Mean Girls actor, Jonathan Bennett has married his longtime lover, Jaymes Vaughan.
The actor, who got engaged to the TV host in Nov. 2020, celebrated the union in front of their closest friends and family in an inclusive, destination wedding on Saturday March 19, 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. “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 adds. “It’s about the entire community.”
“It’s gender-neutral but everyone looks represented and feels sexy in their own way,” Bennett shares. “So it’s like a new tradition for the community. You don’t have to do dresses and tuxes. Anyone who wants to wear a tux, wear a tux, go for it.”
“[It was a] new tradition we created,” Bennett adds, while mentioning the rings are now actually for sale in the retailers’ stores. “That’s what we’re all about.”
“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 tells 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.”
“It was honestly a dream wedding! We kept having to stop and remind ourselves that we weren’t on a movie set, but this was actually our real life. If you had told me this was one of my Hallmark movie sets, I would have believed it. It was that perfect,” says Bennett.