Ida Dargan McMaster & 1st Lt. Robert Edward Rain

1st Lt. and Mrs. Robert Edward Rain were married May 15, 2010, at 5 p.m. at Laurel Spring Plantation in Green Pond, S.C. The marriage is announced by Mr. and Mrs. William Gourdin McMaster, the bride’s parents.

Mrs. Rain, the former Ida Dargan McMaster, is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Moses Tucker Laffitte Jr., the late Nell Lightsey Laffitte, Mr. John Gregg McMaster, and the late Ida Dargan McMaster, all of Columbia, S.C. The bride graduated from Hammond School and received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from Washington and Lee University. Mrs. Rain is employed by HealthCentral in Washington, D.C.

1st Lt. Rain is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wharton Rain of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Donald Eugene Bowles, the late Donald Eugene Bowles, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eley Rain, all of Dallas. A graduate of Highland Park High School, the bridegroom received bachelor’s degrees in English and history from Washington and Lee University. 1st Lt. Rain is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and is stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C.

The bride was escorted and given in marriage by her father.

Ann Sheldon Paschal of Columbia, S.C., served as the bride’s maid of honor. Other attendants were the bridegroom’s sisters, Martha Elisabeth Rain and Cynthia Talbot Rain of Dallas; the bride’s cousins, Elizabeth Lucius Laffitte and Mary Loyal Laffitte of Beaufort, S.C., and Helen Harvey Laffitte, Nell Lightsey Laffitte, and Mary Rogers McMaster of Columbia, S.C.; Elizabeth Phillips Appel of New York City; Anne Russell Calvert and Mary Radford Wyatt of Atlanta; Constance Smith Cathy and JennyGray Ruffin Childs of Columbia, S.C.; Margaret Collins Cogar of Richmond, Va.; Lily Amanda de Grazia of Florence, Italy; Catherine Christina Dixon of Raleigh, N.C.; and Katherine Bowen Halligan of Mobile, Ala.

David Wharton Rain served as his brother’s best man. Groomsmen in the wedding party were the bride’s brothers, William Gourdin McMaster Jr. and George Hunter McMaster II of Columbia, S.C.; Robert John Bain, Colesen Craig Evans, William James Foran, Stephen Martin Lipscomb, David Rice Meyer, Robert Adam Mundinger, Robert Power Ritchie, William Martin Smalley, and Marshall Comstock White, all of Dallas; Joshua Randolph Bryan of Jacksonville, Fla.; George Wiman Carter of Charlottesville, Va.; Clayton Turner Edwards Jr. of Atlanta; Theodore Jennings Williams of Vero Beach, Fla.; and Walker Jones Williams of Richmond, Va.

The wedding service was officiated by the Rev. Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson, minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C. Music was provided by Robin Harris, soloist; William Nuttall, bagpiper; Wyman Shuler, Scottish drummer; and the Crescent Brass. The service concluded with the Arch of Swords ceremony. A reception was held on the lawn.

After a wedding trip, the couple will reside in Jacksonville, N.C., until 1st Lt. Rain’s redeployment to Afghanistan.

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