Category: Announcements

Callie Cullum & Derek Groshek

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Callie Linda Cullum and Derek James Groshek exchanged sacred wedding vows March 19, 2016 at University Park United Methodist Church. Rev. Rachel Baughman officiated their wedding ceremony with a reception of dining and dancing following at the Dallas Country Club where a family dance to “You’re the One That I Want” from the Grease album was a happy surprise for the bride.

A rehearsal dinner, sponsored by the parents of the groom was held at Cane Rosso on the eve of the wedding. Gary Donihoo of f8studio handled photography while The Cake Guys created the gorgeous bride’s and fun “Razorback” groom’s cakes and the Ice House Band played for everyone’s dining and dancing pleasure.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Houston Cullum of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Pierce Cullum Jr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred James Arnold.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Groshek and Ms. Lisa Groshek of Frisco, Texas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Robert Laurence Doepfner and the late Mr. Doepfner and the late Mr. and Mrs. Chester Charles Groshek.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. Callie wore an elegant white silk trumpet gown from Bliss by Monique L’huillier. It featured embroidered Alencon lace overlaying a sweetheart neckline and stretching down the front to end in a scalloped high/low tier above the knees, allowing the tulle trumpet skirt to flare dramatically. Lace cascaded down the back of her gown to finish in a lovely chapel-length train. The bridal veil was a family heirloom, last worn by the bride’s sisters for their weddings.

Assisting the bride as matron of honor was Meredith Saigling Pace and as maid of honor, Jennifer Christine Mattone. Her bridesmaids included Katherine Landis Albritton, Stephanie Michele Dona, Lauren Michelle Garza,  Jessica Lynn Groshek, Jennie Octavia Malone, Kathryn Lee Mouallek, and Amy Lauren Short. Callie’s sisters Elizabeth Kathleen Clarke and Leigh Delight Langner and her sister-in-law, Lorraine Alexandra Cullum, were among the members of the house party. Lillian Kathleen Clarke, Elise Delight Langner and Holly Virginia Cullum were flower girls.

Attending the groom as best man was Alexander Daly Pace. Groomsmen included Matthew Thomas Albritton, Carlo Cristian Dominguez, Matthew Landon Gambrel, John Graham Landrith, Travis Shofner Monk, Colin James O’Donnell, David Henry Pace III, and John Allen Pardo. Serving as ushers were Joseph William Benefield, George Pierce Cullum III, Justin Cole Parmer, and Spenser Dane Stephens. David Cosby Clarke III, Drew Houston Langner and George Pierce Cullum IV were ring bearers.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the Walton School of Business where she was a member of the American Marketing Association and of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Callie is a senior associate of I.S.N. Software Co.

The groom is a graduate of Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from the University of Arkansas where he played for the school’s hockey team and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. Derek works for Morrow Hill – Commercial Real Estate.

Following their wedding trip to Ocho Rios Jamaica the couple have made Dallas their home.


Walters – Hughes

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Mr. and Mrs. Rob Walters of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Robert Cavanagh “Cav” Walters, to Julia Silsby Hughes, daughter of Ms. Annette Hughes, of Cotuit, Mass., and Mr. Herbert Hughes, of Fort Worth, Texas.

The groom is a 2009 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Claremont McKenna College. Cav is a private equity associate with Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts of Menlo Park, Calif. and will begin at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in the fall of 2017.

The bride is a 2009 graduate of Fort Worth Country Day. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Scripps College. Julia is a 4th grade teacher at The Mission Preparatory School in San Francisco.

The couple will exchange vows June 24, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, Calif.


Batson – Bakke

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Wilbur Eugene “Burr” Bakke III of Sarasota, Fla. and Jack Lenoir Foxworth and Dodie Bakke Foxworth, of Preston Hollow are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Wilbur Eugene “Will” Bakke IV, to Christen Arin Batson, daughter of Joanne Batson and the late Mark Batson, of Waco, Texas.

The bride is a 2010 graduate of Lorena High School in Waco. She received a business degree from Baylor University in 2014. Christen is a residential real estate professional with Keller Williams in Austin, Texas.

The groom is a 2006 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a film and digital media degree from Baylor University in 2010. Will is a movie writer/director for Riot Studios in Austin.

The couple will exchange vows May 13, 2017 at Earl Harrison House in Waco. They will make their home in Austin.


