Category: Announcements

Rachel Cannon & Jacob Koonsman

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Casey Jay Benson

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Casey Jay Benson

Rachel Deanne Cannon and Jacob Mitchell Koonsman were united in marriage on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church. Pastor Tova Sido performed the ceremony and Scott Ayers, organist, provided music. Following the ceremony, a reception of dining and dancing was held at The Highland Dallas Hotel. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held on Friday evening at Hotel Lumen in Dallas.

Rachel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bascom Cannon of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cunningham of Waco, Texas; Mrs. Mary Sue Duty of Moody, Texas; the late Mr. Robert Duty, also of Moody, Texas; and the late Mr. and Mrs. James William Cannon Sr. of San Antonio.

Jacob is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Martin Leroy Koonsman Jr. of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lawerence Amidei of Lago Vista, Texas, the late Mr. Sidney Holman Davis of Houston, Mrs. Toni Bannister Wessley of Plano, Texas, and the late Mr. Martin Leroy Koonsman Sr. of Iredell, Texas.

The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. Serving as maid of honor was Sarah Cannon, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included Meredith Barnes, Mary Elizabeth Burgher, Ashley Holmes, Natalie Johnson, Brooke Koonsman, sister of the groom; Brittany Longosz; Lindsey Miller; Katherine Mitchell; Shelby Strodel; Sara Beth Tunnell; and Erin Weitzel.

Serving as best men were Luke Koonsman, brother of the groom, and Ford Braly. Groomsmen included Jacob Anderson, Zachary Bodhane, Robert Boone, Alex Cole, Weston DeFrisco, Robert Howard, Tyre Pierce, Malcolm Petersen, Philip Sommers, and Will Washington. Ushers were Cole Burdette and Cheston Goudge. Scripture readers were Will Mogk, Carter Sido, Anna-Princillia Sido, and George Sido. The ring bearers were Ethan Kim and Eli Kim.

Rachel is a graduate of Highland Park High School and The University of Alabama where she graduated Cum Laude. She is employed by StreetLights Residential in Dallas, TX.

Jacob is a graduate of Highland Park High School and Colorado State University. He is employed by VeriTex Spine in Dallas.

Following a honeymoon in Belize, the couple will reside in Dallas.

Lindley – Byrne

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Drake Design Photography

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lindley of Highland Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Ann Lindley, to Brian Patrick Byrne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael V. Byrne of Lubbock, Texas.

The bride is a graduate of Grapevine High School. She received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. Katherine is a physician recruiter for Grace Health System.

The groom is a graduate of Coronado High School in Lubbock. He received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Texas Tech University. Brian is a finance officer with Russell E. Womack, Inc.

The couple will marry April 21, 2018 at Eberley Brooks Event Center in Lubbock.

Burkett – Beecherl

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Mr. and Mrs. Wiliam Hart Burkett of Houston are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Caroline Louise Burkett, to James Benjamin Williams “Ben” Beecherl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Beecherl III of Highland Park.

The bride is a graduate of Stratford High School in Houston. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas Christian University where she was also a member of Chi Omega sorority. Caroline is a market risk specialist for Comerica Bank.

The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and a Masters of Business Administration in finance from SMU Cox School of Business. Ben is an associate at ABN AMRO.

Caroline and Ben plan to marry mid-March in Dallas.

Carlene Smyrl & Jordan Sheehan

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Pamela Hults Photography

Carlene Marie Smyrl and Jordan MacKay Sheehan were united in marriage on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at seven o’clock in the evening at Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas. The Reverend Charles Altman Scruggs IV of Dallas officiated. Organist Luke Mayernik, with Michael Bucalo on trumpet, provided the music for the wedding. David Harrison Alley of Dallas read scripture.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a celebration hosted by the bride’s parents at Westwood Country Club with music provided by Sean Alan. The evening before the wedding, the parents of the groom, Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Sheehan III, hosted dinner at Parkside in downtown Austin.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Mac Smyrl of Austin. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mac Smyrl of Horsehoe Bay, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. L Franklin Beard of Austin. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Sheehan III of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Robert Gordon Rodgers and the late Mr. Robert Gordon Rodgers of Dallas and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Gilbert Sheehan Jr. of Danville, Ky.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father. She wore a chapel-length gown designed by Robert Bullock and carried a bouquet of organic textural design.

