By Sterling Roberts
Photography by Autumn Grace Rogers, autumngrace.pixieset.com
Brooke Archambault and Shane Barclay met nearly a decade ago at The Station in Carrboro. Though they were “together for many moons,” they never felt rushed into marriage. But on March 17, 2018, Shane proposed during a hike near Goldmine Loop Trail with Brooke and her son, Cameron, a freshman at Chapel Hill High School. While panning for gold, one of Shane’s favorite activities, he “found” an engagement ring. Brooke said yes.
The Oct. 12, 2019, wedding took place in a friend’s backyard near Maple View Farm. Cameron, the best man, walked his mother down the aisle while Brooke’s niece, photographer Autumn Grace Rogers, documented the celebration. Friends Rus Hames and Shannon D. O’Connor of D Town Deuce performed for the ceremony. Shane and Brooke had their first dance to Mix Tape Grab Bag’s rendition of “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads. Guests enjoyed many local dishes, from Lula’s chicken biscuits to pizza and pasta from Alfredo’s Pizza Villa.
A full moon brightened the sky after the sun went down, perfectly accompanying their backyard bonfire. “Everyone who attended told us they could feel the love in the air between us, our family and all our friends,” Brooke says. Among those in attendance were Brooke’s mother, Tracy Townson, and stepfather, Mike Townson, Shane’s mother, Cindy Soehner, and stepfather, John Soehner, and Shane’s father, Russell Barclay.
The couple lives in Pittsboro, where Shane is the owner and operator of Barclay Excavating, and Brooke is a real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty United.
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