The celebration and blessing of a marriage took place Jan. 21, 2012, in Litchfield Park, Ariz. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for Katherine Carlsen Crawford and Logan Choate Churchwell, of Arlington, Va. Officiated by the Right Reverend Kirk Smith, Bishop of Arizona, the bride and groom made their life long vows to each other in the presence of God, their families and friends.
Katie is the daughter of Kent Crawford and the late Christine Crawford of Goodyear, Ariz. Representing the mother of the bride was Katie’s sister, Maya Crawford, of Portland, Ore. Logan is the son of Tommy and Laurie Churchwell of Big Spring, Texas. Proudly witnessing the vows were his grandparents, Tom and Eva Churchwell and Carroll and Joyce Choate, of Big Spring, Texas.
The guests were seated by the groomsmen, Benjamin Hoyer, best man from Copenhagen, Denmark; Tanner Churchwell of Big Spring, Texas; Gerrit Choate of Dallas, Texas; Daniel Cenci of Speed, N.C., Rodrigue Garcia of Portiers, France; James Perl of Columbia, S.C.; and Kyle Miller of Durham, N.C. The groomsmen presented each lady with a vintage handkerchief, a gift from the bride.
At 2 p.m., church bells rang as the procession began. Assisting the service were Sydney Island, Thurifer; Katie Ann Franklin, Crucifer; Thor Island and Andrew Ryan, torch bearers; and the Rev. Gay Romack. Bridesmaids were Alicia Solis of Palo Alto, Calif., maid of honor; Jennifer Williams, matron of honor, Sara Crawford, Lindsay Shea of Goodyear Ariz.; Emilie Guthrie of Portland Ore.; Molly Guthrie of Seattle Wash.; Whitney Kirby of San Antonio, Texas; and Chandler Choate of Dallas, Texas.
The flower girl was Vivian Williams from Goodyear, Ariz. Ring Bearers Liam and Ezra Brown of Portland Ore., carried the rings in hand-made West Texas mesquite bowls.
The bride, escorted down the aisle by her father, wore a Vera Wang ball gown with 100 yards of tulle that flowed into a cathedral-length train. The asymmetrically draped taffeta bodice was accented with a floral sash made by the bride. Hand sewn next to her heart was fabric from her mother’s wedding dress. Her bouquet consisted of white roses, anemones, miniature calla lilies and willow branches. The groom wore a black tuxedo and met his beautiful bride at the alter. After the declaration of consent and exchanging of vows, all were welcomed to the Lord’s table for Holy Eucharist.
The reception was held at the The Raven at Verrado Golf Club in Buckeye, Ariz. The guests enjoyed a cocktail hour, dinner and dancing at the foot of the White Tank mountains and Sonoran Dessert sunset.
Preceding wedding day, a bridal luncheon featuring an Italian buffet was hosted by Maureen Haddad, Mary Miller and Sue Partee at Litchfield’s in the Wigwam Resort. Family, friends and the bridal party toasted the couple at the rehearsal dinner at Old Pueblo as guests enjoyed a jazz trio, Mexican cuisine and margaritas.
The bride is in her last semester at Virginia Theological Seminary and will be ordained as a priest in May. The groom is director of public relations of accuracy in media in Washington, DC.
After a honeymoon to Aruba, the couple will make their home in Alexandria, Va.