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France holds first gay marriage wedding fair

France’s first gay marriage fair has been held in Paris, just four days after it became the 14th country to legalise the ceremony for same-sex couples.

In austere times when traditional couples may be spending less on their weddings, many of those in the industry look forward to the opportunity to woo a new set of customers.

Wedding photographer, Alexia Gallouin, is one of them:

“It’s a brand new market for us,” she said. “These are customers that we aren’t used to reaching out to. It’s also a way for us to show our work to the gay community, to get people to know us.”

It also attracted some international attention; Udi Tzvieli from Israel and his partner Hakan Steenberg, from Stockholm, popped to Paris for the weekend and thought the fair was a fabulous idea.

“I haven’t seen a fair like this for same-sex couples before so I think it’s very important,” Hakan said.

“That’s why we wanted to come today and I’ve seen a lot of nice stuff here. Like the invitation cards, like the photographers that display same-sex couples, I think it’s really nice.”

Same-sex marriage still polarises opinion in France and police officers were stationed outside the fair after violent clashes erupted during anti-gay marriage demonstrations in recent weeks.

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