The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cooper Griffin of Rome. The groom is the son of Ellen Ray Daniel of Gaylesville, Ala., and the late Albert Paul Ray.
The Reverend Bryan Pierce performed the double ring ceremony. The entry doors to the chapel were adorned with a pair of floral wreaths made of white and pink peonies, Polo and sweet unique roses, and astilbe. The narthex held standing iron candelabra enhanced with bouquets of peonies and roses accented by springeri fern. Matching bouquets of the same flowers marked the pews of the chapel.
A pair of antique French garden urns flanked the altar of the chapel and were filled with mass style arrangements of pink Kwanza cherry blossoms, Juliet peonies, delphiniums, and David Austin roses. Spiral iron candelabra completed the setting for the ceremony.
A program of wedding music was provided by pianist Donna Hester, harpist Fay Ellen Steelnack, and saxophonist Bob Steelnack. Selections included “Ave Maria,” “Heavenly Day” and “In My Life.”
Robert Allen Babcock Jr. of Lakeville, Conn., sang “This Is the Day (Psalm 118)” and Emily Griffin Johnson of Rome and Elaine Ray Shaw of Villa Rica gave readings.
Alice Allgood Cooper Griffin of Rome, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Gina Missaggia Higgins of Smyrna, Tenn., was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Donna Ray Bradford of Gaylesville, Ala., Susan Ray Davis of Decatur, Ala., both sisters of the groom, Annalee Gammage Padgett of Rome, and Anna Lee Williams of Chattanooga, Tenn. They wore formal gowns of iridescent chiffon in pink sorbet. The strapless design featured an empire waist and a shirred bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a front flower detail. The bridesmaids carried hand tied nosegays of pale pink Juliet
peonies, fuschia ranunculus, and cream Polo roses accented with lilacs and astilbe encircled by galax leaves.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, chose a strapless formal gown of candlelight ivory organza with a sweetheart neckline. The gown featured a ruched bodice with button detail on the back above a dropped waist and a trumpet skirt of asymmetrical tiered ruffles that fell into a chapel-length train. The gown was completed with a three-quarter length tulle bodice overlay featuring scalloped lace trim with bead and pearl detail and a champagne satin bridal sash of crystals and pearls. The bride wore a cathedral length veil of candlelight ivory tulle accented with bead and pearl detail and finished with scalloped lace trim along the length of the veil. The bride chose a
colonial bouquet of sweet unique and Polo roses in shades of pink and cream mixed with Juliet and Madame Pompadour peonies, lavender hyacinths, and ranunculus. The bouquet was tied with French sheer ribbons of ivory and mauve.
Bradley Lamar Ray, son of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Cooper Babcock of Rome, Rayford William Barton of Armuchee, Larry Paul Ray of Villa Rica, brother of the groom, Kenneth Tracy Rogers of Rome, and Chad Allen Taylor of Rome.
The mother of the bride wore a lavender silk shantung formal gown with a matching three-quarter length jacket. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline with cross-over draping and a ruched bodice accented by a vintage crystal brooch. The mother of the groom wore a slate blue formal gown of dupioni silk featuring a beaded corset bodice and a matching jacket with a beaded mandarin collar. The mothers of the bride and groom carried hand clutch tussie mussies of pink cascade roses mixed with hyacinths and astilbe.
Megan Briana Jarrell and Hanna Marie Ruark, both of Cedartown, greeted the guests at the chapel and distributed the programs.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Hickory Hill, the home of the bride’s parents.
Refreshments included the bride’s five-tier buttermilk almond cake with raspberry jam filling and smooth white chocolate butter cream frosting in a vintage style design. The cake was accented by pearls, ruffles, and gold textured fondant trimmings and featured intricately piped detail reminiscent of 1920’s style. Fresh flowers also adorned the cake. The groom’s cake was a rich dark chocolate cake with marshmallow cream filling and caramel infusion topped with chocolate butter cream frosting under a layer of chocolate fondant. The cake was shaped into an antique guitar design to fit the groom’s love of music and featured pearl inset and floral carving detail.
The evening before the wedding, the bride and groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Three Tuns Farm. Other pre-nuptial parties included an engagement celebration hosted by Dr. and Mrs. George Bosworth, Dr. and Mrs. Dwayne Collier, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hight Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hight III, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lowden, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Sargent, and Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Thomas at the Lowden home; a couple’s shower hosted by Mr. Ray Barton, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bradford, Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ray, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Ray at Barton Farm; a bachelor weekend in Panama City, Florida, hosted by the groomsmen; a bachelorette weekend in Sea Island hosted by the bridesmaids and Sally Williams; a lingerie shower in Sea Island hosted by Alice Griffin and Gina Higgins; and a bridal luncheon at La Marie’s hosted by Melinda Elliott and Paula McDonald.
After a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will reside in Rome.