When Chapel Hill native Matt Evans moved into his apartment in Roanoke, he didn’t know his future wife was just downstairs. He and Katie Schurr, who lived in the apartment below, bonded over porch swing conversations, grilling burgers and gardening. A year later, Matt secretly called Katie’s family members to ask for their blessing before planning his proposal. Family members Jim, Melinda and Maggie Evans and Lee and Karen Schurr joined together for the big moment, surprising Katie at Natural Bridge Park, the site of the couple’s first date.
On March 3, 2018, the couple was married at West Manor Estate in Forest, Virginia surrounded by friends and family. “The wedding flew by and we don’t remember much from the day except how much fun we had and how great it was to see our family, friends and classmates,” the couple says.
Matt is a graduate of Chapel Hill High School and Virginia Military Institute. He is a civil engineer and works for Burns & McDonnell. Katie graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin and Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency at Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine. Katie is a captain in the U.S. Air Force and will practice family medicine while on active duty. Katie and Matt moved to their first duty station in July.
Photography by Emily Hancock