Lauren Schlagenhauf and her husband Steven on their wedding day

Two Became One

The Day Had Finally Come

The sun and the clouds came together and painted the perfect romantic scene as the waves orchestrated earthy music for the evening. On November 27, 2017, Dr. Lauren Schlagenhauf and Mr. Steven Gonzales became one in marriage. The ceremony took place in Costa Maya, a stretch of the Caribbean coast on Mexico’s eastern Yucatán Peninsula at the Maya Chan Beach Resort. An intimate ceremony was held with both families side by side. The resort served the guests and newlyweds arrachera — a Mexican skirt steak marinated in Mayan herbs and seasonings — chicken seasoned with local spices, fish, and a Mayan favorite, cochinita pibil, wrapped in freshly made flour tortillas for dinner. The wedding and reception embraced the culture of the Mexican Caribbean. Concluding the ceremony, guests freely enjoyed relaxing in cabanas, snorkeling, and kayaking around the shore line. The day could not have been more perfect for Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales.