February 24, 2015

Love of Africa :: Caitlyn+Joe

Photos by Rylee Hitchner

When we realized that we had only shared this “A-list”  Cedarwood wedding via the feature on Green Wedding Shoes, we wanted our own blog post as well, with additional images and updates.  Caitlyn and Joe live in east Africa and we enjoyed every moment of helping them plan their unique and personal wedding from half way around the globe. They wanted to have some east African flair at their wedding by using Rwandan fabric or igitenge (made by ladies in their tribal community) in decor and paper goods. It was important to Caitlyn and Joe for their wedding to be an expression of themselves – a colorful, casual celebration where they could just be comfortable and enjoy time with friends + family (especially since they rarely see them!). They exchanged vows outdoors on the Cedarwood meadow beside  a giant paper flower arch made by Caitlyn and her friends.  The intricate handiwork of these flowers is impressive.

We rarely see a couple be equally involved in their wedding preparations and put so much time, attention and love into their day.  Joe and Caitlyn’s extended family and friends also pitched in to complete the fun vibe of their celebration, including  a photo booth, lawn games and grilled burgers. Destination photographer Rylee Hitchner  captured every last moment to perfection. We hope you love this wedding as much as we do!


Caitlyn and Joe’s love for each other embraces their outreach for peace and people in some of the world’s poorest areas, bringing them both to east Africa where they planned their life together. As a commitment to their marriage as equal partners, they adopting a hyphenated version of both of their last names. They are Mr. and Mrs. “Griffith-Heritage.”

Caitlyn and Joe started a secondary school for girls in Kenya who would have had no chance to further their education. Many of the students were living in refugee camps before coming to the school. Caitlyn and Joe renovated an old building that will eventually hold 120 girls. They developed the curriculum, hired and trained teachers, and built a vibrant learning community outside Nairobi. Joe runs a number of farms to provide jobs for local workers and to partially fund the school.

We are honored and blessed to have played a role in your marriage, Caitlyn and Joe! Thanks Rylee Hitchner for sharing your work.

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team

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