A stalled out boat leads to a waterfront wedding
Astalled out pleasure boat on Clear Lake caused a change of plans and sent Emily Augustini to the nearby Hilton Hotel to enjoy an end of summer party in late 2011. There was food, entertainment, adult beverages and a very handsome guitar player who was singing for the crowd.
She took a deep breath and summoned a bit of courage to approach vocalist Jared Waggoner and ask him for his card, Augustini said. He stopped singing and blushed, but he obliged. A few days later, they went on a date.
“Initially, I was hesitant to pursue anything serious because of the ‘musician boyfriend’ stereotype and I thought he was too good looking,” she said. “He couldn’t possibly have the personality to match, right? Of course, that hesitation was gone after a couple of dates.”
And, six years later, during a family cruise in the Caribbean with Waggoner’s family, he surprised her and proposed. Wedding plans were underway.
Waggoner’s mom and stepfather, Maxine and Dicky Hughes, live in a waterfront house facing Offatts Bayou in Galveston. The wedding ceremony and party would be there, and the theme would be a seaside and tropical event.
The large yard was nicely landscaped with palm trees, birds of paradise and blooming plumeria, and the cool blue of the pool would serve as an aquatic backdrop for the ceremony, with the large expanse of the bay behind them. Dinner tables for the guests could comfortably be set under the house in the breezeway, which is covered and out of the sun.
The October nautical wedding started with the bride and her father, Mark Augustini, arriving at the Hughes’ pier from a friend’s house on Tiki Island in a large boat with Capt. Doc Chandler at the helm. Susan Lannan, aboard the vessel, released handfuls of rose petals into the bay as the wedding party’s boat neared the dock.
As the bride and her father walked from the boat down the aisle and up the 100-foot-long pier to the ceremony and the waiting guests, her nervous father said he feared he was going to fall off the wooden dock. He didn’t.
Emily Augustini, an experienced personal trainer who now works in the oil and gas field, beamed as she slowly walked behind her small wedding party.
They exchanged vows on the edge of the water under a thin canopy of palm trees but in front of a seated audience of family and friends. Her brother, David Augustini, officiated the ceremony.
The one glitch of the day was out of the couple’s control. For October, the temperature was unseasonably intense and they had not planned for the record-setting 90-degree heat. Instead, they were preparing for the possibility of strong Gulf breezes blowing everything away.
“What I would have done for a breeze,” Augustini said. “All that wasted worry on high winds and rain.”
But the day was perfect and a forever memory for the couple and their families.
After honeymooning in Belize, the couple settled in Tiki Island.
How did you incorporate your personal style into your wedding?
Being near the coast has always been an important part of my life and I couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else. I never dreamed of having a big, white wedding, so having it at my in-laws’ home on the water was perfect.
Besides the weather, any downsides to your wedding day?
We both wanted a small, intimate wedding at his family’s home, which meant limited space and guest list. The only downside was not being able to invite everyone that we would have in a larger setting.
Magic moment of the day?
It had to be the long walk down the aisle, which was a boardwalk out to the family’s pier, where the boat was moored. It was surreal to see Jared standing there waiting and everyone I love staring back at me. Overwhelming is the best way to describe it.
Tell us about picking out your wedding dress.
I found exactly what I wanted: a plain long white dress, sleeveless with a deep V-neck and slightly flared bottom. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a certain style, just something simple and classic. I actually stumbled on it on an online boutique and it fit perfectly. Easiest decision of the wedding.
How are you liking married life so far?
We love it. After dating for so many years, it’s an exciting new chapter for us.