Intimate Vineyard Wedding in NC: Jakoma + Vaughn


Jakoma and Vaughn's wedding was all about romantic-elegance!  They wanted to have an intimate wedding that reflected their personal style and tastes! Deciding on a venue was a no-brainer! Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC provided the perfect back drop in creating a warm environment with grand elements of charm and romance. They decided on ruby and gold for their wedding colors to add to the feel of romance and elegance. Their venue was filled with flickers of candle light and tons of black magic roses enhancing the already beautiful space.

The evening was warm, romantic and  filled with love. Vaughn's father passed away years ago, but they could not have married without including him. So they decided to honor his father by displaying a photo of him which was illuminated by candlelight with a loving message. The couple describes themselves as both foodies and wine connoisseurs, so choosing what to serve for dinner was very important to them. Their guests dined on a duo of Asian Seared Salmon and Herb Roasted Chicken with a great selection of Red and White wine.  AS22 Photography captured every moment of their intimate vineyard wedding.

Bride: Jakoma Jackson- Director of Special Events & Marketing at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC
Groom: Vaughn Martin- Banking Operations Specialist at Credit Suisse in Raleigh, NC
Wedding Date: 12/29/2014
Wedding Location: Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC
Quick Facts
Wedding Flowers: Black Magic Roses
First Dance Song: "Love & Happiness" by Al Green
Wedding Cake Flavors: Succulent Carrot Cake
Favorite Menu Item: Asian Seared Salmon
Bridesmaids Gifts/Groomsmen Gifts: No bridal party. Favors for Everyone: Stemless Wine Glasses with "Cheers" on the front etched in gold.

How They Met 

Vaughn & I met through a mutual friend on Facebook in 2010. Vaughn describes being instantly attracted to my smile from my FB profile picture and not being able to resist sending me a message introducing himself. Initially, I was hesitant to take Vaughn up on his date offer. After a month of FB messaging, we exchanged numbers and decided to meet for wine & live music at Boton's House of Jazz for our first day.

The Proposal

Vaughn proposed to me on Valentine's Day 2013 at Boston's House of Jazz (our first date location)! He started the evening out by cooking a delicious dinner at my home. He invited my mother, my sister, his brother & sister-in-law. After dinner & wine, we all drove to Boston's House of Jazz for live music. During the first set, Vaughn makes his way to the front of the room, grabs the mic and begins to recite a poem (that he'd written) to me in front of everyone! Vaughn get's down on one knee & asks me to be his wife! I was so shocked...I cried my way to a "YES!" The room erupted with screams and gasps!! It was so romantic as Vaughn had been preparing for this day for about two months with the help of my son, my sister, Vaughn's best friend & the Boston's House of Jazz staff. The timing was perfect!

Wedding Style

Bride: Marchesa Notte dress from the Spring Collection. The mermaid style dress is embellished with rose gold which gives the dress it's unique elegance. Favorite Accessory: Jessica Simpson Bracelet worn by the Bride. Groom: Chino Collezione Murano Suit with a vintage Louis Vuitton Tie.


Incorporation of Culture

We didn't necessarily include any culture in our wedding. We had a traditional ceremony with traditional vows & lots of prayer. It was very important that we build a life together with God being the foundation. We performed the 'Cord of Three Stands' as our unity ceremony. Ecclesiastes 4:12

Most Memorable Moment 

The entire evening was memorable! My fondest memory & the one I will cherish the most is the look on my husband's face when he first saw me! He did a little two-step too! ;) The love & happiness in his eyes solidified it all for me.

Help a Bride-to-be Out 

I would suggest staying true to who you are! Don't let the opinions of others dictate any part of your's your day & it should reflect who you are wholeheartedly!. Share your ideas only with those who truly know who you are & who are supportive in your decisions. We're an easy-going couple and we wanted to reflect "ease" on our wedding day.

Photography: Philshaunda & Diaab Abdus-Salaam of AS22 Photography
Makeup: I Beat Faces Makeup Artistry by Angie B.
Hair: Stefanie K. Rose of True Elements Salon in Greensboro, NC
Ceremony & Reception Location: Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC
Florist: Bride with the help of Suzanne Riggs (Childress Vineyards Event Coordinator)
Cake: Maxi B's
Stationery: Bride
Wedding Dress Designer: Marchesa Notte 
Bride Shoes: Vince Camuto
Groom Shoes: Aldo
Event Designer: Bride
Music: Kenyatta Shoffner

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  1. Tamara

    This wedding is gorgeous! I love how intimate it is. Congrats and longevity to the couple.

    • Philshaunda

      Thanks for showing the couple some love! They were a joy to work with!

  2. Gee Gee

    I loved the simplicity, It’s not about the money and the external things. Making your wedding the way you want it makes it more of a long lasting memorable occasion. More attention should be placed on the wonderful union of the Bride and Groom. I think marriages would last a lot longer.

    • Philshaunda

      Totally agree!!!

  3. Philshaunda

    What an honor to have this wedding featured! We are thrilled, the bride is happy and it looks like the bride has provided some inspiration to other brides as well!

    Thanks again MunaLuchi!



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