Same-sex marriage is not legal in Illinois, but that did not stop Season 1 Idol, Jim Verraros from marrying his partner Bill Brennan in a ceremony on Sunday. Congrats to the happy couple! via People:
From the matching Tom Ford bowties to the unity sand ceremony to the 10-ft. ice sculpture bar, the wedding of American Idol’s Jim Verraros to entrepreneur Bill Brennan on Sunday was planned down to the last detail.
“Every little choice reflected who we are, ” says Verraros, who finished ninth on Idol’s first season. “It was the most beautiful day.”
The couple, who wed at the Oak Brook Hills Resort in Illinois, exchanged self-penned vows under dragonwood trees decorated with white hydrangeas, orchids and roses. The singer, 26, in a tuxedo by Ermenegildo Zegna and shoes by Christian Dior, walked down the aisle strewn with white rose petals to the tunes of a classical trio playing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Air.”
The outdoor event included a unity sand ceremony in which the couple and their family members poured individual glasses of colored sand into a large vase.
“Since this is a gay wedding, we wanted both traditional touches as well as original ones, ” says Verraros, whose father Nicholas Verraros and Brennan’s father William Sr. served as best men.
“Gay marriage is not legal in Illinois, ” Verraros says, “but we wanted the day to be a reflection of our love and commitment to each other as well as a statement to other gay couples in Illinois.”