groom kissing the forehead of a bride on top of a roof

Italian American Cultural Society Wedding

Saturday, May 21st, 2022

Michelle and Corey married at the beautiful Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church before having an Italian American Cultural Society wedding reception in Clinton Township, MI.

A few years ago, mutual friends of Corey and Michelle had the idea to partner them together as bridal party members. Knowing both Corey and Michelle well, they thought there could be something there. Cordial smiles during introductions led to conversation, laughter, and a comfort as they walked arm in arm down the aisle during the ceremony. It turned out, their intuition was correct; Corey and Michelle enjoyed each other’s company on the wedding day. With the end of the night approaching, Corey left a lasting impression on Michelle with his magnetic energy and Magic Mike dance moves. Little did they know that their walk down the aisle together on that fateful afternoon would not be their last. Just a few years later, they would walk arm in arm again, this time as husband and wife. And yes, Corey would show off his Magic Mike dance moves again too.

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When we arrived at Michelle’s parents home, we were greeted by an army of friendly and jovial bridesmaids. The energy in the room set the mood for the rest of the day – everyone was happy, excited, and most importantly, supportive of Michelle in every way. You could tell it was a tight knit group with a deep history of stories that come along with years of friendship.

diamond engagement ring stacked with blue ring box behind her
bridesmaids popping champagne wearing matching robes sitting on a wicker bench

As the bridesmaids began getting ready, Michelle shared a moment with her mom and sisters.

Next, it was time for Michelle to start getting ready with the help of her sisters and mom.

bride holding her dress in front of a window
bride putting on an earring while mom and sisters look on
bride putting on an earring while mom and sisters look on
bride with her mom and two sisters, all wearing a shade of purple

Michelle looked radiant as a bride and was ready for to see her groom.

Patiently waiting at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church was Corey and his groomsmen. Corey put on the finishing touches to his wardrobe with the help of his brother and dad.

groom putting on his jacket with the help of his dad at Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church Detroit, MI
Balcony view of Sts. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church Detroit, MI

Weddings are naturally an emotionally poignant rollercoaster, with the moments of anticipation leading up to the pinnacle experience being palpable. Corey’s anticipation of seeing Michelle for the first time as she walked down the aisle filled the room. It was as if everyone held their breath along with Corey as the music changed, cueing the entrance of the bride. As the doors opened, the proverbial rollercoaster peaked and started down is exhilarating ride. Corey, seeing Michelle for the first time, was all smiles and excitement.

groom waiting to see the bride while standing at the altar in Detroit, MI
groom's reaction to seeing his bride or the first time while waiting at the altar
bride and her father walking down the aisle at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit, MI
bride and her father walking down the aisle at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit, MI
bride and her father walking down the aisle at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit, MI
groom seeing his bride for the first time at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit
wedding ceremony from the veiw point of the balcony at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit, MI.

Sitting hand-in-hand, all was right in that moment. Their worlds, together, as one.

bride and groom sharing a moment during their wedding ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit
bride and groom sitting and listening to the priest during their wedding ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit

Corey and Michelle were so excited to get married, they smiled throughout their vows.

bride and groom praying through a crowd during their wedding ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit

Soon after, they were invited back to the altar for one last blessing and were then announced as husband and wife.

bride and groom share their first kiss during their wedding ceremony at Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit
bride and groom walk down the aisle of Sts Peter and Paul Jesuit church in Detroit after being announced husband and wife

Following the ceremony, Corey and Michelle joined family for some formals at the altar.

wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan
wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan
wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan
wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan
wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan
wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan
wedding family formals at the altar of Sts. Peter and Paul church in Detroit, Michigan

As newly minted husband and wife, Corey and Michelle were ready to hit the town and celebrate. First stop, Parker’s Alley behind the beautiful Shinola Hotel.

bride, holding a bouquet, and groom at Parker's Alley in Detroit Michigan
bride and groom share a kiss in Parker's Alley Detroit
bride and groom share a kiss in Parker's Alley Detroit

After a quick lap in Parker’s Alley, we hopped on the party bus and headed to some of Detroit’s landmarks, including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

bridesmaids wearing a pastel purple at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bridesmaids wearing a pastel purple at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bridesmaids wearing a pastel purple and groomsmen wearing blue suits at the Detroit Institute of Arts
groomsmen wearing blue suits at the Detroit Institute of Arts
groomsmen wearing blue suits at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride and groom kissing at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride and groom at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride looking over her shoulder and groom looking at her at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride and groom inside of an arch at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride and groom holding hands and walking at the Detroit Institute of Arts

One of my favorite moments behind the camera is watching the couple truly be present in the moment. It is a very subtle change in their body language and expressions, but if you can catch it and acknowledge it, it is often the perfect ingredient to add to any image. Isolated from their bridal party, Corey and Michelle fully felt each other’s presence and love while standing atop of the DIA. The moments that followed were pure magic.

groom kissing the forehead of his bride at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride and groom looking out at the skyline at the Detroit Institute of Arts
bride and groom looking out at the skyline at the Detroit Institute of Arts
groom holding brides hand and helping her walk down the stairs at the Detroit Institute of Arts

After the DIA, we began heading north towards Michelle and Corey’s Italian American Cultural Society wedding reception. With a few minutes to spare, we stopped in Midtown and the Cadillac Place apartments for a few more pictures.

groom kissing bride's cheek under a green archway in Midtown Detroit
bride and groom kissing under a veil at Cadillac Place Apartments
bride and groom kissing with a veil in the foreground at Cadillac Place Apartments
bride and groom kissing with a veil in the foreground at Cadillac Place Apartments
bride holding her dress i her left hand and colorful bouquet in he right hand, looking to her right

We arrived at their Italian American Cultural Society wedding reception a few minutes before the doors open for guests. Michelle and Corey floated through the room, greeting guests and exchanging hugs with everyone they crossed.

With guests in their seats, it was time for Michelle and Corey’s grand entrance.

bride and groom cut their cake at Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception

Family members offered toasts…and a few memorable quips and stories.

best man gives a speech at Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
maid of honor, wearing a lavender dress, gives a speech at the Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
father of the bride gives a speech at the Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
father of the bride gives a toast at the Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception

Michelle and Corey took to the dance floor before ultimately opening it for an evening of fun lead by DJ Big Ben.

bride and groom dance in candle light at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
bride and groom dance in candle light at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
bride and groom dance in candle light at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
bride and groom dance in candle light at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
bride and her father dance in candle light at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
bride and her father dance in candle light at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
bride and her father dance at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
groom and his mother dance at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
groom and his mother dance at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
guests dance at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
guests dance at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception
guests dance at an Italian American Cultural Society Wedding reception

Wedding dress: The Wedding Shoppe

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie

Beauty: Dena Marie’s Salon

Suits: Todd’s Menswear¬†

Accessories: Knotty Tie

Flowers: Viviano’s

DJ: Big Ben Entertainment 

Church: Sts Peter and Paul Jesuit

Reception: Italian American Cultural Center

Limo: Dream Limousine

Videography: Trifoot Productions