"We knew the day would come. We are ecstatic that it's now," said Al Giraud.
Giraud and husband Jeff Isaacson were the first same-sex male couple to legally marry in Hennepin County.
"All of the hard work, all of the effort, all of the fighting that has gone into it -- it's something you can't ignore," Isaacson said. VIDEO: Watch the first couple prepare for their big day at http://bit.ly/1351wAm
Across the river in St. Paul, 11 same-sex weddings were held at the Como Zoo Conservatory.
"Having 11 in 24 hours is definitely different for us," said Como's Michelle Furrer. "Eleven is a record for us."