On Easter Sunday, Will + Cori invited their friends and family to their Barclay Villa wedding. The afternoon was a slightly windy and overcast, the kind of day where the light was even almost everywhere. As I prepared for the wedding processional, it was a nice surprise to see several families I’ve come to know from previous weddings in attendance (The Jordan family & the Nichols family). It was just an awesome day in so many ways. Celebrating Christ resurrection. Celebrating Will + Cori’s nuptials. And celebrating among family and friends. Photographically, Will + Cori gave me time for bride & groom alone photos twice during their day. They not so secretly wanted their wedding images published, and yes, I got the hint :) (more on this shortly). Will is as fashionable as Cori, with some modeling experience. He exudes confidence, and she feeds off of it. Just look at these two!
Barclay Villa Wedding
Insights from the bride!
Share with us how you two met:
We first locked eyes at an all white event downtown Raleigh and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
Tell us about your proposal:
The surprise proposal was when we got back to Raleigh from a Miami trip. I only mention Miami because I just knew it was going to happen there! To throw me off he did it when we got back in his salon downtown Raleigh.
And your gown:
The brides gown was a custom made strapless organza princess gown perfect for a castle wedding
And your shoes (and jewelry):
Silver Betsey Johnson with bejeweled heel
Tell us about your hair & make up:
The bride always knew she would design her own hair for her wedding! Her custom hairpiece was made with beautiful brooches! Make up was done by Charity Dunn of Raleigh
Tell us about your bridesmaids:
Her maid of honor and bridesmaids consisted of her closest friends and her beautiful stepdaughter
And his groomsmen:
his best man and groomsmen consisted of three of his closest friends
How / why did you choose your ceremony venue:
I’m a hairstylist and one of my clients got married there. I fell in love with it! It looked like an enchanted castle from a fairytale wedding. I knew one day when I met the right man I would get married there.
Barclay Villa Wedding
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And your reception venue:
The reception was held inside the beautiful Barclay Villa
And your decorations:
The bride custom pick up 3 different linens for dimension and texture throughout the reception, intimate lighting to set the mood, and floral designs by Annie V’s florist. Simple and sweet!
How about your photography?
Our photographer Dajuan Jones of In His Image Photography amazingly captured every aspect of our magical wedding.
And your cake:
Our cupcake tower was created by Zenia Hayden owner of Cupceez Cupcakes. She also made us a private lemon cake with custom buttercream icing, our favorite.
Would you share a memorable moment?
Our cupcake tower was such a hit that there was nothing left! But our lovely wedding planner set our favorites aside and greeted us in our room when we got there! I was elated to have my strawberry cheesecake cupcake! I didn’t eat much during the reception.
Tell us about your honeymoon:
We cruised to Cozumel Mexico and Florida Keys
What songs did you choose for your wedding ceremony and reception, and why?
A couple of forever’s by Chrisette Michelle… A beautiful melody that reflected how long we wanted to spend our lives together! All of me by John legend and best of me by Anthony Hamilton!
What’s your favorite image from your wedding day, and why?
One of our favorite photos is of us standing in front of Barclay Villa! There are so many to choose from, our photographer is phenomenal!!! We love that particular photo because it captured our beautiful venue in immaculate lighting!
Any advice for future brides?
Don’t forget your wedding day is all about you and your husband to be! Don’t lose yourself in all the details!! Enjoy every moment because it really goes by so fast!!
Any final thoughts?
Overall our wedding was a beautiful experience and can’t wait till our one year anniversary to celebrate all over again!!