A law legalizing gay marriage in New Zealand takes effect on Monday.

Lawmakers approved the law in May, making the island nation the first in the Asia-Pacific region to approve such unions.

Labour MP Louisa Wall previously credited President Barack Obama's endorsement of marriage equality for giving momentum to her bill.

New Zealand previously recognized gay and lesbian couples with civil unions.

Among the first to marry will be Natasha Vitali and Melissa Ray, the winners of a radio competition.

β€œIt's huge. I mean, why shouldn't we be able to get married? And the fact that it happened in our lifetime, a year after I proposed, is perfect timing,” Vitali said during TV ONE's Breakfast. β€œSo big thanks to Louisa Wall and everyone that supported the bill.”

The couple's all-expenses-paid wedding includes a ceremony at the Auckland Unitarian Church in Ponsonby and a reception at the The Cloud on Auckland's Viaduct.

Couples from neighboring Australia are also expected to travel across the Tasman to tie the knot in New Zealand.

Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler of Newcastle on Monday will become the first Australians to take advantage of the law, according to News.com.au.

The couple, together 11 years, said that they understand that their Kiwi marriage will be merely symbolic in Australia.