Rising Star native Laura Lyn Cox, partner-in-charge of government and regulatory affairs at Pricewaterhouse

Coopers, LLP, was married at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2006, to Joel David Kaplan, newly appointed deputy chief of staff for policy at the White House.

Cox, a member of PwC’s U.S. Leadership Team, oversees the firm’s U.S. government and regulatory affairs strategy. Prior to joining PwC, she served in the Bush administration as deputy assistant secretary for banking and finance in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Treasury, and later as a member of Chairman William H. Donaldson’s three-person, senior management team where she held the newly created role of managing executive for external and governmental affairs.

Prior to joining the Bush administration, Cox was vice president for strategic policy communications, government and regulatory affairs at Instinet Corp., an electronic brokerage, and spent eight years on Capitol Hill.

Cox holds a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Following a brief honeymoon in Hawaii, Kaplan returned to his post as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. On April 24, 2006, he assumed his new post within the White House, where he will oversee the policy development process.

As deputy director of OMB, Kaplan worked with the director to oversee the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in executive branch agencies. Previously, Kaplan served as special assistant to the president in the Office of the Chief of Staff.

Prior to joining the White House Staff in January 2001, Kaplan worked as a policy advisor on the 2000 presidential campaign. Earlier he served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Federal Appeals Court Judge J. Michael Luttig. Luttig, a close friend to the couple, performed their April 8 wedding ceremony.

Kaplan served for four years as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Law Review.

Cox is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Dale Cox of Rising Star. Her mother Sharolyn is the financial center manager with Citibank in Comanche. Her father, Franklin, is a regional sales representative with United Agri Products (UAP) Southwest, a subsidiary of ConAgra.

Kaplan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kaplan of Weston, Mass. His father Mark is a lawyer in Boston and his mother, Rosalind, is retired from Boston College Law School.

The ceremony and reception were held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore an A-line, strapless gown of ivory silk netting by Vera Wang. The dress bodice was trimmed with delicately beaded flowers. She wore a floor length veil in coordinating ivory netting. The bride carried a French-style, hand-tied bouquet of all-white double freesia and accented with Dutch cream roses wrapped with a cream double faced satin ribbon in ivory.

Newly appointed White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten read the “Seven Blessings” during the ceremony.

Katherine Lugar of McLean, Va., friend and former roommate of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Amy Brown of New York, N.Y, and Jessica Chabot, the groom’s 10-year-old niece, from Boston, Mass. The bridesmaids wore strapless dresses of sage green silk shantung.

Nigel Jones of Washington, D.C. served as best man. Dylan Glenn of New York, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. and Greg Andler of Boston, Mass., served as groomsmen.

The groom’s other nieces Ariana Chabot, 6, of Sharon, Mass., and Elizabeth Romantz, 4, of Watertown, Mass., served as flower girls. They wore classic sheath-style dresses, also in sage green silk shantung, accented with sashes at the waist and layers of netting under the skirt. The groom’s nephews, Jordan Chabot, 8, and Alex Romantz, 6, served as ring bearers and carried pillows made by Beth Martin of Comanche, from antique handkerchiefs given to the bride by her grandmothers.

The couple will reside in Washington, D.C.