When Florida lifted its ban on same-sex marriage, celebrity chef Art Smith started planning a wedding….a very BIG wedding. Smith, a Florida native, wanted to have a “101 Gay Weddings” event. He started inviting same-same couples via social media to participate in the free wedding.
“I believe not only celebrating this momentous occasion, but we also need to keep in mind there are still people, people around our country, who still don’t have the rights,” he told The Miami Herald. “It’s important we show the utmost respect and encouragement to these young couples who want to be married. And why not marry them in style?”
Smith says he chose 101 as the final number because he was inspired by the movie, 101 Dalmatians. He also wanted to take a jab at Pam Bondi, Florida’s Attorney General, who has been an opponent of lifting the State’s ban on same-sex marriage. Smith compares Bondi to Cruella De Vil because she wanted to prevent equality in Florida.
Guy Fieri, the host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, officiated the mass wedding ceremony in Miami Florida. He added his own flare to the event by wearing a purple suit, numerous pieces of jewelry and his famous multi-colored goatee. Fieri reportedly agreed to officiate the wedding in honor of his late sister, who was a lesbian.
Art Smith, who has cooked for Oprah Winfrey, invited some of the nation’s top chefs who were in town for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival to assist in preparing the feast. After the numerous couples were married, they enjoyed a wedding feast that included a seven-tier cake made by Duff Goldman, star of the television show Ace of Cakes.