Jeff performed acoustic guitar for the cocktail hour on the patio outside…which very soon will be encased in glass with the next round of renovations at the Garrison. I can’t wait to see it!
The newlyweds were introduced to “You’re the First, My Last, My Everything” by Barry White and danced to “All I Want Is You” by U2. Michelle was a classic beauty, raven hair in Elizabethan curls over one shoulder, wearing a strapless gown with rhinestone beading.
The bridesmaids wore elegant black gowns and the groomsmen wore tuxes with bow ties. Michelle carried a bouquet of pale blush and white roses. The floral centerpieces were white hydrangeas, lilies and pale greens; the cake was a square tiered masterpiece in pale blue embellished with rhinestones.
In her toast, Michelle’s sister told the story of how she had encouraged Michelle to apply for a job at the school where she would meet and eventually fall in love with Mike. Mike’s brothers both apologized for being so hard on their younger brother, but assured us that it, “toughened him up.”
The two year old ring bearer, who had been singing “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias all day, asked me to play it. With his parents and Aunt Michelle looking on, I did. A look of overwhelming joy came across his face and he ran straight across the room to give me a hug. He was so happy!
These guests didn’t leave the dance floor for a minute! Whether it was Motown, oldies, rock or Jay-Z (a huge hit) everyone was there. They rocked the Garrison like the night would never end.
What an elegant celebration in black and white, so inviting in the Garrison by candlelight. Thanks so much for having us, guys!
Photos by Michael Polito
Video by Pete McLain