Joel & Jalissa
Ceremony Venue | Harvest Church
Reception Venue | The Clark Tower - Memphis
Photographer | Emily Frazier & Emily Holmes
Day of Coordinator | Hannah Iverson
Bride’s Dress | Davids Bridal
Groom’s Suit | Men's Wearhouse
DJ | Dj 4:12
Caterer | The Tower Room Memphis
Cakes | Whole Foods Bakery
Florist | Diane Clowers
Pianist | Abby Schlosser
Music | “Father's Land" by Jordan Critz
Music | “Awake" by Jordan Critz
Music | “Rant & Roar" by Daniel Deuschie
“The blessing of the Lord—it makes truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” Proverbs 10:22 was the blessing Joel read on his wedding day over his marriage to Jalissa. Most people wouldn’t know all the prayers, intentional preparations, and detailed planning that took place to truly consecrate this day above all other wedding days. For Joel and Jalissa, this day was one they yearned for many years prior; this day was one they patiently waited upon the Lord for; this day was to be not only displaying the sacred aspects of a marriage covenant, but it was to exceedingly glorify the Lord God above all else.
Joel and Jalissa’s wedding day was truly a display of what the heavenly feast may look like. People of many nations, backgrounds, and experiences came together to behold a holy and sacred moment in the midst of everyday life- a wedding ceremony and celebration. Jalissa flowed in her wedding gown radiating the beauty of a woman of strength and dignity. She truly embodied a woman spoken of in Proverbs 31. Joel was nervous until the point where he got to hold Jalissa’s hand as they read sweet letters that the other had written.
But it wasn’t until the bride walked down the aisle escorted by her older brother that the groom got to behold her. Every aspect of the ceremony had meaning and purposefully directed everyone’s gazes not upon the couple, but upon the true and perfect lover of our souls, Christ Jesus.
At the celebration, intentionality encompassed every passing moment. From speeches from family and friends to passing out slices of the wedding cake to every individual person, for Joel and Jalissa this wasn’t just a party; the reception continued to praise and glorify the Lord. Jalissa even prepared a special song dedicated to her mother in which she used American Sign Language to sing all the words. Joel got to enjoy a moment of dancing with his mother and one of his brothers who came all the way from Uganda.
Joel and Jalissa have dedicated their lives to Jesus and it was only fitting for them to intentionally dedicate their wedding day to Him as well.
Joel and Jalissa were married on May 18, 2019, at Harvest Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
***The photos above are low-resolution screenshots. Photos (not seen here) of this wedding day were taken by Emily Frazier and Emily Holmes for Emily Frazier Weddings. See her site for the photos from this wonderful day.