New York, NY — January 29, 2015:
On the afternoon of April 12, 2015, event designer, Marcinho Savant of savvyplanners.com, will be making the wedding dreams of a very deserving couple come true on New York’s Lower East Side. Reginald T. Jackson and Raymond J. Rudolph, will be legally wed with the help of their personal “Fairy-Wedding-Father”. After a failed crowd-funding campaign only raised one single dollar to fund their wedding dreams, the couple will have their dream come true thanks to Savant and his friends, and esteemed colleagues. Savant read of this attempt on a blog, immediately contacted the couple, and offered to help them. Several couples have received his help, at no charge, as a result of wedding industry LGBT-bigotry they faced, circumstance, or personal appeal.
There is a magnified urgency to wed, as Mr. Rudolph is now facing a major operation in the form of required prostate surgery. Both men feel it is very important to have legal authority over the other in case the worst scenario is realized, “…so well-meaning yet intrusive family members can’t move in and try to overpower one partner over another for health and life decisions and treatment” , Jackson said. Moved by the men’s circumstances, Savant summoned many of his best allies, and strongest colleagues in the wedding industry, in order to make this need a reality for the pair.
“Reginald and Raymond are in love. They have decades of hurdles they’ve overcome— together, and individually. Through tragic circumstances, they were brought together. Now, they have a dream… AND a team!”, said Savant. Their wedding team is presently comprised of highly respected, industry pros who are all donating their services in support of this important wedding.
Within three days of speaking with the Grooms-to-Be, Savant secured the following components for Reginald and Raymond’s wedding from his dear friends: the church, the co-celebrants, the Day-of Team Leader, the celebrity Chef, the high-profile NYC floral designer, the celebrity cake designer, and offering his services, pro bono like the others, as the event designer and planner.
While these critical vendors are booked, and confirmed, Savant awaits confirmation of additional vendors’ participation. He also seeks a photographer, videographer, DJ, formal wear for the couple, a NYC Honeymoon suite for the wedding night, ground transportation on wedding, and honeymoon departure and return, and an, all-expenses paid (three to seven day), honeymoon trip to Hawaii (or any, warm, LGBT-friendly, destination). To offer those services to the couple, gratis, contact Savant’s office at 646.688.4461, Ext. 705. “I know that many professionals will feel inspired to participate, so I have no objection to some overlapping in key aspects, such as floral, and decor”, he said. “People ask me ‘why would you get involved with total strangers?’ My answer is… I’d damned sure hope someone would do it for me— were the situation reversed. Life is short, and Karma is real”, Savant said.
ABOUT THE COUPLE
Both men are AIDS survivors who are working through serious, ongoing, health challenges as a result. Mr. Jackson figuring prominently as an activist in the start of the AIDS crisis in New York City, has been diagnosed with Kidney damage as a result of the Tenofervir in the ATRIPLA medications he was taking for years to battle HIV in his body. He is now under the strict care of a Nephrologist. He has a long history of suicide attempts, the last in 2005 landed him in a coma for five days. He says if it wasn’t for Mr. Rudolph, he would have surely tried to kill himself again and tragically succeeded.
Mr. Rudolph, who recently “came out” to his children to announce his engagement, battles HIV and Hepatitis C. They no longer speak to him, as a result. The couple lives modestly on Federal Social Security Disability, and could never afford a “fancy” wedding on their budget which is why they took to social media and crowd-funding, with no success.
Mr. Jackson lost his first husband, to stage four cancer in 2013. Mr. Rudolph was by Mr. Jackson’s side for every moment of that loss. The two fell in love during the process of helping him die with dignity. They have been living together since then. “I would have lost my mind if Raymond hadn’t come to my rescue. We got through the death and started a new life together.” After a year and a half, being in one of the states that allows for legal same-gender marriage the couple would like to make their love, and commitment, official.
“Thank God for Marcinho,” the couple says. “He has come into our lives and made the impossible possible. We couldn’t have our dream wedding without him and his team of dream makers.”
Further updates will be released to the media as the couple’s journey to their big day nears, for those wishing to track its progress, or offer their support.
ABOUT THE CURRENT VENDORS
The current vendors donating their services are: Middle Collegiate Church, Chef Marita Lynn, CakeDiva®, Corrine Statia (Absolute Events by Corrine), and Lynn Jawitz of Florisan Floral Design).
For interviews and further information:
David Maron, PR/Media Associate
646.688.4461, Ext. 703
Reginald T. Jackson and Raymond J. Rudolph
Marcinho Savant [mar-SING-you-suh-VAWNT]
646.688.4461, Ext. 705
About Marcinho Savant:
Marcinho Savant is the CEO, and Senior Event Designer of savvyplanners.com™. He was incredibly moved to learn of the struggle of Reginald, and Raymond, and, once again, assembled his go-to team of compassionate creatives to design an unforgettable wedding day for them as they have done for other couples in the past. He has responded to victims harmed by national disasters, and couples discriminated against by traditional wedding vendors, making national news for their maltreatment.
An “Equalist”, he is actively involved in the Marriage Equality movement via a number of local, state, and national organizations in the battle.
savvyplanners.com™ is America’s first full-service, bespoke, GLBTI-specific wedding and event design firm.
They proudly fulfilled the role of being the ground breaking, international, first-mover providing exceptional event planning services especially meeting the event planning needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community. They have been selected to orchestrate many traditional ceremonies as well. While they are LGBT- owned/operated, our staff and affiliates are made up of persons from many different backgrounds making them reflective of the diversity of the world community. They do not discriminate against non-LGBTcouples.
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