Wedding announcement: Jeff Cleghorn and David Ruiz

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David Ruiz and Jeff Cleghorn will celebrate their marriage during an April 26 evening gala at the Buckhead home of Mr. Bruce Cohen. David and Jeff were married on Nov. 8, 2013 in San Diego, Calif., after becoming engaged several months prior during a visit to San Francisco.

The couple will recite their marriage vows in front of family and friends gathered from Mexico and across the United States, following a cocktail reception featuring pianist Robert Stickland. Singer-songwriter Katharine Cole will perform, followed by dinner and dancing through the night.

In lieu of gifts, David and Jeff’s guests are contributing to the “Why Marriage Matters Georgia” campaign, seeking to bring marriage equality to Georgia.

David is the son of Julio Ruiz Solana and Paula Lavariega Ortiz. He studies landscape architecture, and completed the majority of his degree requirements at National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. He plans to pursue a career in landscape design. David is a native of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Jeff is the son of Melvin Cleghorn (deceased) and Jenell Bullard Cleghorn. Jeff is an Atlanta family law attorney and shareholder with Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jeff served almost 12 years as an active duty Army military intelligence officer, rising to the rank of major. Jeff received his law degree from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., and his undergraduate degree from the University of North Georgia, in Dahlonega. Jeff is a native of Griffin, Ga.

Following a honeymoon in New Orleans attending the Jazz Festival, David and Jeff will reside in their Ansley Park home, along with their four-legged children, George, Scruffy and Chuck.