Jonathan Van Ness can officially add wedding officiant to his long list of talents. The Queer Eye cast member just officiated his first LGBTQ+ wedding!
In April, Van Ness revealed he was partnering with Elysian Brewing and Seattle Pride to throw one happy couple a wedding through his #MarryUsJVN contest. In support of marriage equality, the wedding of contest winners Megan and Haden was timed perfectly, marking the start of Pride.
June 4 also marked the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Colorado baker who denied making a gay couple's wedding cake—allowing the couple and JVN to combat homophobia through a positive occasion.
The couple tied the knot at Elysian’s Capitol Hill brewpub. The couple from the Supreme court case, Charles Craig and David Mullins, were also in attendance.
According to a press release, the ceremony concluded with cheers of “Yasss Queen,” after which they celebrated by eating a slew of cakes from LGBTQ+ friendly bakers.
Megan and Haden couldn’t have been happier to not only get married but to have JVN do the honors.
“WE WON!!!” Megan wrote on Instagram when they heard the news. “Not only will Finn & I *finally* be tying the knot on June 4, but our love will be sealed forever by none other than the effervescent, majestic, and all-around wonderful human that is Jonathan Van Ness. I am so pumped to meet him, there are no words.”
In their winning video, Megan and Haden shared all of their milestones together, dating back to their first meeting. In the caption, Megan shared more about Haden’s first proposal which happened after another historic Supreme Court ruling.
“When we found out about the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in 2015, we were both at Atlanta Pride for two national LGBT+ nonprofits we worked for,” Megan explained. “Finn looked at me and said, ‘So, wanna get gay married?’ I said, ‘That is NOT how you propose to someone.’ As of today, he still hasn't 'technically' proposed, but when I told him about how amazing (and incredibly appropriate) of an opportunity having @elysianbrewing and @SeattlePride host our wedding would be, he was so down.”
Haden officially proposed just two weeks before their wedding on an idyllic mountain top. Better late than never, amirite? Apparently, the proposal has been in the works long before the JVN opportunity popped up, but when it popped, they obviously took advantage of it.
“My favorite thing about us is that we were best friends first—people called it our 'WoMance' (instead of a bromance, because we were attached at the hip),” Megan continued in her contest post. “For a long time, we joked about being 'mutually exclusive friends with benefits' because really, I'm in love with my best friend. Growing up & coming out queer in the Deep South wasn't easy. In it'\s own ways, it is still hard. But we are also so proud. So proud that we were able to create a life where we can live authentically, show others that #loveislove and maybe, just maybe, have the one and only @jvn help us seal the deal.”
All their hopes and dreams came true! Congratulations to the happy couple.