Neighbours has released a wonderful clip of the first gay wedding on Australian TV
Neighbours has allowed fans a sneak peek of what it’s calling “the wedding of the year” – and it looks amazing.
Long-term partners Aaron Brennan and David Tanaka adorably proposed to each other on the show in May.
And the country’s longest-running drama – which has been on our screens for 33 years – will feature Australia’s first ever same-sex wedding when David and Aaron tie the knot on September 3.
Ahead of the ceremony, the programme has invited fans to join in the festivities with a trailer involving footage from the wedding.
The clip shows the couple walking down the aisle before Aaron says: “I, Aaron James Brennan, choose to share my life with you, David Yoshi Tanaka.”
It’s an uplifting, joyful clip, but we would forgive you for shedding a tear at that point.
Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron, said in May that it was a step he had wanted the show to make ever since Australia’s Parliament legalised same-sex marriage in December, following an overwhelming win for the ‘Yes’ side in the country’s postal vote.
“The general consensus from everyone in my groups is that Australia is so far behind and it was almost embarrassing,” Wilson said.
“So the fact that it happened and Aaron and David are at that stage in their relationship where they are going to get married, we may be the first gay couple to get married on Australian television since it’s become legal.”
And Wilson said that as far as he was concerned, it was about time.
“I keep saying to them, we have got to get this done, if Home And Away comes and does it before us, if some other show does it before us, we’re stuffed,” he said.
“We’ve got to win the race.
“No matter what, it’s going to be special but being the first ones to do it, that just makes it even bigger.”
Wilson continued: “I want it all. I’ve been trying to get this wedding to happen for some time now.
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“I remember going into the writing department and I will just go ‘Aaron and David, getting married’ and I think I started throwing that out about a year ago or even more.
“I feel like I’ve got a lot of ownership over this, so I want it to be perfect. I’m starting to feel like a bit of a groomzilla,” he added.
“I hope they make it big, I want it colourful, I want old cast to come back for it, I don’t know if that is possible, I want it to be the wedding of the year.”
He said the relationship had a “huge” significance in Australia, explaining: “We get messages through Twitter and Instagram and the rest from people who are so happy that Aaron and David are a couple on television because it gives them more confidence in their lives.
“We’ve had people thank us for giving them the ability to come out and I don’t know what I did, I just read the words on the paper really, but when you realise the impact that it actually has, it’s the biggest heart-warming feeling that you could get.”
Watch the beautiful trailer here: