with a bit of ‘drama’ in pyrotechnics and confetti for the last part of the evening.

As the 'main organizer', Michael was given the task of carrying the spreadsheet and the budgets, so that they could wear both a tuxedo and a glitter suit, each for the formal aspects and the reception, with a bit of 'drama' in pyrotechnics and confetti for the last part of the evening

As the 'main organizer', Michael was instructed to wear the spreadsheet and the budgets, so that they could wear both a tuxedo and a glitter suit, each for the formal aspects and the reception, with a bit of 'drama' in pyrotechnics and confetti for the last part of the evening

As the ‘main organizer’, Michael was instructed to wear the spreadsheet and the budgets, so that they could wear both a tuxedo and a glitter suit, each for the formal aspects and the reception, with a bit of ‘drama’ in pyrotechnics and confetti for the last part of the evening

They had the most 'epic' amount of flowers on the tables and around the edge of the setting, knowing that they wanted to decorate their hugely popular location to the 'extreme' (photo is the cake)

They had the most 'epic' amount of flowers on the tables and around the edge of the setting, knowing that they wanted to decorate their hugely popular location to the 'extreme' (photo is the cake)

They had the most ‘epic’ amount of flowers on the tables and around the edge of the setting, knowing that they wanted to decorate their hugely popular location to the ‘extreme’

They had the most ‘epic’ amount of flowers on the tables and at the edge of the setting, knowing that they wanted to decorate their hugely popular location to ‘extreme’.

“When you walk into space, it’s just breathtaking,” said Daniel.

Gina Liano’s surprise entry as their celebrant was a big part of the day, with both men wanting to “treat” their guests to her fantastic charms.

“We have a great friendship with her and she had recently become a civil party. She was sober, “Daniel said.

One advice they received before the wedding was to take a moment together, take a step back, and take everything before the night was over.

“Those were good words of wisdom because we did that and it was one of my favorite parts of the day,” Michael said.

One advice they received before the wedding was to take a moment together, take a step back, and take everything before the night was over

One advice they received before the wedding was to take a moment together, take a step back, and take everything before the night was over

One advice they received before the wedding was to take a moment together, take a step back, and take everything before the night was over

The space they rented overlooked the Southbank region of Melbourne and it was a breathtaking backdrop

The space they rented overlooked the Southbank region of Melbourne and it was a breathtaking backdrop

The space they rented overlooked the Southbank region of Melbourne and it was a breathtaking backdrop

They went on a seven-week trip through Europe to celebrate before returning to a nomination for “wedding of the month” from Easy weddings.

Their celebration – which had won for April – was on the website as a blog, before bumping into the 12 other winners in the year for ‘wedding of the year for 2019’.

The public chose their three favorite when Easy Weddings chose their overall favorite on Valentine’s Day 2020, and it turned out to be the Montgomery Morgans who took the crown.

They won six nights in an Ocean Villa in Heritance Aarah with their own private butler, including all meals and drinks – and $ 2500 in spending money.

“It was such a shock – and honor – to win. We are the first gays to ever win a big wedding competition. We plan to celebrate our first birthday in April, “said Daniel

“It was such a shock – and honor – to win. We are the first gays to ever win a big wedding competition. We plan to celebrate our first birthday in April, “said Daniel.

They hoped by sharing their marriage – and the story behind them as a couple – that it would promote a different side of the gay community.

“Michael and I are very non-typical gays. People see gays at marches and rally, but you would never see us there, we live a very normal life, “said Daniel.

“We live in the suburbs with three French Bulldogs. Sharing our story involves risks, but it was not only Michael and I who won this prize, it is our entire community. We as a whole are progressive and challenge people’s perception.

“And we are so honored to be able to do that.”

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