The double doors opened, Michele’s arm wrapped around her father’s, and they made their way down the basilica’s aisle, the tall ceilings and elaborate architecture framing them like a movie scene. Chris’s smiling eyes caught his bride, her white lace dress cascading behind her. She looked breathtaking!
The Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Caramel was filled with deep tradition, including communion, gospel readings, and a papal blessing as the couple became one. After exchanging rings, the priest announced them man and wife, and Chris kissed his bride!
If you’ve read Michele & Chris’s story in their engagement session post, you know how precious this day was – the end of long distance dating and Covid-19 restrictions. Nothing would ever keep them apart again. During their bride and groom portraits, you could feel the love between them and the long-awaited excitement. Soft kisses and genuine laughter on the steps of The Butler Institute of American Art, their first date in America, made each second with them so joyful. It is always a pleasure to get to document these sweet new seasons. Then, it was time to make our way to the reception.
After a little drive to Luva Bella Winery in Lowelville, Ohio, my sister and I walked in to an intimate room with all of Michele and Chris’s closest friends and family. It was decorated with a cookie table (a Youngstown signature tradition), charcuterie board, childhood photos of the bride and groom, and their engagement photos together. You could see how each of them grew up, and symbolized the joining of two lives and two families in different countries.
To Michele & Chris
Thank you so much for letting me watch your beautiful story unfold. The way you look at each other and your dedication to your faith is truly an inspiration to everyone around you, and it is wonderful to see God bless you with this marriage. Your wedding was a beautiful reminder that faith in Him is what is most important, and I cannot wait to see you grow together in your new season of life. Congratulations to you both!
Photography: Bree Thompson Photography
Videography: Capone Productions
Ceremony Location: Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Portrait Location: The Butler Institute of American Art
Reception Venue & Catering: L’uva Bella
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Dominique Biondillo at Magnolia’s on the Green
Wedding Dress Designer & Tailoring: David’s Bridal
Bridal Shoe Designer: David’s Bridal
Groom Suit & Tux Rental: Indochino
Florist: Willows by Wehr
Officiant: Monsignor Michael Cariglio
Wedding Rings: Aebischer’s Jewelry