In 2011 a documentary series was commissioned to investigate the people behind Australia’s small businesses. The series sought to identify what drives small business owners to risk everything and strive for success, when often faced with financial and personal ruin.
While shooting the series the crew discovered Gerald Sparks, the owner and operator of Sparks Wedding Services - a struggling wedding planning business. Gerald proved to be a simplistic character who could be defined by one word; love. Gerald’s love and passion for his business is unparalleled and he has dedicated his life to the institution of marriage. Unfortunately, Gerald operates a long way from the world of ideal fairytale weddings and his client-base is filled with the desperate and morally questionable couples who use marriage rather than celebrate it.
The only thing Gerald loves more than his work is his partner David. And though he loves David so truly and deeply, as a gay couple they cannot be legally wed. Through hours of interviews and observation, the series begins to reveal what drives Gerald to work so tirelessly at his small business, when it only serves as a constant reminder of what he cannot have.
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