Caroline Michele Smyrl and Cara Lee Smyrl, Carly’s sisters and both of Austin, served as maids of honor. Her bridesmaids were Sarah Caroline Brown of Austin, Morgan Elizabeth Wenske of Austin, Jennifer Lynn Kreb of Lake Forest, Ill.; Claire Pond Gundlach of Houston; Courtney Lynn Jackson of Boerne, Texas; Caraline Adair Trecha of Columbia, Mo.; Catherine Anne Reese of Dallas; and her sister-in-law Susan Roxanne Sheehan of Dallas. The house party included Laura Renee Fish of Longview, Texas; Claire Christian Moody of Waco, Texas; and Callie Rebecca Shedd of Abilene, Texas

Flower girls attending the couple were Lucy Marie Hendricks, Charlotte Townley Johnson, Claire Elling Johnson, and Ridgely Jane Andrea Johnson, all of Dallas.

Jordan’s best man was David Simms Hamner of Dallas. Groomsmen were Andrew Neil Bishkin of Dallas, Thomas Riley Dewitt of Waco, Will Reabe Nystrom of Brainerd, Minn.; Ted Stohl Parrish of Waco; Brian Christopher Pennington of Waco; John Steven Shellenberger of Dallas; James Riley Sheehan of Dallas; James Gilbert Sheehan IV of Dallas; and Kyle Andrew Stringer of Dallas. Ushers were Tim James Doyle of Hinsdale, Ill. and Clark Addison Poole of Southlake, Texas.

The bride is a 2012 graduate of Regents School of Austin and a 2016 graduate of Baylor University. She received a Bachelor of Science in interior design and is employed in Dallas by Marly+Co. as an interior designer.

The groom is a 2011 graduate of Highland Park High School. He is a 2015 graduate of Baylor University where he received a degree in marketing from the Hankamer School of Business. Jordan works in sales at Inman Promotional Team.

The happy couple will reside in Dallas following their honeymoon in Jamaica.

Mackenzie Horan & Will Beuttenmuller

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Cameron & Kelly Studio

Mackenzie Elizabeth Horan and Rudolf William “Will” Beuttenmuller IV exchanged sacred wedding vows Saturday, September 2 at Siasconset Union Chapel in ‘Sconset, Mass. Father Gregory Schweers of Cistercian Preparatory School officiated their ceremony. Dining and dancing followed at the Summer House Beachside Bistro in Nantucket, Mass. Their first dance was to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” performed by the Sultans of Swing. The parents of the groom sponsored a rehearsal dinner at The Chanticleer in Siasconset on the Thursday evening before the wedding.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Horan of Darien, Conn. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jeanne Stanley-Brown and the late Dr. Jeanne Stanley-Brown of  Nantucket, and Naples, Fla.; and the late Dr. and Mrs. Edward Horan of Rehoboth, Mass. Mackenzie is the great-great-great granddaughter of President James A. Garfield.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf William Beuttenmuller III of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winters of Henryville, Ind.; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Aloysius Beuttenmuller of St. Louis.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. Mackenzie wore an elegant silk crepe gown designed by Sarah Seven.

Assisting the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Reilly Horan. Her bridesmaids included Eddy Carta, Emily Driscoll, Sarah Driscoll, Amy Havins, Carver Queally, Ali Schilling, Chelsea Stanley-Brown, and Amy Stone. Attending the groom as best men were David Haley Jr. and Paul Hedrick. His groomsmen included Michael Alvarez, Camden Horan, Grayson Horan, Scott Hvidt, Maxwell Kurz, Zachary Morse, and Daniel Tyner. The ring bearer was the couple’s cockapoo, Rory.

The bride is a graduate of Darien High School in Darien, Conn. and graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts in French language and literature. Mackenzie writes for the lifestyle blog, Design Darling, in Greenwich, Conn.

The groom is a graduate of Cistercian Preparatory School in Dallas and graduated from Princeton with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Will is a senior financial analyst at Bluegrass Capital in New York.

Following their wedding trip to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya, the couple will make their home in Greenwich, Conn.

