Real Wedding: Kathleen Krackenberger and Scott Baker

Local vendors and a kicking band were highlights at this pair's celebration.

Kathleen (Katie) and Scott’s first meeting—over a Phillies game and beer-can chicken at a party hosted by mutual friends—was casual. So were the non-date hangouts that followed. But they both realized things were starting to get serious when, after a taking a long walk around the National Mall, Katie—a dedicated vegetarian—cooked up a fish dinner for Scott and surprised him it with after his post-walk nap. “After having been together for just a few months, I couldn’t imagine ever being without him,” says Katie. The pair had dated for nearly three years when they were getting ready for bed one night, and Scott casually asked Katie if she would marry him. “Of course!” she said. Scott rephrased his question: “No, will you marry me?” Thankfully, Katie’s answer was the same the second time around.

The couple’s ease and comfort with one another carried over to their intimate wedding at the DC War Memorial on September 26, 2014, and their reception at Rocklands Farm the day after. The party featured some of their beloved local vendors and dancing to the band Turtle Recall, which all added up to a day Katie and Scott say was “just what we wanted.”

The Details:

Ceremony Venue: DC War Memorial

Reception Venue: Rocklands Farm

Photographer: Meghan Harrison, M. Rose Photography

Bride’s Gown: Ann Taylor

Groom’s Tux: Custom made from Hassis Men’s Shop

Bride’s Hair: Abbie Calderone

Groom’s Hair: Ryan Heller, Barber of Hell’s Bottom

Dessert: Whisked!

Florist: Plant Masters

Caterer: Smokin’ Ray, Rappahannock Oyster Co., Keswick Creamery, Number 1 Sons

Transportation: Nationwide Limousine

Music: Turtle Recall

Rings: Bario Neal

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.