Jaymes Vaughn & Jonathan Bennett Share Romantic Beach Wedding

Jaymes Vaughn and Jonathan Bennett got married in Mexico over the weekend (image via Instagram)
Jaymes Vaughn and Jonathan Bennett in Mexico (image via Instagram)

Jaymes Vaughn and Jonathan Bennett  – together for five years – are now officially married!

The couple celebrated their love in front of their closest friends and family in an all-inclusive, destination wedding 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 tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “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.”

“And all that, as we were going through this process, we realized that our wedding is also more than just about us,” Bennett (of Mean Girls fame) added. “It’s about the entire community.”

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Their friends were heavily involved in the big day, including one of Bennett’s closest pals, YouTuber Brian Tyler Cohen, who officiated their nuptials.

The newlyweds skipped a typical wedding walk down the aisle. Instead, they chose to meet one another at the altar after walking in from the beach to a song that Vaughan wrote for Bennett at the couple’s engagement.

“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,” Vaughan, a TV host for Celebrity Page TV, shared with PEOPLE.

“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.”

“If you had told me this was one of my Hallmark movie sets, I would have believed it,” Bennett adds. “It was that perfect.”

Read the full story plus lots of photos including amazing fireworks at the reception at PEOPLE.


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