John Gandy Events Lake Jackson Wedding | Tallahassee Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin

John Gandy and his team outdid themselves on this wedding. John is one of the most talented planners I've ever had the privilege to work with. Madison and Jason's wedding was full of rain and moving things around at the last minute, but you would never know because these two didn't let it alter their day. There were so many touching moments full of love, no one was even paying attention to the weather. I preach it all of the time, weddings are stressful. There are so many moving parts to a wedding day and the best thing you can do, as a couple, is just let it happen. It's best to keep the focus on what really matters...the marriage. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, you're getting married! 

Madison and Jason met in New York City, where they live now, but soon discovered that they grew up in the same town. They had to travel hundreds of miles away to find each other, when really they could have just looked in their own backyard. 

Madison chose her grandparent's home for her wedding because she spent so much time there as a child. She put on her dress in the very room she slept in while growing up in that home. Madison said that she wanted to look back at her wedding photos and be surrounded by her family and friends in this special home. It was also wonderful because her aging grandfather was able to be with her, in his home, while Madison got ready. It was such a lovely, traditional southern home, right on Lake Jackson. Because it was a place that meant so much to Madison and her family, I used found objects around the home to style Madison's details. I love that the invitations are on a gorgeous silver serving tray, that her veil is draped over one of their formal dining chairs, her bouquet is positioned in front of a family heirloom painting, etc. 

The day was so full of emotional moments. Madison surprised her dad with a custom made suit jacket with sweet words embroidered on the inside. She gave it to him during their father/daughter first look. Later in the evening, Madison's father gave the toast and told the couple that he had buried a bottle of bourbon to keep the rain away that day. Lucky for us, the rain stayed away long enough for us to get the key photographs that we needed. After the toast, Madison, Jason, and her parents dug up the bourbon and all took shots from the bottle. The most memorable part of the day was when Madison surprised Jason with a letter she had written to his mother (who had passed away the year prior). She took Jason to the letter, they walked away to have a private moment, and both shared a lot of tears. It was all about how proud Madison was to be marrying her son and that she wished that she could be at the wedding to celebrate with the two of them. It was truly a special moment. 

The entire day was just full of so much warmth and love. Rain wasn't going to ruin anything on this couple's wedding day.


Reception // Private Home
Photographer // Shannon Griffin
Planning // John Gandy Events
Florist // Missy Gunnels
Caterer // Townsend
Bride's Dress // Martina Liana
Hair // Fringe Hair Experience
Makeup // Image by Lisa
Shoes // Badgley Mischka
Videography // Unique Video Creation
Invitation Suite // Karmanos Printing
Cake // Sandy's Sweets