While more than 30 states now agree that a same-sex marriage is wholly equivalent to any other, the autumn nuptials of designer Joseph Altuzarra and his boyfriend, Seth Weissman, were evidence that things are still a bit different, at least in their case. Most bridegrooms, for instance, do not create mood boards for the hair and makeup of their "groomsmaids," as Altuzarra calls them. Neither does the typical groom fear that a dear friend "is going to show up in leather shorts and a T-shirt," an anxiety much relieved by the sight of groomsman Alexander Wang wearing a tuxedo on the big day.
In other ways, the nuptials were as traditional as could be. According to Vogue, their wedding included something old (Seth's grandfather's pen, used to sign the marriage license), something new (a Saint Laurent bow tie that Altuzarra purchased that very morning after misplacing his own), something borrowed (Seth's father's studs and cuff links), and something blue (Seth's midnight Tom Ford tuxedo).
Even without a bride to speak of, there was still a critical dress moment. "We got ready at Joseph's parents' house in Tribeca," Traina Snow remembers (Altuzarra says that his mother (and board chairman) served "chicken salad, so nobody fainted during the ceremony later"), "and Mélanie, Joseph, and I squirreled away into the bathroom so he could zip us up. Coming out together, it felt like the big dress reveal, and it felt like family."
The wedding took place at a spectacular Manhattan setting: the newly reopened Rainbow Room, atop Rockefeller Center.
"It felt both romantic and festive, very Frank Sinatra, very New York," Altuzarra says, emphasizing that it's the city where he and Weissman met nine years ago. "And we wanted to find a place that wasn't too feminine."
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