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Brian and Jonathan

Being celebrated and not just accepted is one way a couple can make their wedding day perfect.

DAVID TAFFET | Senior Writer
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For their wedding, Brian Ivanchan and Jonathan Martin wanted to bring in as many vendors from the LGBTQ community as possible.

“We didn’t want to be accepted,” Ivanchan said. “We wanted to be celebrated.”

They will be getting married in January, which they explained is the slow month for their business. And the ceremony and celebration will take place in the new ballroom at the Warwick Melrose Hotel on Cedar Springs Road.

What they came up with is a smaller version of the Black Tie Dinner with around 200 guests.

“We bonded with friends who were going to the Black Tie Dinner,” Martin explained. “We wanted to be around people like us.”

This includes dressing up for the official event, getting your hair done, making it a special night for everyone.

They began their planning by hiring Riccardo, a gay wedding planner. Once on board, the search for vendors began. The Melrose will provide most of the catering but not the cake.

“I didn’t want someone who was okay with baking a cake for a gay couple,” Ivanchan explained. “I wanted someone who likes to bake a cake for a gay couple.”

They go with Posh Cakes, which they had been friends with on Facebook for years.

For an officiant, Riccardo has someone in mind.

“We’re looking for someone who expresses the same love as us,” Martin said.

The tuxedos and dresses have already been settled. Martin will be wearing a version of Billy Porter’s tuxedo ball gown. But he accompanied several of the women who will be part of their wedding party to David’s Bridal where he tried on some of the dresses himself and said the staff couldn’t have been nicer.

“I didn’t feel judged,” he said.

The photographer is from New York and took engagement photos for them. A videographer has not yet been chosen. They’re also always on the lookout for a florist and band – one who can provide entertainment while guests eat, then get people dancing and know what a gay audience would want to hear.

Ivanchan said growing up he never thought he would get married, so planning a wedding is not something he ever dreamed of.

That’s why they take extra time and go that extra mile by hiring a wedding planner. Their special day will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

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