Julie Harding & Brian Woidneck

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Laura Murray Photography

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Julia “Julie” Elizabeth Harding and Brian Scott Woidneck were married at six o’clock in the evening on June 17, 2017 at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colorado. The couple was married in an outdoor ceremony officiated by Dr. Bryan Healy Dunagan, Senior Pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church. A tented reception followed, including a seated dinner and dancing to the Denver band, Tunisia.

The couple’s first dance together was to Michael Buble’s version of the James Taylor original, “How Sweet It Is.” Bluebird Productions of Aspen, Colorado, coordinated the details of the wedding and reception. Laura Murray Photography was the photographer and Elysium Productions was the videographer. Brightly colored florals in magenta and coral were designed by Bare Root Flora. The four-tier golden velvet cake, layered with fresh strawberries and decorated with flowers, was provided by d’Elissious.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Joseph Harding Jr. of Dallas. Julie is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lloyd Tippett and the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Joseph Harding. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Dean Woidneck of Brea, California. Brian is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Peter Zelko and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frederick Woidneck.

>The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father. For her wedding, Julie wore a strapless blush Ramona Kaveza gown with white ribbon lace from Warren Barrón. She carried a lush and overflowing bouquet of magenta, blush, coral and greenery. Julie’s hair was done by Meghan Fisher and her make-up was done by Vanessa Vieni.

Assisting Julie as her matron of honor was her sister, Jennifer Harding Cardwell, and as bridesmaids, were the groom’s sister, Katie Rose Woidneck and the groom’s sister-in-law, Rachel Leanna Woidneck. Julie’s house party was made up of longtime friends Melissa Humphrey Allaire, Megan Hunt Carter,  Meredith Kathryn Dolan, Corneil Kimberly Fretty, Riley Alynn Greer, Brittany Dunlap Hunt, Elizabeth Graham Cocklin, Lauren Shuford Laughry, Taylor Cody Shaver, Elizabeth Wilson Smith, Ashley Howie Tallichet, and Whitney Hough Ward.

Assisting the groom as his best man was his brother, Robert William Woidneck, and as groomsmen, his brother, Gregory Michael Woidneck and Julie’s brother-in-law, Craig Graham Cardwell. Brian’s ushers were his longtime friends Collin Wade Ashton, Dustin James Ballard, Ronald Alan Benigno, Christopher Mark Benz, Michael James Davern, Michael Patrick Harvey, Matthew Evan Kaufold, Christopher Todd Likert, Zachary Scott Sherwood, Stephen Gunnar Stromsborg, Patrick William Wade, and Clayton Howard Wright. The flower girls were Julie and Brian’s nieces, Elizabeth Lane Cardwell and Dakota Lynn Woidneck. The ring bearers were Julie and Brian’s nephews, Graham Robert Cardwell and Graham William Woidneck.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Baylor University. Julie is an executive director in the Commercial Bank at JPMorgan Chase Bank in Dallas.

The groom is a graduate of Brea Olinda High School in Brea, California. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Southern California. Brian is a co-founder and principal of StoneHawk Capital Partners.

Following their honeymoon trip to southern Italy, the couple have made their home in Dallas.

Huff – Wilson

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Lauren Carroll Photography

Catelyn Pauline Huff and Robert Martin Wilson III are engaged to be married mid-December in New Orleans. Catelyn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Huff of Dallas and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Huff Sr., also of Dallas, and the late Dr. and Mrs. John B. Kirkley of Memphis, Tenn. and Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Williams of Dallas.

Cate holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and English/journalism with a concentration in French from the University of Arkansas and is currently a legal assistant with Fuqua Campbell, P.A.

Robert is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Harvey and the late Mr. Robert M. Wilson Jr., all of Little Rock, Ark. He is the grandson of Mrs. Jane Wilson and the late Mr. Robert M. Wilson of Little Rock and Mrs. Jill Watkins and the late Mr. Jerry W. Watkins of El Dorado, Ark.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science with a minor in philosophy from Tulane University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is a litigation associate with Wilson & Associates.

Macatee – Oden

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Mr. and Mrs. George P. Macatee IV of Dallas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, McBride Elizabeth Macatee, to Madison Lee Oden II, son of Mr. Madison Lee Oden of Dallas and Ms. Carey Middlebrooks Oden.

