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72 The Couple: Mattie Bell Rutherford + Brian Craig Thompson Jr. The Big Day: Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Rutherford Ranch, established 1948, Buda, Texas. The Romance: As the couple's hashtag proclaimed, theirs was a #MatchMadeinMcQueeney. The bride and groom met 11 years ago while both were in high school, during summer vacation at Lake McQueeney. She's from a Houston oil and ranching family, great granddaughter of wildcatter Pat Rutherford Sr., who once entertained LBJ and had an airstrip built for the presidential plane to land on ranch property; the groom hails from equally patrician Alamo Heights, San Antonio, stock. The couple dated through college — hers, Vanderbilt; his, Texas A&M — and despite beginning careers in finance in different cities (the bride in NYC, the groom in San Antonio), the pull of the heart won out, when both were living and working in Houston, she with Barclay's, he with South Texas Money Management. Popping the Question: At the Rutherford Ranch, a year prior. The bride-to-be was not expecting it, as evidenced by her attire — snake-protection working boots, shorts, and a tee, hair in a ponytail knot. The groom, also in ranch casual, found a favorite spot from their nature hikes and plopped down on one knee. The respective families, who had been let in on the proposal, were waiting at the big house to toast the newly engaged pair. Details of the Day The Bride Wore: Anna Maier from Joan Pillow, Houston. The Groom Wore: Tux from J. Hilburn, with a Mexican artisan-made suspenders ordered from El Rey Apparel, Houston. Wardrobe Warning to Guests: "Outdoor cocktail — stilettos and grass don't mix!" Wedding Party: The 14 bridesmaids included two maids of honor, Caitlin WEDDING WILDCAT Sterling Stensrud Jennifer Rose McCord in an Oscar de la Renta gown A STORIED FAMILY'S TEXAS RANCH WAS THE SETTING FOR THE MARRIAGE OF THE GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER OF RUTHERFORD OIL COMPANY FOUNDER — MATTIE BELL RUTHERFORD AND HER SAN ANTONIO FIANCÉ, BRIAN CRAIG THOMPSON JR. AS SHARED BY THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE, NANCY RUTHERFORD. BY CATHERINE D. ANSPON PHOTOGRAPHY ASHLEY GARMON PHOTOGRAPHERS The setting: Rutherford Ranch, established 1948, Buda, Texas. (continued on page 74)

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