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Jessie Still and JT Haywood first met while interviewing for the UAB School of Dentistry in 2015, then began dating in 2018. After two years together, JT planned a surprise proposal at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. To make it especially memorable, he came up with February 29, 2020 — Leap Day! He blew Jessie out of the water, arranging friends in and out of town to celebrate their engagement at Cahaba Brewery and Carrigan’s Public House.

Like so many other couples, Jessie and JT were forced to roll with the punches as COVID surged and plans changed, but they were finally able to celebrate — in a timeless and romantic way — with 100 of their closest friends and family members on August 7. 2021.

Jessie Still and JT Haywood got married in Vestavia Country Club on August 7, 2021.

Suite of wedding invitations for Jessie Still and JT Haywood.

Every detail is classic and timeless, from the calligraphy on the invitation to the bride’s ring box.

“A ballroom with natural lighting and the ability to bring in all of my own vendors was key for me,” Jessie said. “Vestavia Country Club exceeded all of our expectations – the event coordination staff were so accommodating to all my requests.” Jessie and JT knew they wanted their wedding to be romantic and classic. Once they chose Vestavia Country Club as their venue, the space became the main source of inspiration and guided their wedding theme. As a bonus, one of Jessie’s close friends is a florist and helped her bring her vision to life in a bigger and better way than she could have imagined.

Bride and bridesmaids showing off their flower bouquets.

The delicate and romantic floral details have been made even sweeter by the fact that the bride’s florist is a dear friend.

Close up of wedding day bridal bouquet.

The traditional “something blue” paid homage to the late father of the bride.

The bride’s dress was a demure, draped and flared dress with a sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder straps. “My dress flowed so easily when I walked and reminded me of being on the Amalfi Coast in the spring,” Jessie says. To add an extremely special and sentimental touch to her “something blue”, Jessie had a stunning sapphire studded pin with a picture of her late father as a way to take him down the aisle with her.

Kelly Faetanini wedding dress hanging in front of the window.

The bride’s dress, designed by Kelly Faetaniniflows effortlessly — even on the hanger.

Bride and bridesmaids at the Vestavia Country Club wedding.

Jessie and her beautiful bridesmaids form a stunning group outside the Vestavia Country Club.

Gorgeous flowers adorned every inch of the venue, and every detail was impeccable – the crepe fabric of the ceremony chairs even mirrored the flow of the bride’s dress. No stone was left unturned. Instead of the traditional ceremonial vows, Jessie and JT opted for something slightly different. “We wanted the ceremony to suit us as a couple and who we want to be for each other during our marriage,” says Jessie. “We have focused on mutual respect, individuality and shared growth as the foundation of our vows.”

Jessie Still and JT Haywood exchange vows at their wedding in Vestavia.

The bride and groom chose non-traditional vows that were more personal to them. We imagine that there was not a dry eye in the house!

Jessie Still and JT Haywood walking down the aisle after the wedding ceremony.

Is there anything like that “just married” feeling?

After a perfectly Southern-themed cocktail hour followed by a gorgeous sit-down dinner served by Vestavia Country Club, everyone was ready to dance the night away with family and friends. The newlyweds shared their first dance to Cal’s “Dressed In White” and even took dance lessons to prepare. “The dance lessons and our first dance were one of our favorite parts of our entire wedding experience!” said Jessy.

Champagne tower at the Vestavia Country Club wedding.

The cocktail hour featured a tower of flowing champagne.

Reception area at the Vestavia Country Club wedding.

An important element for the bride, the ballroom has moved from the ceremony to the reception. The Vestavia Country Club has done an exceptional job!

Jessie and JT dance on their wedding night.

Jessie and JT took dance lessons to prepare for their first dance and had the time of their lives showing off their new dance moves.

Jessie and JT cutting their wedding cake together.

The bride and groom cut their stunning wedding cake, Telia Johnson Cakes, under their ceremonial floral arch.

wedding reception tables

On the other side of the reception hall, guests could enjoy a three-tiered, golf-inspired groom’s cake presented with a tribute to the Magic City itself.

Flower arch at the Vestavia Country Club wedding.

Another breathtaking view of the floral details of the Vestavia Country Club.

After tearing up the dance floor with the Emerald Empire Band playing in the background, Jessie and JT enjoyed a Rolls Royce outing while friends and family ushered them out with crimson and white streamers of the Alabama and a chorus of “Roll Tide!” to congratulate the newlyweds.

Jessie and JT leaving their wedding at Vestavia Country Club.

A very “Roll Tide” outing!

Jessie and JT sharing a kiss in a vintage Rolls Royce after the wedding.

The newlyweds made their grand outing in a vintage Rolls Royce.

Thank you for sharing your special day with us, Jessie and JT! Special thanks to Leslie Hollingsworth Photography for pictures.


Place: Vestavia Country Club
Photographer: Leslie Hollingsworth Photography
Videographer: Megan Pettus
Wedding dress : Kelly Faetanini to Carriage Weddings
Jewelry, veil and shoes: Jennifer Behr, jimmy chooCustoms Tony Federici veil
Get ready pajamas: P. J. Harlow
Bridesmaid dresses: Bella’s Bridesmaids
Hair and makeup: Madeline Hulsey Benton from MadStyle
Ceremonial outfits for the bride and groom and groomsmen: Mr. Burch Evening Dress Mountain Brook
Invitations, Programs and Menu Cards: The bride designed the graphic design of the suite of invitations, programs, seating plan poster and table numbers. Calligraphy on invitation and greeting envelopes by Iona Pen.
Flowers: Design house Edelweiss
Catering: Vestavia Country Club
Entertainment: Empire Emerald Ring
Cake: Telia Johnson Cakes
Rentals: PropHouse, Design productions
Coordinator and planner: Kendal Perry


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