The Fab Femme, an online source for LGBT news, gossip, events, and more, recently chatted with Davone Madison-Jackson, newlywed and guest star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings. Last year, Davone and her wife, Tiffany, were featured in ELIXHER’s Our Family column. Here’s what Davone had to say about wedding planning and making relationships last.
TFF: Tell us about your lavish wedding in NYC.
DAVONE: We started planning our wedding on November 14, 2010 when we fell in love with our venue, The Coral House in Baldwin, N.Y. The venue was so romantic and country-chic that we had to have it for our special day.
Our favorite holiday is Christmas so it was perfect to have a wedding on December 23, 2011. I love bling so that’s how the theme became Diamond Winter Wonderland. The color scheme was platinum, white, and light blue. We incorporated diamonds and crystals into every aspect of the decor.
Experienced vendors did the blue custom uplighting, ice sculptures, custom linens and white leather couches for our guests to lounge when they weren’t partying. It was a dream come true. Finer Touch Entertainment, The Coral House, Wicks Florist, Tristar Limo and everyone else made our day a reality. I can’t forget my glam team: Barbara Lagazelle on hair, Tanisha Faye on makeup and Flawless Sha on airbrush. They got me white carpet ready.
TFF: Sounds very swanky. I love it. Did you run into any obstacles or freak accidents while planning your special day?
DAVONE: I must say we had little bumps in the road. I made these crystal oil lamps that I wanted displayed by the guestbook but didn’t realize I painted the top silver and it glued it closed. We couldn’t get the oil into the lamps so they weren’t displayed. My daughter’s father was supposed to sing when I walked down the aisle and couldn’t get a flight out the day of the wedding. My makeup artist Tanisha Faye’s partner was rushed to the hospital the day of the wedding but she still came to do my makeup. Also, my maid of honor’s dress was lost by the dry cleaners so she had to run and get a replacement dress the day of. Craziness but we made it all come together.
TFF: That’s insane. Let’s talk about the fab dresses you wore on your wedding day. How did you go about picking them and who are the dresses by?
DAVONE: My first dress was a couture gown by Maggie Sottero. I fell in love with the dress the moment I saw it online. I had to have it. We customized it by adding drop caplet sleeves to it to make it more romantic. My second gown was made by Alfred Angelo but we customized that dress so much it didn’t even look the same way I purchased it. I wanted that whimsical romantic feel when I walked down the aisle and I wanted my sassiness when I danced the night away.
TFF: Why is it important to you to showcase your wedding on the show?
DAVONE: We wanted the world to see that we have the same loving wedding others do. Love has no face nor gender. We hope [sharing our story] helps [others] open up and not hide their love.
TFF: Tell us a little about the relationship leading up to the marriage with your fab wife. How did you two meet and how did she propose to you?
DAVONE: My wife and I met back in 2008 through my social networking company, Dollhouse Enterprises Inc. We broke up and got back together in June 2010. She proposed the first time in November 2010 at a friend’s birthday dinner by saying let’s get our initials tattooed on our ring finger. It was so low key. I loved it because it was about us and our love. She proposed a second time in June 2011 — this time with a 3 carat diamond ring in front of my family and friends at a Meshell Ndegeocello concert. I was so surprised.
TFF: That’s a big ring! Last question. What advice can you give young gay couples on making their relationship last? How do you two do it?
DAVONE: My advice to any couple is that communication and compromise is key. When you are in a relationship realize you are sharing your life with another person. Everything can’t be your way. Learn to compromise. I’m so spoiled but I had to learn that my wife has needs as well. Talk things out. Pick your battles. Everything doesn’t have to be a argument. The last piece of advice I have is to keep God and your family first. Keep all others out your business.
– Aryka Randall, TheFabFemme.com
Aryka Randall is a 25-year-old biracial blogger that was raised in San Diego, California and currently resides in Louisiana. Her passion for writing has taken her on a journey she will never forget. Aryka’s long-term goal is to unify a wide range of people through one common interest. A passion for communication.