Michael Gallitelli Photographer

November 15, 2014

Franklin Plaza November Wedding

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Here we are in November already and our weddings are still going strong with
happy brides and grooms, just like Michelle & Matt! They totally embraced
their special day and enjoyed every moment with all their families and
friends. Working at the Franklin Plaza is always a pleasure with Joe, Greg,
Dave, Tyler, Dom and the entire staff. One of the perks of having your
reception at the Plaza is that you can stay at the

Best Western Franklin Square Inn, walk across the street to the Franklin
Plaza for the ceremony, cocktail hour and the reception! This is exactly
what Michelle and Matt planned! At the hotel the bridal party got ready
with hair and make-up thanks to Alayne /Make me Fabulous.

Erin and her sister Leah doing make-up, great job as always!

For this wedding, many of the preliminary photographs were done before the
ceremony, so that Michelle and Matt could enjoy the cocktail hour with their
friends. After, the cocktail hour, quests were directed downstairs to the
magnificent ballroom for the reception.

Vinny Vin/Non Stop Music provided the music for this beautiful evening that
was enjoyed by all!

Thank you Michelle and Matt for choosing us to capture this wonderful day
for you to remember in the images of the day! We appreciate all your
enthusiasm and it was a pleasure spending the day with you!

Congratulations, and we wish all the health and happiness for a happy life

Michael and Nancy

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October 17, 2014

The Franklin Plaza

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What can I say about Nicole and Josh except “WOW”!!! From the moment we
arrived at Nicole’s family home, from outside we heard Nicole scream
“MICHAEL IS HERE” and I knew this was going to be one memorable day! Nicole
had us laughing from the beginning of the day with her high energy and quick
wit to the end of the night still going strong with her new husband Josh
right by her side on the dance floor!!!

It was a whirlwind day starting with Nicole and her girls getting ready with
hair and make-up and then everyone breathless as Nicole showed off her
stunning wedding dress! We continued with spending special time with the
bride-to-be, family and wedding party capturing the beginning of this
amazing day! Next up, it was time to meet Josh, his brothers and groomsmen
at the Church where they were patiently waiting to get started and lots of
joking going around!!! After the beautiful ceremony and a short photo
opportunity, we were off to Sage College and then onto the Franklin Plaza.

After everyone enjoyed the magnificent spread for the cocktail hour, guests
were invited to the beautiful ballroom at the Franklin Plaza to start the
evening festivities. From the introductions, the first dance, toasts,
dinner and everything in-between, I did not stop smiling along with everyone
else who lucky enough to be part of the celebration of Nicole & Josh!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Nicole & Josh for choosing us to be part of
this incredible, amazing day with all of you!! Your enthusiasm and sense of
humor was so easy for us to capture every moment of this happy day! I
personally want to adopt you both!!!

We wish you all the health, happiness and love you both deserve!

Michael and Nancy

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August 21, 2014

Franklin Plaza Wedding in August 2014

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What a fantastic weekend we had at The Franklin Plaza for two incredible

The first one was for Kaitlin and Jarrod which started out at the Best
Western Franklin Square Inn where we caught up with Kaitlin and her bridal
party where the room was filled with anticipation and excitement for this
happy day! From there we caught up with Jarrod and his lively group of
groomsmen and best man with their black suits and sneakers which was a fun
addition to this wedding! First looks seem to be trending again and so that
was next on our check list which worked out perfectly in front of The
Franklin Plaza. We continued with family pictures, and then for some really
fun photos of the bridal party, they wanted to go over to Bomber’s which is
right across the street and then back to Franklin Plaza for the ceremony!
It was a whirlwind day which continued after the cocktail hour,
introductions, first dance, toasts and dinner! As always, Greg, Joe, Dom
and the entire staff at the Franklin Plaza never cease to amaze me with
their consistency with, food, hospitality and attention to detail! After
that it was non-stop dancing thanks to DJ Cap Capella which had the dance
floor packed for the rest of the night!

Thank you, Kaitlin and Jarrod for choosing us to be part of this amazing day
with all of you! We truly appreciated your fun ideas and your enthusiasm
which made our day so enjoyable! We wish all the best!


Michael and Nancy

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Franklin Plaza August Wedding

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Our second wedding of the weekend began just like the day before, starting
at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn! How convenient is this for all
your out of town guests, they stay at the Inn, walk across the street to The
Franklin Plaza for the ceremony and the reception!

As we got closer to the suite where Jackie and her bridal party were
staying, we could hear from the hallway all the excitement that was going on
inside! We walked in and heard a loud “HELLO MICHAEL” coming from everyone
who knows him well from their own weddings where they had him as the
photographer. While Jackie was finishing up with her hair and make-up, we
worked on our preliminary photos so we could get started on the formal
shots. Jackie looked beautiful from head to toe as we stepped outside in
front of the Inn with her bridal party! We sent the girls back to the suite
so that we could spend time with the very handsome Adam, best man and
groomsmen in front of The Franklin Plaza, where the first look would take
place as well! That went extremely well as did the family photos right in
front of the plaza. With still more time, we had fun with the entire
wedding party in the alley and then a short walk into the ballroom for the

After cocktail hour the rest of the day went by so fast! After
introductions with sparklers, first dance, toasts, dinner and cake cutting,
the dancing was non-stop thanks to Grand Central Station and Jackie and
Adams very happy families and friends celebrating the joining of their two
friends! Between dancing, the photo booth, the bar and a pizza station
later in the evening, this was one amazing wedding!

Once again Joe Galuski, Dom, and the entire staff did what they do best and
being there two days in a row, I must say it was all perfect from beginning
to end!

Jackie and Adam, what can we say but WOW! We had so much fun and so many
laughs that it felt like we were working with family! We appreciate the
opportunity to have been a part of this spectacular day and enjoyed your
enthusiasm that made our day happy!

Congratulations and we wish all the best of everything!

Michael and Nancy

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August 12, 2014

Franklin Plaza, Troy Wedding

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Wedding:  Margaret & Sean

Venue:  The Franklin Plaza / Ceremony and Reception / Troy NY

Date:  August 8th, 2014

Hotel:  Best Western Franklin Square Inn  Troy NY

Director of Sales;  Joe Galuski

General Manager/ Greg Cushman

Bridal Attendant:  Dom Pat

Hair & Make-Up:  Lipstick N Lashes / Ballston Spa

DJ:  Piano Man / Johnny

Saturday, we were part of another wonderful wedding for Margaret and Sean,
at The Franklin Plaza in Troy.  It was a magnificent summer day, as we
started out at the Best Western Franklin Square Inn and met up with the
bride and her bridesmaids and mother.  There was a controlled excitement as
we entered the suite as the bride opened the door with a huge smile on her
face that literally did not go away all day!  Everything was ready for us to
photograph for the preliminary shots and later when Margaret walked into the
room in her wedding gown, she looked absolutely elegant!  It was certainly
the perfect dress for her!  From there we met up with Sean and his best man
and groomsmen to set up the first look which is always a lot of fun!
Margaret walked across the street from the hotel to the front of the plaza
where Sean was waiting patiently as his bride-to-be tapped him on the
shoulder and twirled around for Sean to see how beautiful she looked!  As we
planned the day, it was time for some family photographs and then ceremony
time right in the ballroom of the Franklin Plaza.

Guests were directed upstairs to the cocktail hour while the wedding party
relaxed in the private board room to enjoy the delicious assortment of hors
d’oeuvres and reflect on the day so far.

As the evening went on, it was time for introductions, first dance, parent
dances, dinner and lots of fun for everyone to enjoy a photo booth and
Johnny from Piano Man who provided the music to get this party really
jumping on the dance floor!

Greg,and the entire staff as always provided a magnificent dinner service
and close attention to guests every needs!

Thank you, Margaret and Sean for choosing us to capture this very special
day for you and your families and friends!  We truly enjoyed walking around
Troy for some special photographs and especially your enthusiasm the entire
day which made our day so much fun!


We wish you all the best!

Michael and Nancy


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July 30, 2014

Franklin Plaza, Troy Wedding

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Wedding: Michelle & Donald Brandt

What a magnificent day we spent with Michelle, Donald and their entire
family and friends for their very happy wedding day!

We started our day at Michelle’s family home where her parents and
bridesmaids were getting ready. As we entered the house we felt very
welcomed by everyone and proceeded with our preliminary shots.

It was time for Michelle to get ready and as we entered the room, there
stood our stunning bride in her gorgeous dress!

We had so much fun with Michelle and everyone at the house, but now it was
time to get to the church and meet up with the handsome groom and his
groomsmen, waiting patiently for the ladies to arrive. This is the time we
like to spend quality time with the groom and so we did!

After the ceremony, and family pictures at the church, we were on our way to
Russell Sage College and then The Franklin Plaza to photograph the entire
bridal party and spend more time with Michelle and Don.

I must say that Michelle and Don’s enthusiasm to do whatever Michael had in
mind to get some spectacular photographs was amazing and so much fun! We
just had the best time with them and truly appreciate one photo that I hope
everyone will appreciate, we certainly did!!!

