Last June, friends and family of Lily Warner and Canaan Campo gathered at the Pelican Club in Jupiter to witness the wedding of the local high school sweethearts. Also in attendance was a 1957 Chevy convertible, borrowed from the Elliott Museum and there to pay homage to the night that started it all a decade ago.
Back in 2013, when Warner and Campo were students at Jensen Beach High School, Warner, who was president of the Student Government Association, was required to take part in the homecoming parade. She needed an escort to accompany her on the ride in a convertible, so she approached fellow senior Campo, whom she’d known since their days at Stuart Middle School.
“I was actually her second choice,” notes Campo, now 28. The first guy she had asked bailed, unwilling to spend the time on all the preparations that a Lily-style homecoming required. “I’m extremely type A,” says Warner, 27.
But Campo rolled with the punches, including making multiple trips to Dillard’s to find the perfect teal bow tie to match Warner’s dress. “He went along with all of my shenanigans,” Warner says. Along the way, Campo grew fond of her irrepressible positivity. “I was like, I really like being around her,” he says.
For her part, Warner was falling hard. “I’d never been treated with such respect and patience,” she says. So that October night after the homecoming game, Warner garnered her nerve and asked Campo if he wanted to be in a relationship. This time, however, his answer was no. “I didn’t want to mess up a good friendship,” he explains.
A few months later, he had a change of heart, and just like that, the “backup plan” became the boyfriend. Their relationship managed to survive college—Warner studied theater at James Madison University in Virginia, while Campo also headed to Virginia as an economics major at Marymount University.
In 2021, the pair moved to Ohio when Campo landed his dream job working with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As Warner found her footing on the local theater scene and the couple settled into their new lives, they got engaged two months later.
When it came time to choose a wedding location, they knew they wanted to share their special day back home in Florida and opted to marry at the Pelican Club. “We wanted all of our friends to see how beautiful the area we’d grown up in is,” says Warner. “I love how it represented this beautiful place where we met and fell in love. Our roots dig deep here. It’s cozy and just feels like home.”
Venue: Pelican Club, Jupiter
Cake: Sweet Tiers, Hobe Sound
Flowers: Harbour Bay Florist, Stuart
Getaway Car: Elliott Museum, Stuart
Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Salt Beauty Bar, Fort Pierce
Host Hotel: Wyndham Grand Jupiter, Harbourside Place