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NAME: Hannah Shelton, Age: 23, Scheduler

NAME: Jacob Barksdale, 26, Technician

CURRENT RESIDENCE: Danville, Virginia

DATE: 2/18/2024

VENUE: Berry Hill Resort, South Boston, Virginia

Love Story

Jacob and Hannah’s love story began in September 2014. They were high school students at Dan River High School in Ringgold, Virginia. Hannah, a football cheerleader, and Jacob, a football fan, met at the concession stand during halftime and instantly connected. They remained friends for a few months, but Jacob knew he wanted more. He finally got the nerve to tell her, and she was excited when he did. He then asked her to prom, and she accepted. Afterward, he suggested they go on a date to get to know each other better.

Jacob and Hannah went on their first date on April 8, 2015. They had dinner at Chick-fil-A in their hometown of Danville, Virginia, and then Jacob surprised Hannah by taking her to the movies. It was a sweet and memorable night that started their beautiful relationship.

After dating for four months, Jacob expressed his love for Hannah, and she immediately reciprocated. Jacob admires Hannah’s kind and selfless nature and her determination to succeed. He said, “She is my best friend, the love of my life, and being with her has made me a better man.” Hannah admires Jacob’s authenticity, generosity, and sense of humor.

Since high school, Hannah pursued her studies at college while Jacob began working full-time. Despite the physical distance, their bond remained strong, and they prioritized spending almost every weekend together. They shared adventures, including beach trips, concerts, cruises, and mountain escapades. Over 9 years, they witnessed each other’s growth from teenagers to adults, cherishing every moment. Together, they have already weathered life’s challenges, finding solace in each other’s presence and deepening their love as they navigated life’s twists and turns.


The perfect proposal moment for Jacob and Hannah finally came on a beautiful day in February 2024 at the picturesque Berry Hill Resort in South Boston, Virginia. Jacob cleverly disguised the proposal as a family portrait shoot to make the occasion even more unique. Berry Hill Farm’s natural light, stunning backdrops and endless photo opportunities made it the ideal location to create timeless memories they would cherish forever.

He proposed to Hannah, offering her his mother’s .5-carat Marquise cut solitaire gold ring. Later, he and Hannah went ring shopping and picked out a 2.54-carat engagement ring with a radiant cut 2.04-carat center diamond and a diamond-encrusted band with a hidden halo.

On the day of the surprise proposal, Hannah wore a tan sweater dress with an emerald and gold belt and knee-high black boots, while Jacob wore a green fleece flannel shirt with a grey undershirt, khakis and boots.


Planning a wedding can be daunting, but Hannah has some great advice to make the process enjoyable and stress-free. “Keep it fun and avoid getting bogged down by the overwhelming number of decisions that need to be made. Take your time and carefully consider your options. Remember, your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so making it everything you’ve ever dreamed of is essential.”


Jacob and Hannah plan to get married in the fall of 2025. They plan to tour venues in the fall of 2024 and book vendors afterward.

Hannah’s IG handle: hannahjshelton


VENUE: Berry Hill Resort – @berryhillresort


PHOTOGRAPHY: Laurel Lane Photography – @laurellanephotography.va


RING: Ben David – @bendavidjewelers

If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond Virginia, Fredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The Shenandoah Valley, Coastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Debra Shepperson

Debra is a native of Virginia, having lived in both Roanoke and Richmond. She is the co-owner of Relish – Say I Do!! Officiant & Photographer. She is an artist who aims to create ceremony scripts and capture photos that evoke positive emotional responses, inspire others, and deliver nostalgia. Debra holds a graduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth and an undergraduate degree from Saint Leo University, Florida. Before gaining more than ten years of wedding-related experience, Debra was a human resource executive. She has been happily married to the co-owner of Relish for more than 20 years.