As the nation celebrates the first gay marriages, the Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham, has been praised for his support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The first same-sex weddings have taken place after gay marriage became legal in England and Wales at midnight.
Some 34 gay couples in Gloucestershire have registered their intention to marry, with one of the first expected to be in Cheltenham on Sunday.
It comes just days after Bishop Michael became a Freeman of Gloucester on Thursday night at a ceremony at Gloucester City Council's offices. During the ceremony he was praised for his liberal views and support for the LGBT community.
Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: "He is known for his liberal views on sexuality and has been a strong advocate in allowing women in the church as priests and bishops. He has been a champion on LGBT issues."
He is the first of Gloucester's 40 bishops over 450 years to be awarded the Freedom of the City.
But it is the events of today that will go down in history as politicians and campaigners praised the change in the law that now affords equal marriage rights to all couples.
Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "Love and commitment are universal human traits, regardless of sexual orientation or nationality. No ignorance or prejudice can hold back the triumph of love."
It is expected that many more couples will follow suit in preparing for marriage here in Gloucestershire. It is one of the most highly sought after counties when it comes to stunning wedding ceremonies.
Here are some ideas to get the celebrations started if you are planning a ceremony in Gloucestershire:
1. Rococo Garden, Painswick
This 18th century pleasure ground could be the perfect wedding venue. This description from the Roco Garden website says it all: "Situated outside the beautiful Cotswold town of Painswick, and famous for its snowdrop display, the Rococo Garden is a fascinating step back to a flamboyant and sensual period of English Garden Design, when gardens were almost theatrical sets used as a backdrop to decadent garden parties. This gem of a garden, which was originally laid out in the early 18th century, is set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside."
2. The Westgate bar, Gloucester
This is now Gloucestershire's only gay venue, but you are in for a treat when you get there. It is run by a friendly bunch who will make you feel right at home. The Westgate is situated in the heart of Gloucester and is just a stone's throw from the stunning Gloucester Cathedral.
3. Cripps Barn
Another wedding venue to revel in. Back in the 1990′s Tewkesbury Park sits high above the historic town of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. Looking across to the Malvern Hills, with views stretching out across the Cotswolds and the Severn Valley, Tewkesbury Park has an unrivalled position. An extended 19th century manor house, Tewkesbury Park is a classically elegant hotel, and provides the perfect backdrop for those once-in-a-lifetime photographs.
5. David Jenkins Photography
Need a gay-friendly wedding photographer? Cheltenham-based David Jenkins, with experience from a fine art background and a BA Hons in photography, has built up a reputation as a great, natural photographer of people and someone with a passion for what he does. To prove it, his own stunningly atmospheric work is regularly shown in exhibitions across the country and he brings the same stylish flare to weddings. His journalistic approach allows him to blend into the proceedings and photograph the couple, friends and family relaxing and enjoying the day. The packages combine online proofing and the most beautifully sleek, hand-made, reportage albums.