Kate McEvoy & Willing Ryan

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Katherine Grace McEvoy and Robert Willing Ryan III joined hands and hearts in holy matrimony on May 3, 2014 at the Cloister Garden in Sea Island, Ga. The Rev. Kevin D. Huddleston officiated their romantic ceremony. Guests followed a bagpiper, along the marsh to The Cloister where they enjoyed a cocktail party, followed by a seated dinner with dancing to The Atlanta Party Band. Kate and Willing danced their first dance to “Stand By Me.” The fabulous weekend began with a welcoming cocktail party by the sea, hosted by Mrs. Robert Willing Ryan Jr., with dinner and toasts at the Beach Club at The Cloister.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Patrick McEvoy Jr. of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bennett L. Woolley Jr. and the late Mr. Bennett L. Woolley Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. A. Patrick McEvoy of University Park.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Robert Willing Ryan Jr. and the late Mr. Robert Willing Ryan Jr. of Preston Hollow. He is the grandson of the late Mr. Robert Willing Ryan Sr., the late Mrs. Francis Beall Ryan, the late Mr. Harold Virgil Johnson Jr., and Mr. William Alvin Moncrief Jr., and the late Mrs. Deborah Beggs Moncrief, all of Fort Worth, Texas.

The bride was presented in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father. For her wedding, Kate chose a bridal gown by designer, Carolina Herrera. The ivory silk Mikado gown featured a sweetheart neckline and top-stitch details. Its waist was enhanced with Chantilly lace and included covered buttons down the zipper. The fluted silhouette of the gown flowed into a pleated, sweep-length train. Kate added a crystal and pearl medallion-styled belt to adorn the waist of the gown for the reception.

Assisting the bride as maids of honor were Christine Roberts Chaney and Catherine Mary Rozyczko. Bridesmaids included Audrey Elizabeth Adams, Kristen Marie Duncan, Lora Schumacher Grabowsky, Katherine Spaht Hutchison, Hallie Yarbrough Jennings, Melissa Murray Lacy, Ellen Claire Lindsey, Amy Tessier McEvoy, and Elizabeth Wolcott Sorenson. Among the house party members were Kate Gottsacker Conger, Rebekah Lynn Hill, Meredith Ann Hubble, Whitney Nichols Kuhn, and Cameron Trammell McClain. The flower girl was Grace Kathleen McEvoy.

Attending the groom as best woman was his sister Deborah Capera Ryan. Groomsmen included Brig Mankin Brandt, William Ryan Brannan, Samuel Max Cohen, Robert Wallace Dillard III, Robert John Geary Jr., Robert Walker Hairston, Adam Joseph LeBlanc, Alfred Patrick McEvoy III, Bennett Charles McEvoy, and Jeffrey Brian Wells. Marquez Dagen Bela and Iain Wood were ushers. The ring bearer was Patrick McEvoy IV.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Kate is currently a Pilates instructor.

The groom is a graduate of Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind. He received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Willing is the founder and managing partner of RWR Investments, a private investment firm in Dallas.

Following their honeymoon trip to Saint Barthelemy in the Caribbean, the couple has made Dallas their home.

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