John Whaite has married long term partner Paul Atkins (Picture: john_whaite/Instagram)
‘Our big day in the Big Apple. Mr & Mr,’ the newlyweds wrote in a surprise post announcing the marriage.
John, who rose to fame on The Great British Bake Off, has been with Paul for 16 years, adding on his story they had ‘decided to take advantage of the spouse ISA allowance.’
In the post, the couple can be seen smiling and gazing lovingly at each other as they kiss and walk down the street.
Keeping things casual, John rocked a kilt and leather jacket while Paul beat the winter cold with a beanie hat and jeans.
The duo have been together for 16 years (Picture: john_whaite/Instagram)
Sharing their intimate pictures of the big day, the Steph’s Packed Lunch star added a quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy on marriage equality in 2015.
He wrote: ‘No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.
‘As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.
John rose to fame on Bake Off before heading to Strictly (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
‘Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.
‘They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.’
Congratulations flooded in for the couple, with Drag Race winner Danny Beard writing: ‘Congrats gorge ❤️.’
‘Amazing! Congratulations ❤️❤️❤️❤️,’ added Steph McGovern as Michelle Visage cheered: ‘CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH ❤️.’
‘Such wonderful news! Sending all the love to you both and be sure to share a NYC pretzel to mark tying the knot! ♥️🥨😊,’ commented Candice Flynn.
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