After 13 years and four children the marriage of Luci Johnson and Patrick Nugent ended in divorce in 1979, pitching LBJ’s spunky younger daughter into the ranks of single mothers. On March 3, with her children as attendants, Luci became a bride again. In a small family gathering at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, Luci, 36, wed 39-year-old Ian Johnstone Turpin, a Scottish-born, British West Indies banker. The ebullient Luci, who traded vows in front of a fireplace bedecked with heather and Texas bluebonnets, says her new mate is a man “who even surpasses my dreams.”
It was also the second time around for 6’4″ Ian, whose 5-year-old son Stuart Leonard Turpin teamed up with Patrick Lyndon Nugent, 16, and his sisters, Nicole Marie, 14, Rebekah Johnson, 9, and Claudia Taylor, 8, to assist at the nuptials. The ecumenical ceremony (he is Anglican; she converted to Catholicism in 1965) was followed by a formal dinner and dance for 300 guests at the LBJ Library in Austin. Among those invited: sister Lynda and her husband, Virginia’s Gov. Charles Robb; Texas’ Gov. Mark White; Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Jacque and Wayne Goettsche, the friends who introduced the couple last March on Grand Cayman Island.
The party was an orchestrated union of two cultures as well. Bagpipers played The Eyes of Texas, and guests dined on Scottish salmon salad, Texas tenderloin and Yorkshire pudding.
An inveterate romantic, Luci wore something old (an antique linen wedding dress made in the Texas Hill Country in 1915), something new (custom-made high-lace boots imported from Canada to match the dress), something borrowed (a bracelet given to Ian’s parents when they wed) and something blue (a cameo locket containing her children’s pictures).
Equally sentimental was Luci’s speech to her new husband. Said Luci: “I love you most of all because you, more than any other, have made me feel like there is a best in me. I’ve never felt so good about what I can do or be as I have since I fell in love with you.” With that, the couple took to the dance floor as the band struck up the country ballad Could I Have This Dance (for the rest of my life).