Lauren Fadeley and Francis Veyette

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By Rosalie R. Radomsky
The New York Times
October 30, 2011

Lauren Fadeley and Francis Veyette, dancers with the Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, were married Saturday evening at Minorca by the Sea, a condominium complex in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. Jonathan H. Stiles, a friend of the couple from the ballet company who became a Church of Spiritual Humanism minister for the occasion, officiated.

The bride, 26, who will continue to use her name professionally, is a soloist, and the bridegroom, 31, is a principal dancer. Earlier this month, she performed in “Slaughter on 10th Avenue” and he in “Raymonda Variations,” both by George Balanchine. The couple, along with other members of the Pennsylvania Ballet company, appeared in the film “Black Swan.”
The bride, who graduated with distinction from Indiana University, is the daughter of Carol Weyant Fadeley and Brett D. Fadeley of Longwood, Fla. Her father is the chairman of Handex Consulting and Remediation in Winter Park, Fla., which removes pollutants from groundwater.

The bridegroom is a son of Dallas J. Veyette and Paul L. Veyette of Visalia, Calif. The bridegroom’s father is the vice president for sales and marketing at Harris Woolf Almonds, a grower and processor, in Coalinga, Calif.
The couple met in Philadelphia in 1997 as dance students — she was 12 and he 17 — at the Rock School for Dance Education’s summer program, which at the time was connected to the Pennsylvania Ballet.
“They paired the two of us together in a publicity photo shoot,” Ms. Fadeley said. “I was so young, and he was hot stuff at the time.”
Mr. Veyette, who became an apprentice with the ballet company after that summer, didn’t realize that Ms. Fadeley was in the photograph. “I remember doing a picture with a really young girl I didn’t know,” he said. “Basically she was so young, and we were on different schedules.”
In 2007, when Ms. Fadeley joined the ballet company, they were paired up at a rehearsal.
“I ran and jumped on him,” she said, “and I said: ‘I’m Lauren. There’s a picture of us downstairs.’ ” To which she recalled he answered, “Oh, that’s you.”
They quickly became friends, but romance was not in the picture. She had a boyfriend.
“It became obvious we both liked each other,” Mr. Veyette said. “We either needed to stop spending so much time together or she had to break up with her boyfriend.” After a few months, she did.
In February 2008, they started rehearsing for Peter Quanz’s “Jupiter Symphony.” Ms. Fadeley recalled that it was a “loving pas de deux, and the choreographer always said, ‘Make sure you look at each other’s eyes and smile.’”
Ms. Fadeley called that “very easy.”
In May, a month before the premiere of “Jupiter Symphony,” they had their first date.
“I went and picked her up on my motorcycle, and we went out to dinner, and then I drove her around Fairmount Park,” Mr. Veyette said. “We parked at the top of the hill, and laid a blanket out, looked at the city below and talked.”
“I was pretty much in love with her already,” he said.
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