Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wedding Bells are Ringing

Courtney McGrath gets some assistance from her bridesmaids as they move towards the front entrance of Eastfair in Lloyd Harbor, NY. Saturday, June 28, 2008.
Courtney Christina McGrath, the daughter of Diahn Williams McGrath and Thomas J. McGrath of New York, was married on the last Saturday in June to Thomas Mario Spangler III, the son of Melissa M. Taylor of Edgewood, Md., and of Mr. Spangler Jr. of Baltimore. The Rev. Rosemary Suozzi Lloyd, a Unitarian Universalist minister, officiated at the home of the bride's family in Lloyd Neck, New York. Mrs. Lloyd is the sister of Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi who is a friend of the bride’s parents.

Mrs. Spangler, who is thirty, is a policy associate and lobbyist at Rapoza Associates, a public interest lobbying and government relations firm in Washington that works on community and economic development issues. He received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell, after which he was Government Affairs Coordinator at the American Planning Association, and as a legislative aide to Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.

Newlyweds Courtney and Thomas
The bride’s father is retired as a partner in the New York law firm Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett where he handled probate and estates. Mr. McGrath, who is, like his wife, a friend of this reporter, has fascinating things to say about the nature of the human condition when it comes to Wills and Money. The triumph of tragedy. Not pretty. Mr. McGrath is on the board of the New York Philharmonic and the president of the American Austrian Foundation, an organization in New York that promotes the exchange of medical technology and information.

The bride’s mother had a very successful television and film career in the 1960s and 1970s when she lived in Los Angeles. She then embarked on what has become a very successful career as a lawyer here in Manhattan where she specializes in estate litigation and matrimonial law.

Mr. and Mrs McGrath are very active in New York social life, and very gracious hosts to a wide variety of prominent New Yorkers, at dinners in the Fifth Avenue apartment where conversation is king (and the wine and the food a very close second).

The wedding was held at Eastfair in Lloyd Neck. The estate was originally built by inventor and IBM heir Sherman Fairchild who was a personal friend of the McGraths (they purchased the property after his death in 1971).
The ceremony at Eastfair in Lloyd Harbor, NY. Saturday, June 28, 2008.
The bridegroom, Mr. Spangler, who graduated from Johns Hopkins and is 29, is a deputy director at the Pentagon where he works for the Undersecretary of Defense.
His mother is a coordinator of the joint medical and doctoral degree program at the medical school of the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His father works in Baltimore as a project manager overseeing machinery installation for Motan, a German company that develops factory automation systems. The bridegroom is also the stepson of Gail A. Spangler and of William I. Taylor.

The bridegroom was raised in Baltimore where most his family still lives today. The newlyweds will reside in Washington where they work and where they first met through a mutual friend six years ago.
A trumpeter signals the arrival of the bride as she is escorted by her mother and father to the ceremony at Eastfair.
Clockwise from top left: Courtney McGrath is escorted by her mother Diahn and father Thomas McGrath; Mother of the Bride removing the blusher; Courtney McGrath and Thomas Spangler, III with Thomas and Diahn McGrath.
Thomas Spangler III and Courtney McGrath celebrate their marriage with Rev. Rosemary Suozzi Lloyd officiating.
Clockwise from top left: Courtney McGrath and Thomas Spangler, III with Rev. Rosemary Suozzi Lloyd; Newlyweds Courtney and Thomas; Courtney and Thomas visit the family donkey Pepecito after the ceremony.
Courtney with her attendants. The groomsmen.
The Wedding party: Tony Lawrence, Emily Lawrence, Andy Holt, Margo Hennigan, Christopher Holt, Jessica Weisblum, Greg Sanford (Best Man), Alexandra Conrad (Matron of Honor), Courtney and Tom, Heather Spangler, Brandon Mallon, Shelby Taylor, Bruce Zink, Teresa Hunt, Brian Moran, Yasmin Tabia.
Steve Benson with Helen and Charles Dolan. Val Diker and Alan Kisner.
Ed Rollins and Lyn Paulsin. Donald Tober, Thomas McGrath, and Bartle Bull.
Diahn, Courtney, and Tom on their way to the reception tent ... ... Under the reception tent.
Diahn McGrath welcomes guests during the reception. Barbara Tober. Matron of Honor, Alexander Conrad.
Father of the groom Thomas Spangler, Jr. and Thomas Spangler, III. The wedding cake. The newlyweds during the toasts.
Suzanne McDonough dances with Thomas McGrath. Jon and Rob Cooper. Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi with his wife Helene.
The newlywed's first dance accompanied by Michael Aranella's Dreamland Orchestra. The bride dances with her father. The groom dances with his mother Melissa Taylor.
Barbara and Howard Brenner. Vera Blinken and Ambassador Donald Blinken. Cora and Clarence Michalis.
Eddie and Suzie Hayes. Dawn and Alan Kisner. Barbara and Donald Tober.
Connell and Jocelyn McGrath, the bride's brother- and sister-in-law. Bob Balaban and his daughter Mariah.
Dr. Deborah Stith, Courtney McGrath, and Mini Stith. Chef David Ziff, Courtney McGrath and Alan Bell responsible for keeping the guests well fed.
Diahn and Thomas McGrath dance up a storm before calling it a day.

Photographs by © Beth Keiser Photography
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