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The morning of Caroline and Andrew’s wedding, my second shooter and I were pretty excited about a gorgeous drive up to the Adirondacks. We grabbed some coffee, rolled the windows down, and enjoyed the weather that was perfection on their wedding day. I walked into Caroline’s family camp to be kindly greeted by her fabulous and funny bridesmaids and her sweet parents, John and Mary. I noticed old pictures of Caroline and Andrew hanging from the stair railing. It was almost like looking into their history and watching them grow up together. It made me realize that yes the fact that they met in high school is a very sweet story but also it’s an amazing thing to watch two people grow as teenagers then young adults into adults with careers and still always come back to each other’s love. Another thing I noticed was a piece of paper in which Andrew wrote “five things I love about my future wife”. And I learned a lot about Andrew and Caroline from that. They admire each other and lift each other up. What better partnership could there be?

Everything about Andrew and Caroline’s wedding day was beautiful and perfect. They worked really hard on making an Adirondack wedding with such class and timeless beauty. From a classic wedding ceremony at St. Anthony’s in Inlet, New York to a huge celebration at the Adirondack League Club in Old Forge. You couldn’t have asked for better weather or better people to surround yourself with. Caroline’s dress was custom made and I must say, she perfected that dress by adding those sleeves! And Andrew looked so handsome and so happy to make Caroline his wife. And I must say, even with so much going on that day, Caroline and Andrew were the most relaxed. It was great to see them just ENJOY their wedding day.

I was lucky enough to work with Cryin’ Out Loud Live from Troy, New York, a rockin’ band that entertained everyone at the reception. They completed an incredible celebration that was filled with heartfelt speeches and a packed dance floor. Caroline’s dad definitely wins the life of the party though, as he had a pretty awesome speech that came equipped with some great childhood photos and killed it on the dance floor! It was such a pleasure to be part of their wedding day and I’m excited for their new chapter as husband and wife. Congratulations to Caroline and Andrew!

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Secondary Photographer: Simon Eisenbach

Florist: Mountain Greenery

Ceremony Venue: St. Anthony’s

Reception Venue: Adirondack League Club

Entertainment: Cryin’ Out Loud Live

Catering: Adirondack League Club

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I shot my first destination wedding what had to be over 8 years ago. I wish I knew then what I know now about photography. But that is just the nature and journey of a creative mind. You experiment, you learn, you succeed, you fail, you shoot with your head, and you shoot with you heart. And I’m glad that now as a seasoned photographer I was able to capture the essence of this trip, Kristen and Frank’s wedding  in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Let me start by saying that my favorite aspect of Punta Cana is the people. Every single person I encountered was charismatic and genuine which set the stage for this trip. I wanted to approach photography in a more journalistic way. I wanted real, genuine moments. This leads me to who Kristen and Frank are. I can almost imagine wild stallions running free when I think of Kristen and Frank. They are free spirits that know how to have a good time and want everyone around them to have a good time too. When they approached me it was more of an invitation to hang out and take some photographs along the way, which is always a refreshing outlook to a destination wedding.

I flew to Punta Cana to find Kristen and Frank at their wedding rehearsal. Tiki torches led to a path full of vibrant people, food, drinks, and heartfelt speeches that led to a lot of crying. Another thing I love about Kristen and Frank, they evoke so much emotion and aren’t afraid to show it. But shortly after, dancing and dancing and dancing. Which validates the fact that they are genuine. Let’s feel this emotion and then celebrate it! Their wedding day was spectacular. The heat, the palm trees, the ocean. Everything fell perfectly into place as Kristen walked through the sand to Frank waiting at the alter. We were blessed with perfect weather and their closest friends and family to witness them tie the knot. The sun gently set across the ocean and a celebration was in order. Dancing all night long in the beautiful Dominican heat. It was a trip I will never forget.

Kristen & Frank Manella (video + slideshow) – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from Janelle Bonagurio on Vimeo.

Destination weddings come with a free wedding video short to compliment a photo slideshow as well as a Day After session. These sessions are vital for destination weddings because what better way to take advantage of a beautiful place you traveled to? The day after your wedding couples can relax, enjoy their atmosphere, get creative, and have photographs to remember forever.

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Venue: Melia Caribe Tropical

Florist: Melia Caribe Tropical

Catering: Melia Caribe Tropical

Primary Photographer: Janelle Rodriguez

Secondary Photographer: David Bonagurio

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I received an invitation from Caitlin and George to meet them up at their family camp in Old Forge, New York. I LOVE Old Forge. My family and I go camping there every Summer. My fondest memories of Old Forge is waking up in the mornings before everyone else and kayaking through the mist around the lake. So it’s always a pleasure to make the trip and I’m glad they incorporated this area into their engagement session.

Caitlin and George are both Pharmacists. They are high school sweethearts (melt my heart) and have been together for 8 years! George proposed with Caitlin’s great grandmother’s ring which is amazing. I love unique rings with character and even better, a history! They met me at their camp with their rambunctious pup, Bill. We got into the water and let Bill explore. Then they told me about a mountain that their cousin owns and was nice enough to let us photograph there! You can buy a mountain?! So cool! So it was the perfect end to the session by photographing on top of a mountain with a spectacular view. Their wedding is vastly approaching and I cannot wait. Congratulations to Caitlin and George on their engagement!

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The moment I realize that couples I have photographed for their weddings are expecting a baby, I am so ecstatic. I can relate because I just had my daughter but also I’m just so proud that their marriage is flourishing and their family is growing larger. I had the privilege of photographing Katey and Ed’s wedding 4 years ago which I cannot even believe it has been that long! I can still remember her bright orange shoes and how it felt to watch them during their first dance. And now? They had their first child, a beautiful baby boy named Luke. He is the sweetest thing with stunning eyes and loves being swaddled! Here is our newborn session with Mr. Luke Daniels:

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Every once and awhile I meet these couples that take my breath away. Like, whoa, shouldn’t you guys be on the cover of J.Crew or something!? Get out of here! I met Danielle and Michael in Saratoga Springs. We decided on a magical garden tucked in the woods called Yaddo Gardens. They stepped out of their vehicle and Danielle came out in a stunning elegant dress and Michael was looking dapper as ever. Seriously, I can’t even handle these two! Danielle is a lawyer and Michael works in a family business that builds homes. These two stunners met in high school and then reconnected later on in life. They have been together for 8 years now so you can imagine how excited they are to be getting married this Summer! After shooting photos at Yaddo Gardens we frolicked through some of Saratoga Springs most well known attractions. I’m so pumped for their wedding and I can’t even believe how close it is already! Congratulations to Danielle and Michael!!

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