After 25 years together Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish wed. The pair have have had a civil partnership since 2005 after they had been together for 12 years. Now, after 25 years together the couple have married and shared the event with the world over Instagram #sharethelove. In an account Elton set up specifically for his wedding, fans were fed live updates throughout the day from the couple and their guests.
Same-sex marriage became legal in the UK on March 13 2014. Couples like Elton and David have been able to convert their commitment into marriage since December 10. The marriage ceremony took place exactly nine years to the day since the pairs civil union.
“I’m very proud of Britain and the laws that we’ve seen come into existence since we’ve been together,” John told US network NBC in March when same sex marriage became legal. “Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time — through the ’60s and the ’50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act. “So for this legislation (gay marriage) to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married.’ We will get married,” he said.
The ceremony was held at their stunning Windsor estate in Berkshire in the UK. The 650 guests included David and Victoria Beckham, musician Ed Sheeran, Ringo Star and actor David Walliams. The couple have two sons Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John and Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John who clutched a white teddy bear throughout the ceremony.
The reception “wedding lunch” was elegant and classic. Tables were styled with large red rose arrangements, white table cloths, napkins with red ties, calligraphy hand written place tags and flowers on the back of the chairs. Sir Elton said: “The tables look stunning! We had red roses at our Civil Partnership 9 years ago and they brought us so much luck”.
Guests drank laurent-perrier rose and dined on wild mushroom soup with truffle cream, beef short rib and caramelised onion pie with roasted potatoes and parsnips in horseradish butter, and warm chocolate pudding with vanilla cream.