They had dinner the following evening, during which Mr. Lawson shared that he had been in Alcoholics Anonymous for two years and that his second marriage had lasted 90 days. They also had a couple differences: He is Jewish, she is not; he is 15 years her senior. Mrs. Lawson was unfazed by all of it. They started dating immediately.
In Sept. 1991, she moved into his apartment on Sutton Place in Manhattan. That Thanksgiving they got engaged and started planning for a July wedding.
In February 1992, the pair were in Las Vegas for a shoe show. While out to dinner with friends, Mrs. Lawson whispered into Mr. Lawson’s ear that she thought she was pregnant. “I hadn’t felt well all day,” she said. “We bought a test at a drugstore that night and in seconds a line appeared.” Their July wedding was moved up to April.
The couple were married on April 26, 1992, in front of 100 guests at Le Club, a private member club located under the 59th Street Bridge in New York. The wedding, which was planned in two months, had an air of Murphy’s Law. “The dry cleaner ruined my Yves Saint Laurent dress the day before,” said Mrs. Lawson, who was able to borrow a gown from a friend.
Additionally, “Billy’s father left early because he wasn’t sitting at the head table. I hated our wedding song, which was from ‘Beauty and the Beast’; Billy loved it. And we never made a photo album because I hated the dress.”
Nevertheless, the couple had a good time. “We had a great DJ and our favorite people danced with us all night,” she said. The couple still live on Sutton Place. They have two sons: Peter, 28, and David, 26.