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Get married at the Toronto Botanical Garden during WorldPride 2014

Photo courtesy of Lorraine Pigeon Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photo courtesy of Lorraine Pigeon

Weddings

Get married at the Toronto Botanical Garden during WorldPride 2014

What: My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding, a free, mass wedding ceremony during WorldPride Toronto 2014.

Where: The Perennial Border, a brand new event space at the Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto

When: June 25, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Who: "My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding" is especially for all LGBT love-birds planning to renew their vows or make their commitment official during WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.  At press time, the Toronto Botanical Garden was inviting 20 gay couples to submit an application -- and each could bring 10 of their friends and family to attend.

Why: "We at the Toronto Botanical Gardens are extending a warm welcome to all LGBT couples, worldwide, who are visiting Toronto during WorldPride," says Liz Hood, Director of Education at the Toronto Botanical Garden. "We're inviting these couples to come and get married -- for free -- at the Toronto Botanical Gardens. Many gay couples around the world, depending where they live, may not be able to be out, or have the right to be married, and so why not celebrate couples who want to come and be married?"

The Perennial Border is designed with all flowers reflecting the colours of the rainbow, the international symbol of diversity and LGBT inclusivity.

This is a hallmark event for so many reasons. The battle for recognition of same-sex relationships around the world, and in Toronto, has been a long, difficult road. It's particularly fitting that we, in Canada, extend this ceremony to citizens of countries where same-sex marriage is illegal, and where discrimination based on sexual orientation continues to run rampant. And, for an institution as iconic as the Toronto Botanical Garden to host this event is important as well.

Well, you can bet your bottom begonias it wouldn't have happened 20 years ago. Today? It almost seems like a blooming miracle! Well done!

Happy Pride to all the happy couples!

For applications and information, visit Toronto Botanical Garden.

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My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'

The Toronto Botanical Garden offers a beautiful setting for couples looking to tie the knot.

By: Doug O'Neill Source: Janet Davis Credits: Canadian Living

My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding

Syringa 'Tinkerbelle'

From Syringa to Baptisia and everything in between, visitors are offered the ultimate floral treat.

By: Doug O'Neill Source: Janet Davis Credits: Canadian Living

My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding

The Perennial Border

The Perennial Border is the backdrop for Toronto's Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding, set to take place during WorldPride 2014.

By: Doug O'Neill Source: Lorraine Pigeon Credits: Canadian Living

My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding

Weeping Redbuds in spring

Embrace the outdoors and the beautifully manicured landscape of the Toronto Botanical Garden.

By: Doug O'Neill Source: Paul Zammit Credits: Canadian Living

My Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding

The Westview Terrace

The Toronto Botanical Garden offers different settings, including the stunning Westview Terrace. For more WorldPride events, check out our celebration of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.

By: Doug O'Neill Source: Lorraine Pigeon Credits: Canadian Living


Learn more about Toronto's historic Church Street, fun events happening around town and more about this fantastic event in our celebration of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto.  

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