The bride was honored with a drive-by bridal shower 2 May 2020. Due to COVID-19, the original 15 May 2020 wedding date was rescheduled for late summer. However, Justin received a job offer that would require us to relocate prior to the rescheduled wedding date. We decided to have our wedding ceremony now and a wedding reception on our one-year anniversary to ensure the safety of our guests.
15 May 2020 was a gorgeous day. We could not have asked for a sunnier day. Our guests remained in their cars to keep social distance during the pandemic. My mother, Dorothy Woodruff, escorted me to “The Prayer” by Donnie McClurkin. It was just Justin and I at the altar with the Officiant, Pastor Damon Betts. We wanted everyone to see and feel the purest love and happiness we have for one another; and everyone witnessed the love and deep smiles Justin and I shared. Following the ceremony, Justin and I walked past each car to thank all our guests for sharing with us.
The advice I would give future brides is to form a vision instead of just picking colors and decorating the day in those colors. Create the atmosphere and mood of your relationship and how you want your guests to feel. This gives guests more to talk about than just the dress and hors d’oeuvres.
Jhauncey Omega Olivia Woodruff and Justin Charles Jacobs were married 5:00 pm Friday, 15 May 2020 at the home of the groom’s aunt and uncle, Reginald and Wilda Jacobs in Toney, AL with Pastor Damon Betts officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Dorothy Woodruff of Decatur and the late Rev. John Ralph Woodruff, Sr. She is the granddaughter of the late Richard and Cleo Moore and the late John Henry and Mamie Woodruff, all of Decatur, AL and the late Joseph and Mary Moore, of Denver, CO.
The groom is the son of Charles and Deborah Jacobs of Athens, AL. He is the grandson of the late Arthur and Mary Jacobs of Toney, AL and the late Luther and Mary Davis of Tanner, AL.
The bride chose a Bariano Medusa white lace strapless maxi dress in elegant white lace over a nude satin lining, shaping the breathtaking gown with a strapless, sweet-heart neckline. Accented with a plunging nude mesh inset, the curve-hugging maxi skirt flowed from a fitted waist down to a mermaid hem with flourishing sheer mesh godets and a small train with a bonus tulle full maxi skirt. The bride wore a gold and fresh water pearl necklace and earring set with a pearl floral wedding comb. The bride was bejeweled with a Badgley Mischka Hayden champagne satin rhinestone ankle strap heels.
Maid of honor was Ms. Jeanine Woodruff, sister of the bride. Bridemaids were Ms. Teaka Shoulders and Ms. Caressa Sullivan, friends of the bride; Mrs. Janessa Woodruff and Mrs. Okera Peoples, sister-in-laws of the bride; and Ms. Bethany Peoples, cousin of the groom. Flower girls were Miss Peyton Peoples, Miss Mila Woodruff and Miss Marley Woodruff, nieces of the bride and groom.
Best man was Mr. Demetrius Peoples, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Mr. Jordan Frazer and Mr. Orin “Tre” Odom, friends of the groom; Mr. Bradley McWilliams, cousin of the groom. Mr. Ishmael Woodruff and Mr. Ramsey Woodruff, brothers of the bride. Ring bearer was Mr. Kenyan Jacobs, son of the groom.
Floral design by Jeanine Woodruff and Jhauncey Woodruff. Ceremony music by Antonio Woodruff. The bride did her own hair and makeup. Photography by James Jacobs. Videography by Demetrius Peoples. The wedding ceremony was broadcast live on Facebook Live. Other special helpers were Reginald and Wilda Jacobs.
The couple’s honeymoon is postponed due to COVID-19. Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs now reside in Kalamazoo, MI.
Photos by James Jacobs