Olivia Arden Jennings and Justin Kevin Adendorff were united in the sacrament of holy matrimony on May 26, 2013, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Fira, the capital of the island of Santorini, Greece.
Following the ceremony, family and friends enjoyed a reception at La Maltese Hotel, in the nearby village of Imerovigli. The dinner reception featured both American dancing and traditional Greek dancing to folk music played by local musicians. The bride and groom opened the evening by dancing to Harry Connick Jr.’s rendition of “It Had to Be You.”
A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the bride, was held on the eve of the wedding in a medieval wine cave at the Vinsanto restaurant in the ancient town of Megalochori. At the dinner, musicians playing ancient Greek instruments serenaded the joyful couple.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Albert Jennings of Highland Park. She is the granddaughter of Mr. John E. Stedman and the late Mrs. Betty Stedman of North Kingstown, R.I., and the late Mr. and Mrs. V. Neal Jennings of Mabank, Texas.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin E. Adendorff of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arend de waal Horak of Pretoria, South Africa, and Mrs. Eufemia Adendorff of George, South Africa, and the late Mr. John Edwin Adendorff of Knysna, South Africa.
The bride was given in marriage by her family and was presented to the groom at the door of the church by her father, in accordance with Greek tradition. She wore a one-shoulder chiffon-and-satin gown from Carolina Herrera with a cathedral-length veil, also from Carolina Herrera, embroidered with olive branches. She wore her maternal grandmother’s pearls for the ceremony. During the service, her grandfather presented her with her paternal grandmother’s baptismal cross.
Attending the bride as koumbara (maid of honor) was her sister Caroline Jennings, with sister Alexandra Jennings serving as bridesmaid. Daniela Adendorff, the groom’s sister, was a member of the house party. The flower girl was the groom’s goddaughter, Carli Themaat. Assisting the groom as best man was Johan Themaat, and Daniel Moran was the groomsman.
The bride is a graduate of the Hockaday School. She graduated from Harvard College cum laude with a B.A. in economics before graduating from Harvard Law School cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree. Olivia is an attorney with the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The groom is a graduate of Bishops in Cape Town, South Africa. He also graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University, where he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both accounting and finance as well as a Master of Finance. Justin is a CPA and CFA, and works for Pascal Enterprises.
Following their honeymoon trip to Scotland, the couple has begun their new life together in Highland Park.