The Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda was the setting for the marriage of Patricia Anne Donnelly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas Donnelly of Bethesda, and Ralph Howard Justus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Lee Justus of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, July 11. Msgr. J. Joshua Mundell, who married the bride's parents 25 years ago, performed the ceremony assisted by Father Kenneth Roeltgen. Dinner and dancing to the Devron Orchestra followed at Columbia Country Club.
For her wedding day the bride chose a white organza wedding dress with an alencon lace bodice trimmed with seed pearls a queen anne neckline, and chapel length train. Framing her face was a full length veil of bridal illusion edged with seed pearls. Melissa Guiler, maid of honor, was in a rose, blue and orchid print and wearing old rose were Nancy Broderick, Ellen and Maureen Rose, Beth Carnahan, and Martha Doyle. The best man was Thomas Purcell assisted by James Sinclair, John, Richard and Christopher Rose, and Stephen Broderick.
The bride attended the Connelly School of the Holy Child and Gettysburg College where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a major in government and history, she is with a Chevy Chase law firm. Her father, now retired, was Congressional Liaison Officer for 23 years with the Civil Aeronautics Board. Mrs. Donnelly worked on Capitol Hill for ten years for Congressman, Senator and then Vice-President Richard Nixon. Though she retired when Patricia was born in 1957, Mrs. Donnelly has since held various other positions.
Mr. Justus graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with degrees in electrical engineering and broadcast communications. He is employed by the TV Broadcast Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. His parents are also retired; Mr. Justus was an engineer and patent attorney and Mrs. Justus a teacher.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Bermuda and will take up residence in Rockville.