12 Hollywood Weddings on the Way
From Melissa Etheridge marrying TV producer Linda Wallem to E!'s Marc Malkin wedding hairstylist Fabian Quezada, THR rounds up pending nuptials.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
➻ Max Nagler, a branding & licensing agent at Innovative Artists, will wed stylist Chris Horan in October 2014. They became engaged in July with simple gold bands from XIV Karats when Nagler proposed at their home. Says Horan, "I feel both relief and an extreme sense of pride in our country's ability to do what is right and equal." TwoFold LA will help plan the nuptials.
➻ Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis and his partner, attorney Johnny Chaillot, will marry in October in Malibu.
➻ Cinematographer Nicola B. Marsh will wed producer Samantha Housman this fall. The couple became engaged two years ago in France. "I knew Sam wanted to propose but was never going to get around to it," says Marsh. "So we stopped on this bridge and I asked her to get down on one knee. I gave her the ring I had in my pocket and said, 'I think you have something to ask me.' " Marsh and Housman (who both have simple gold bands) will wear dresses from The Paper Bag Princess at the ceremony -- catered by Pasadena's The Kitchen -- in the garden of their Silver Lake home. "To hear the words 'by the power invested in the state of California' is so much better than just a 'congrats,' " says Marsh.
➻ Kyle XY alum Matt Dallas became engaged to musician/music producer Blue Hamilton in December when Dallas proposed. The couple, who plan to marry in California, have been together for four years. "We were going to get married whether the state recognized it or not," says Dallas. "It has always been about us doing what made us happy."
➻ Jon Brockett, coordinating producer at the SAG Awards, will wed interior designer Jason Martin on March 29 (the 10th anniversary of their first date). They will walk down the aisle to one of their favorite songs: Fleetwood Mac's "Never Going Back Again."
➻ Joel Riddell, talk show host at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, will wed Robert Moon, Google fiber training and quality lead, in the spring. Moon proposed with a Cartier Trinity Ring to his partner of 19 years early in their relationship. The couple, who signed a domestic partner agreement in San Francisco, were not satisfied with that union. Says Riddell, "Separate but equal is not equality."
➻ Marc Malkin, senior editor/writer at E!, will wed hairstylist/colorist Fabian Quezada. The couple, who became engaged in July, have been together for two years. Says Malkin, "When Prop. 8 was struck down, I screamed so loud, I cried."
➻ Laurie Lang, CEO of Project Angel Food (trustees include David Geffen), will wed software consultant Debbie Koltun on Sept. 1. Lang, who will wear a dress from Shareen Vintage, and Koltun have planned an event for 75 people with the help of caterer Anne Apra and photographer Tracey Landworth.
➻ Musician Melissa Etheridge will wed producer/writer/director Linda Wallem in winter 2013. The couple, who met when Wallem asked Etheridge to appear on one of her TV shows, have been best friends for 9 years and dating for over 3 years. "Not being able to be married felt like being a second class citizen," said Etheridge. "When prop 8 was struck down we felt hopeful, supported and free to love and create a home and family."
➻ John Livesay, executive director at Conde Nast Corporate Partnerships, and Oscar Ross, an RN, BSN AN 1, charge nurse at UCLA ICU, will wed August 31. The couple, who met four years ago, became engaged, when Prop 8 was struck down, with rings from Simon G. jewelry. The wedding will be held in front of 50 people in a friend’s backyard, where Marcella Kerwin will provide photographs, Phillip Sherman will provide flowers and John Scavo will cater. The pair honeymooned in Europe before the wedding. Said Livesay of the upcoming nuptials: "We are thrilled to have equal rights and are overwhelmed with our friends and family's support."
➻ Loy Rackley, Screen Actors Guild, commercials contracts, will wed Ryan Rasmussen, manager of scripted programming for BBC Worldwide Productions on Sept. 21. The couple, who has been together for almost four years, became engaged in October 2011 when Rasmussen proposed over a bottle of champagne at their home. "We were with our friend and he proposed some sort of sarcastic toast to himself, when Ryan interjected and said 'I propose another toast,'" said Rackley. "[Ryan] then pulled out the little blue box and asked me to be with him forever." (The pair will wear platinum Tiffany & Co. wedding bands, which are being engraved with a special message). The wedding will take place in front of 300 people at the Hollywood Hills home of the duo’s close friends: Christian Del Rosario will provide photography, Joey Santos will provide catering, and Rasmussen designed the invitations. Said Rackley: "We were going to get married regardless of the law and the wedding would have gone on. The sanctity of marriage is bigger than legalities and it feels like the next, normal and right direction to be headed."
➻ David Gleason, senior vp or research for E! and Esquire Networks will wed Alexander Westerman, a digital marketing and creative executive, in spring 2014. The couple, who has been together six years, became engaged when Gleason proposed in the vegetable garden at San Ysidro Ranch. "When prop 8 was struck down we were full of joy," said Westerman. "We knew it was just a matter of time and were hoping for sooner rather than later."