SocialMiami Celebrates: The Wedding of Michelle Reese & Chris Granger
How they met: We met on Bumble! Chris was living 25 miles north in Fort Lauderdale and I was living in Brickell, so I know we never would have crossed paths had it not been for that dating app. We had so many mutual friends as we both went to college in Texas that we had an instant connection.
In asking for her hand: The night we were set to leave for our summer vacation to Chris’ hometown, Vancouver, Chris asked my father for my hand. My dad told me before he hugged me goodbye that Chris had just said something that was so sweet that it made him tear up. I’m so happy my father got to give his blessing on our marriage before he passed away unexpectedly just 8 days later.
The proposal: On our trip to Vancouver, we headed to Whistler, one of my favorite places to visit. And after a wonderful day of golf and dinner in village, he still had not asked me. But when it was almost midnight, the moon was out and we started walking back to our hotel. That’s when paused at the base of the Whistler Mountain and took out a book that he made of our love story. The final line of the book said “My love for you is deeper than the ocean and higher that the highest mountain,” and he asked me to marry him. I said yes! And the rest is history.
The service: Our ceremony took place at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church in Coral Gables where I went to elementary school. As an opera lover, I had opera singers from Magic City Opera sing The Prayer during the ceremony. It was so special.
The party: For the reception we headed to Riviera Country Club where we arrived right on the 18th hole! My father grew up on the golf course and I spent most of my childhood there, so it was the obvious choice for the reception. Riviera had just opened its new club house and I was lucky enough to be the first big wedding reception in the new space. We wrapped the dance floor in white with our initials in gold, danced to the music of the Drew T band, and celebrated as gold confetti sprayed from canons. It was the most fun and perfect way to start my forever with Chris.
The centerpieces: Anyone who knows me knows my love of flowers. There were over 300 stems per arrangement. They were huge! They were a stunning mix of Phalaenopsis orchids, roses, and hydrangeas. Fantasy Designers put them together in the most magical way.
The magical moment: My mother looked stunning walking me down the aisle in her Brooks Brother’s tuxedo to give me away to the man of my dreams who handsomely standing there dressed in my father’s tuxedo. That was the most magical moment for me. However, another highlight of the night was having my father’s brother join me in singing a song in honor of my late father. We sang a duet of Summertime, a song my father would sing to me when I was a little girl before I would go to bed.
The cake: With over 150 handmade sugar orchids cascading down from five tiers of deliciousness, the cake was a gorgeous centerpiece in the room. Todo Dulce did a fabulous job!
Brett Graff is SocialMiami.com’s managing editor and has been a journalist covering money, people and power for over 20 years. Graff contributes to national media outlets including Reuters, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Maxim, and the PBS show, Nightly Business Report. A former U.S. government economist, her nationally syndicated column The Home Economist is first published in The Miami Herald and then on the Tribune Content Agency, where it’s available to over 400 publications nationwide. She is broadcast weekly on two iHeartRadio news shows and is the author of “Not Buying It: Stop Overspending & Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids,” a parenting guide for people who might be tempted to buy their children the very obstacles they’re trying to avoid.