Marios Frixou and Fanos Eleftheriades tied the knot this week in Cyprus, making their union one for the history books.

The couple's ceremony, replete with all the trappings of a traditional Cypriot wedding, was the first public gay wedding to take place on the island nation.

An anonymous couple broke in the nation's new civil unions law month.

Frixou told the AP that they decided on a public wedding to encourage others to live openly.

“We wanted to give courage to other couples and to all gay and transgender people to accept themselves and not to be ashamed of who they are,” he said. “We've gotten scores of messages from people telling us how much courage we've given them.”

Hundreds of people attended the couple's reception.