Katrina Lynn Stewart & John Willliam Kappen IV

Photographed by Kelli Carrico Photography

Although Katrina, of Oak Hill, knew of Troy, of Hurricane, through a mutual acquaintance in college, they were never formally introduced. Four years later both were in graduate school and Troy, who was in Puerto Rico on assignment with the U.S. military, was passing time scrolling through Facebook when he came across Katrina’s profile on his “Friends You May Know” feed. One look at her photo and he knew he needed to get to know her. Katrina accepted his friend request and, through long distance communication, the two found out they had a lot in common—especially their love for Atlanta, Georgia. Once Troy returned to West Virginia and they had their first in-person date, they became inseparable. On November 20, 2015, during a trip to Atlanta, Troy proposed at Canoe, a restaurant located in the historic Vinings area on the Chattahoochee River. The couple was married on New Year’s Eve at the West Virginia State Capitol building. The bride wore a Maggie Sottero strapless, sweetheart neckline ball gown with fully encrusted Swarovski crystal bodice and chic organza skirt. She was even featured on the designer’s website. The groom wore a dark gray, slim-fit, two-button suit from JoS. A. Bank. Katrina walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of Train’s “Marry Me” and was greeted at its end by her parents and brother, all of whom gave her away. After a traditional ceremony, the wedding party traveled to The Block, a local restaurant and wine cellar, to enjoy some libations. They then gathered for the reception at Beni Kedem Temple, where the ballroom was decorated in silver, gold, and black, complete with sparklers and champagne. Guests enjoyed counting down the New Year by watching the ball drop live on a projector screen at midnight. The couple reside in Scott Depot.

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Jean Ann’s Bridal, Beckley


Tana Brown McCraw, Ravenswood


JoS. A. Bank, Charleston


Suzy Shenos, Charles Town


BFF Creations, Cross Lanes


Princess Young, Saint Albans


BRAVO-Live DJ & Lighting Extravaganza, Hurricane


Elevated Media, Fayetteville


West Virginia State Capitol, Charleston


Beni Kedem Temple, Charleston