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April 29, 2017


Chancellor’s Ridge in southwest Durham


Kate is a lower school teacher at The Hill Center, and Marty works at Eli Global.

Crossed Paths

Kate, who grew up in Hope Valley and graduated from Jordan High, and Marty, from Ames, Iowa, met through mutual friends the summer before their senior year at the University of Iowa.

The Proposal

“Very simple,” Kate says. A four-year anniversary dinner at Mateo was followed by a proposal on their deck at home.

The Big Day

After a pre-wedding Durham Bulls game on Thursday (Kate and Marty are huge baseball fans) and rehearsal dinner at The Pit Friday, Kate and Marty were married on Saturday at Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus with the help of Elise Bruce with Grace Leisure Events, Tre Bella and Get Lit Special Event Lighting.

Other Durham Wedding Vendors

A Go-Go Salon, Blue Sands Music, Party Tables Inc., Indigo Envelope, Bull Street Gourmet & Market and American Party Rentals.

Key Players

Kate’s parents, John and Lorie Christensen, sister Layne Christensen, brother Rob Christensen, Durham friends Ashley Hirschfield and Meg Niemann and Marty’s parents, Tim and Judy Pick.

Her Favorite Detail

“My dress. Diane Tatreau did an amazing job making my dream dress come to life.”

The Moment He’ll Remember Forever

“The first look. There was a lot of anticipation during the day, and it was such a relief to finally see Kate. She looked stunning.”

Photography by Callie Davis of Nancy Ray Photography

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