As always the ballroom at The Franklin Plaza looked magical thanks to Linda
Jensen the floral designer and Greg, and his staff. I always say that no
matter how many times we are here, the ballroom is transformed into whatever
you envision for your wedding day. You know that Joe guides you thru all
the details and then the entire staff makes it happen.

That being said, after the cocktail hour, everyone was invited to the
ballroom to get this party started with introductions, first dance, toasts,
and a delicious dinner and Kyle from Piano Man brought everyone to the dance
floor celebrating the happy couple!!!

We can’t thank you enough Michelle and Don for choosing us to be part of
this magnificent day with you and your family and friends! You welcomed us
from the beginning to the end and we truly enjoyed spending the day with

Congratulations Michelle and Don, and may your life together be as happy and
healthy as the beginning of July 26, 2014!

Date:  July 26, 2014

Venue:  Franklin Plaza, Troy NY

Ceremony:  Ballston Center ARP Church, Ballston Spa

Music: Kyle Faulkner, Conway Entertainment 

Florist:  Linda Jensen Flowers Forever

Limousine Service: Today’s Limo Albany

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June 26, 2014

The Franklin Plaza

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Wedding: Jennifer & Brandon

Date:  June 13, 2014

Venue:  Franklin Plaza, Troy NY
Greg, Joe and all the staff always make you feel special and goes above and beyond whatever your expectations may be.

Ceremony:  St. Joseph’s Church, Troy NY

Hair & Make-Up:  Molly and Gina

Music:  TS Ensemble / Al Santoro

Videographer:  Lovecraft Production Inc. / Mike Verenini

Florist:  Flowers by Pesha, Troy NY

Limousine Service:  Premier Party Bus

I remember when we photographed Jennifer & Brandon’s engagement shoot and nerves always set in a little bit and that is to be expected, but it gives them an idea of how comfortable they can be in front of the camera.  All I have to say is “WOW”, Jennifer looked and posed like she belonged in a bridal magazine and had no fear of the camera!  Sheer perfection from hair and make-up to the gown that looked like she stepped out of a bridal magazine! We knew from the very beginning of the day that this was going to be one of those weddings that would be non stop fun!

While Jen was getting herself together, we spent some quality time with Brandon and his groomsmen, left them so they could go to the Church and then we could spend time with Jennifer and her bridal party.

After the ceremony we decided to go to Sage College for our first stop for photo’s and then back to the Franklin Plaza alley and finish up there. This was another memorable wedding that The Franklin Plaza always has a way of making everyone feel like they are home!  After the guests enjoyed a spectacular spread at the cocktail hour, they were directed to the ballroom for the reception which started with introductions, first dance, toasts and as always a dinner that is top notch!   Time to get this party really started and that is where Al Santoro and his band TS Ensemble take over to finish up this wonderful, happy day!

Thank you, Jennifer and Brandon for allowing us to capture this memorable day with you, your family and friends!  Your enthusiasm and willingness to allow us to capture every moment of this special day for you both made this so enjoyable for us as well!

Congratulations and we wish all the health and happiness you both deserve!

Michael and Nancy

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November 7, 2013

The Franklin Plaza

October 5, 2013
Julianne and Lucas’s Wedding
Ceremony and Reception held at the Franklin Plaza

Destinaton wedding in Troy, NY
This is what the bride and groom had to say.

Well, we attended a wedding at the Franklin Plaza sometime ago and fell in love with the ambiance and character of the Franklin Plaza. It is something completely different then a venue’s on Long Island so we decided to make it a mini destination wedding.

The vendors were picked through a lot of online research since we were out of towners. We were literally obsessed and pleased with all our vendors. Everyone was so accommodating to work with especially planning a wedding 3 hours away. We seriously can not thank them enough!

Video-LaRose Media,
Hair & Makeup-Stiletto Salon,
Tux-Town & Country of Wantagh, NY,
Gown-Helens Bridal of Commack, NY
Officiant-Louis Zeppone of Hudson Valley Officiants
David-the Magnet Man
Vinny Vin of NonStop Music

From Michael and Nancy… Fun, fun, fun from the start of our shoot to the very end. Julianne and Lucas could not of had a better time at their own wedding. They offered us every opportunity to document their wedding day in every way they dreamed of. It was a pleasure to work for such a great couple. Now all you need to do is pick out 80 photos out of the 2500 we took for your book. Good Luck!

Thanks again,

Michael and Nancy

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September 11, 2013

The Franklin Plaza

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August 25, 2013
Their story to follow…

Marwa and Feroze

May 24, 2013

The Franklin Plaza

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May 24, 2013

Katlyn & Kristopher

Venue: The Franklin Plaza
DJ: Jeffrey Scott

Their story and more to follow…..

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