Love At First Flight: The Ultimate DIY, Gay Wedding


Last week, Toronto-based graphic designer, Michael DePippo, posted pictures of his beautiful marriage to his husband, Shaun Robinson. The theme of their wedding was ‘Love At First Flight’ due to the fact that they met each other at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Christmas Eve. They planned and designed the entire wedding themselves with the help of a few friends and family. The result was a unique, very DIY-chic, and memorable event.

The Invitations


The invites included a postcard and an airline ticket. Part of the postcards read:

Unlike most love at first sight tales, ours began at an airport one Xmas eve. We each were traveling alone, set to see our families. We shared a few glances. An introduction. Then somewhere between poor weather conditions, fate and a cancelled flight, we found ourselves seated side-by-side as the plane took off. And that’s how we plan to stay.

The Logo


Michael designed a logo based on the couple’s initials. Keeping with the theme, they look like airport codes.

The Venue


They had an intimate ceremony inside the Market Kitchen located inside the St Lawrence Market in Toronto. On each seat was a custom designed airsickness bag in case anyone experienced “(e)motions.”


The Ceremony


The couple’s officiant came dressed in a full pilot uniform and even customized the speech to stick with the theme of the wedding.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome aboard. I am your Captain, Daniel Brereton and on behalf of Shaun, Michael and the rest of the crew here at Love at First Flight airlines, I want to welcome you aboard flight 09/03/13 service from St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto to Who Knows Where! We are currently flying at about 249 ft above sea level, however our ultimate cruising altitude will depend on you….and how much you enjoy yourselves this evening.

The Food


Each guest was handed an inflight meal and Michael’s sister decorated the cupcakes.

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The Decorations


To save on money, the couple bought greenery from IKEA and replanted them in mason jars. They also stacked old suitcases around the venue and created handcrafted paper flowers made of street maps.

The Reception


The reception included a passport station and a surprise appearance by Katinka Kature.


The Wedding Favors


The favors included their favorite treat with a personal note.

It sounds like everyone had an amazing night including the happy couple. Michael goes into more detail about everything on his website, which also includes information about their suits and their cat Abbey. (All photos by Toy Piano, images courtesy of Michael DePippo.)


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  • tardis

    Very neat! I love DIY.

  • hyhybt

    Beautiful, though I don’t much like the implication that attendees might need a barf bag. (If and when I get married, anyone who would find the occasion vomit-inducing won’t be invited in the first place.)


    How sweet! AsdamHomo.

  • Mark

    See this is the real reason people oppose gay marriage, they know our weddings are infinitely more fabulous and stylish than those breeders could ever hope to achieve!

  • TinoTurner

    I guess my invitation got lost in the mail

  • hudson

    hey boys- here’s hoping the rest of the flight is as great as the take-off.
    cheers, Daryl

  • hudson

    Our wedding was also a DIYer. At home in the garden. The only real splurge was on an amazing caterer. The carport was turned into a garden tent- the inside was draped in fabric and cool lighting. The garden, with the help of a few friends, looked amazing.

    Ya, you don’t need a 100,000.00 wedding to show the love.

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