Looking Back at Barack and Michelle Obama’s Wedding

White House flirting and all!

By Roberta Correia


These two are always giving us #MarriageGoals—whether it’s gushing over each other on Twitter or sharing sweet romantic moments in the White House (fist bumps, flirting, and dancing galore!). And while we love ogling the former first lady’s every fashion choice, now it’s time to look back on Barack and Michelle Obama’s gorgeous Chicago wedding day in October of 1992.

How They Met

Barack and Michelle met in 1989, while the politician was a summer associate at a Chicago law firm. Michelle, then Michelle Robinson, was his advisor. At first, Michelle refused to accept the offer of a date from Barack, but fate took over. Their first-date itinerary? A picnic, long walk, tour of the Art Institute, Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and a movie—Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.

“We clicked right away…by the end of the date, it was over…I was sold,” Michelle has said about their first date.

The Proposal

The couple dated for two years before Barack proposed at Gordon’s restaurant in Chicago, where they were celebrating finishing the bar exam. “And he got me into one of these discussions again, where, you know, he sort of just led me down there and got fired up and it’s like you’ve got blah blah blah blah, and then dessert comes out, the tray comes out, and there’s a ring!” Michelle told The New Yorker.


The Wedding

On October 3, 1992, Michelle and Barack said “I do” at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The bride’s brother walked her down the aisle, while the groom’s brother served as best man. After the vows, a reception was held at the South Shore Cultural Center. Of course, self-professed Stevie Wonder superfan Michelle chose the singer’s “You and I” for their first dance as husband and wife. After the wedding, the couple took off for a California-coast honeymoon. Luckily, the iconic couple have shared a few of their wedding photos to social media over the years.

The Dress

Way before she wowed us with her spot-on fashion sense (Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Christian Siriano!), the former first lady was a picture-perfect ’90s bride. Wearing one of our favorite resurrected ’90s trends, Michelle was lovely in an off-the-shoulder long-sleeved gown, pouffy veil, and statement drop-pearl earrings. She has since posted a pic of the dress to Instagram so we can fawn over the frock for years to come.

President Obama and Michelle Obama