Michael B. Santoiemma and Sarah A. Cortese were united in marriage on August 5, 2006, at the Assumption Church in Peekskill, N.Y. The beautiful ceremony was officiated by Father John Higgins with readings by Mimi Smith and John Morbito. A reception followed at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle.
The bride is the daughter of Karen and Louis Cortese Jr. of Peekskill and the granddaughter of Louis Cortese Sr. of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Helen Beuchert, also of Peekskill. The groom is the son of the late Giovanni Santoiemma and the brother of Mrs. Paula (Michael) Illissyn of Wallkill, N.Y.
The bride and groom were attended by their sister and brother, Jessica Cortese as maid of honor and John Santoiemma as best man. Bridesmaids were Angie Santoiemma and Cathy Munroe, sisters of the groom, Jessica and Nicole Friedlander, nieces of the groom, and Barbie Allen, Heather Banker, Kimberly Knapp, Nicole Pimienta, Teela Sabater, Shannon Scott and Michelle Tompkins, cherished friends of the bride. Groomsmen were Louis Cortese III, brother of the bride, Paul Munroe, brother-in-law of the groom, Francesco and Antonio Santoiemma, cousins of the groom, and Eric Cardenas, Artie Deronda, Phil Harbolic, Sean Mulholland, Brian Silver, Rich Tompkins and Abi Vega, long-time friends of the groom.
The bride is a legal assistant for Asher Fensterheim PLLC in Tarrytown. The groom is an electrician with Local 3 in Westchester.
The couple honeymooned in St. Lucia and are now residing in Mohegan Lake.