Horses carry grooms to the altar in Washington Park

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - Washington Park hosted it's first official wedding on Saturday as two Over-the-Rhine men celebrated their union.

Jimmy Musuraca and Ryan Messer were married in the center of the park with more than 400 guests in attendance. The wedding followed a traditional Indian theme with a Hindu ceremony.

Why an Indian wedding? The couple said that they fell in love with everything Indian on a trip they recently took.

"Indian weddings, if you've not been to one, are steeped with meaningful rituals, beautiful decor, plentiful food and more fun than you've had anywhere," the couple said on their wedding's website.

The grooms arrived at 6:30 p.m. on decorated horses and their wedding party dressed in saris and kurta payjama.

Following the ceremony, Chef Yajan Upadhyaya of Mantra on the Hill will be served guests a grand feast along with a performance by the UC International Dance Team.

As for the gifts, the couple created a scholarship fund at Cincinnati State to give a college education to local students in OTR.

Jimmy and Ryan cannot legally be married in Ohio so they, along with their 5-year-old son, Anderson, made a trip to NYC to make the nuptials legal. Now, they are able to have the big celebration in Washington Park along with friends and family.

Ryan is a long time employee at Johnson & Johnson and Jimmy managers the couples' developmental company, Messuraca Properties.

They are both active board members in several local organizations including, the Cincinnati Opera, Over the Rhine Community Council and the Human Rights Campaign.

The couple hopes that their wedding will inspire others to think differently on the issue of gay marriage in Ohio.

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