Siegel, McRae exchange vows at The Cloister

Allison Lynn Siegel and Cameron Stone McRae were married September 8 in a bluffside ceremony at The Cloister, the Sewanee, Tenn., home of the bridegroom’s family. The Rev. Dr. John Joseph Shelton IV officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scott Siegel of Evanston, Ill. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Joseph Siegel of Charlevoix, Mich., and Mrs. Robert Lynn King and the late Dr. King of Hilton Head, S.C. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan Watkins McRae of Jackson. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mr. Richard Duncan McRae of Jackson and Mrs. Douglas Clyde Stone and the late Mr. Stone of Columbus.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a designer gown of ivory silk dupioni featuring a full skirt of inverted pleats with a high-low hemline, sweep train, and a V neckline above a fitted waistband. Hidden in the pocket of her dress was the bride’s linen baby bonnet, detailed in lace, which she carried in lieu of a handkerchief. She borrowed her mother’s pearl bracelet and ring. The bridal bouquet contained white garden roses, Dusty Miller, blue Scottish thistle, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, Queen Anne’s lace, in addition to white button mums, statis and listhanus.

Maid of honor was Claire Guo of Chicago. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Siegel of Evanston, Ill.; Alexi Siegel of Cooperstown, N.Y.; Kara Gordon of Brooklyn; and Meghan Chesnut of St. Louis.

They wore gowns in graduated shades of slate blue with tulip hemlines. They carried grapevine wreaths intertwined with flowers. The mothers and grandmothers of the couple carried smaller versions of the grapevine wreaths as well.


Best man was Alexander McRae of Jackson, twin brother of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Douglas McRae, of Washington, D.C., brother of the bridegroom; Timothy Norman of New Orleans; Michael Seong Hwan Kim of Milpitas, Calif.; and Joshua Lochner of Santa Fe. Adam Strobel of Somerville, Mass., was the usher.

Special music was provided by Alexi Siegel and Lindsey Siegel, twin sisters of the bride, who sang “Daddy’s Little Girl,” continuing a family tradition begun by their maternal grandfather. They were accompanied on the guitar by Douglas McRae, brother of the bridegroom, who, along with the Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, also led the wedding guests in singing “Hymn of Promise.” For the scripture reading, Selby McRae Graepel, sister of the bridegroom, read I Corinthians 13.

After poolside cocktails at sunset, wedding guests dined on the stone loggia of The Cloister. The Emerald Empire Band provided the music.

On the eve of the wedding, guests attended a dinner hosted by Nora Frances and Vaughan McRae at the Sewanee Inn. On the day of the wedding, guests attended a picnic lunch after an optional hike at the home of Theresa Shackelford. Co-hosts were Susan and Charles Shanor, aunt and uncle of the bridegroom.

After a wedding trip to Blackberry Farm, the bridegroom resumed his studies in architecture with Clemson University with a semester in Charleston, S.C., and the bride continued her work as a graphic design artist.



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