Tori Richard & Ross Mulford

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Larry Sengbush – Photographer

Victoria Janet Richard and Ross Clayton Mulford Junior were married on the evening of July 23, 2016 at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The Rev. Walt Marcum officiated their wedding. Ceremony music was performed by Gyros String Quartet and organist Scott Ayers. A reception immediately followed at The Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The celebrations began with Texas country singer, Cory Morrow, who played a cover of “Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” by Stoney Larue for the couple’s first dance. Cory Morrow was followed by the Dallas party band, Professor D. DFW Events coordinated the details of the wedding and the reception, and Larry Sengbush was the couple’s photographer. Flowers were by Jackson Durham Events, paper goods from Ellis Hill, and catering was by Wolfgang Puck. La Duni created the bride’s Cuatro Leches Cake and the groom’s Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake for dessert.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Richard of University Park. Tori is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Anne Vince and Dr. Dennis Vince of Vancouver, and Mr. and Mrs. Al Richard of Minneapolis.

The groom is the son of Ms. Nancy Elizabeth Perot and Mr. Ross Clayton Mulford of University Park. Ross is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ross Perot of Dallas, and the late Mrs. Diane Clayton Mulford and the late Col. Ross Leonard Mulford of McLean, Va.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle by her father. For her wedding, Tori wore a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown in ivory and a Romona Keveza veil from Warren Barrón Bridal. Victor Delgado did Tori’s hair and her makeup was by Audrey Elliot of Stanley Korshak. Assisting the bride were her two sisters, her matron of honor Jena Acuff and her maid of honor Beth Richard. Bridesmaids included Helen Callan, Frances Mitchell, McKenzie Sullivan, and Hannah Vedros.

Attending the groom as best men were his brothers, Price Perot Mulford, Benjamin Fell Mulford, and Clayton Birmingham Mulford. His groomsmen included Henry Ross Perot III, Collin Bird, Jefferson Deming, Hahn Franklin-Mitchell, Garrett Hamontree, Colt Power, Davis Wedgworth, Reese Wade, and Thomas Wood. Serving as ushers were Matthew Ale, Critt Berry, Finley Ewing IV, Patterson Fenelon, Neil Hanlon, Barrett Jones, Judson Keel, Conor McCarthy, Daniel Sprenger, and Stanley Twarog. Philip Acuff and Stuart Reeves were ring bearers.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in economics and a minor in managerial studies, from Vanderbilt University, where she was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Tori is a pricing analyst for Ambit Energy.

The groom is a graduate of the Episcopal School of Dallas. He received Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, where he was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He received a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Ross is a private equity associate for The Perot Group.

Following their honeymoon trip to Jumby Bay, Antigua, the couple have made their home in Dallas.


Longino-Huckin

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Mr. and Mrs. George Franklin Longino lll of Highland Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lane Fleming Longino, to Matthew Tavenner Huckin, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Price Huckin lll, also of Highland Park.

The bride is a graduate of The Madeira School in McLean, Va. She received a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2009 from the University of Georgia. Fleming is a lead marketing specialist for Deloitte.

The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in business management from Louisiana State University in 2009. Matthew is the owner of Valhalla Real Estate.

The couple will exchange vows May 20, 2017 at Church of the Incarnation.


Brim – Osborne

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Mr. and Mrs. Markland Paul Brim, of University Park, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Walker Brim, to Jeffrey Bruce “JB” Osborne Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bruce Osborne, also of University Park.

The bride is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in commerce and business administration and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Spanish from The University of Alabama in 2012. Catherine is employed by Deloitte LLP.

The groom is a 2008 graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance from The University of Arkansas in 2012. JB is employed by Workiva.

The couple will exchange vows July 1, 2017 at Highland Park United Methodist Church with a reception following at Arlington Hall.


Beth Averitt

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Beth-Averitt-Obituary-WEBA faithful servant, loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Don V. Averitt (Beth) was called home by her Lord on January 27, 2017, due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

Beth, a fourth-generation Texan, was born in Greenville, Texas and reared in East Texas by her parents, Oline and L.F. Raynes, lifelong educators. She grew up in Commerce and communities surrounding her family homestead in East Texas. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school class, and attended East Texas State University, majoring in organ, piano and business. Beth married her high school sweetheart, Don V. Averitt, and moved to Dallas where she began her early career as a legal secretary with Mobil Oil Corporation.

Pausing her career to begin her family in the early 1960’s, she returned to work and developed her love for interior design, working with her husband, a real estate developer, on many commercial office and hotel projects. She also enjoyed a position with her husband’s alma mater, Southern Methodist University, in the Cox School of Business. Beth continued her love of the Mustangs, during her sons’ educations by being active in the SMU Mother’s Club and Sigma Chi Mother’s Club and continued to don her red and blue at Ole Miss, supporting her daughter’s ADPi sorority chapter. She began attending SMU football games again in the new Ford Stadium and continued her support through one game in the 2016 season.

