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!!
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