Elegance was abundant at Hal Cato and Michael Burcham’s February 2016 wedding. Hal and Michael first met in 2010 through a student project involving Oasis Center, where Hal was CEO, and Owen Business School, where Michael was leading a class. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, this couple of five years was engaged over a quiet dinner. Months later, friends and family gathered to observe the exchanging of vows at John Keith Benton Chapel before making their way to Midtown’s Le Sel to celebrate the union. “We had both been attending St. Augustine’s, which meets in Benton Chapel. Since we met and had made many friends there, we never considered anywhere else,” Hal tells us. Since its dedication in 1959, the chapel has been used by different denominations and is the largest chapel for Vanderbilt University.
Standing before their loved ones, Hal and Michael exchanged personal vows and were married by Reverend Becca Stevens, the Reverend Sarah Nichols and the Honorable Megan Barry. The pair was dressed handsomely in custom navy tuxedos and drenched in candlelight. “Working at Thistle Farms, I have developed a new appreciation for the symbolism of candles, so we made sure there were hundreds in the church. Many of them made at Thistle Farms,” Hal says. The candles, handwritten vows and company of loved ones made the evening deeply personal for the couple.
Hal, who is the CEO of Thistle Farms, founded Hands on Nashville. Additionally, he has served as VP of Development at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, President and CEO of Oasis Center and CEO of Zeumo. Michael is a CEO coach, strategist, entrepreneur and innovator. The founding President and CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, former President of ParadigmHealth, former President of Theraphysics, Vice President of Managed Care for Centennial Medical Center under HCA and teacher of Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, Michael is currently focusing on Narus Health, which provides a revolutionary approach to palliative care, as founder and CEO. With impressive resumes and a long history of involvement in Nashville’s business, social and philanthropic growth, these men are well-loved in the community.
Following the six o’clock nuptials, a beautiful party was hosted at Le Sel, which is conveniently located within walking distance of the church. Le Sel’s interior is largely defined by its pink velvet booths that garner attention for their French bistro flair. In addition to the noteworthy seating, the restaurant is home to eye-catching art by Jeff Stamper and Alic Daniel, a marble-topped raw bar and black and white floor. The main dining room and private dining space were both used for the reception. Since the space has so much to offer visually, the couple kept additional décor to a minimum. The white floral arrangements added to the air of elegance.
We wish Hal and Michael a lifetime of happiness!
Planner and designer: Amos Gott with AmosEvents
Ceremony venue: Benton Chapel
Reception venue: Le Sel
Photography: Austin Gros; Focal Expressions
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: J. Michaels
Invitations: The Dotted Line
Programs and Signage: Debra Cole
Flowers: The Tulip Tree
Catering: Le Sel
Music: Inversion Vocal Ensemble, Greg Bieck piano and organ, Lindsey Smith-Trostle cello, Marcus Hummon
Cake: Billie Mochow
Cigar Bar: Crowned Heads
Michael and Hal, thank you for sharing the details of your big day and allowing us to share them with our readers!
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