Real Wedding: Katie and Court

This couple’s rustic wedding got some inspiration from Dave Matthews Band in a nod to the groom’s favorite music.

Katie and Court on their wedding day on June 8, 2013. All photographs by Stephen Gosling Photography.

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

Bride’s Gown: Judd Waddell, Hitched Salon

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