Congratulations to Austrian lesbian couple Nicole Kopaunik and Daniela Paier, both 37, who became the first same-sex couple to legally wed in Austria since same-sex marriage became law on January 1, 2019.
The couple said their vows to each other at five minutes past midnight on January 1.
“Our wedding was at night time, surrounded by burning flames on the grounds of Casino Velden with its perfect view of Lake Wörth. It took place in a wonderfully decorated white tent, with candles all over, right after the fireworks on New Year’s Eve – it was so special and amazing,” said Nicole Kopaunik.
“Daniela and I have been engaged for almost 4 years. We decided to wait with our wedding until the Austrian law would be in force and all marriages would be equal. When it was finally clear that the decision and law would be enforced, we knew 2019 will definitely be our wedding year!”
The wedding was planned by Alexandra Wagner, Andrea Dreger-Wicht and Sabine Gran from Pink Wedding Austria and held in Velden, Southern Austria, with the help of the mayor. The planners vetted the location and vendors to ensure they understood and appreciated the LGBTI community before choosing them as partners for the special event.
“We are more than happy, that we, #PinkWeddingAustria, were able to initiate and organize this first same-sex marriage in Austria,” said the planners.
“We strongly hoped, but we did not know till the end, if Nicole & Daniela will really be the FIRST to be married in Austria.”
It’s been a rocky road towards equality for the Catholic country, with same-sex couples granted registered partnerships with limited rights in 2010. After several court challenges were dismissed, in December 2017 Austria’s constitutional court finally struck down the ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, ruling that same-sex couples will have the right to marry as of January 1, 2019.