Love Links Two Legacies

The marriage of Chandler MacWilliam and Mike Sexton joins two fourth-generation Vero Beach families

Chandler MacWilliam-Sexton’s eyes light up as she talks about how she and her husband, Mike, ended up exchanging vows in front of 200 guests at the Sexton family’s 680-acre ranch last November. Years earlier, neither one could have imagined that one day they would be tying the knot under ancient oak trees in the middle of a cow pasture.

But that’s just what they did.

The MacWilliam-Sexton union is one of those “happily ever after” tales that began a century ago when their great-grandfathers, Waldo Sexton and Alex MacWilliam Sr., put down roots in Indian River County.

Sexton, a rancher who loved his Treasure Hammock Ranch, is known for creating Vero Beach landmarks such as McKee Botanical Garden, the Ocean Grill and the Driftwood Inn. MacWilliam oversaw construction of the Riomar Country Club and golf course, was the first club manager and served as mayor of Vero Beach for more than 20 years. Both men were entrepreneurial visionaries who left lasting marks on our community.

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