Wine, cheese, great hair, and sibilant whispers of "fabulous" set the tone for a screening of Bravo TV show "Newlyweds" at the Industry Hair Artists salon in Menlo Park on the evening of Jan. 20.
Brandon Liberati is a hair stylist who worked in Palo Alto for about 15 years before moving to Los Angeles about five years ago. However, he still commutes to the Bay Area to cut hair one week each month at the Industry Hair Artists salon, which relocated from Palo Alto to 1140 University Drive in Menlo Park in August 2015.
He's also newly married to fitness trainer Craig Ramsay, and the pair is one of four featured on "Newlyweds," a Bravo reality show where couples must weather the first year of their marriage on camera.
To recognize Mr. Liberati's longtime connection to the salon, the couple hosted a watch party of the show's fourth episode there. Since they are the first married gay couple to be featured on the reality show, Mr. Ramsay said, they've become part of the "face of gay marriage."
"There is a bigger thing going on here than a reality show on Bravo," said Mr. Liberati.
Emotions ran high during the screening. One woman in the room shouted, "You're a b----!" at the screen. Others muttered their judgment of the other couples on the show more demurely. Michelle Christierson, whose hair Mr. Liberati has been cutting for approximately eight years, said: "It's interesting to delve into someone else's life. You get a kind of 'Peeping Tom' effect."