Two Grooms, 20 Thousand Roses & a Million Dollar Budget

This article originally appears in the March 2019 edition of Women’s Day - download the article here.

Sydney couple Damien and Luke held an amazing four-day celebration of their love.

It was a wedding like few others and certainly a traffic stopper in the sleepy NSW mid-north coast town of Forster when Damien Kolbas and Luke Williams tied the knot! With a mouth-watering budget, the grooms pulled off the most lavish gay marriage celebration since Aussies voted overwhelmingly to legalise same sex marriage in 2017.

Our double-page feature spread in Women's day, March 2019

Our double-page feature spread in Women's day, March 2019

The OTT event, which played out over four days in the grounds of Palmyra B&B at Rainbow Flat, included a curtain of 250,000 Swarovski crystals and a stage encrusted with a million diamante crystals, where the couple exchanged vows. The 320 guests gasped in delight when Damien, who wore a show-stopping $18,000 Swarovski crystal beaded jacket and a $15,000 crown, and Luke, who wore a $12,000 George Elsissa jacket, pledged their love for each other. “It was everything we dreamed of and more,” Luke, 31, a national retail executive and event planner says. Damien, who is a childcare director, says he was overwhelmed at how perfect it was.

Guests were required to bring nine outfits for the four days, and were treated to a fireworks display, a nine-tier wedding cake and a spectacular marquee decorated with one million diamantes.