NOVember 10, 2018 •6-10pm
In partnership with Modern Luxury Weddings Magazine (S. FL & the Caribbean), J. Gisele is hosting a wedding for Derek & Kelly Auguste aboard the Seafair Miami Mega Yacht Venue.
The Seafair Miami is a one-of-a-kind event venue located in Miami, Florida. The Seafair is known for luxurious, breathtaking events and will provide a stunning backdrop for this amazing military couple, sponsors, attendees, and community supporters alike.
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131
Our Event Partners
The Chosen Ones
Derek & Kelly Auguste
“Miami is the backdrop to our love story.”
Derek and Kelly met on the school bus at the beginning of their 8th grade year at a magnet school in Miami. Though it wasn't love at first sight, there was an immediate connection and blossoming friendship. After middle school, they parted ways to different high schools, but their bond kept bringing them back to each other. They even bumped into each other the morning after their senior proms.
In June 1999, Kelly attended college in Tampa while Derek attended a college in Miami. After her second semester, she decided to return to Miami and attend the same school as Derek.
They reconnected once more during winter break in 1999, and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
In February of 2001, Derek and Kelly were blessed with the birth of their first child. They both left college to support their daughter full time. In 2004, Derek joined the military to provide stability for his family.
In April of 2004, Derek and Kelly were quietly married by a judge and celebrated with a small group of friends and family. About a month later Derek, shipped out for Army Basic Training. After six months away from his family, Derek returned to prepare them for their next adventure in Germany. Kelly was also expecting their second child.
Derek’s first assignment was with 1st Armored Division (1AD) in Germany. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 for 15 months. Kelly and their two small children returned to Miami, where she completed an associate’s degree and adjusted to being a single parent. Derek returned to Miami in 2009 for his next assignment with Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). He went on multiple deployments to Latin America and the Caribbean. Kelly remained in Miami, where she earned a master’s degree in education while working as a school teacher and taking care of their children.
Derek and Kelly always dreamed of having a wedding ceremony. Derek spent almost 5 years of his 11 year military career away from his family. They attempted a vow renewal ceremony for their 10 year anniversary, but Derek was called away on orders and planning was brought to a halt.
In 2015, Derek separated from the Army. He and Kelly were not prepared for the difficulties of transition and reintegration into civilian life.
Despite their challenges, they decided to focus their energy on helping veterans regain a sense of purpose and mission-oriented focus after military service.
Derek is a currently a full time student at the University of Miami and serves as the platoon leader for the Miami 1st Service Platoon of The Mission Continues. Kelly continues her career as a dedicated educator in Miami-Dade County.
Putting on a dream wedding for an incredibly deserving couple is no easy task. Your support of this event will help us make Derek & Kelly’s ceremony and reception a magical experience. We’re excited to work with you!