Jessa Pease & Joe Garrett

April 2, 2017


Photos by Dawn Harrison and Keith McCoy

how you met:

Jessa and Joe met the summer before their senior year at Auburn University at her apartment complex’s pool. It took a few months, but Jessa finally convinced Joe to go on a date with her.

the wedding dress:

The dress was an accident. Joe and Jessa were walking through the Galleria, and she saw the dress in the display case at K’s Formal. She walked in and looked at the dress, loving it, and he convinced her to try it on. It was perfect, and Joe agreed. They didn’t follow the rules, but Jessa figured the dress would look different on the big day with her in full hair and makeup.

favorite wedding details:

Joe and Jessa are huge nerds. She knew she wanted to get married in a castle, but a “fairytale” wedding didn’t really suit them. So instead, they had a Lord of the Rings themed wedding. Their processional music was the acoustic version of The Shire Theme, the tables were named after the cities of Middle Earth, Joe’s wedding ring was Aragorn’s Ring of Barahir and they cut the cake with a sword during the reception. Perhaps the most beautiful detail, though, was the custom canvas painting Jessa’s sister, Justine Dahl, created for them to use as their guestbook. The painting features the iconic scene of Bilbo’s Birthday in the shire with the hobbit hole. She finished the piece with a scroll along the bottom half of the painting for guests to sign and leave messages. Jessa cried as soon as she saw it.


Wedding Planner: Deb Navez 
Florist: The Petal Cart, Pelham
Caterer: Cake Art by Cynthia Bertolone
Cake(s): Cake Art by Cynthia Bertolone
Wedding Dress: K’s Formal 
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Hoover
Hair and Makeup: Hannah Holsomback
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse Hoover
Music: DJ Jason Shell 
Honeymoon Travel Agent: Jennifer Hand