Claire Elizabeth Florsheim and Herd Alan Midkiff, both of Fort Worth, were united in marriage on Saturday, the twenty-eighth of July, 2018, at six-thirty in the evening at University Christian Church in Fort Worth. Reverends Karl Travis and Shannon Moore officiated. Music was provided by Janet Pummill, organist, Kyle Sherman, trumpeter, the Debbie Brooks Chamber Ensemble and the University Christian Church Ad Deum Handbell Choir. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Petroleum Club of Fort Worth. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Florsheim of Fort Worth. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Herd Midkiff of Midland. Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose a Chantilly lace gown by Monique Lhuillier. A delicate crystal headpiece accompanied the bride’s Italian cathedral length lace veil. The bride wore her maternal grandmother’s earrings which her grandmother had worn to President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball in 1961. A reception was held after the ceremony at the Amon G. Carter Stadium Champions Club on the TCU campus where guests danced to the music of Think Big and The Bulletproof Brass. The groom played the guitar and sang two musical selections, one of which was a song that he wrote for the bride. Both the bride and groom’s cakes were provided by Sandy Chang, with the groom’s cake featuring the brand from his family’s ranch in West Texas. An oil painting on canvas, done at the reception by live-event artist Renata Sharman, captured the couple’s first dance. The groom’s daughter, Caroline Marie Midkiff, served as maid of honor and Traci Taylor Ellinwood was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kristina Midkiff Stephens, sister of the groom, Sarah Bessire Florsheim, sister-in-law of the bride, Mary Hazlewood Barkley, Ashley Bessire Martinez, Kirby Thornton Sikes, Lauren Daniel Trodden and Krystle Bicknell Womack. Flower girls were Raegan Elizabeth Florsheim and Lillian Grace Florsheim, nieces of the bride, and Sarah Elizabeth Barkley. Thomas Hix Barkley served as ring bearer. The house party included Stephanie Price Brown, Jacqueline Kurth Laizure and Anne Roach Mangum. The groom’s best men were David Alan Barkley and Kevin Furst Womack. Groomsmen were Charles Collins Florsheim, brother of the bride, Randy Patrick Stephens, brother-in-law of the groom, Robert Preston Stephens, nephew of the groom, George Valentine Horvat and Jason Ambrose Oglesby. The bride is a summa cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University where she majored in Philosophy and was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She received a Juris Doctorate with honors from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical nutrition from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She is a registered dietitian and wellness consultant at Higginbotham & Associates in Fort Worth and is a member of the Fort Worth Junior League. The groom graduated with a BBA in Finance from Texas Christian University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, and earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. He is a Certified Valuation Analyst and is a Partner and Director of Consulting at JTaylor in Fort Worth. He is also an author and his first book, Our Beating Hearts, was published in 2017. After a honeymoon in St. Lucia, the couple will reside in Fort Worth.
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