Real Wedding: Katrina and Michael

For this couple, it was love at first sight.

All photographs by Ever After Visuals.

Michael Freedman spotted Katrina Barnette the moment she entered the room while out with mutual friends in Annapolis. “We kept catching each other’s eye across the crowd,” says Katrina, a merchandise manager. “Mike bought me a drink and we started talking; we hit it off.” So much so that exactly a year later, on their anniversary, Mike, a Marine Corps officer, proposed on the rooftop of Katrina’s building, overlooking the Washington Monument. A wedding at the Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg followed eight months later.


Photographer: Ever After Visuals

 Venue: Oatlands Plantation

Event Coordinator: Aimee Hardenbergh, True Wedding Events

Bride’s Gown: Heidi Elnora, Soliloquy Bridal Couture

Hair: Roshaunda Jenkins, Beautiful Becomings

Makeup: Megan Bucelli

Groom’s Tux: Dress blues for the ceremony and a suit from Macy’s for reception

Caterer: RSVP Catering

Cake: Cakes by Linda

Cake Flavors: Red velvet and yellow cake

Cocktail: Sweet Tea Vodka

Florist: Bergeron’s Flowers

Flowers: Peonies

Music/Entertainment: String Attack for ceremony and coktail hour and DCSynergy for reception, Miles Stiebel from MSE Productions

First Dance Song: “Whatever It Is,” by Zac Brown Band

Invitations: The Dandelion Patch

Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The day of our rehearsal dinner, our wedding planner gave me some great advice to never leave my husband’s side at the wedding. We experienced the best night of our lives completely together.”

Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Seeing Katrina walk down the aisle.”

Biggest Surprise: “Tropical storm Andrea just hit the day before our wedding, so the morning of the wedding it was pouring. It cleared up right before the guests starting arriving.”

Decor Details: “Mike has a big sweet tooth, so we had a candy bar.”

Theme: Southern elegance

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, elegant, fun and laughter 

Honeymoon Spot: “We got relocated across the country a few weeks after our wedding, so our honeymoon was driving cross country and stopping in Chicago, Omaha, Denver, and Las Vegas.”

Where They Currently Live: Carlsbad, California