Couple ties the knot in Gympie first
PERFECT Easter weather blessed Gympie's first gay civil union when Ricky Klingsporn and Martin Steere made their love and commitment to each other official before a gathering of 60 friends and family at Monkland.
An elated Martin yesterday described the ceremony on Saturday, and ensuing reception, as "absolutely wonderful" and "just an amazing day".
The pair was "married" at 1pm with Martin, his mum and his matron of honour, Danni Katthagen, arriving at the rural residential property in two convertibles - a silver Peugeot and a navy blue Astra.
Ricky's brother and family travelled from Tasmania for the occasion as a surprise, and other members of Ricky's family came from Albury-Wodonga in New South Wales.
Martin's sister, nephew and niece drove from Rockhampton and Ricky's son Taime Klingsporn travelled from Albury-Wodonga to act as ring bearer.
Standing beside Ricky was his "best woman" Sherrin Morphett who also made the spectacular, three-tiered wedding cake later enjoyed at the reception.
Conducting the ceremony was celebrant Bernadette Wright.
A traditional Celtic stone throwing ceremony took place while verses of poetry written by Martin were read to the crowd.
After the photos, the guests and wedding party headed for the Orchid Room at the RSL for the reception, which featured music by a DJ, the son of the matron of honour, who travelled from Mackay for the occasion.
There were also two special 20-minute drag show productions by Martin's friends from Brisbane - Ella Vader, Emma Hardjet and Aleasha Roundyaneck.
The wedding cake featured one tier of dark chocolate mud cake, one tier of white chocolate mud cake (with both tiers iced in white ganache with shards of white chocolate and butterflies), and a top tier of fruit cake iced traditionally and covered in gold butterflies.
The happy couple plans to enjoy a honeymoon in Maleny at the end of May.
They hope to travel to England at the end of the year to see the rest of Martin's friends and family.
An elated Martin yesterday described the ceremony and ensuing reception as 'absolutely wonderful' and 'just an amazing day'