Shamieka + Derrick…A fairytale castle wedding

What a beautiful couple and fun day!  Shamieka and Derrick are such an amazing pair and their wedding highlighted what makes them so incredible.  First of all, this was one of only two non-vineyard weddings last year, and their venue, Barclay Villa, was incredible — seriously what an elegant affair…in a castle no less!


Before Shamieka’s formal entrance, she gave guests a sneak peek from the fairytale balcony and then made her way to the huge doors for her formal entrance before walking down the aisle to exchange vows with Derrick, who had a few tears as he watched her approach.  He was clearly moved by the moment which was so sweet – it was like they were drawn into this completely different world for the day.

One of the things I remember the most was the stylish dance moves that seemed to pop up everywhere – beginning with the bride & groom breaking out dance moves ½ way through their recessional, then the wedding party during announcements – so many different creative moves, a little later, guests experienced the choreographed dance Derrick and his groomsmen put together for the garter removal that surprised the guests and really livened up the party!  Then, family and friends got on the dance floor showing their individual style and moves!  I was even pulled aside for a quick dance with one of the groomsmen – I was working but hey had to give in for a minute!


Southern Harvest prepared and served a great southern buffet which was delicious and included a few gluten free and vegetarian options – needless to say there were more than a few happy guests.  Then came very touching toasts by the best man and maid of honor which had everyone tearing up – so endearing!!

Shamieka & Derrick contacted John Carter with Perfect Day Images early on and had him shoot an engagement video which played during cocktail hour for guests to enjoy as they were touring different rooms in the castle.  I loved their color scheme (burgundy/wine & grey) and the flowers were gorgeous, but most of all – it’s about the dress and unique jewelry which made Shamieka shine and made for a sparkly bubble exit!



An incredible wedding – best wishes to a wonderful couple!!



Wedding Vendors / 09.03.17

Venue – Barclay Villa

Catering – Southern Harvest 

Cake / Cupcakes – GiGi’s

Month of Coordination – Weddings by the Vine

Officiants – Pastor Eddie McLean

Florist – Dragonfly Florist

DJ – Story & Rhythm 

Photographer – John Carter, Perfect Day Images 

Rentals – CE Rental