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Laura & Jobin – Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany, New York from Janelle Bonagurio on Vimeo.

Laura and Jobin remind me so much of a timeless love right out of a romance novel. The adoration surrounding their relationship is palpable. But let’s start from the very beginning. Laura and Jobin met at Geneseo College. In which Laura jokes, “he probably hated me at first!” But really the two became quite fond of each other. Fond enough to grow a relationship of 5 years and move to Albany together to begin their lives as a team. During my consultation with Laura, she described an intimate wedding with a cozy feel and a very laid back atmosphere. Now having photographed her wedding day, I would have to say that Laura and Jobin nailed it. It was perfect. Cold rain and all!

I had the honor to watch them say private vows to each other during a downpour in downtown Albany. They saw each other for the first time in their wedding attire under rain cover of a state building’s arches. It was cold, it was wet, but suddenly none of that mattered. Warmth emit once their eyes locked. Together, they said their vows to each other which no one will hear but each other and afterwards, walked hand in hand to get married with just their closest friends and family. That moment I will never forget because it was so raw and so real.

This was an intimate wedding done so right and so beautifully. The wedding and reception dinner took place at Angelo’s Prime 677, a venue I hope to return to very soon! Right as the sun set the candles were lit around the venue and white flowers danced among purple and blue lights. Several people cozied into their seats by the fireplace to watch Laura and Jobin get married. From that point on they were husband and wife and the glasses began to clink. Their day was so full of beautiful and powerful simplicity. These two people are genuine and kind. And I could not be any happier to see them tie the knot because we need teams like them in this world. We need people who love passionately and with all that they have. Congratulations to Laura and Jobin! I adore you both and what you represent!

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Photography: Janelle Rodriguez Photography

Secondary Photographer: Elisha Hill

Preparation Venue: Albany Renaissance Hotel

Photography Venue: New York State Museum

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Angelo’s Prime 677

Catering: Angelo’s Prime 677

Kay & Nate – Emerson Park Pavilion in Auburn, NY from Janelle Bonagurio on Vimeo.

So this story begins at a wedding that I photographed a few years ago. I had no recollection of these events happening but it tickles me silly to know I was there. While I was busy working, some behind the scenes romance (or not so romantic) occurrences were happening. Kay was single and Nate was single. They had mutual friends and these friends may have had a little matchmaking mischief in mind. They awkwardly introduced Nate to Kay while her hands were full and couldn’t even shake his hand. The moment was, perhaps not the smoothest. But luckily, they had a second meeting on the dance floor and boy did that second chance turn into magic. Shortly after the wedding they had their first date and the rest is history. Nate proposed to Kay at one of the most beautiful spas I’ve ever seen, Mirabeau Inn & Spa with champagne and roses. And that brings us to their wedding day!

Now, this happy coincidence amongst friends was incredible. But what I would like to point out is how their friends have reacted to their relationship. Throughout their wedding day I heard numerous times from their friends and families that they are just their FAVORITE couple. It’s crazy to think that two people, with all mutual friends, have never quite met. And when they did, not only did they build a relationship but their relationship now inspires those friends. Kay and Nate are incredible people and seeing how they are with each other is endearing and strong.

They had a spectacular wedding day at Emerson Park Pavilion in Auburn, New York. I love this venue because it comes with a huge beautiful pavilion that sits by Owasco Lake. The view is stunning and everything about their wedding was Fall, a cozy atmosphere, and candles burning bright. Their ceremony hugged the grand fountain outside and Kay and Nate said their vows. It was a beautiful moment that brought on some tears and the great feeling of becoming newlyweds! Everyone headed into the pavilion for drinks and by everyone I mean over 250 guests! Yes, that many people came to celebrate Kay and Nate’s marriage! And the night became a huge party with a packed dance floor. The band was kicking and it was a beautiful sight to see Kay and Nate having the time of their lives. Congratulations to you both!!!

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Photography: Janelle Rodriguez Photography

Secondary Shooter: Elisha Hill

Florist: Hopper Hills

Venue: Emerson Park Pavilion

Catering: H&J Hospitality

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