Patient couple's home wedding reward

When William Hodges caught the bouquet at his friend's wedding recently he saw it as a sign.

"He almost knocked out two women in the process," his partner, Glenn Cuskely, told AAP while celebrating Wednesday's 'yes' vote in the same-sex marriage survey at the Stonewall Hotel on Oxford Street.

William, 30, and 41-year-old Glenn returned to Sydney this year after almost tying the knot in Europe because gay marriage was illegal in Australia.

They decided to wait for the results of the marriage survey and are now glad they did.

"We were talking about getting married over there but what was the point of coming back to Australia, our home, and not being valid," said Mr Cuskely.

As they celebrated by drinking shots and dancing at the hotel there was a sense of gratification for the pair.

Mr Hodges worked as a wedding planner in Australia before he moved to Europe.

"It was my job to make sure brides had the day of their lives," he told AAP.

"I helped them realise their fairytale. It was amazing but also bittersweet.

"It was a reminder every weekend that that was a life I couldn't have and now, finally, I can."

On Wednesday the pair took the day off. They found out about the 'yes' vote while still in bed.

"I had tears rolling down my face because it solidified that we are normal and wanted and a part of Australia and our community at large," Mr Cuskely said.

"Not just our gay community but the community as a whole."

While there's been no marriage proposal yet, the pair have picked out diamond rings and plan to wed in the first half of 2018.

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