Shannon and Michael’s ceremony and reception took place last Friday at the amazing Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, NC. The ceremony was perfect in every way, and great weather to boot! As the guests made their way up from the courtyard to the hotel, I had music playing and the staff at the hotel was ready with passed food and drinks. As the cocktail hour ended, guests made their way into the main ballroom for the introductions.

The bridal party was introduced to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” and then Shannon and Michael went right into their first dance “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison. Dinner came out afterwards and as always, it looked amazing. Toasts followed dinner and then the cake cutting. After the cake cutting, Shannon danced with two gentlemen that were very special to her since she lost her father at a young age. They danced to “Carolina In My Mind” by James Taylor. Michael then danced with his mom to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart. As soon as the special dances ended, it was party time! And these folks came to rock. What a great night. Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Oertel!