Katie Barkley and Court Crenshaw’s romance played out like something from Bridget Jones’s Diary. The two met during a Christmas house party hosted by Court’s cousin. “Katie immediately stood out because she was the only one who chose to wear a tacky sweater to the Christmas party,” says Court, now a medical student. “Despite the sweater, I thought she was beautiful.” Katie, a marketing specialist, was equally smitten with the groom, who she admits instantly made her “feel giddy.” The romance continued for exactly a year before Court proposed on Christmas day at Katie’s parents house. The couple were wed in June 2013 at Raspberry Plain in Leesburg, Virginia.
Photographer: Stephen Gosling Photography
Wedding Venue: Raspberry Plain
Event Coordinator: Rebecca Dick, Blue Canary Events
Groom’s Tux: Egara, Men’s Wearhouse
Hair: Ky Washington, Bridal Artistry
Makeup: Suzanne Kahn, Bridal Artistry
Caterer: Main Event Caterers
Cake: Edibles Incredible
Wedding Cake Flavors: Red velvet, vanilla raspberry, chocolate mousse bliss
Wedding Cocktail: Cucumber gin fizz
Florist: Susan Wenger, Accolades Florist
Wedding Flowers: Peonies, garden roses, ranunculuses, white stock, dusty miller, eucalyptus
Music/Entertainment: Violin and guitar duo for ceremony and cocktail hour, deejay for reception, MSE Productions
First Dance Song: “Then” by Brad Paisley
Invitations: Hi Note
Bride’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “My dress. It was very simple yet stunning and captured my personality perfectly.”
Groom’s Favorite Wedding Detail: “The deejay and our song selections.”
Biggest Surprise of the Wedding: The weather. “I was so set on having an outdoor ceremony and the day before we had pouring rain. I was so anxious, but by noon on Saturday the clouds had cleared and we had blue skies the entire evening. We actually had to squint walking down the aisle!” says the bride.
Wedding Favors/Decor Details: “Court and I love to cook, so we created our own spice blend to give to our guests. Court also loves Dave Matthews Band, so we subtly worked in Dave Matthews elements throughout the wedding. Our engagement pictures were taken at Dave Matthews’s vineyard in Charlottesville, each of our signs at the reception included quotes from the band’s songs, and my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to one of their songs,” says Katie.
Wedding Theme: Rustic elegance
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Classic, simplistic, romantic, unifying
Honeymoon Spot: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Where They Currently Live: Philadelphia, PA