Caitlyn & Gianni from Janelle Bonagurio on Vimeo.
This year I’ve been thinking a lot about ceremonies, symbolism, and promises. I’ve come to a point in my career that I can both shoot and listen to the officiant speak. At Caitlyn and Gianni’s wedding their priest spoke about the power of love and how we need more of it. And I completely agree, especially with current issues happening in the world, we need more faith in love. And what better people to join together to promise their lives together than Caitlyn and Gianni? These are two kind, humble, caring individuals that are both teachers and are passionate about knowledge. As friends of mine, I can tell you I have plenty of faith in their love. I couldn’t be more proud of it. They are perfect examples of strong companionship.
Caitlyn and Gianni met in a dive bar in Clinton, NY and spent the entire night talking. Several days later they went on their first date and I guess you would say that the rest is history. Gianni made a marriage proposal based on Caitlyn’s favorite animated short, Paperman. He had his students make paper airplanes with memories written on each one. He lined them on the stairs of their apartment and surprised her with each memory and of course, a ring!
June 11, 2016, I went to Caitlyn’s family home to photograph prep. Caitlyn was cool, calm, and collected even though it was down pouring. Yes, it was raining and REALLY raining. The forecast called for heavy rain all day long. But it didn’t really matter to Caitlyn and I give her so much credit for that. Her family was happy and her bridesmaids were having fun. And low and behold, right as everyone was finishing getting ready, the rain cleared out and the sun began to shine.
Caitlyn and Gianni got married at St. Mary’s church in Clinton, New York. They had an amazing ceremony with 3 kisses! I’ve never seen it before and it was awesome! After tying the knot, they exited down the church stairs to all their guests ringing bells. And you guessed it, rain rain go away! The day turned into perfection. We continued on to take photographs around Clinton and even at their new home. I was so glad to see it because Caitlyn had told me about it’s unique character and history. It was the perfect home for Caitlyn and Gianni.
The reception took place at Dibble’s Inn in Vernon, New York. I was happy to walk into a beautiful table of flowers, a seating chart, and an illustration that Caitlyn drew for their wedding. Yeah, amongst other talents she’s artist as well! All night long the most amazing playlist played clearly because Caitlyn and Gianni have great taste in music. Everyone was having a good time! Towards the end of the night, I will never forget the beginning to “Virtual Insanity” came on and people weren’t quite sure yet what was playing. I said “Jamiroquai!” and Gianni replied “Yes!” That wrapped up such an incredible day with great people. I am so happy for Caitlyn and Gianni on their new marriage and it’s going to be an amazing life together. Congratulations to my friends, Mr. and Mrs. Notaro!
Photography: Janelle Rodriguez Photography
Secondary Photographer: Elisha Hill
Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo
Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s of Clinton
Reception Venue: Dibbles Inn
Catering: Dibbles Inn