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William Law Gauntt
Margaret Egosphines
William Marshall Gauntt
Corinna McAfferty
Jonathan Kirkbride Gauntt
(Abt 1975-)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Samantha Buckingham Leas

Jonathan Kirkbride Gauntt

  • Born: Abt 1975 1
  • Marriage (1): Samantha Buckingham Leas on 29 Oct 2006 in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
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bullet  General Notes:

Samantha Buckingham Leas and Jonathan Kirkbride Gauntt were married last evening at the home of Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Beach, Fla. The Rev. William E. Hamilton, an Episcopal priest, officiated.

The bride, 30, was the director of special events until this month at Emilia Fanjul Communications, a New York public relations firm, where she is continuing as a consultant. She graduated from Boston University .

She is the daughter of Johanna S. Kendall of West Palm Beach, Fla., and the late Donald S. Leas Jr. Her mother is an agent at the Palm Beach office of Brown Harris Stevens, the real estate brokerage firm. Her father was the director of sales at Lilly Pulitzer Inc., the clothing company in Palm Beach. The bride is the stepdaughter of Messmore Kendall.

The bridegroom, 31, is an associate at Arena Capital Partners, an investment firm in New York, where he helps arrange financing for new investments and monitors existing investments. He graduated from Washington and Lee.

His mother, Corinna M. Wilson, lives in Montgomery, Ala., and retired last year as stockbroker at the Wachovia Securities branch there. His father, William M. Gauntt, lives and works in New Orleans, where he manages pools of loans to health care companies. The bridegroom is the stepson of Dr. Barry L. Wilson.


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Jonathan married Samantha Buckingham Leas, daughter of Donald Stewart Leas Jr. and Johanna Snyder, on 29 Oct 2006 in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A. (Samantha Buckingham Leas was born about 1976.)


bullet  Marriage Notes:

October 29, 2006 - The New York Times - Weddings & Celebrations.

Samantha Buckingham Leas and Jonathan Kirkbride Gauntt were married last evening at the home of Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Beach, Fla. The Rev. William E. Hamilton, an Episcopal priest, officiated.

The bride, 30, was the director of special events until this month at Emilia Fanjul Communications, a New York public relations firm, where she is continuing as a consultant. She graduated from Boston University .

She is the daughter of Johanna S. Kendall of West Palm Beach, Fla., and the late Donald S. Leas Jr. Her mother is an agent at the Palm Beach office of Brown Harris Stevens, the real estate brokerage firm. Her father was the director of sales at Lilly Pulitzer Inc., the clothing company in Palm Beach. The bride is the stepdaughter of Messmore Kendall.

The bridegroom, 31, is an associate at Arena Capital Partners, an investment firm in New York, where he helps arrange financing for new investments and monitors existing investments. He graduated from Washington and Lee.

His mother, Corinna M. Wilson, lives in Montgomery, Ala., and retired last year as stockbroker at the Wachovia Securities branch there. His father, William M. Gauntt, lives and works in New Orleans, where he manages pools of loans to health care companies. The bridegroom is the stepson of Dr. Barry L. Wilson.

Miss Leas and Mr. Gauntt are not an obvious match based on personality styles. Mr. Gauntt, a native Alabaman, is "a very quiet, stand-up guy," said Miss Leas, who described herself as more of an extrovert. "He mellows me out, and I bring out the crazy side of him," she added.

In 2001, they were on the same Florida-bound flight on the day before Thanksgiving. "I noticed her from across the waiting lounge," Mr. Gauntt said. They also exchanged glances during and after the flight. But Mr. Gauntt made no move to speak with her until later that evening when, as it happened, both were at the same bar in Palm Beach, where a mutual friend said he had the perfect girl to introduce to Mr. Gauntt - Miss Leas.

Miss Leas and Mr. Gauntt had their first official date the following week in New York, and quickly settled into an exclusive relationship. But a Southern gentleman doesn't move at a New York speed when it comes to proposing marriage. Mr. Gauntt approached the subject in a logical, unpressured fashion, figuring that since they both knew that their ultimate goal was to marry, there wasn't "a lot of reason to be uncomfortable or concerned," he said.

Miss Leas had a more emotional point of view, and thought that they should commit sooner to marriage. But then she thought better of pressuring him.

"I could have ranted and raved and cried and it would have made no difference," she said. Besides, she had grown to love his slower style. So she decided to take a page from his book.

"He's always patient with me, and in the end it turned around and I needed to be patient with him," she said.
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Sources


1 New York Times - October 29, 2006.

2 The New York Times, Weddings & Celebrations - Samantha Leas, Jonathan Gauntt (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/29/fashion/weddings/29leas.html : accessed 28 Aug 2012).


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