Katherine Lynn Delcambre and Captain Leif Erik Vestermark
The Bride: Katherine (“Kate”) Lynn Delcambre
The Groom: Captain Leif Erik Vestermark
Wedding: February 18, 2017, Our Lady of Wisdom, Lafayette, LA
Reception: Le Pavillon, Lafayette
How They Met:
An Officer (and a Gentleman)
Pennsylvania native Leif Vestermark was attending his Army officer career course at Fort Lee, Virginia, when he was assigned to a “foreign” territory – Fort Polk, Louisiana. Not knowing a soul in this far-away swampland, he reached out online to Lafayette gal Kate Delcambre.
Within a month, Delcambre was on a Richmond-bound plane to meet the dashing officer.
“The moment I set my eyes on her, I knew she was the one my heart had been searching for my entire life,” Vestermark said.
Adds Delcambre, “I didn’t have any doubts.”
Worth the Wait:
A few weeks later, Vestermark began his new post at Fort Polk. Though separated by a mere two-hour drive, the couple could see each other only on weekends. Then, the inevitable happened, he was deployed to Afghanistan.
Still, the tenacious twosome was determined to keep the burning love alive. “Kate and I stayed in touch from a world away through letters, Facebook, and phone calls,” Vestermark said. “She sent the most phenomenal care packages that raised my morale on my lowest of days. Throughout the tribulations of deployment, she stood by my side, waiting faithfully for my return. I could not wait for that day when I could hold her in my arms again.”
The Officer Makes it Official
After five long months of separation, the two were finally reunited. Vestermark had planned the proposal during the long, lonely days of deployment. “I wanted the moment to be simple, memorable, intimate — but most importantly, I wanted the moment to be natural,” he said.
On March 12, 2016, he took her to brunch at Grand Coteau Bistro near her high school alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart. He anxiously waited for the relentless rain to stop so that he could execute his perfectly-planned proposal. After “what seemed like hours,” the rain subsided and the two privately toured the gorgeous grounds of the academy while Delcambre reminisced.
Trying to “act casual and inconspicuously,” Vestermark veered her towards the majestic oaks, dropped to his knee, and proposed.
The Main Event
They enjoyed planning their traditional military ceremony, complete with swords and all. “Once we finally saw each other as I was walking down the aisle, I think both of us just instantly relaxed,” she said.
“There are so many things that seem unbearable, so it’s very easy to get lost in it all and be anxious. I don’t remember seeing anyone else in the church besides Leif at that point. He’s always been that calm rock for me. It was reassuring and yet another reminder that God put us in each other’s lives for a reason.”