Emily Allen McDowell and Alexander Martin Cameron exchanged sacred wedding vows at the Church of the Incarnation on April 26, 2014. The Right Reverend Anthony J. Burton officiated their 11 a.m. service. Music was provided by Scott Dettra, organist, Kara Kirkendoll Welch, flutist, with a special Choral Benediction sung by select members of The Incarnation Choir. A Southern brunch reception, complete with Mimosas and Bloody Marys, followed at the historic Arlington Hall at Lee Park. The Special Addition Band provided music and entertainment for reception guests and the newlyweds danced their first dance to “My Girl.” A rehearsal dinner at the DeGolyer House at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on the eve of the wedding was hosted by the parents of the groom. This included a romantic garden party on the lawn under the stars.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rex McDowell of Dallas. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Sellers and Mrs. Charles Steele and the late Mr. Steele, all of Montgomery, Ala.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander Cameron of Portland, Ore. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Martin Cameron, of Adrian, Mich. and Mrs. Martin Wagener and the late Mr. Wagener, of El Paso, Texas.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. The bride wore a gown of ivory silk taffeta designed from Legends by Romona Keveza. The romantic gown featured a sophisticated A-line silhouette, pleated sweetheart neckline and was fitted at the bride’s natural waist. The elegant full-circle skirt fell to slipper-length and flowed into a chapel-length train. The bride fashioned the gown with an ivory Alencon lace cap sleeve jacket which highlighted the softness of her timeless look. Emily chose a floor-length heirloom veil of antique Brussels lace that her mother wore at her wedding in 1981. Emily’s “something blue” was a garter she donned, embroidered with the names of over a dozen women in the family who had worn it on their wedding days before her. Her bridal bouquet of white peonies and gardenias had her great-grandmother’s handkerchief entwined around the flowers.
Assisting the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Virginia McDowell. Bridesmaids included her sisters Mary Susan McDowell and Kate McDowell. Members of the house party were Emily Crose, Lindsey Dee, Caroline Ewing, Jessica McDowell, and Erin Tainer. The flower girl was Catherine Wilmer.
Attending the groom as best man was Matt Dodd. Groomsmen included Pete Deneen and Martin Fritz Huber. Serving as ushers were Sam Jakola, Casey Kovacic, Robbie Parsons, Erik Peterson, and Andrew Slade. Clay Ewing was the ring bearer.
The bride is a graduate of The Hockaday School. She received a Bachelor of Science with honors from Washington and Lee University and a masters degree in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. Emily was an exploration geologist with Hess Petroleum in Houston.
The groom is a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland. He received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematical economic analysis from Rice University, and an MBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Alex is the finance director for North American Running for Nike, Inc. in Portland.
Following their wedding trip to Costa Rica, the newlyweds have made Portland their home.