Inspiration

In 2013, Shareka decided to join the Navy and as fate would have it, Carlos was a recruiter at the station she went to. They realized that they both had a passion for fitness and instantly became friends.  After Shareka returned from basic training, Carlos asked her out on a date and the two have been inseparable ever since.  The wedding of Shareka and Carlos was everything you would expect of a glamorous black-tie event. Their elegant fall event, full of thoughtfully curated details, was captured by Mane and Grace photography.


Bride's name, age, and occupation: Shareka Christina Miller Dobbin, 28, Special Agent/Federal Investigator

Groom's name, age, and occupation: Carlos Antonio Dobbin II, 31, Operation Specialist

Photography by: Mane & Grace Photography 

Place of residence: Chesapeake, VA

Wedding date: November 7th, 2019

Wedding location: Noah's Event Venue, Charlotte, NC

Wedding theme/motif/inspiration: Black Tie Event/Formal

Honeymoon Destination: Honolulu, Hawaii 

Engagement story:

Carlos asked for permission to propose to Shareka at his sister's baby shower because he wanted as much family there as possible! Carlos' family, as well as Shareka's mother and best friend, each greeted Shareka with a single red rose while forming a single line. The last person at the end of the line was Carlos.  He dropped to one knee and asked Shareka to be his wife!

From the Bride:

My wedding experience was truly filled with so many emotions. I can honestly say it was the best day of my life. I felt beautiful and my wedding party was amazing! I woke up strangely calm because I kept thinking of my husband and finally getting to see him once I walked down the aisle. Our vendors, as well as our wedding planner were heaven sent and I could not have asked for a better team! My photographers went above and beyond to ensure that I had what I needed to have amazing photos. My decorator created a dream vision of what I wanted. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement. 


From the Groom:

I was nervous and excited. I was surrounded by friends and family the morning of, but all I kept thinking about was Shareka. I knew she would be beautiful, but she surpassed anything I could have imagined. My wife did a great job with handling the odds and ends, and I am just grateful for that. Everything was perfect, and I wish I could relive that moment for the rest of my life.

What makes your love special?

Our love is so special because we love each other for who we truly are! We have truly inspired and encouraged each other to do better and be better people. Not only are we lovers but we are friends and that is an important dynamic to have in a relationship.

Your most memorable moment:

Seeing each other for the first time while walking down the aisle and feeling all of these emotions taking over! 

Wedding song:

Our wedding song was For You by Kenny Lattimore. We chose that song because the lyrics were the epitome of how we felt. The song explains that nothing is impossible when we are together, we wouldn't want to live this life without each other because our love is so strong; there is nothing we would not do for the love of one another. It speaks volumes and it was perfect!


Favorite wedding detail:

Our favorite wedding detail was our sweetheart table! It was genuinely fit for a King and Queen! We were surrounded by decorations, flowers and candles and just far enough away where we could whisper how much we loved each other and other sweet nothings.


What are you most looking forward to as a married couple? 

Experiencing the rest of our lives as lovers and best friends; growing and learning each other more every day! Oh, and buying our first home!

Advice for a Bride and Groom on their wedding day: 

Don't stress over the little things! There will be small details that may not go as planned, but everything will work out perfectly and will seem minuscule when you join hands at the altar with the love of your life! Live in the moment and take it all in because the day will go by very fast!


Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish you many years of wedded bliss!