Grant Garner Chandler of Athens, Ala., and Allison Jean Barrett of Caledonia, were married at 5 p.m. May 15, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus, with Rev. Samuel Morris of Columbus officiating the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Barrett, Jr., of Caledonia. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret Barrett and the late MR. Dwight Barrett of Philadelphia; the late Barton MacNeill and the late Mrs. Jean Turner MacNeill.
THe bride is a 2003 graduate of Caledonia High School and a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University. She is a 2010 magna cum laude graduate of The University of Mississippi Law School.
While at MSU, she was a member of Delta Gamma. She is an attorney.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chandler of Athens, Ala. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. O.W. Chandler of Tanner, Ala.; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Garner.
He is a 2003 graduate of Athens High School in Athens, Ala., and a 2007 summa cum laude graduate of Mississippi State University. While at MSU, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He currently works as a mechanical engineer.
The couple met as students at Mississippi State University and at the 2009 Neshoba County Fair, he proposed on the front porch of the bride’s family fair cabin.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a gown of ivory silk satin, originally worn in 1945 by her maternal grandmother, featured a fitted bodice accented with covered buttons and crimped fabric edging at the sweetheart neckline.
She wore a simple fingertip-length veil of ribbon edged silk illusion and carried a hand-tied bouquet of cream roses and ivory freesia, accented with olive leaves.
Serving as the maid of honor was sister of the bride, Claire Louise Barrett of Caledonia.
Bridesmaids were sister of the groom, Morgan Chandler of Mobile, Ala.; Morgan Crosta of Warrenville, Ill.; Beth Rottman of Tucson, Ariz.; Andrea Sell of Columbia, S.C.; and Martha Ulmer of Madison.
The bride’s attendants wore knee-length celadon tissue taffeta sheath dresses, accented with soft ruching, a fitted empire bodice and pleated cap sleeves. They carried hand-tied bouquets of mixed spring flowers including Gerber daisies, Annabelle hydrangea and pink roses.
Serving as the best man is David Richard George, Jr., of Madison, Ala.
Groomsmen include Mark Begonia of Starkville; Brandon Broadus of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Jeremy Conkin of Chicago, Ill.; Sam Curtis of Madison, Ala.; and Jeff Rottman of Tucson, Ariz.
The groom and groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos. The groom wore a white vest and white bow tie with a cream rose boutonniere. The groomsmen wore black patterned vests, black bow ties and wore pink rose boutonnieres.
The wedding director was Ron Locke of Columbus.
The pianist was Denise Sandifer of Caledonia and the organist was James Allen of Columbus. Brian Malone of Caledonia played the guitar and the trumpet. Special music by Sandifer family of Caledonia on the piano, violin and cello.
Serving at the guest registry table was Lauren Takayesu of Santa Barbara, Calif.
The reception was held at Burnt Oak Lodge in Crawford. The bride chose a one-shoulder knee-length A-line dress of ivory satin with chiffon overlay.
Music at the reception was provided by the Ben Shaw Band and the bride and groom surprised guests with a special swing dance as part of their first dance.
The wedding cake was five round tiers with raspberry-filling and a diamond-patterned buttercream frosting embellished with pearl dragees.
The groom’s cake was a square dark chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and the M-State insignia in fondant on top.
The reception was catered by Harding Catering.
The night before the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chandler hosted a rehearsal dinner at J.Broussards in Columbus.
Friends of the groom’s mother hosted a shower honoring the couple in Athens Ala.
A bridal shower was held in Columbus, given by friends of the bride’s mother.
A bridesmaids luncheon was held the morning of the wedding, hosted by the bride’s aunt and grandmother.
The couple traveled to Negril, Jamaica for their honeymoon. Upon their return, the couple makes their home in Madison, Ala.