Mary Morgan Baker And Turner Patrick Dowell Wed

By Rob Giardinelli         Photography by Kelly Hornberger

Mary Morgan Baker, the daughter of Amy and John Porter, and Penny Baker of Austin, and Turner Patrick Dowell, the son of Shannon and Kelly Dowell of Austin, were recently married. For the couple, the wedding day had a special meaning since it fell on their anniversary. “Prior to getting engaged, we dated for eight years. Our wedding date marked exactly nine years together” recalls Morgan and Patrick Dowell. Morgan is very much a planner, which required Patrick to get creative when deciding how to pop the question in a way that would genuinely surprise her. “I’m in real estate so Patrick coordinated a property showing at a condo downtown,” recalls Morgan. “I thought it was a big, fancy executive coming to look at the penthouse. I walked in, and there he was.”

Their nine years together culminated in a beautiful wedding for 200 guests at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin. The church ceremony featured an elegant, white palette of orchids and roses. The bride had 17 attendants, and the groom had 18. The wedding ensembles for the bride and groom featured touches of family weddings from prior generations. The bride’s mother’s wedding color was turquoise, and she wore a turquoise broach on her own wedding gown, which Morgan pinned to her bouquet as her “something blue,” while the groom wore his great-grandfather’s tuxedo studs set. Barbara Shorts of Verve Events planned the stunning wedding ceremony and reception, while David Kurio created the elaborate floral décor. The goal was to capture the bride’s vision for a traditional and romantic wedding, with a nod to the couple’s love for The University of Texas.

The reception for 600 guests was held at Austin Country Club and featured a blush pink color palette,
with pops of orange. Instead of a traditional seated dinner, the reception flowed throughout the entire club, including a special bride’s room and groom’s room. The bride’s “Mo Bubbles” room, a play on her
nickname, had blush pink velvet furniture and white carpet, where guests were served champagne in
monogrammed glasses. The groom’s room was game day themed to highlight his experience as a
Spur and Bevo handler, and the bride as a Texas cheerleader. The bar served two signature drinks:
Bevo’s Bourbon and DKR. There were also two dance floors, with one designed to be more intimate
for toasts and the couple’s first dance. The wedding cake, designed by The Chocolate Llama,
even put a twist on the traditional red velvet cake by being dyed blush pink.

At 10 pm, a surprise after party kicked off in a separate ballroom, featuring a collection of Chinoiserie vases, gold and orchid walls, a wall to wall custom dance floor, over-sized burnt orange floral arrangements, and a ceiling covered in balloons creating a lounge club vibe…and the fun went well into the night. The end of the evening featured the bride’s favorite moment, a private last dance with her new husband. “We danced to Cowboy Take Me Away by The Chicks. “It was so special to have a private moment together, and I loved getting to soak it all in one last time before we exited,” recalls the bride.

The bride is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and works at Gottesman Residential Real Estate.

The groom also graduated from UT Austin and is a Senior Associate at Evergen Equity. The couple honeymooned in the South of France and reside in Austin.



By Rose Betty Williams   Photography by Rose Betty Williams

Amy Sutton, Patty Loose and Beth Voorhees

At the Austin Country Club, the 16th anniversary of Austin Kappa Settings was celebrated in grand style with a cocktail preview party and table viewing party. Kappa Settings is always fun and each time it deepens experiences for friends and guests to find inspirations for elegant entertaining. Hostesses know at any barbeque, shower, or fine dining party, the table is the center of attraction. At Settings 2019, the Kappa Kappa Gamma event offered surprises of colors and décor, while the tabletops offered awe-inspiring ideas.   

Frances Smith Netherton, Carol Crowley and Shery Smyth

The speaker for the event was Lela Rose, the New York City-based American fashion designer widely regarded for her eponymous collections. Passionate for style, design, and décor, Rose released her first book, Pret-a-Party, focusing on her love of entertaining. As a principled female business owner, wife and mother, Rose is committed to giving back to the community. For more than 17 years, Rose has supported a proven network of artisans, sewers, pattern-makers, manufacturers, and small business owners in New York City.

Gail Wheelus and Vickie Roan, The Menagerie tablesetting

The Platinum Honoree at the gathering was Lanette Smith, who, twenty-two years ago, conceived the first Kappa Settings. With a talent for fundraising and a heart for giving back to our community, she established the Austin KKG Philanthropy Fund. Beyond her dedication to this signature event, Smith has served on the House Board and in 1992 was President of the Alumnae  Association. 

Breed & Co. tablesetting

Some of the other highlights included a Garrison Brothers Bourbon tasting, rose nosegays gifted to each guest by The Pearl Collection and designed by guest speaker Lela Rose, and tortoise shell earrings gifted to each guest by Elizabeth Gibson of Eliza Page. Plus, there were specialty favors at the designers’ tables. 

This event showcases the Best of Austin Designers. Ultimately, the total proceeds of $51,000 helps to meet critical needs in our community and beyond.

Kendra Scott tablesetting

The 2019 Beneficiaries wereThe Refuge, CASA of Travis County, LifeWorks, Beyond Batten Foundation, Meadows Mental Health Institute, Austin Community Foundation, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. Regarding the KKG Scholars,the Beta Xi Kappa Kappa Gammas at the University of Texas were recognized for last year achievement as the Number One Chapter with a Grade Point Average of 3.569.  

Lynn Box, Susie Jastrow and Donna Thomas

Chairs & Key Committee Members for the event were: 

Tri-Chairs:   Amy Sutton, Patty Loose, Beth Voorhees

Underwriting Chairs:  Kerri Ann Chambless & Ann Bauer

Visual Designs & Program:  Kelsey Stephenson

Key Honoree Chair:  Carol Crowley

Preview Cocktail Party Tri-Chairs:  Laurel Hooper, Acia Moody, Evelyn Weideman

Luncheon & Logistics Chair:  Andrea Calvert

Luncheon Reservations Coordinator:  Susan Standard

Suzanne Miller and Elizabeth Nash

The participating designers were:

Adelante Boutique

Bay Hill Design 

Charlotte Benson

Blair Burton Interiors

Breed & Co.

Diva, The Ultimate Design Studio

Fabian Salcedo

Feather Your Nest

The Garden Room

Grace Charles Design Studio

Hearth and Soul

House of Margo Blair

Kendra Scott

Love Ding Home Staging and Interiors

Lucinda Hutson Lifestyle Author

Maggie Louise Confections

Melody’s Joy 

The Menagerie

Olivia Shoppe

Page Home Design

Personally Yours

Premiere Select

Carter Jackson

Sparrow Interiors & Gifts

Suzy M. Fields Interior Designs

Tina Hambly Creative

Westbank Flower Market

Austin Country Club

Floral Renaissance

Malleret Designs

Wildflower Organics