The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Macatee III of Dallas, and Mr. and Mrs. John T. Stuart III, also of Dallas. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Payne of Dallas, the late Mr. Jerry Dean Oden, Mrs. Mary Tom Middlebrooks of Chapel Hill, Texas and the late Mr. Phillip P. Middlebrooks.

The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Texas where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She works for the National Football Foundation. The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School. He pursued a business degree at the University of Alabama where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He works for Allied Solutions.

The couple will exchange vows April 21, 2018 at Highland Park Presbyterian Church followed by a reception at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Maggie Burke Daugherty

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Daugherty,-Maggie_WEBMaggie Burke Daugherty passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Friday, the 3rd of November 2017. She is a light in our lives that will never be diminished.  Maggie will live forever, both in the loving arms of her Lord and in the memories of all who knew her. She was a treasure on this earth and will remain so in the hearts and minds of all who loved her.

Maggie was born in Houston, Texas on January 7, 1987 to Ann Williams Burke and William Walker Burke. She graduated from Dallas Highland Park High School in 2005, and was a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University where she earned a B.S. degree in Psychology and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.

Maggie had many gifts which made people gravitate to her.  She was caring and thoughtful, and she had an uncanny ability to instantaneously see a person’s soul and make an emotional connection with them. Maggie would find the most vulnerable person in the room, and within ten minutes they would share their life story with her. She was beautiful, charming, witty and fully engaged with each person that she met. She was a good listener and a loyal friend, and as a result she understood a person’s struggles, hopes and fears. She valued relationships more than anything else in life and she focused on bringing happiness to her husband, her family and her friends.

Maggie loved being an Aunt to her nephew Walker. He called her “Aunt Sass” for her sassy attitude. She adored him, and their time together brought her such joy and happiness. Maggie had a rebellious attitude and hated rules and authority, but somehow, she could express it in a way that was actually endearing. It was another aspect of what made Maggie so fascinating. Maggie quickly recognized, and cleverly commented on all of life’s ironies. She was highly intelligent, and her observations on a wide range of topics were humorous and insightful. Maggie never wanted to be the center of attention. She was uncomfortable when she sensed the focus was on her. This created some funny moments and hilarious memories, particularly at her wedding, where, as a radiant, beautiful bride it was impossible for her to avoid being the center of attention. Maggie was highly creative, and her artistic talent was exceptional. Her drawings and paintings were remarkable, and her photographs were always meaningful and, in some cases, breathtaking. During college, she traveled to Tanzania to teach impoverished children. Both her mission and the natural beauty of the country moved her, and her letters and photographs are among many of the treasures that we will enjoy in the months and years to come.

Maggie was and is loved, cherished, treasured and adored. We are so proud of our precious daughter. She brought us countless moments of laughter and joy, and countless memories that will continue to comfort us, make us smile, and keep her present in our lives each day. Her soul was uniquely beautiful. It captured and filled our hearts from the moment of her birth to her last moments on this earth. Maggie was a blessing in our lives, and in the lives of her husband, his family and her many friends. We are grateful for every single moment that God shared her with us. Our hearts, while overwhelmed with the sadness of her passing, are warmed by knowing that we will see her again and spend eternity with her in His kingdom.

Maggie leaves behind many friends and a family that will miss her dearly. She is survived by her husband of three years, William Jonathan Daugherty, Jr.; her parents, Ann and William Walker Burke; sister Amanda Burke Bailey and her husband, Geoff; sister Abigail Burke Henderson and her husband, Logan; and nephew William Walker Bailey. She is also survived by her maternal and paternal grandmothers, Shirley Warren Williams and Patricia Hughs Burke; mother and father-in-law, Kay and William Jonathan Daugherty; brother-in-law Charles Ashton Daugherty; grandmother-in-law Alta Simmons Daugherty; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

The memorial service is to be conducted at one o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 9th of November, at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Road, Austin, Texas 78703, where The Rev. Morgan S. Allen, Rector, is to serve as officiant.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed toward The Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, 2714 Joanel St., Houston, Texas 77027; Teen and Family Services, 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, Texas 78746; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home (512) 452-8811. For those desiring, you may also access the online guest registry and obituary at