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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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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