Griffith - Parvin
MOUNT OLIVE — Natalie Ruth Parvin and Benjamin Burgess Griffith exchanged vows Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Donald Y. Gordon officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James DeWayne Parvin of Mount Olive and the granddaughter of Ruth Martin Parker and the late Louis Outlaw Parker of Mount Olive and Mr. and Mrs. James Burbank Parvin of Washington.
She is a graduate of Southern Wayne High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing and biology. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and was presented at the Terpsichorean Club’s 2002 North Carolina Debutante Ball. She is employed as a pharmaceutical sales representative with Johnson and Johnson.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Clegg Griffith of Cornelius and grandson of Marjorie Pender Burgess, the late Truman Willard Burgess, Dorothy Hart Griffith and the late Melvin Stewart Griffith of Huntersville.
He graduated from North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville and Montreat College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He is employed as a sales manager with Burgess Supply Co.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
She wore a formal gown of ivory matte satin with a strapless neckline. The bodice was enhanced with dimensional beads and embroidery accented with Swarovski crystals in a linear scroll design, repeated along the hemline and cathedral train insert. A side pleated skirt and V-shaped back complemented the gown.
Her two-tiered ivory fingertip illusion veil had a petite satin-corded edge.
The bride carried a bouquet of pink roses, white tube roses and green hydrangeas centered around cymbidium orchids.
Lauren Ashley Parvin and Bridget Gail Parvin served their sister as maids of honor.
Bridesmaids were Kelly Diana Parker of Mount Olive, cousin of the bride; Natalie Griffith Abel of Black Mountain, sister of the groom; Laura Jane Collins of Raleigh and Jessica Ann Shoneck of Goldsboro, friends of the bride; Paige Vickory Barwick of Mount Olive, Abbey Sparks Hawkins of Durham, Marion Grace Johnson of Charlotte, Jessica Ruth Niblock of Lexington, Ky., and Sara Rogers White of New York City, sorority sisters of the bride; and Natalie Michelle Earnhardt of Denver, N.C., friend of the couple.
Benjamin Clegg Griffith was his son’s best man.
Groomsmen were David Thomas Abel of Black Mountain, brother-in-law of the groom; Hart Perry Griffith of Hillsborough and Paul Christopher Taylor of Charlotte, cousins of the groom; Matthew Paul Blackburn of Ormond Beach, Fla., Brandon York Cecil, Luke Patrick Mayes and Joshua Charles Dearing of Huntersville, Courtney McDonald Flowe and Darrin Lane Hucks of Cornelius and Duane Anthony Lewis of Concord, friends of the groom; and Brentley Allen Jackson of Newton Grove, friend of the couple.
Ushers were Garrett Scarborough Blackwelder of Greenville, Michael Allen Kinder of Raleigh, David Brooks Lee of Greensboro and Wesley Preston Parker of Garner, cousins of the bride.
Sarah Ashton Parvin of Newport, cousin of the bride, was flower girl. Danny Carroll Howard II of Washington, cousin of the bride, was ringbearer.
Ann Toler Bryan of Mount Olive, friend of the bride’s family, directed the wedding. Presiding at the register and distributing orders of worship were Corrie Briney Blackwelder of Greenville, Meredith Blackwelder Kinder of Raleigh and Michele Leigh Fallert of Garner, cousins of the bride.
A program of wedding music was provided by J. Michael Best of Goldsboro, organist; the Rev. Charles Grant of Mount Olive, vocalist; Paige Vickory Barwick and Ramsey Thomas Turner of Mount Olive, violinists; and Cindy Grant of Seven Springs, trumpeter.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents held a dinner and dance reception at Goldsboro Country Club. Mr. and Mrs. Preston Parker of Mount Olive, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Parvin of Newport and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Michelotti of Wheaton, Ill., uncles and aunts of the couple, and Shirley S. Lee of Buies Creek, cousin of the bride, greeted guests. Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hardy of LaGrange and Mr. and Mrs. Brett Kerce of Mount Pleasant, S.C., friends of the couple, attended the memory card vase and registry. Shelby D. Benton of Goldsboro and Jennifer C. Sykes of Mount Olive were directors. Serving cookies were Mallory and Brooke Albertson of Goldsboro. Special helpers were Byron Bryan, Will Bryan and Laura Smith.
After a wedding trip to Maui and Waikiki, Hawaii, the couple will reside in Cornelius.
Events held before the wedding included a wedding breakfast Oct. 7 in the president’s room of the Murphy Center at Mount Olive College hosted by Brooks and Shirley Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Preston Parker, Wesley and Kelly Parker, Ruth M. Parker and Edna M. Scarborough; a snack time Oct. 7 hosted by Cindy Bell, Leona Brock and Dorothy Evans; a round of golf Oct. 6 at Walnut Creek Country Club hosted by Neal Benton; a dinner and home and garden shower Sept. 30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Casey hosted by the Caseys and Mr. and Mrs. Avery Blackburn of Huntersville; an around-the-calendar holiday shower Sept. 9 at the home of Abbey Sparks Hawkins of Durham hosted by Ms. Hawkins; a miscellaneous shower Aug. 27 at First Baptist Church of Mount Olive; a bridesmaids’ party Aug. 18 through 20 in Atlantic Beach hosted by Ashley and Bridget Parvin; a bridesmaids’ luncheon Aug. 20 in Atlantic Beach hosted by Scottie Bryan, Selena Bennett, Shelby Benton, Jennifer Sykes and Sharon Turner during which time the bride chose to present gifts to her attendants; a dinner and dance Aug. 5 at Southern Wayne Country Club; a dinner and couple’s shower July 29 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Flowe of Cornelius hosted by the Flowes, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Barnette and Mr. and Mrs. David Beard; and an engagement party June 17 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Benton of Goldsboro hosted by the Bentons.
The groom’s parents held a rehearsal dinner Oct. 6 at Walnut Creek Country Club. The couple chose this time to present gifts to their attendants.
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Weddings on October 8, 2006 3:34 AM