It was a chilly day in April. The Heart’s Content Team and I woke up to begin packing the van with gorgeous florals and rustic decor. As we carefully packed each item into place, we were greeted with something familiar, that we didn’t expect to see that time of year…snow. A couple days before, it was scorching hot and the sun was beaming down on us. But for some reason, on April 9, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, it snowed. Josh and I looked at the sky, then looked at each other, and instantly knew that this day was going to be special.
Shakia and Ricky are one of those couples that are so easy to become friends with. They have the sweetest personalities, and are always so joyful. I always say that “a smile tells a story.” Well, friends, their story was not only beautiful, but made me smile every time I was around them. They met while attending rival schools. If anyone knows anything about the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia, they know that Norfolk State University and Hampton University have a long history of rivalry and competition. You would think that a relationship born of this rivalry would not go well, but in this instance that is not the case. These two are the truest depiction of “a match made in heaven.”
Although the temperature was low, there was so much warmth and joy throughout their wedding day! From the heartfelt ceremony officiated by Ricky’s aunt, to the incredibly fun reception full of natural, rustic details, and lots of really great dancing, this day was full of joyful moments that truly reflected the love of these two beautiful souls. I’m so very excited to share their wedding with you, today!
Shakia and Ricky, you guys radiate light and joy where ever you go, and the way that you support one another and love each other is breathtaking. Thank you for allowing me to walk alongside you throughout this journey! I’m so excited to see where this incredibly journey called marriage takes you, and even more excited to watch you on your journey to becoming parents! CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love you guys, and I wish you all the joy and happiness in the world!
Love and blessings, Adrienne
I love these super cute shirts she and her maids wore!
Oh, Shakia! You are radiant!!
Shakia was such a daddy’s girl, so this picture is so special!!
Ricky was SO excited to see his gorgeous bride!!
Yay!!! They’re married!!!
Ricky did a little victory dance! #forthewin
This bridal party kept us laughing the whole day!
Ricky and Shakia had family members make homemade orange marmalade as a personal gift to their wedding guests! So sweet!
Time to dance!! And boy, did they know how to get down!!
They did a Soul Train Line Grand Exit!! So much fun!!
This beautiful day wouldn’t be possibly without these talented wedding professionals!
Photographer | Melissa Desjardins Photography
Wedding Planner & Florist | Heart’s Content Events & Design
Venue | Dorey Park
Catering | Deep Run Roadhouse
Dress | Alfred Angelo
Cake | Sorby Sweets
Rentals | Party Perfect
Hair Stylist | Anjanee Moore, Natural Beauty Salon & Spa
Makeup Artist | Beauty by Kimmie J
DJ | DJ So-N-So
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