The Irish version of Don’t Tell the Bride has featured a gay couple for the first time… and they went all out.
The reality show, which has 12 international versions, features one partner preparing an entire wedding while their partner is completely in the dark.
Other versions of the show have featured same-sex couples before – but RTE’s Irish version has this week featured the first gay wedding since equal marriage became law in Ireland.
The show features the wedding of Mark White and his partner Kerwin Villabolos – who went all-out in a military, World War One-themed wedding.
Mark White and his partner Kerwin Villabolos met four years ago in The Dragon, which was on Dublin’s George Street until it closed.
Although they entered a civil partnership in 2014, the pair said they have been eager to get married since the referendum passed.
“Civil partnership was amazing,” said Mark.
“It made us a unit but I think marriage offers so much more.”
Kerwin added that “this is the real thing”.
The show, which doesn’t let the bride take part in any of the day’s organisation, will keep exactly the same format for the pair.
Like all contestants, both Mark and Kerwin have very different ideas of what their wedding day will look like.
Although Kerwin would prefer a “white, modern, sleek and classy” look, it’s ultimately Mark who wins with his dream of an 1916-themed ceremony.
Marriage equality became legal in Ireland last year, after a referendum saw the constitution changed in a world first.
The vote, which passed with over 62% of people in favour, removed the gender specific clause from Ireland’s constitution, instead making it between two people – regardless of sex.