A Match Made on the Kickball Court

A Match Made on the Kickball Court

Dylan Stroupe and Crystal Stanford's wedding was full of personal – and Chapel Hill – touches.

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CPW_Crystal-Dylan_Portraits_Print-048Dylan Stroupe, who attended Northwood High School in Pittsboro, and Crystal Stanford, who attended Chapel Hill High School, grew up just a few miles apart. But despite that, and having both attended UNC for undergrad, Dylan and Crystal’s paths didn’t cross until Dylan was a newbie on Crystal’s recreational kickball team. They were friends for a couple months before they started to date, and a year and a half later, they were moving into their new home together in Durham. “Dylan surprised everyone by getting down on one knee,” Crystal recalls of their house-warming party. “He was so sweet and had also planned for all our friends to meet us out at a local bar for drinks to celebrate.”

Following a rehearsal dinner at the Weathervane the night before, Crystal and Dylan were wed on September 17, 2016 at Christ United Methodist Church, with a reception following at Rock Quarry Farm. Their officiant, Sara Beth Pannell – a Methodist minister whom Dylan befriended when they were both members of the Wesley Campus Ministry at UNC – gave a personal homily that “perfectly characterized [who] we are individually and together as a couple,” says Crystal. “It made the day.” Local wedding party members included Zach Stroupe, Charlie Stanford, Michael Bradshaw and Amy Fesel, as well as Crystal’s parents, Bobbie and Ashley Stanford, and Dylan’s parents, Judy and Dan Stroupe.

CPW_Crystal-Dylan_Reception_Print-022The couple continues to reside in Durham, with Dylan working for a Raleigh beer distributor and Crystal for a small clinical research company at RTP.


Photography by Courtney Potter Weddings

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Assistant Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned Chapel Hillian and totally in love with this special slice of North Carolina.