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Barclay Villa Weddings | Castle Weddings NC | Lia + Steve

Lia and Steve’s wedding at Barclay Villa was a very special one to me for several reasons. It was my final wedding of 2010, it was my birthday weekend and my first time photographing at this beautiful castle wedding venue. While all of these things are wonderful in their own right it’s the fact that I’ve been able to become good friends with this couple during the time leading up to their wedding that means the most to me. One of my favorite things about Lia and Steve is their ability to let those around them simply enjoy themselves. I’ll be honest that I can tend to be a workaholic and sometimes find it hard to relax. Whenever I’m around this couple (and their friends) I often find myself laughing louder and simply enjoying life more! If there’s a single reason that they were made for each other that’s it. It’s been said that “laughter is the spice of life” and I’ll have to agree. They hold a special place in my heart and I look forward to continuing to get to know them even more. I hope everyone will enjoy viewing their story and their photographs from their wedding day. This is the stuff that dreams are born from and made my “job” of documenting their day so enjoyable.

They shared with me that Steve grew up in coastal North Carolina and Lia spent most of her childhood years in Suffolk, VA. Her family spent many a summer day vacationing along the Outer Banks, and often grocery shopped while on vacation at the Food Lion where a teenage Steve was a bagger. I’m assuming that it was love at first site as Steve uttered the words “paper or plastic.” Their paths didn’t cross until years later, however – after Lia had earned a degree at Peace College and Steve had (a few years later) earned his E.E. from N.C. State University. (Go Pack!) They met via a wise mutual friend, Matt Tunnell who soon saw the potential and decided to introduce two of his “short friends.”

He had arranged a meeting at a bar with their other mutual friends Bridget and Dave and Jenna (Lia’s sister) They immediately hit it off, but per Steve’s 48 hour rule, he called Lia two days later. Although he claimed to be a shy guy, he and Lia talked for well over an hour during that first phone call. In another 48 hours he called again, and they planned a date the following weekend. When Steve came to pick up Lia, the first thing she noticed was that he wasn’t driving the Mustang he claimed to own. Lia found this fact to be a little fishy, but she still continued to give him a shot.

Their first date found them attempting to eat at Macaroni Grill, but since they hadn’t called for reservations, they had to switch to a plan B of On the Border. After a margarita the size of a basketball each, the two decided to head to Bahama Breeze to enjoy a drink around the outside fireplace. During the entire time, Steve never stopped talking, Lia called him out on his “shy guy” act. He claimed he just felt comfortable around her, and she bought it! They ended the first date around 3 A.M. when they both started to fall asleep halfway through “The Godfather.” They shared with me that Steve had never seen the movie, and Lia considered that fact a travesty! The next weekend they went on another day and Steve introduced Lia to his big-screen T.V. Their subsequent dates were filled with fun and and never had a dull conversation. Six months later they were completely in love and as they say the rest is history!

Officiant: Kayelily Middleton
Cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations – Jennifer Stevens
Gown: Victorian Rose Bridal Boutique
Jewelery: Bel Canto Designs – Mari Palmer
Planner: Barclay Villa Catering – Cathy Honeycutt
Hair and Makeup: Lather Hair Salon
Photobooth: Shutterbooth NC – Neal Zipser