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Jacqueline and Murphy are wonderful people. It was so endearing to hear that they were nervous about our photography session. Which of course, they had nothing to worry about! All they had to do was relax, have fun, and well, hangout with me! And that we did. 🙂

Murphy and Jacqueline met through Jacqueline’s brother. Eventually sparks emerged between the two and a beautiful relationship began. Fast forward to Valentine’s Day weekend, Murphy proposed with a hockey jersey and obviously, Jacqueline said yes! Every since they have been wedding planning and just plain enjoying being engaged.

We met at Hamilton College campus in Clinton, New York. There tucked behind some academic buildings is Root Glen where we began their engagement session. Root Glen is full of foliage, flowers, and even a hiking trail. After that, we headed across the street to a building with beautiful arches. Everywhere you look around that campus is picturesque and I had so much fun spending the afternoon with Jacqueline and Murph. I’m so excited for their wedding next year! Congratulations, Jacqueline and Murphy!

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Enida & Matt – Orchard Creek Golf Club in Altamont, New York from Janelle Bonagurio on Vimeo.

I have to begin with saying that I love and appreciate the fact that when Enida was interested in my photography work, she invited me to meet for some coffee. And surprisingly, we talked a lot about life in addition to her wedding. She made me feel appreciated by just wanting to get to know me. And that is just Enida. She is beautiful inside and out and that is a combination that is hard to find. So Matt, her now husband, is a lucky man. But let’s not forget that Matt is an absolute sweetheart. The first time I met him he was all smiles and looking to do whatever he can to make us feel welcome. And my goodness does he adore Enida. I would elaborate but I would also love the photos to do the talking. As you scroll down below it will be evident that these two love, adore, and are crazy about each other.

We headed to Altamont, New York where rolling green hills meet the sun. The day was spectacular as can be with warm weather and bright skies. Enida was upstairs of The Orchard Creek Golf Club counting down the minutes to see and marry Matt. I met her wonderful bridesmaids and beautiful family whom were also anticipating the day to begin. Before we knew it, it was time for Enida to get dressed and she stunned everyone by her beauty. What I was extremely excited to witness was a First Look with Enida and Matt in which they saw each other before the ceremony. It turned out to be one of my favorite moments captured. Matt saw Enida and the tears were impossible to hold in. They cried, they laughed, and they were ready to be married.

The ceremony began paralleled with the sun setting. Enida gracefully walked down the isle to her husband to be. Matt looked at her adoringly, seeing what the future holds for them. They said their beautiful vows and exchanged rings. They were married!! The celebration began with entrances, a romantic first dance, and traditional Bosnian dancing. Everyone cheered Enida and Matt and sat down for a delicious dinner. As the night progressed the dancing got wilder and everyone was having an amazing time. It was such a joy to see Enida and Matt having the time of their lives. The day was absolute perfection and I can’t thank them enough for having me photograph their wedding day. Congratulations, Enida and Matt!

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Photography: Janelle Rodriguez Photography

Secondary Shooter: Elisha Hill

Makeup Artist: True Grace Makeup

Dress: Phia James Wedding

Venue: Orchard Creek Golf Club

Entertainment: Andy Pratt Professional Disc Jockey

Jamie & JD – Sky Armory in downtown Syracuse, New York from Janelle Bonagurio on Vimeo.

Let’s fast forward to Jamie and JD’s reception. I’m walking around the dance floor taking photos and a family member pulls me aside and requests a photo of me! Of course, I’m confused because wait, I’m supposed to be photographing him! But what he said to me next will be in my heart forever. He said, “When you’re with us, you are family”. And that sentence is the perfect description of how I felt during Jamie and JD’s entire wedding day. Jamie and JD have a gift of making everyone feel like they’re family and old friends. They are so incredibly blessed to have so many amazing people in their lives flourishing that gift and of course, celebrating their marriage.

Jamie and JD met on Varick street. And if you are from Utica or know of Utica, Varick street is full of fun and great drinks! To think that their marriage is a product of meeting where I hang out and have made some awesome memories with friends, warms my heart. Not to mention, I was very glad to see signs of Utica Club during the day! Which now takes them to September 10, 2016 in Syracuse, New York, their wedding day.

I arrived at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel in downtown Syracuse to find Jamie anticipating tying the knot! Her bridesmaids (sweet as ever) relaxing and waiting for the action to begin. It was so endearing to see Jamie’s mom and JD’s mom all worked up because it was so hard to hold back the tears. But they eventually had to happen when Jamie put on her wedding dress and looked absolutely amazing. We departed to a beautiful church nearby where JD watched Jamie walk down the isle in complete bliss. And they were husband and wife.

We headed to Franklin Square Park for photos which is one of my favorite places to shoot in Syracuse. It’s a beautifully kept park tucked between gorgeous greenery and a contrast of brick buildings. We had fun taking photos and headed back downtown. I was so glad to finally experience their reception at Sky Armory, a venue that I’ve heard so much about! The room was filled with beautiful flowers and decor that definitely suited Jamie and JD’s personality. The introductions were made and champagne glasses clinked! After a delicious dinner the dancing commenced and developed into a wild party! I experienced a lot of impressive dancing and most importantly, great people having the time of their lives.

It was an amazing day for two amazing people that I have easily come to admire. Their love was well celebrated with some of the warmest people that I have ever met. I am so happy for Jamie and JD on their new marriage, congratulations you two!!

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Photography: Janelle Rodriguez Photography

Secondary Shooter: Elisha Hill

Makeup Artist: Ashtyn McMichael

Preparation Venue: Jefferson Clinton Hotel

Photography Venue: Franklin Square Park

Reception Venue: Sky Armory

Catering: Sky Armory

Entertainment: Kenny the Promo Guy

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I’ve known Kati since I was a teenager. We had similar friends in high school and got to know each other through fantastic friendships. She was always the sweet Kati with that gorgeous, contagious smile. It was a sweet trip down memory lane when she contacted me about her wedding. The best memories of being an innocent young adult finding humor in everything and anything came flooding back. I was excited to see her again and meet the man that stole her heart. At our consultation I had the pleasure of meeting her fiancé, Matt. He’s equally as sweet as Kati. He slyly planned a photo tour around New York City with a hidden agenda in mind, he was going to propose at the end of the tour! It was clever because he had the photographer in on the whole thing so he was there to document it all happening! He asked and she said “yes!!” And that takes us to wedding planning and an awesome engagement session at Root Glen Gardens on Hamilton College campus. I’m so excited to photograph their wedding next year! Congratulations to Kati and Matt!!

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