On July 4, 2016 — exactly one year after their engagement — Carden and Greg Griffith were married at Chambers Bay. The couple chose the venue because it overlooks Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
HOW THEY MET: The couple met at the wedding of mutual friends at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 2014. “We were strategically placed at the same table during the wedding reception . . .,” explains Carden. “The bride was confident that we would hit it off.” A match was made that day, thanks to an insightful bride.
VENUE: Carden and Greg love being outdoors, so they chose Chambers Bay to showcase the stunning Pacific Northwest scenery to their 155 guests, most of whom were from out of town. “Our guests told me that our wedding had a personal and intimate feel,” say Carden.
VISION: Their vision for their wedding was to get all their friends and family together. “We wanted to maximize the amount of time that we’d get to spend with them and make sure our wedding was true to us,” says Carden. The couple wanted their extended families and friends to get to know one another, so they arranged a few gatherings before and after the wedding. “The end result was three days of quality time spent with our closest friends and family, truly melding into one cohesive group,” says Carden.
THEME, DECOR: Because the scenery was stunning, the couple chose to keep the decorations “very simple and clean” according to Carden. “We wanted the focus to be on the natural scenery and on us,” she says.
The wedding colors, navy blue and lilac, were woven throughout the wedding flowers, wedding attendants’ attire, tablecloths, and other elements.
The couple used a few chalkboard signs to convey messages to their guests. One expressed their wish for an “unplugged” wedding, with no cameras or cell phones. Another asked guests to “choose a seat, not a side,” a necessity since the bride’s family was much larger than the groom’s.
For the reception, the couple built flower boxes from western red cedar. The florist surrounded the Mason jar containing a lighted candle with succculents and cut flowers.
Carden and Greg also labeled index cards “Words of Wisdom” for guests to use to write advice to the couple.
The reception tables were covered with navy blue tablecloths and were sprinkled with silver confetti forming the words “Love,” “Always” and “Forever.”
At the bar, two signature drinks were served, representing the bride and groom. Framed signs that matched the style of the wedding invitations announced the custom drinks.
GUEST FAVORS: A small box with a Lindt truffle inside was put at each place setting. Inside the box was a note that stated the couple had made a donation to the United Service Organizations (USO) in lieu of favors.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: At the reception the couple ended up crowd surfing. “A first time for both of us,” says Carden. First, the groomsmen and saber bearers lifted up the groom. “Then, not to be outdone, my brothers and cousins picked me up, and before I knew it, I was getting tossed in the air and moved around the dance floor seven feet in the air!” says Carden. “It was definitely exhilarating and made some of the best pictures. So much fun!”
Carden remembers the final song at the reception, when the DJ played “Free Bird” as the encore song. “It was incredible to see all of our family and friends mixed together in a giant circle, arms around each other, swaying to the song,” she says. “That will forever be one of our favorite moments. That moment in time truly embodied what a wedding should be: the bringing together of two families.”
Carden is a first-grade teacher and Greg serves in the U.S. Army. They make their home in Lacey.
This wedding was featured in South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2017.
PHOTOS: Wallflower Photography
VENUE AND CATERER: Chambers Bay
CAKE: Corina Bakery
FLORIST: Maurrie’s Garden
DJ: Tony Schwartz
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