Melissa Etheridge married her longtime girlfriend and has shared the first wedding photo. The iconic music artist and the ‘Nurse Jackie’ creator tied the knot in California in an intimate ceremony.

Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem

Photo: Melissa Etheridge and Linda Wallem
Credit: Twitter

The longtime couple are both 53 years old; they share the same birthday on May 29th, and got married just a couple of days later at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California in an outdoor ceremony.

Some time after the wedding, Melissa Etheridge Tweeted the picture above with the caption: “True love…so blessed. ‘By the power invested in me by the state of California…’ Thanks”

Thus far, it is the only picture released in social media as paparazzi did not invade the private ceremony. While we do not have details on the bridal clothing, Etheridge is wearing a gorgeous white gown festooned with lace, and Wallem wears a dark suit.

The Tweet serves to underscore the circumstances of their engagement which they announced right after the landmark Supreme Court decision which struck down California’s controversial Proposition 8 which had barred same-sex marriage for several years, beginning shortly after it was legalized. As more and more states in the U.S. allow gay marriage, in the months that have followed, it’s just a reminder of the societal shift, and the laws which thankfully are catching up.

Ethridge and Wallem had dated since 2010 before becoming engaged — indeed, of finally having the right to be engaged — last year.

People magazine reports that Etheridge sang a new song for her bride at the ceremony. And in fact, prior to the ceremony, she herself had dropped a very big hint on Twitter when she said, “Ok, so I might be singing a brand new song that no one has ever heard to someone special at a intimate gathering Sat..just wanted to share.”

According to the Daily Mail, all four of Etheridge’s children attended, and there were several celebrity guests as well, including Rosie O’Donnell, Jane Lynch, Chelsea Handler, Sia, Whitney Cummings, and Peter Facinelli.

Between Melissa Etheridge’s Tweets and reports in celebrity media, details of the private ceremony continue to filter out. We will update with news and pictures if and when they arrive!