Vows exchanged

Published 9:19 am Thursday, March 9, 2017

The marriage of Ms. Karen-Anne McEwen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Joseph McEwen Jr., of Richmond, to Mr. Patrick Mayo Gates, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Heath Gates Sr. of Farmville, took place Saturday, Dec. 17, at Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond.

The Deacon Robert Giovenco assisted by the Rev. Gini DiStanislao, aunt of the groom, officiated the ceremony. 

The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. George Janulis of Lexington Park, Maryland and the late Cmdr. Janulis, and the late Dr. and Mrs. Philip Joseph McEwen, formerly of Petersburg. The groom is the grandson of the Hon. Ernest Pleasants Gates, of Chester, and the late Mrs. Gates, the late Mr. Arthur Patrick Mahon, formerly of West Orange, New Jersey and the late Mrs. Regina Bongiovanni Mahon, formerly of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Mrs. Megan McEwen Hupp, of Virginia Beach, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor, while Ms. Sarah Kathleen McEwen, twin sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Miss Ellen Marie Janulis, goddaughter of the bride, was junior bridesmaid. The flower girl was Miss Virginia Catherine Gates, goddaughter of the bride and groom. Mr. David Gates Sr. served as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. David Heath Gates Jr. and Mr. Matthew Flynn-Mahon Gates, brothers of the groom. Mr. William Thomas Hupp III, nephew of the bride, served as honorary ring bearer.

Several close friends and family of the bride and groom were honored as part of the house party. Readers included Mrs. Beatrice Gates, sister-in-law of the groom; Mr. Charley Gates, cousin of the groom; and Ms. Charlotte Hupp, family of the bride. Ushers included Mr. Hunter Brush, Mr. Charles Fegley, Mr. Jay Sprouse, all childhood friends of the groom; Mr. Philip Agee, Mr. Wingate Grant, Mr. Stuart Kegan, Mr. Langdon Moss III, Mr. Chad Zalesiak, all college friends of the groom; and Mr. William Hupp Jr., brother-in-law of the bride. Honorary attendants included Ms. Shannon Alexander, Ms. Erica Gill, Ms. Kate Kristofak, Mrs. Samantha Novo, all high school friends of the bride; and Mrs. Maura Robinson, childhood friend of the bride. Program attendants included sorority sisters of the bride, Mrs. Sarah Hodges, Mrs. Austin Hyatt, Ms. Annie Minkler, Mrs. Nellie Parrish, Ms. Amanda Rayner and Ms. Rebecca Thorsen, in memoriam.

The bride is a graduate of Saint Gertrude High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Randolph-Macon College. Karen-Anne is currently employed by the Martin Agency. 

The groom is a graduate of Fuqua School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Hampden-Sydney College. Patrick is currently employed by Estes Express Lines.

On the Friday before, a bridal luncheon, hosted by the bride’s sisters, was held at the Country Club of Virginia and a rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents, was held at The Commonwealth Club. The wedding reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at The Jefferson Hotel.

The couple took a short getaway to The Greenbrier in West Virginia and will honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, later this spring. They reside in Richmond.