Shakia and Ricky are so adorable and I’ve been looking forward to their wedding day at Dorey Park ever since their engagement session.  They are so fun loving, really laugh about anything, and I never saw them ever stress out about wedding planning.  Probably due to the fact they had hired Adrienne of Heart’s Content Event & Design, a beautiful soul inside and out.  I was so excited to work with her again, amongst many other amazing vendors.

Shakia and Ricky met at college, but they attended rival colleges, she went to Hampton and he was at Norfolk State, so they most certainly were’t rooting for the same team.  I would have to guess that 90% of their wedding guests belonged to fraternities and sororities.  I was beyond impressed with not only the dancing skills, but the full blown choreographed routines performed, I felt like I was in a movie! At one point the ladies were battling the men, it was incredible!

I should mention that it was very cold this day, but everyone took it in stride and it was a beautiful ceremony, these two are so natural with each other and you can just tell they are so in love.  It was an honor to be able to capture these memories for them!


How cure are Shakia + her bridesmaids. I think every bridal party needs these sweatshirts!


Ricky + his boys were so much fun!Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0005Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0008Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0003Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0009

Cutest flower girl! Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0012I love the way Shakia’s father is looking at her right before he gives her away.  Priceless!Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0013Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0014Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0017Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0015

I love this moment they had right after getting married! These two have the best candid moments!Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0016Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0018Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0019Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0020Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0021Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0022Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0023

Haha what a crazy group! I love it!Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0024

Gosh, they are just so adorable!!Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0025Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0026Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0027Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0028Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0029Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0030Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0031Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0032Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0034

Beautiful cake by Sorby Sweets!Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0033Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0035Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0036

Seriously the best dancing I have ever seen at a wedding.Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0038Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0039

Love this at the end of the night everyone danced to exit, Shakia is now looking at Ricky, like “yup, thats my hubby now.”Dorey_Park_Wedding_Photos_0037

© Melissa Desjardins Photography 2016 | Wedding Photographer | Central VA and Destinations Worldwide | Contact Melissa HERE

Vendor Information

Photographer: Melissa Desjardins Photography

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

May 17, 2016

Shakia + Ricky | Dorey Park Wedding | Richmond VA

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