Jessica Murray, Joshua Sheppard – The New York Times | #tinder | #pof


Jessica Treanor Murray and Joshua Aaron Sheppard were married April 18 on the garden terrace of the bride’s parents’ house in Harrison, N.Y. The Rev. Hollis H. Galgano, an Episcopal deacon, and a friend of the bride’s family, officiated. The celebration originally was to take place at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., before the coronavirus outbreak, and has been postponed there until later this year.

Mrs. Sheppard, 35, is a partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis, a mergers and acquisitions law practice. She graduated from Middlebury College and received a law degree and an M.B.A. from Northwestern.

She is a daughter of Christine K. Murray and James B. Murray of Harrison. The bride’s father retired as a managing director in capital markets at Citigroup in New York. Her mother was a stay-at-home parent.

Mr. Sheppard, 33, is an investment analyst at the New York office of White Oak Global Advisors, a private credit firm in San Francisco. He graduated from Southern Methodist University and received a master’s degree in economics from Duke.

He is a son of Kristy J. Sheppard and Larry W. Sheppard of Broken Arrow, Okla. The groom’s mother was a stay-at-home parent. His father retired as a senior vice president at Vintage Petroleum in Tulsa, Okla., an oil and gas company acquired by Occidental Petroleum. He is a trustee of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

The couple were introduced in 2016 on the dating app Tinder, and then had their first date in New York at a restaurant on the Lower East Side.

They rushed to the Manhattan Marriage Bureau on March 17 as places were shutting down.

“We wanted to preserve the ability to get married at least in the presence of each other,’’ said Mrs. Sheppard, who wore a tea-length lace dress to the ceremony at her parents’ house. The bride’s parents and sister attended in person, while the groom’s parents in Tulsa and his sister in Los Angeles were there via Zoom.

“We wanted certainty in the times of uncertainty,” Mrs. Sheppard said.



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