Williams, Griffin wed in Highlands, N.C.

Marie Elise Williams and Charles David Griffin were wed September 2 at The Farm at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, N.C. Led by the bridal family’s friends and former pastors of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, the wedding took place in the wedding garden on the ceremony lawn.

The Rev. Doctor John Joseph Shelton IV officiated. The Rev. Doctor Connie Mitchell Shelton was soloist. String music was provided by The Classy Chicks Trio of Atlanta. Scripture readers were Mary Swayze Williams and Gabriel Isaac Griffin.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edwin Williams. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Alexander Swayze II of Jackson, Mrs. Bayard Taylor Van Hecke and the late Mr. Van Hecke of Charlotte and Mrs. William Bardwell Williams and the late Mr. Williams of Caledonia. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howard Griffin of Houston, Texas. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Victor Truman Griffin of Pasadena, Texas and the late Mr. and Mrs. David Timlin of Houston. He is also the nephew of the late Rev. Victoria Baring Griffin, for whom a candle was lit in memory.


Escorted by her father, the bride chose a mix of traditional and bohemian style in her ivory geometric organza designer  gown, featuring a draped v-neck bodice and Moroccan beaded back. She carried a hand-tied bouquet with blooms of garden and spray roses, poppies, ranunculus, dahlias and mixed greenery tied with trailing light blue silk ribbon. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were smaller versions tied with coordinating ribbons. The bride wore a blue-ribboned garter with lacework from her mother’s bridal gown.

Maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Mary Swayze Williams of Sarasota. Matron of honor was Mary Margaret Fontaine of Santa Barbara. Bridesmaids were Carolyn Wynne Eng of Chicago; Samantha Mae Hidalgo of Baltimore; Catherine Reed Gabardi of Nashville; Martha Garrett McDonald and Mary Katherine Woodall of New York City; Caroline Douglas Peeples of Jackson; Margaret Lyell Roberts of Fayetteville, Ark.; Sidney Michelle Schovee of New Orleans; and Ashlie Elizabeth Simon of Houston. They wore whisper blue gowns of luxe chiffon, featuring a high halter neckline, delicate straps hooked at the center back, and the natural seams and above the knee slit.

The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Gabriel Isaac Griffin of College Station, Texas and Zachariah Truman Griffin of Leesburg, Va., brothers of the bridegroom; Austin Travis Berry of Austin, Jon (Jack) Frederic Blickwede Jr. and Jeffrey Hugh Marsh Jr. of Houston; Shane Michael Cunningham of Austin; Frank Mykel Joseph Kovar of San Antonio; and Adam Russell Tucker of Nashville.


Flower girls wearing floral halos were the bridegroom’s nieces, Annot Bernhardine, Silva Griffin and Eleonora Plumbago, Maris Griffin of Leesburg. They dropped petals as they rode down the aisle in a wagon pulled by their brother, Bela Peregrin Griffin. Their older brother, Laith Eliot Laurids Griffin, carried a ringbearer’s pillow embellished with lace from the wedding gown of the bride’s mother. Program attendants were Chloe Outlaw Lewis of Nashville and Haley Hawsey Smith of Memphis. Chloe was also the proxy bride.

The wedding ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour in the orchard, followed by a reception in the barn. The New Royals from Atlanta presented the music.

On the first night of the weekend, the brides’ parents hosted a welcome party for all guests at the Lullwater House in Highlands. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a Bluegrass and Barbecue (Texas style) rehearsal dinner outdoors at Lullwater. The day before the wedding, a bridesmaids’ luncheon was held on the rooftop terrace of the Old Edwards Inn.

After a wedding trip to Torino, Vancouver Island, B.C., the couple is at home in Nashville.


Mr. and Mrs. Charles David Griffin


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