Pop Culture Fix: Zeke Smith and Nico Santos’ Palm Springs Wedding Had Everything — Drag Dolly Parton, Party City Decor, Lamb Lollipops

Zeke Smith and Nico Santos Got Gay Married and It Sure Was Cute!

Groundbreaking trans Survivor contestant Zeke Smith (who once appeared on To L and Back) and his boyfriend Nico Santos (actor, Superstore, Crazy Rich Asiansgot married this weekend in Palm Springs at my favorite hotel, The Parker, in what they called a “silly bougie wedding.” The celebration was covered by a People Magazine exclusive and it’s so cute!

Here is a brief summary of how incredible this wedding was:

  • It was accidentally scheduled the same weekend as Palm Springs Pride
  • They kicked off their celebration with a “Cheeky Tiki Kiki Party” in the Gene Autry suite at The Parker using decor from Amazon and Party City
  • The wedding was officiated by actor Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall, Superstore)
  • Readings incorporated into the nuptials included: Shakespeare, “nods to each of their cultures,” a veil and cord ceremony and “the reading of iconic lines from romantic comedies.”
  • Nico Santos wore a “sassified version of a traditional Filipino barong,” while “Smith rocked black lizard cowboy boots”
  • There was a surprise appearance by a drag Dolly Parton performing Nicole Kidman’s AMC Theatres “We Make Movies Better” speech
  • Everyone sang “The Greatest Love of All” Together
  • Surprise performance by a drag queen lineup organized by Ongina
  • “Looking forward, they also hope to adopt a bernedoodle and name it Nathan Lane.”

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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