Beth was always active in support of her family, friends, church and philanthropic interests. She was proud of her association with her bridge club which she enjoyed without interruption for over 50 years. She solidified lasting friendships with surviving original members, Dot Splawn, Helen Hammer, Wanda Holland, Lucy Bateman and Carol Chiles. Beth was active in her children’s education, serving as home room mother, promoting musical and athletic programs and serving as president of PTA for all three of her children. She was active in the Methodist Church, first serving as an MYF leader with her husband, then active as a Sunday school teacher and later serving on the Board of the Highland Park United Methodist Church and North Texas Conference of United Methodist Women. Beth served in leadership roles with many auxiliaries, serving as Treasurer of CPA Wives; President of Dallas Heritage Society and Ball Chairman of the Grand Heritage Ball, benefitting Old City Park; Dallas Southern Memorial Association President during the renovation and restoration of Arlington Hall and Lee Park; President of Les Femmes du Monde, President of the Dallas Theatre Center Guild; President of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, during which time she began the planning for A Woman’s Garden; she served on the boards for many years of The Woman’s Board of the Dallas Opera and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. She was an active member of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesleyan Fellowship Class, the Dallas Woman’s Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Craig Class, Bent Tree Country Club and The Park City Club.

She is survived by, her loving husband of 61 years, Don V. Averitt, son Don R. Averitt and wife Barbara, son Mark C. Averitt and wife Kendra and their daughter Greer, and daughter Susan Averitt Duvall and husband Dodd, and three grandchildren, Madelyn, Natalie and Reagan Duvall, all of Dallas, Texas. Family members also include brothers-in-law Michael Averitt, wife R.J. and daughter Angie, Gerald Averitt, wife Mary and sons Brian and Jonathan, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, at Highland Park United Methodist Church Cox Chapel, 3300 Mockingbird Lane.

Donations may be made to A Women’s Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, 75218; Dallas Woman’s Club Erin Bain Jones Scholarship, 7100 Park Lane 75225; Center for Brain Health 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane, 75235, or the charity of your choice.


Farris – Thompson

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Mr. and Mrs. John Charles Farris of University Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lora Kathryn Farris, to Joseph Landon Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe William Thompson of Plano, Texas.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University. Lora is the Director of Marketing for the North Texas Food Bank. The groom is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and is owner of a commercial construction and demolition company.

The couple plan a July 1, 2017 wedding at The Vintage Estate in Yountville, Calif.


Katherine Culwell & Powell Porter

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Katherine Adrianne Culwell and Powell David Porter exchanged sacred wedding vows at The Estate in Atlanta on October 8, 2016. Rev. Winslow Thomas officiated the ceremony with the reception of dining and dancing following in the historic antebellum mansion that was built in 1797 and later moved to its current location in the middle of Buckhead in Atlanta. The couple chose “Crazy Girl” performed by US Beat for their first dance.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wendell Culwell of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brantley Cleveland Booe Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wendell Culwell, all of Dallas.

The groom is the son of Ms. Cynthia Wolfston Porter of Atlanta and Mr. William Albright Porter of Hardeeville, S.C.  He is the grandson of Mrs. Helen Lloyd of Olive Branch, Miss.

The bride was presented in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father. For her wedding the bride chose the heirloom gown originally worn by her mother, maternal aunt and sister. Patti Flowers of Dallas redesigned the candlelight dress of fine English net and Schiffli lace, that was re-embroidered with French Alencon lace.

The molded lace bodice was intricately beaded with clusters of tiny seed pearls, featuring a sweetheart neckline, with the sheer beaded English net continuing to her neckline and accenting her shoulders with a cut in design.

The slim controlled skirt fell from a fitted natural waistline to slipper length. The skirt of Schiffli lace with accents of beaded Alencon lace swept from gentle gathers to a chapel-length train in scalloped panels of lace.

To complement her gown, Katherine wore her mother’s original ivory veil of silk illusion. The delicate scalloped-edged design was accented with clusters of seed pearls and cascaded past the length of her train. Katherine’s “something blue” was a small bow-shaped heirloom broach of turquoise and silver that she wore attached to her bouquet.

Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister, Blair Culwell Staky, and as maid of honor, her other sister, Caroline Christianson Culwell. Her bridesmaids included Carrie Cathleen Gorman, Jessica Fitzgerald Porter, and Sarah Candace Wroblicky.

Assisting the groom as best man was Richard William Doverspike. His groomsmen included John William Harden, Sean Cowen Joseph, Robert Scott Libby, and Patrick Neal Nilan. William Ryan Mason and Alexey Mikhailovich Tsyrenov were ushers.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in business and a Masters of Science in finance from Auburn University, where she was a five year member and two year captain of the Auburn Volleyball Team. Katherine is an investment analyst for Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting.

The groom attended high school at the Woodward Academy in Atlanta. He received a Bachelor of Science in business from Auburn University where he was a member of the Auburn University Tennis Team. Powell is an enterprise account manager for Hortonworks.

Following their wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple have made their home in Atlanta.