Julia Dawn Irene Taylor and Christopher Carter Cheek of Dallas were united in marriage in the presence of immediate family at Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas on May 17, 2014. The lovely late afternoon ceremony was held in the chapel and officiated by Rev. Danny Rowland, the Cheek’s family pastor. A seated dinner and dancing followed in the lodge.
Julia is the daughter of Natalie and David Taylor of Preston Hollow. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Paul and Dr. Julia Sydor of Glen Ellyn, Ill. and the late Norris and Auda Mae Taylor of Fort Worth, Texas. Carter is the son of Wanda and Paul Cheek of Starkville, Miss. His grandparents are the late Vernal and Anna Lillian Hill King of Taylorsville, Miss., and Paul and Evelyn Bledsoe Cheek of Weslaco, Texas.
The bride wore a strapless couture gown, by Rivini for Stanley Korshak, of candlelight French Chantilly lace with coordinating veil. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white peonies, blue and white hydrangeas and succulents. A string orchestra and classical singer provided the wedding music. Doc Wesson Band provided the reception music.
The bride, a Highland Park High School graduate and National Merit Scholar, graduated from Vanderbilt University summa cum laude as one of the top five graduates of the class of 2006. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, where she served as vice president and recruitment chair. Julia obtained her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where she graduated with high distinction as a George F. Baker Scholar. A lifelong equestrian, Julia is also a two-time World Champion in the American Quarter Horse Association. After business school, she worked at the George W. Bush Institute as Director of Strategy and Operations, and she currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Global Communications for MoneyGram International.
The groom graduated from Starkville High School in Starkville, Miss. He was awarded a scholarship to Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and later graduated in 2006. Carter commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer, serving multiple tours overseas as an Infantry Platoon Commander and embedded operator with the Afghan Army. For valor in combat, Carter was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor Device, as well as two additional Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for his service to the United States. He departed the military in 2012 with the rank of Captain. Carter worked as Director of Client Relations for Alsbridge Consulting and is currently Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Big Country Water Services Company.
The couple resides in Dallas.