March 14, 2006 Raleigh, North Carolina
Alex and Emma enthusiastically staunch their nose-bleeds while cheering for the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the wedding?
The ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm (Eastern Time!) on September 16, 2006. It will be at Emma's family's "Creek" house in Ashe County, North Carolina. The nearest towns (in order of size, smallest to largest) are Lansing, West Jefferson, Boone, and Charlotte. The reception will be approximately 100 yards from the ceremony, across Hurricane Branch.
How long will it take me to get there?
From the Chapel Hill/Durham area, plan 3½ to 4 hours driving. From Charlotte, the drive will take about 2½ hours. The trip to the hotel in West Jefferson is ½ hour shorter.
To what airport should I fly?
Charlotte (CLT) will probably be the best. You may also fly into Greensboro (GSO), but it may be more expensive. They are about the same distance from the wedding.
Where should I stay?
We've reserved rooms for the "Griffis/McHardy" wedding at the Nation's Inn in West Jefferson. The phone numbers are 800-801-3441 and 336-246-2080. Check out their website at Our guests receive the corporate rate of $72.32, including tax. Please reserve your rooms in advance and let us know if we need to reserve more rooms.
How do I get to the Creek from West Jefferson and the hotel?
Our directions page has a map you can print off. It should take you half an hour to drive.
Where will I park once I get to the Creek?
We admit that parking is going to be a bit tricky. There will be parking along the road, below the bridge just before the house, and at Apple Grove Missionary Baptist Church, at the top of the hill above the house. We should have a chauffer and limousine (Griffis family minivan) available to shuttle you between your cars and the house, unless you don't mind a short walk.
What should I wear?
Great question! Be sure to check the weather for Lansing, NC, before coming. Your best bet is to wear layers; even if it's a warm day, it will cool off in the evening. Since everything is outside on the grass, women should wear flat shoes or low (non-pointy) heels. Dress is as casual as you'd like to make it. Truly brave souls can bring their swimsuits for a dip in the fresh (by which I mean frigid) mountain water in Big Horse Creek.
Should I bring bug spray?!
There may be a few mosquitoes, but it shouldn't be too bad. There may be lots of flies and ladybugs, though!
Will I get to eat?
Of course, you can't come all this way for nothing! After the ceremony there will be lots to drink, a nice buffet, and cake.
Should I bring my dancing shoes?
Do you know us at all?! We both hate to dance. That's why we rented a 13x13 ft dance floor, borrowed speakers from my cousin John, and want you to recommend songs for us to play. We can't wait to dance with you!