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Jonathan Bennett from 'Mean Girls' marries Jaymes Vaughan in beautiful inclusive ceremony

The couple wanted to honor the LGBTQ+ community. So they introduced new traditions and ditched the heteronormative ones.

Jonathan Bennett from 'Mean Girls' marries Jaymes Vaughan in beautiful inclusive ceremony
Image Source: Times Square New Year's Eve 2022 Celebration. NEW YORK, NEW YORK. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

Most of us may remember Jonathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels in the cult classic chick flick "Mean Girls." However, he has just given us an even more iconic reason to remember his name. The actor recently married his longtime boyfriend Jaymes Vaughan, and they had the most gorgeous—and most inclusive—wedding ever. Not only were their friends heavily involved in planning and executing their big day, but the couple also skipped the typical walk down the aisle. Bennett and Vaughan decided to kick off their own unique and special traditions instead of conforming to heteronormative standards, PEOPLE Magazine reports.


After almost two years of being engaged, the couple planned a destination wedding which took place on Saturday at the Unico Riviera Maya Hotel in Mexico. "When you're part of the LGBTQ+ fam, not everything in the wedding space is for you yet," Vaughan shared in an interview with the magazine. "The whole purpose of our wedding is to come together and join the two of us together, join our families together and start a new family." Therefore, they were of course surrounded by their closest friends and family as they exchanged vows and rings with each other.


Bennett added, "And all that, as we were going through this process, we realized that our wedding is also more than just about us. It's about the entire community." To encapsulate the idea of community, the couple made sure their friends were part of planning the wedding every step of the way. In fact, one of their closest friends, YouTuber Brian Tyler Cohen, officiated their nuptials. In addition to this, the entire wedding party stuck to black tuxes from Express and white tuxes by Robert Stanley Bespoke, regardless of gender. "It's gender-neutral but everyone looks represented and feels sexy in their own way," Bennett stated. "So it's like a new tradition for the community. You don't have to do dresses and tuxes. Anyone who wants to wear a tux, wear a tux, go for it."


Furthermore, the couple decided to ditch the walk down the aisle and chose instead to walk towards one another from each side of the altar. They walked in from the beach to a song that Vaughan wrote for Bennett at the couple's engagement. Both Bennett and Vaughan wrote their own vows and placed diamond-encrusted Kay Jewelers rings on each others' hands. Bennett commented, "[It was a] new tradition we created. That's what we're all about." (For those who want to recreate this tradition, the rings are actually available in stores now!) And, to honor Bennett's late mother, the couple went with white floral arrangements. They also asked guests to wear shades of white. Vaughan noted, "White flowers were her favorite."


Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour where RuPaul Drag Race's Jackie Cox began the evening as the emcee. They enjoyed dishes like steak and mahi-mahi, all under the stars and twinkling lights, as well as a firework display set to the soundtrack of "The Greatest Showman." Everyone was seated at one round table so no one felt left out during the big day. Vaughan noted, "I got to marry my best friend! I knew we'd be emotional but I don't think either of us realized just how overwhelming that moment would be until we were in it. Seeing him crying only made me cry harder, and then our guests cry harder, and then we'd all start laughing, and then all back into crying." "It was honestly a dream wedding!" Bennett affirmed. "We kept having to stop and remind ourselves that we weren't on a movie set, but this was actually our real life. If you had told me this was one of my Hallmark movie sets, I would have believed it. It was that perfect."


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