By Nancy Jaffer
Oct. 5, 2005 -- Jim Wolf, the U.S. Equestrian Federation's executive director of sports programs, and former eventer Molly Bliss were married September 25 in Newport, R.I.
The service took place in a church founded by Molly's ancestors during the 17th century. Molly, who is now an emergency room physician, wore an off-the-shoulder gown by Priscilla of Boston with a beaded top and a veil set with brilliants. Ushers included Mark Phillips, the U.S. eventing chef d'equipe, who worked closely with Jim when he headed the international eventing program for the U.S. Equestrian Team.
Guests came from around the world, with Argentina, Great Britain, Italy and Australia represented. Among those on hand to wish the couple well were USEF President David O'Connor and his wife, Karen; eventers Mark Weissbecker and Robert Costello and former USET Executive Director Bob Standish.
The reception was held at Castle Hill, a hotel on a hill that overlooks the water for an impressively scenic backdrop. The groom was able to dance with the bride despite an ankle injury sustained during his bachelor party two nights before. Details of the wild night were not available, but "eels" seemed to be a key word in discussions of the revelry. Luckily, Jim now has a doctor in residence. The honeymoon couple was headed to Paris and Deauville to enjoy the racing.