‘Soulmates’ among first same-sex couples to marry

MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Kylie Caro and Lisa Caro are married by Civial Marriage Celebrant Elizabeth Trevan in Wisteria Room in Centiennial Park, Sydney on 9 January 2018. Photo: Jessica HromasSame couples around the country are taking advantage of their new right and law to marry the person they choose regardless of gender. MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Kylie Caro and Lisa Caro with their baby daughter Isla, 1, are photographed on their wedding day in the pine forest in Centiennial Park, Sydney on 9 January 2018. Photo: Jessica Hromas

Eighteen months ago, Kylie and Lisa Caro walked down the aisle for the first time.

Wearing white gowns, they met at Centennial Park to pledge their love for one another in a commitment ceremony watched by family and friends.

But there was one thing the ceremony was unable to do: declare them legally wed.

On Tuesday, the couple again donned their dresses. This time they were getting married, after the government voted last year to legalise same-sex marriage.

Joined by their young daughter Isla, they walked down the aisle at Centennial Park in front of close family.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” Kylie said. “We’re both still on cloud nine.”

The pair, who started dating in 2013 and soon realised they were “soulmates”, are among the first couples to get married after the law officially changed on December 9.

At first, the couple had no desire to have their union legally recognised, but as debate grew they realised they were guarding their emotions in case politicians voted against marriage equality.

“We thought maybe in five or 10 years we might renew our vows and legalise it at that point, but as the bill changed and the emotions grew we realised we actually did want this more than we were letting on to ourselves,” Kylie said.

Kylie and Lisa contacted their marriage celebrant on December 8 and signed their notice of intended marriage the next day.

With other couples around the country, they waited the required one month, meaning Tuesday was the first possible day they could tie the knot.

“It feels like we’ve validated what we tried to do 18 months ago,” Kylie said on Tuesday afternoon.

“We had a beautiful wedding and it was a day we’ll always cherish, but there was that one really special element missing from it, and that was exactly what we got to fulfil this morning.”

Though the ceremony was small, Kylie said she allowed cameras in because it was important for her and Lisa to show their love to the rest of the country.

“For us, it was really important to share today and the joy it brought to us with , because I feel like without the voices that were heard during the postal vote, we wouldn’t have the privilege of standing there today, saying those legal vows,” Kylie said.

“I feel like this is our way of saying thanks and showing people that this is the joy we can now experience, all because our country had the voice to say ‘let these people have equal love’.”

To celebrate their first night as a married couple, Kylie and Lisa planned to have dinner with family at Restaurant 317 in Parramatta, where they had their first date. They hope to conceive a sibling for Isla, to be born by the end of the year.

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