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Rebecca Elena Hawkins & Samuel Joseph Aucoin

June 18, 2016 | Dana Point, California

photography by Tamara Wroclawsky of Face On By Tamara

Rebecca Elena Hawkins and Samuel Joseph Aucoin were united in holy matrimony at four o’clock in the afternoon on June 18, 2016, at the Palisades Gazebo in Dana Point, California. The double-ring ceremony was held at the beautiful cliff-top gazebo overlooking Capistrano Beach and the Pacific Ocean.


The bride is the daughter of Christina and Scott Hawkins of Yucaipa, California. She is the granddaughter of Darlene and Dean Hawkins of Fresno, California; Martha Betancourt of Actin, California; and the late Fransisco Betancourt.


The groom is the son of Terri Bishop Aucoin of Gillsburg, Mississippi, and Sam R. Aucoin of Carencro, Louisiana. He is the grandson of the late Barbara and Curtis Bishop of Gillsburg and Angie and Clyde Aucoin of Patterson, Louisiana.


The romantic day began with the groom’s having his best man deliver two dozen long-stemmed red roses to the bride during her bridal preparation with her bridesmaids. Included with the roses was one of his great-grandmother’s lace handkerchiefs


Later in the day, wedding guests entered the ocean-side ceremony to the sounds of breaking waves and the breathtaking view of the beach and Pacific Ocean. The gazebo area was surrounded by palm trees and a multitude of blooming, dark pink California wild roses. A crystal chandelier hung from the center of the gazebo, and a pair of classic Roman column pedestals held flowers on either side of the couple. Flowing coral-pink organza sashes were attached to the guests’ chairs, and rose petals were scattered along the aisle.

 The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore an ensemble of ivory beaded lace over bridal satin. The gown featured a V neckline with soft lace straps and a trumpet silhouette, which ended in a chapel-length train. A floral design of pearls and crystals on an elegant ivory satin ribbon accented the empire waist. She wore a beautiful pearl and crystal headband to complete her attire. The bride carried a bouquet of coral pink roses, white mini calla lilies, ruscus, and lily grass, all bound in pink satin ribbon.


Serving the bride as matron of honor was Ana Miller, sister of the bride, of Redlands, California. Bridesmaids were Anna Aucoin, sister of the groom, of Gillsburg, Mississippi; Lindsay Betancourt, cousin of the bride, of Bakersfield, California; and Kayleigh Hughes of Boston, Massachusetts. The attendants wore full-length, one-shoulder neckline coral-pink lace dresses along with a matching pearl necklaces and bracelets, a gift from the bride. They carried bouquets of coral-pink roses and white mini calla lilies.


Serving as best man was Jean-Paul Aucoin, brother of the groom, of Gillsburg, Mississippi. Groomsmen were Michael Aucoin, brother of the groom, of Gillsburg, Mississippi; Louie Miller, brother-in-law of the bride, of Redlands, California; and Travis Mitchell of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The groom wore his United States Marine Corps Dress Blues for the ceremony.


Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted by the bride’s parents at The Wind and Sea Restaurant in the Dana Point Harbor. The reception began with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by a three-course seated dinner, featuring grilled steak and Hawaiian chicken. Toasts for the couple were made by Ana and Jean-Paul. The wedding cake was a two-tiered almond cake with French vanilla and raspberry filling topped with fresh flowers.


The couple departed the reception in a car decorated with white puff poms and strings of rhinestones, and numerous silver cans tied to the it.


The night before the wedding, the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s mother was held at Isabella’s Ristorante Italiano in Redlands, California. The groom presented the bride with a wedding gift of a custom-made black pearl and sterling silver necklace and earrings from Selman’s Jewelry.


After their honeymoon on Catalina Island, the couple resides in Riverside, California.  The bride is a marketing coordinator for the YMCA of East Valley in Redlands, California. She is pursuing a master’s degree in family and marital counseling. The groom completed four years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps in August and is now pursuing a degree in computer science.


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