Art Smith — chef, cookbook author, and former right-hand man to Oprah — hosted a gigantic wedding for "more than two dozen same-sex couples on Miami Beach" over the weekend, reports the Associated Press. The mass nuptials come in the wake of Florida's January repeal of its same-sex marriage ban.
My #BelovedBrothers I heart you.I cried laughed.Thank you so much @GuyFieri @ChopTedAllen @Duff_Goldman @debililly pic.twitter.com/u7NSQpiFgL— Chef Art Smith (@ChefArtSmith) February 22, 2015
The star-studded festivities held during the annual South Beach Food & Wine Festival featured a cameo by none other than walking firecracker Guy Fieri, who "officiated the ceremony in honor of his late sister who was a lesbian." The menu included "fried chicken, grilled lamb, crab-stuffed avocados, empanadas and a seven-tier gold and silver cake" by Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman. Smith, quoting a Taylor Swift song, told the crowd, "I felt like it was important for us to show the haters, just shake it off."
Smith announced last month he would host the ceremony free of charge for anyone on Twitter who tweeted him with the hashtag #101GayWeddings; AP says "he chose the number after the movie '101 Dalmatians' to shame Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has ardently fought to keep same-sex marriage from becoming legal."
Smith is certainly no stranger to extravagant weddings: His own nuptials to artist Jesus Salguiero took place in Washington D.C. back in 2010 and featured a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial, catering by a whopping 14 different executive chefs, and music provided by Moby.