Gay Atlanta couple spars over groomsmaid dresses on TLC

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What happens when the gays get marriage? They spar over the dresses for their groomsmaids. Meet Michael Ivy and Chris Gage, a gay Atlanta couple featured in TLC's popular “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids.”

The couple from Kennesaw, who got hitched in April during a commitment ceremony in Statesboro, haggle over their differing tastes in gowns and sort through it with the help of their mothers, four groomsmaids and the very much needed helping hands of professionals. TLC teases their episode like this:

The July 12th episode features Michael Ivy and Chris Gage, two grooms who are completely in love, but not with each other’s ideas for groomsmaid dresses.  Chris prefers a more traditional “church” dress like the ones from his mother’s wedding pictures while Michael wants something classy and updated with this decade.

Meet Ivy and Gage, and catch a whiff of their conflicting tastes, in the video above.

But the couple also share a touching, and tragic, backstory. Gage suffered severe injuries in an auto accident in May and has slowly been recovering, according to San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

The newlyweds will be watching the TLC show from a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, where Chris appears to be making a remarkable recovery from life-threatening injuries suffered in May when his Chevrolet was T-boned by another vehicle that was speeding 72 mph down a city street at the time of impact.

“Chris was in a car accident on May 13 and suffered severe brain damage,” Michael said. “Doctors didn’t think he would live overnight. They thought he would die. But he kept beating the odds. He was in a coma for two weeks … but eventually a light seemed to switch on in his brain and his personality started to return.

Follow Gage's recovery on Prayers For Chris Gage, a Facebook page created by friends and family.

The “Falling Apart at the Seams” episode of TLC's “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” premieres July 12 on TLC  at 9:30 p.m. It repeats on July 19 at 8:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. and again Aug. 2.

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