Mike Lawlor/David Zakur Headed To “I Do”

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lawlorFormer legislative heavyweight and now deputy OPM secretary for criminal justice Mike Lawlor is changing his status from “in a relationship” to “married” next week.

And on Tuesday  he and his future groom David Zakur  were at Hartford City Hall taking care of those last-minute necessities, including getting their marriage license in preparation for their June 22 nuptials.

“We are excited and can’t wait,” said Lawlor, a powerful veteran legislator who met Zakur, a  scientist at Pfizer, several years ago.

The festivities include a wedding ceremony at pal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s residence followed by a cocktail reception until 6 p.m. Then the party moves to Lawlor’s brother and sister-in-law’s nearby home. Lawlor’s sister-in-law Ruth,by the way,  just happens to be an event planner.

 “We kind of want it to be a cocktail party with a wedding at half time,” Lawlor said grinning about the wedding festivities they are paying for and hosting.

Performing the wedding ceremony will be another Lawlor pal, Ct. Supreme Court Justice  Andrew McDonald. About 125 people have been invited.

“Yep, I’m the last of the group to get gay married, ” quipped Lawlor, who,  with Mark Ojakian,now Malloy’s chief of staff,  then legislator McDonald and others, spearheaded the push for legislation legalizing gay marriage in Connecticut.

The soon-to-be newlyweds note that while they will be in suits with bright-colored shirts for the festivities, their clever wedding invitation offered some fashion guidelines for those planning to attend.  “Fabulous dress but men, please no ties,” was the information for the guys.  And for the women attending the wedding there was this.  “Ladies, toss a pair of lawn friendly shoes into the Mercedes for the reception afterwards. Your feet will thank you.”

Part one of the reception, at the governor’s residence, will feature appetizers courtesy of Tallulah’s Catering, libations and jazz including  a performance by Kate Chaston. 

Part two, at the Lawlor home,  will feature Mexican food and a mariachi band, a salute to the newlyweds first date.

“Our first dinner date was to Mezcal Restaurante in New Haven,” said the 56-year-old Lawlor who is getting married for the first time. “And they have a mariachi band there. So when we were planning the wedding we asked if they would come up and play and they said yes.”

The 45-year-old Zakur, who has been married before, said the wedding rings are designed by  New Haven goldsmith Derek Simpson and there will be someone special presenting them at the ceremony. Doing the honors will be his  five-year-old son Cole,  who was also in the wedding invitation photo with his dad and soon-to-be stepdad.   

The couple expect a lot of speeches given the crowd that includes the governor, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, Ojakian and other politicians and lobbyists who are close friends of the two. 

And as far as a honeymoon?

“We’ll probably go into New York City for a few days,” said Lawlor. “And then plan something  big for the fall.”


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10 thoughts on “Mike Lawlor/David Zakur Headed To “I Do”

  1. A Great Day

    Many years of true love and happiness to a great couple!! Married by the first openly gay Supreme Court Justice appointed by this Governor. Such a proud day for our state as well .

  2. p. hofperson

    and so who’s paying for the use of the governor’s residence. sure doesn’t sound like official business. sure don’t want my taxes paying for another party.
    wish them both happiness and a long loving life together but not on my dime.

    1. Pat

      “the wedding festivities they are paying for and hosting.” So not on your dime, P. and others. Mike is my cousin and we all grew up on the low rent side of town, so the Mercedes crack is just that, a joke. Why do you he think he and David said “Men, no ties!” for the wedding?

      It will be a happy family and friends reunion. Thanks to those who gave best wishes.

    2. Aileen

      P. Hofpeson and Colon McEnroe – The article states that the couple is paying for the wedding.

      Jack and Colon McEnroe – It’s a joke. Luckily, these two have a sense of humor.

      Could not be happier for them and their five year old son!

  3. Jack

    Wow. “Ladies, toss a pair of lawn friendly shoes into the Mercedes for the reception afterwards. Your feet will thank you.”

    How amazingly pretentious, huh?

  4. WenZen

    I agree Jack, sounds a little Bourgois to me. I am all for gay marriage. But why do these two get a write up? Certainly not because it is a first or that Zakur is good looking.

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