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Stylist Mario Russo weds longtime partner

Frank Gilligan (left) and Mario Russo on their wedding day Sunday in Jamaica Plain.

MICHAEL BLANCHARD

Frank Gilligan (left) and Mario Russo on their wedding day Sunday in Jamaica Plain.

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For years, Mario Russo has been primping brides and grooms before their big day. So when it was Russo’s turn to walk down the aisle, it seemed natural to ask the Newbury Street stylist who handled his hair. “I fixed my own,” he said, laughing. Russo wed his longtime partner, Frank Gilligan, in a small ceremony Sunday at the Jamaica Plain home of Louis Boston owner Debi Greenberg and her husband, Mark. Russo and Gilligan, who met 25 years ago and have been together for 18, made it official in front of about 40 friends and family, including ICA director Jill Medvedow, architects Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti, realtor Dan Mullin, Skinner Auctioneers CEO Karen Keane and her husband, Dan Elias, the executive director of the New Art Center in Newton, and Gilligan’s daughter, Fernanda, a London-based art consultant who flew in to surprise her father. “We’d talk about it for awhile and just decided it made sense to do it now,” said Russo. (Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, in 2004.) “When our friends found out, they wanted to be part of this monumental event in our lives,” he said. “We were being very casual about it, but, really, when it happened, it was significant. It became something much more.”

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