See Two Couples Get Married in Times Square on New Year's Eve

PHOTO:Monica and Alfredo Hernandez won a competition to become the first couple married in 2016 in Times Square in New York, Jan. 1, 2016. Brad Barket/Getty Images
Monica and Alfredo Hernandez won a competition to become the first couple married in 2016 in Times Square in New York, Jan. 1, 2016.

Many of the 1 million people who celebrated New Year's Eve in Times Square wore extra layers or novelty hats, but there were two couples who celebrated in grand style.

These couples won the chance to get married in Times Square after submitting their names in a contest. One of them became the first officially married couple of 2016.

PHOTO:Alexander and Michael Eisele-Westbrook were the runners-up in the competition and were also married in Times Square during the New Years Eve festivities.
Bonnie Biess
PHOTO:Alexander and Michael Eisele-Westbrook were the runners-up in the competition and were also married in Times Square during the New Year's Eve festivities.

Photos of the moment the couples kissed, captured by photographer Bonnie Biess, show the sheer magnitude of the scene, with thousands of people pictured in the background.

The year's "first couple" were Monica and Alfredo Hernandez of Miami, who won the Generation Tux contest based on the votes they collected online.

PHOTO:Monica and Alfredo Hernandez won a competition to become the first couple married in 2016 in Times Square in New York, Jan. 1, 2016. Brad Barket/Getty Images
PHOTO:Monica and Alfredo Hernandez won a competition to become the first couple married in 2016 in Times Square in New York, Jan. 1, 2016.

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The runners-up, Michael and Alexander Eisele-Westbrook of Atlanta, were also married in a ceremony during the New Year's celebrations in Times Square.

PHOTO: An estimated 1 million people attended the New Years Eve celebrations in New Yorks Times Square.Bonnie Biess
An estimated 1 million people attended the New Year's Eve celebrations in New York's Times Square.

George Zimmer of Men's Warehouse fame officiated the ceremonies. Zimmer is also the founder and CEO of Generation Tux.

Zimmer said in a press release that he hopes he kicked off "a new American tradition that we hope will last for years to come."