Not all weddings can be as fabulous as the union between Michael Cole Smith and Jamil Smith Cole. But Melanie and Anthony Vaughan, a British couple married last year, at least tried. That is until their male wedding photographer showed as a woman and ruined everything! How dare she.
Nevermind that Kate Summers, born Dave Stonestreet, is transgender. And she just happened to be diagnosed by doctors as such in the year between when the Vaughans booked her services and their wedding day. So upset were the new groom and bride their photographer tried stealing their thunder, or something, that six months after exchanging vows, they ran their mouth to the gossip-happy tabloids.
Says Melanie Vaughan: “He said would I mind if he came dressed as a woman, but women can dress in a whole load of different ways. “I thought he would come in a trouser suit. I had no idea how bad it would be. I didn’t appreciate the flowing skirt and hair in a bobble. I said to my hairdresser ‘what’s it dressed like?’ I couldn’t look. I do understand what he’s going through. He must have issues, but he only let me know the day before and his pictures were rubbish. It was both the way he looked, how he turned up and how bad his pictures were that made the whole thing a nightmare.”
Well, the bad pictures, we can understand complaining over. But Summers, who says there’s nothing wrong with the photos, retorts: “You wouldn’t dream of complaining that your wedding had been ruined because someone was gay or disabled. This diagnosis of being biologically female having lived 50 years as a male is not an easy thing to go through. I told them what I had been through and thought they would be fine with it. She didn’t give me any indication that was a problem. The first time she has raised the issue is months later in a national newspaper. You would think if she wasn’t happy she would make a formal complaint or take it to the small claims court. It was the first time I had done anything work-wise dressed as a woman and was the last wedding I was ever going to do, so I really wanted it to go well. As a female I’m probably more aware of how important a day it is for a bride.”
Something tells us the Vaughans might disagree. But, congratulations!