The bells will be ringing this weekend for American Idol season one contestant, Jim Verraros and his partner Bill Brennan.
The couple are holding a lavish wedding Sunday, in Chicago Illinois, and although the ceremony won't be legal, as Illinois does not recognize same sex marriage, they are sparing no expense on the long awaited nuptials.
Verraros and Brennan are having a vintage Hollywood theme to the wedding holding a formal, outdoor ceremony with a garden party atmosphere. Verraros says, "We wanted to do this wedding as if it were legal. The fact that the state of Illinois doesn't recognize gay weddings wasn't stopping us. Quite the opposite.
"We decided to do it to draw attention to the fact. Hopefully things will change in the near future.
"If they can recognize gay marriage in Iowa, maybe Illinois will follow soon enough!
"We just want to bring awareness to the issue."
Just like most other soon to be married couples, the twosome have discussed the issue of children , and both agree they definitely want to add to their newly created family.
"Bill and I absolutely want to have children," says Verraros. "We're definitely looking forward to raising a family. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon.
"We've even been asking a lot of our female friends if we can 'use' their uterus for nine months to carry a baby for us!"
The couple first met after Brennan contacted Verraros on his MySpace webpage back in 2005. They met for the first time for coffee and talked non-stop for seven hours. Love at first sight ensued.
"It was the first time in my life I could say to myself 'I'm in love,'" Varraros says.