|Stephanie Taft Potter and John Foster were married at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue and 50th Street at 5 pm on Saturday, September 26th. The ceremony was followed by a black-tie dinner dance at The New York Public Library.
The bride, who grew up in Locust Valley and attended St. John’s in Lattingtown, joined St. Bartholomew’s when she began spending more time in the city. Coincidentally she and her husband were introduced to each other by mutual friends outside one of those churches.
|Stephanie Taft Potter and John Foster outside the Office of the City Clerk.|
|She loves tennis, golf, squash, skiing. She attended Portledge School, St. Georges School and Barnard. She is now at Deutsche Bank. Her great-grandfather was Charles “CP” Palmer Strite, founder of the Chicago Coin Corporation who invented the Toastmaster, later to become the GE Toastmaster.
Her father, John T. Potter, founded the Potter Instrument Company (PICO) and was owner of over 100 patents. He was also a well-known A class ocean racing sailor, winning the Bermuda Race several times.
|The bride-to-be prepares ...|
|Mr. Foster, who has been married before, is owner and Chairman of the Board of BioHorizons. He is also founder and Chairman of Healthpoint Capital, a private equity firm.
He serves as a trustee of the Asia Society, Asian Cultural Council, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and the National Committee on United States – China Relations.
He served on the Board of Overseers for the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth, and the Harvard School of Public Health Dean’s Council.
|, John Foster, and|
|In 1995, he established the John H. Foster Professorship of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, he established the John H. Foster Center for Private Equity at the Amos Tuck School of Administration at Dartmouth College. In 2000, he established the Foster Center for Clinical Outcomes Research at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY. In 2005, he established the John H. Foster Curator for Traditional Asian Art at the Asia Society.
Mr. Foster received his BA degree from Williams College in 1964 and an MBA degree from the Amos Tuck School in 1967. He is passionate about art and loves China. He summers on Fishers Island and spends time on his ranch in Texas year round.
|Dia Potter, Whitney Connor, Troy Brown, Diana Rice, Laing Rikkers, T.D. Davis, Scott Potter, Mortimer Berkowitz, Michael Davis, Bride, Groom, John Rikkers, Strite Potter, Laura Rikkers, and Leander Rikkers.|
|It was their mutual interest in shooting that led to their getting together. He invited her to lunch at the Four Seasons, her favorite restaurant, and they mainly talked about guns and shooting. When he was away in London on a shooting trip he called to give her shooting updates. When he returned they began to date.
After they were engaged the bride-to-be started wedding plans mid-summer for a September wedding (beware brides, not a lot of time!). Fortunately, she was able to secure most importantly St. Barts, Valerie Romanoff’s Starlight Orchestra and The New York Public Library for the reception.
She asked her friend Polly Onet (of Ober, Onet Associates), a wedding and event planner, to help organize it all. The two women, who grew up together in Locust Valley, had attended some of the most beautiful, classic, and elegant debutante parties and weddings in that area.
|Polly Onet going through her checklist.|
|Bronson Wyck and his team turned the Celeste Bartos forum into a mirrored hedged garden.|
|Mrs. Caroline Firestone and Dr. Bruce Horton||Sen. Larry Pressler and Anne Van Rensselaer||Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller|
|Mr. Edmund Lynch III, Master Edmund Lynch IV, and Theodore Hartley||Miss Welyn Craig, Ms. Kimberley Roosenburg, and Miss Denia Craig (Dina Merrill's grand daughters)|
|Mr. Joe Coleman||Mrs. Melissa Bellinelli and Mr. David Tereshchuk||Ms. Lisa Bytner|
|Mr. Ford Draper and Mr. Jan Roosenburg||Art Fontain, Debra Silva, Matt Colyer, and Jake Barnes|
|Mr. Michael Davis||Barbara and Jerome Gratry||Mr. and Mrs. Tal Golomb|
|Mrs. and Mr. Stephen Curley||Mr. and Mrs. Gene Locks|
|Ms. Virginia Foster and her fiance Mr. Mark Cannon||Ms. Sally Ann Zenko|
|Mr. and Mrs. Steve O'Neil||Mr. Michael Beckman|
|The bride makes her way to the church with the help of Polly Onet|
|The groom signs the registry||Mr. Michael Davis, Mr. Paul Vartanian, and Mr. Mortimer Berkowitz|
|Mrs. Philip Connor, Mrs. Perry Brown, Mrs. John Rice, and Mrs. John Rikkers||Mr. John Rikkers and Master Leander Rikkers|
|Mr. John Foster, Mr. Paul Vartanian, and Ms. Stephanie Potter ... soon to be Mrs. John Foster||Rev. Lynn Sanders, the bride, Rev. William Tully, and Dina Merrill|
|Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley||Mr. and Mrs. Scott Potter||Mrs. Robert Gianos and Mr. Walter Ross|
|Mr. Lazlo Adam, Winky Adam, and Mrs. and Mr. Larry
|Mr. Edmund Lynch III, Miss Crystal Lynch, Mrs. Deborah Lynch, and Master Edmund Lynch IV|
|En route to the black-tie dinner dance at The New York Public Library.|
|The bride and groom make their way down the stairs of the NYPL to meet and greet their guests ...|
|The bride with Mrs. T.D. Davis ... Mrs. Boo Van Ingen ... Laura Rikkers.|
|Mr. John Foster, Mr. Jan Roosenburg, Stephanie, Nina Rumbough Roosenburg hugging Stephanie, and Mrs. Edward Austin (in blue)|
|Mrs. Harry Seherr -Thoss ( Elizabeth), Mr. Peter McLaughlin, Mrs.
Peter McLaughlin (Maria), and Ms. Kristina Newman
|Christobel Vartanian, Ann Polk, Tracy Rutherford, and Anne Cook|
|Victoria and Nishan Vartanian||Jim Smith, Caroline Firestone, and Sandra Heise|
|Mr. and Mrs. Philippe dela Chappelle talk to the Groom||T.D. and Terie Davis||Brian and Pamela Owens|
|Laing Rikkers, Alan Blanchard, Kim Bradshaw||Lionel Goldfrank, Dottie Smith, Joe Coleman, and Kathy Coleman|
|Leander and Laura Rikkers||Mr. John Springer and Leander Rikkers|
|The cocktail reception.|
|Dinner is served.|
|The bride (with Mr. Michael Davis and groom) in her Oscar de la Renta dress to close out the night ...|
|Photographs by Terry deRoy Gruber and Ann Watt.|