Council Speaker Quinn Weds Longtime Partner

New York City council speaker Christine Quinn married her longtime partner Kim Catullo on Saturday in a private ceremony on a sunny, warm spring evening.

The city council's first openly gay speaker and Catullo were walked down the aisle by their fathers. Quinn wore a gown made by designer Carolina Herrera. Catullo wore a cream silk suit designed by Ralph Lauren.

The theme of the wedding was "Spring in New York," and was inspired by the High Line city park, around the corner from the venue in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. A variety of local flowers were used, many wildflowers that grow at the park.

Photos of the couple released later Saturday showed the two hand-in hand, smiling. Quinn wore a one-of-a-kind hair comb fashioned with family heirlooms. Among the guests in attendance were Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.

It was a private end to a public battle over the right for same-sex marriage. Quinn, along with many others, lobbied for the law that New York passed last summer.

The wedding comes 10 days after President Barack Obama voiced his support for same-sex marriage. After his announcement, Quinn - a Democrat who is expected to run to replace Bloomberg next year and currently leads the pack of presumptive candidates in fundraising - said it made her feel that the president himself would be walking her down the aisle.

Both women lost their mothers to cancer when they were teenagers, and they have established a women's cancer research fund in their honor in advance of the ceremony. Bloomberg, a billionaire who lobbied for the marriage legalization along with Quinn, has said he will make a donation.