Real Weddings | Justin Stephens + Nate Michaud


Justin Stephens + Nate Michaud

November 9, 2013

This handsome couple’s sweet love first began in 2006, and they became engaged when Nathan, the director of diversity at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, proposed in Rome, Italy. “I had studied in Rome in high school and college and fell in love with the city. I decided that someday I’d come back to propose to the man I wanted to marry,” he says. “Each day I had secret talks with the hotel concierge in Italian and she helped me plan elaborate, romantic proposal scenarios all over the city...but I got too nervous every time! I ended up proposing on the terrace outside our hotel room on Christmas Eve, which turned out to be perfect.” They chose Nathan’s parents home overlooking Lake Travis as the wedding venue and first exchanged vows at the McGill Chapel at St. Andrew’s in front a group of 150. They went with modern decor, featuring simple, elegant touches like luminaria lining the steps down to the lake. “We really wanted to throw a great party for our friends and family so we put most of our energy into making that happen,” he says. “It came down to music, food, and friends.” One of the most memorable moments of the night happened when the guys enjoyed a first dance with their moms to Aretha Franklin’s “Angel.” Then, they got the crowd moving for an epic dance party with songs like Rupaul’s “The Beginning” and Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” and celebrated late in to the night before jetting off on their honeymoon to the island of Saint Barthélemy in the French West Indies. Nathan remembers: “For me, the best part of the night was just having so many friends and family in one place celebrating—it was such a happy time. It’s not often in your lifetime you can have a gathering of that many loved ones.”


Photography by: Michael Carter Weddings

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