Below Deck Med’s Captain Sandy Yawn Marries Leah Schafer on Luxurious Yacht

Below Deck’s Captain Sandy Yawn married Leah Schafer on, where else, a yacht in a Florida ceremony surrounded by their loved ones—plus fellow Bravolebrities Aesha Scott and Kate Chastain.

By Hayley Santaflorentina May 15, 2024 12:09 PMTags
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Sandy Yawn is all aboard for her next adventure. 

The Below Deck Mediterranean Captain has married Leah Shafer after more than five years of dating in a ceremony that, naturally, took place on a yacht in Fort Lauderdale. 

"On May 11th, 2024 I married the love of my life," Sandy, 59, began a May 14 Instagram post. "I had no idea how amazing marriage could be! It feels incredible and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world. I love you, Leah Rae Yawn!!"

She continued, "Thank you for taking my name! Thank you to our entire family and friends for coming out to show your love and support to our relationship."

And the Bravo star was sure to assure fans, "If you're wondering, Yes it was filmed. Thank you to our Bravo family. We love you."

But cameras weren't the only way her network family was involved in Sandy's special day—Below Deck Med showrunner Nadine Rajabi officiated the ceremony, and not to mention, crew members Aesha ScottKate Chastain and Dave White were also in attendance. The latter was pulling double duty as both a guest and the chef responsible for the couple's wedding menu which, according to The New York Times, included short ribs and a three-tiered, gluten-free vanilla, chocolate and strawberry cake. 

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The couple wed on a superyacht called "She's a 10 Too," lent to them by their friend Carolyn Aronson, and were joined by 55 of their closest friends and family. 

Leah, 50, donned a gown by Leah De Gloria, which featured off the shoulder sleeves and intricate beading, while Sandy wore a white Veronica Beard suit. 

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In her post, Leah called her wedding day "a true fairytale," noting the many special people in her life that played a part. 

"With my family by my side," the skin care entrepreneur wrote, "my brothers walking me down the aisle, my mom and grandma in tears of happiness, my beautiful sister in law and my beautiful daughter as my maid of honor it couldn't be more of a blessing."

And while the pair and their guests are all smiles in the many photos they shared—taken by photographer Kelly Martucci—Sandy shared she couldn't help but grow emotional during her vows. 

"The minute I looked at Leah and started reading her all the reasons I fell in love with her I started to cry," she told The New York Times. "It's so amazing to find this kind of love in your lifetime."

And for more celebrities who have tied the knot in 2024, keep reading. 

Millie Bobby Brown & Jake Bongiovi

The Stranger Things actress and the son of singer Jon Bon Jovi said "I do" during a private May ceremony, multiple outlets reported.

Hailie Jade & Evan McClintock

The couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in May 2024, which came a little over a year after they announced their engagement.

Taylor Kinney & Ashley Cruger

The Chicago Fire star tied the knot with the model in a private ceremony in Chicago on April 30 after two years together.

Sandy Yawn & Leah Shafer

The Below Deck Captain married her fiancée after five years of dating in a May 11 ceremony which, naturally, took place on a yacht. 

Sheri Easterling & Jess Curtis

Addison Rae's mom announced on May 11 that she and the high school football coach have been married, "One whole week today."

Nick Viall & Natalie Joy

The Bachelor alum and his girlfriend of about four years got married on April 27 in an elegant wedding ceremony on a Georgia farm owned by Natalie's family. The nuptials arrived two months after the couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named River Rose Viall

Alex Cooper & Matt Kaplan

The Call Her Daddy host and the film producer tied the knot in an intimate Mexico ceremony on April 4 after four years of dating.  

Kimberly J. Brown & Daniel Kountz

The Halloweentown II costars married on April 19, 2024, several years after reconnecting.

Don Lemon & Tim Malone

The former CNN anchor married the real estate broker at a church in New York City April 6, five years to the day they got engaged and on Tim's 40th birthday.

Brock Purdy & Jenna Brandt

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback married his partner in Des Moines, Iowa March 9, almost a month after his team faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2024 Super Bowl.

Shohei Ohtani

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, who previously made headlines for his $700 million contract with the team, announced in February that he quietly got married. While he didn't name his wife, he did say she was someone "who is very special to me."

Johnny & Morgan Galecki

The actor kicked off a new chapter in his life with a big bang, sharing in February that he and his now-wife Morgan privately got married and welcomed a baby girl.

Donald Glover & Michelle White

Mr. & Mrs. Glover, no Smith here: In early February, the Atlanta star revealed he privately tied the knot with his longtime partner Michelle.

Lauren Alaina & Cam Arnold

The American Idol alum and her now-husband tied the knot during a celebration in downtown Nashville on Feb. 4.

Candace Cameron Bure’s Son Lev & Elliot Dunham

The Full House alum announced her son Lev and his now-wife Elliot tied the knot at the end of January.

Gerry Turner & Theresa Nist

The couple officially kicked off the new year as newlyweds, tying the knot during the Golden Wedding, which aired Jan. 4. The duo announced their separation just a few months later in April 2024. 

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