Mary Caroline Thompson and David Joseph Richards were married June 7, 2014 at Rio Roca Ranch, the groom’s family ranch in Graford, Texas. The Rev. Chad Scruggs officiated their sunset service, on a bluff overlooking the Brazos River. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception on the lawn followed by a night of dining and dancing. The bride and groom made their exit through a shower of white rose petals before reaching their vintage Cadillac convertible.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Philp Thompson Jr. of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Dorothy Eloise Malone of Highland Park and the late Mr. Jacques Bergerac of Biarritz, France, and the late Mrs. Mary Carol Thompson McKean of Highland Park and the late Mr. John Philp Thompson, also of Highland Park.
The groom is the son of Ms. Nancy Tartaglino Richards of Highland Park and Mr. Michael Dennis Richards of University Park. He is the grandson of Mrs. Mary Kate Cooper and the late Mr. Billy Glen Richards, both of Dallas.
The bride was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father and presented in marriage by her parents. For her wedding Caroline chose an elegant couture bridal gown by Carolina Herrera. The ivory silk Mikado gown featured a sweetheart neckline and top stitchdetails. Its waist was adorned with Chantilly lace and included covered buttons down the back. The fluted silhouette flowed into a pleated, sweeping train. A piece of lace from her mother’s wedding dress was sewn into her gown. Her veil featured a double layer of illusion and had Alencon lace detail scattered along the trim and swept past the edges of her train. Caroline carried a white hand-tied bouquet of peonies, roses and hydrangeas.
Assisting the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Miss Lauren Elizabeth Thompson. Bridesmaids included Margaret Louise Arnot, Mary Martha Bauman, Catherine Lee Branch, Emily Elisabeth George, Alice Carroll Hunter Johnson, Shannon Riley Potter, Melissa McMillen Russo, Alyson Arnold Smith, Christin Marie Snodgrass, and Sterling Ann Stensrud.
Among the members of the house party were Rebecca Kathryn Brown, Hutton Whitney Hipps, Molly Elizabeth Mcguire, Flora Kate Richards, Jennifer Salim Richards, and Bailey Britt Weaver. The flower girls were Shelby Elizabeth Sorgenfrei and Anne Charlotte Sorgenfrei.
Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Michael Stewart Richards. His groomsmen included William Roy Arthur, John Arthur Barnes, Robert Wilson Brown, Jacob Andrew Garrett, James Trevor Heaney, Robert Barnard Kupchynsky, Harrison McCullough Park, Jonathan Samuel Perlman Jr., John Philp Thompson III, William Crawford Thompson, and Robert Hunter Yates. Ushers were Jeffrey Leary Brown, Paul Carson Coon, William Alley Richards, Wesley Evan Shaw, Grady Lee Moses Shropshire, and Peter Callier Stavinoha.
The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in corporate communications with a focus on business from the University of Texas at Austin. Caroline was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority where she served as pledge class president and pledge trainer. Caroline is a principal of Windsor & Park Group, LLC, a fundraising and event planning firm.
The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurial management from Texas Christian University. David was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity where he served as pledge class president. David is in real estate asset management for Castle Peak Homes.
Following their honeymoon to Bora Bora, the couple has made their home in University Park.