PHOTOS: Mayor Robert Garcia marries partner at Long Beach ceremony

It’s official: Mayor Robert Garcia, the city’s first openly gay mayor, wed his long-time partner Matthew Mendez at a ceremony in Downtown Long Beach attended by roughly 700 guests.

It was arguably the social event of the year, drawing a who’s who of attendees at the historic First Congregation Church at Cedar Avenue and Third Street.

The wedding also included a champagne toast and reception, and even inspired a new flavor of ice cream to raise money for a local pet rescue.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez pause for a kiss after the married at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray,Pool Photo)

The wedding party was large as they witnessed the marriage of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray ,Pool Photo)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez marry at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray , Pool Photo)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez marry at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Pool Photo)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez marry at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Pool Photo)

Members of the wedding party look on as Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez marry at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Pool Photo)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez marry at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Pool Photo)

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez kiss after being pronounced husbands at the First Congregational Church in Long Beach on Saturday, December. 22, 2018. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Pool Photo)

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