Posts by Elizabeth Ygartua

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    • Elizabeth is a Park Cities native whose first job in journalism was on the Highland Park Middle School's Tribal Tribune. She went on to serve at as an editor-in-chief of The Bagpipe in high school and of The Collegian at the University of Richmond, in Virginia.
  • Celebrate HP Summer Reading Club at Park

    Untitled-1The Highland Park Library is celebrating the end of its “Fizz Boom Read!” summer reading club at Prather Park at 10 a.m. Friday with science-themed activities and snacks.

    All summer children have used a reading log to keep track of the number of books they’ve read or read with someone. After logging 10 titles, kids received a certificate and a book was donated in their honor to Readers2Leaders.

    I’ll be at the park presenting “My Homework Ate My Dog” with author Kent Smith. I illustrated the children’s book last fall with Smith, who was one of my journalism teachers at Highland Park High School.

    Hope to see you there!

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 29, 2014 | 5:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Wine Getaway Makes Great Weekend

    A couple relaxes at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    A couple relaxes at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    As soon as the thermometer in my car started reading 90 degrees, I was ready to flee Dallas — and quickly. After a 4.5-hour drive, and a friend and I were cooling off with local wine in Fredericksburg, where boutiques have been transformed into wine stores and restaurants feature local vintages.

    In the past 20 years, the area has become home to a flourishing wine community, particularly along U.S. Highway 290. Check to see if your visit corresponds with monthly restaurant-winery pair-up events hosted by a collective of 13 of the wineries along the road. Read More…

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 26, 2014 | 10:00 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Ann Baker & Zachary E. Bush

    Sarah Kate, Photographer

    Sarah Kate, Photographer

    Ann Katherine Baker of Dallas and Zachary Evan Bush of Medford, Okla. were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, June 28th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas; Pastor, Monsignor Donald Zimmerman, presided at the ceremony.

    An evening reception with cocktails, dinner, and dancing was held at the F.I.G. on Ross Avenue.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Henry Baker II, residents of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of Florence K. Baker of Dallas and Mrs. Leo A. Aureli of Amarillo, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Bush of Medford, Okla.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father, Henry Baker. Julie Schweer Wilhite of Austin, Texas, the bride’s first cousin, was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Brittany Fox of the Cayman Islands, Alicia Henn of Oklahoma City, and Corinne Hoffman of Dallas. John Benningfield of Zushi, Japan and Matthew League of Long Beach, Calif. served as the best men. Groomsmen were Derek Ebert of Edmond, Okla., Jason Green of La Jolla, Calif., and Michael League of Enid, Okla. Livia Wolovits and Lisie Diaz were the flower girls; Henry Kubelka, the bride’s nephew, was the ring bearer. Joseph Kubelka and Leo Kubelka, also nephews of the bride, served on the altar.

    Ann is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and Trinity University of San Antonio. She is self-employed and owns a bookkeeping company called Arrow Books. Zach is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and works for Malone Pictures as a film producer.

    Following a wedding trip to Seattle, and to Whistler, and Vancouver, B.C., the couple will reside in Dallas.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Stephanie Martin & David Taylor

    Discovery Bay Studios Photography

    Discovery Bay Studios Photography

    Stephanie Diane Martin and David Sowden Taylor exchanged vows on May 24, 2014, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco. The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and was given in marriage by her parents. The Rev. Dana Corsello officiated the ceremony. A cocktail reception at the Marines’ Memorial Club and Hotel in San Francisco was followed by an evening of dining and dancing in the hotel’s Crystal Ballroom.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boe Willis Martin of College Station, Texas, former residents of Highland Park. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Warren Edwards of Fort Worth, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Martin, also of Fort Worth.

    The groom is the son of Mrs. Moira Taylor and the late Mr. Michael Raymond Taylor of Maresfield Park, Sussex, England. His grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Emil Julius Matus of Sydney.

    The bride wore a Chantilly and Alencon lace and silk drop-waist gown with a multi-layered cathedral-length tulle and lace train. A long-sleeve lace bolero, cathedral-length veil and bouquet of white and cream roses completed her ensemble.

    Attending the bride was her maid of honor Lisa Azevedo. Rosalyn Potter, cousin of the groom, was junior bridesmaid, and Iona and Grace Heddle were flower girls. Readers were Christie Grabyan and Robert Potter.

    Graham Goldberg attended the groom as best man, and ushers included James Peel, Aaron Potts, the groom’s son William Taylor, and his brother Michael Taylor Matus, an actor and tenor on the London stage, who also sang “All I Ask of You.”

    A graduate of Highland Park High School, the bride received a Bachelor of Arts in history and French from Colgate University and a Master of Science from Columbia University School of Journalism in New York. She is a former Dallas Symphony, Idlewild, National and International debutante and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Francisco, where she is a news anchor and reporter at KQED Public Media.

    After graduating from King’s Canterbury in Kent, England, the groom received a Bachelor of Arts in economic history from The University of Bristol in Bristol, England, and a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University in California. He is an executive recruiter at Electronic Arts in Redwood City, Calif., and is a senior member of The Guardsmen in San Francisco.

    Following a honeymoon trip to the island of Kauai, Hawaii, the couple has made their home in San Francisco.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Casey Castellaw & Chandler Sinclair


    Mary Fields Photography

    Casey Elizabeth Castellaw and Chandler Reid Sinclair were united in marriage on April 26, at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Ronald Wesley Scates. Cocktails and a reception of dinner and dancing at the Adolphus Hotel followed the evening service.

    A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at the Park Cities Hilton on the eve of the wedding. Casey wore her mother’s wedding dress, which she altered in length for the occasion.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Edwin Castellaw of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Betty Christal, the late Mr. James Edwin Castellaw Sr. of Dallas and the late Dr. George Liebes and the late Mrs. Nancy Liebes Henderson, also of Dallas.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Turney Sinclair of Dallas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. David Allen Byrnes of Kauffman, Texas; Mr. Richard Sinclair of Marble Falls, Texas; and Mrs. Sammie Gray of Georgetown, Texas.

    For the wedding the bride wore a Pasadena gown, designed by Watters, with floral, ivory embroidered lace, accompanied with point d’esprit and a sweeping cathedral-length train. An ivory, chapel-length veil framed her face.

    Ellen Dransfield Suits served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Christy Schmitt Youngblood, Meghan McGill Boyett, Claire Smitham, Audrey Kerr, Taylor Foster, Carson Glasscock Castellaw, and Catherine Clift Hardaway.

    Members of the house party included Tate Giddens, Brooke Price, Caroline Yarbrough, Chandler Ramey, Anna Brink, Shanley Huckabee, and Martha Givhan. The flower girls were Casey Hale and Kathryn Hale.

    The groom’s best men were his brothers, Denver Sinclair and Easton Sinclair. Groomsmen were Kyle Castellaw, Will Foster, Matt Sitton, Peyton Harper, George Youngblood, and Sean Dunn. Ushers were Austin Parker, Lee Koons, Clark Smith, and Cody Collins. The ring bearer was River Trail.

    The bride is a graduate of Highland Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in small business and entrepreneurship from Texas A&M University where she was a member of Chi Omega fraternity. Casey owns and operates Highland Park Dance Company.

    The groom is a graduate of Highland Park High School and a graduate of the University of Mississipi, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He received a Master of Science in counseling from Southern Methodist University. He is currently employed by Heritage Counseling and Consulting of Dallas.

    Following their honeymoon to St. John, US Virgin Islands, the couple will reside in Dallas.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:20 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Julia Taylor & Carter Cheek

    Julia Dawn Taylor &  Carter Cheek Wedding PhotoJulia 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.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 24, 2014 | 1:15 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Take a Trip To Texas Wine Country With Us

    A couple relax and drink wine at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Staff photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    A couple relax and drink wine at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. (Staff photo: Elizabeth Ygartua)

    Find out all about wineries in the Texas Hill Country in this month’s issue.

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 23, 2014 | 4:19 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Nancy Louise Weakley Seay

    NancySeay2[1]Nancy Louise Weakley Seay, 88, passed away July 15, 2014 in Dallas surrounded by her family. Nancy was born July 8, 1926, in Dallas, to Louise Cunningham Weakley and Clare George Weakley Sr. She was preceded in death by her brother, David R. Weakley MD.  Nancy is survived by her adoring husband of 66 years, Frank Oliver Seay MD, and her three children:  daughter Diane Seay McNulty PhD and husband Michael; son Frank Michael Seay; daughter Sally Seay Kreimborg and husband Bob; and brother Clare George Weakley Jr.  Additional survivors include her grandchildren Brynn Bagot Allday and husband Taylor; Patrick McNulty, Timothy McNulty and wife Linda McNulty MD; and Kate White and husband Nate White PhD; as well as six great-grandchildren.

    Nancy graduated from Highland Park High School (Class of 1943) and then Southern Methodist University (Class of 1946), where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Nancy met Frank on her first day at SMU at a mixer. He was an upperclassman attending SMU to expedite his advancement to Baylor Medical School in Houston. It was love at first sight.

    From 1951-1953, Frank served in the United States Navy as a Flight Surgeon, and they were stationed in Pensacola and Jacksonville, FL.  In 1953, they returned to Dallas to raise their family.  Throughout her life, she was an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Dallas County Medical Society, Junior Garden Study Club, Dallas Women’s Club, Marianne Scruggs Garden Club, Dallas Garden Club, Dallas Country Club and Highland Park United Methodist Church.

    A smart, beautiful and kind-hearted wife, mother and grandmother, Nancy will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives she touched.  A private family burial was held Saturday, July 19 in Groesbeck, Texas. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. in Cox Chapel at Highland Park United Methodist Church.  A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the American Heart Association/Dallas Division, PO Box 841125, Dallas, Texas, 75284-1125 or by phone (800) 242-8721; or to Doctors Without Borders, PO Box 5022, Hagerstown, MD, 21741, by phone (212) 763-5779 or at

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • LYFE Kitchen Celebrates Opening

    Members of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and LYFE Kitchen employees celebrated the opening of their second Dallas location in Preston Center yesterday. (Courtesy bigInk PR)

    Members of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and LYFE Kitchen employees celebrate the opening of the second Dallas location in Preston Center on July 16. (Courtesy bigInk PR)

    We covered the opening of LYFE Kitchen in our July issue, but on Wednesday they officially cut the ribbon. Can we please just appreciate all the veggies and the people in this adorable photo who couldn’t find their window? The camera is this way???

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 18, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • The Winston School

    By Elizabeth Ygartua Jul. 16, 2014 | 5:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
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