2023 Northwest Florida Weddings Magazine

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Garden Party Style Romance and whimsy amid the hedges


himsical wisteria floats above as you make your way, teacup in hand, through the hedges to guests adorned in pastel ruffles and pretty floral prints. It may seem you’ve taken a step back in time to Regency-era Great Britain, but in reality, you are at a wedding in 2022 or 2023. Garden party-themed weddings and related events are newly popular due to several factors. Since 2020, more couples have opted to conduct their nuptials outdoors due to COVID-19. Too, we have become fascinated with the original garden party lovers, the British, via television shows, most notably Bridgerton, and coverage of royal weddings. “It’s a classic event, timeless in many ways,” said John Gandy, owner of John Gandy Events. “In a time before venues, ballrooms and church halls, many people gathered in beautiful gardens and hosted 62


family get-togethers and celebrations utilizing the many beautiful elements of their garden.” Gandy said there are key elements to creating a garden party: utilizing natural surroundings as backdrops; an abundance of florals; soft, subtle lighting; a themed cocktail; linens and textures; and games such as croquet, badminton or cornhole. Gandy’s services are available throughout the country, but with his base being in Tallahassee, he often finds himself designing event spaces in the parks and gardens found throughout that city. Notable locations that would be ideal for garden-themed weddings include Maclay Gardens, Goodwood Museum and Gardens, Dorothy B. Oven Park, Shiloh Farms Church and Barn and the Old Willis Dairy Farm. “Tallahassee’s unique charm and style is derived from the undeniably pretty and often unexpected features found


By Rebecca Padgett Frett