Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, Md., set the scene when Susanne Bishop French, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hoagland French of Potomac, Md. and Eastham, Mass., exchanged marriage vows with Robert Peter Congedo, son of Mrs. Emily Congedo of Columbia, Md., and Peter Congedo of Burtonsville, at five o'clock on Saturday, June 30. Officiating at the candlelight ceremony was the Rev. Elwyn D. Brown, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Stephan Gagnier of St. Jude's. Stephen P. Kowalyshyn, organist at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston, and David Levin, trumpeter, provided the nuptial music.
The bride made a lovely picture in a traditional gown designed by Bianchi of candlelight silk-de-chine and fashioned with a sweetheart neckline, fitted lace bodice, and long train. Her headdress was a heirloom cathedral veil of Alcenon lace previously worn by her mother and grandmother, Mrs. Harold Wadsworth Cairns of Braintree, Mass. She carried a cascade of silk and fresh roses, orchids, lilies of the valley and orange blossoms. In attendance were Lisa Cairns French, maid of honor; Peter D. Congedo, best man accompanied by Jeanne M. Congedo, April L. Gardner, Elizabeth K. Lacy, Patricia Walter Myers, Judy Hearn Sigmon, Donna L. Congedo, Marion Hollister French, David W. Ballard, John J. Congedo, James H. French III, Dr. Michael J. Kowalyshyn, Victor J. McKay, Steven R. Myers, and James M. Walter.
Over 200 guests attended the reception held at the Columbia Country Club of Chevy Chase where dinner was served on dining tables decorated with peach flowers. Fancy Colours offered music for dancing.
The bride, an alumna of the University of North Carolina, and her husband are graduates of the University of Maryland. He is a biochemist and environmental analyst with Hittman Corporation and she is a manager of Smuggler's Notch at Lake Forrest Mall in Gaithersburg. The newlyweds are residing in Columbia, after a wedding trip to Hawaii.