Robert Gerard Gondola Jr. and Guillaume Rene Bagal were married Aug. 25 at the Newport Congregational Church in Newport, R.I. Emmanuel Y. Yagnye, who is Mr. Bagal’s father and who became a Universal Life minister to preside at this event, officiated.
Mr. Gondola (left), 34, is the associate vice president for institutional advancement at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick. He is also the secretary of the school board for Providence’s public schools. He graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, and received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard.
He is the son of Linda A. Gondola and Mr. Gondola Sr. of Needham, Mass. His parents both retiredas letter carriers for the United States Postal Service, she from Waban, Mass., and he from Marlborough, Mass.
Mr. Bagal, 32, is in charge of diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island in Providence. He graduated and received a master’s degree in sociology from East Carolina University, and received a master’s degree in health care administration and policy from George Mason University.
He is also the son of Louise R. Loe, who lives with Mr. Yagnye in Lakeport, Calif. Mr. Bagal’s mother is a nurse practitioner and his father is the clinical operations manager at Lake County Tribal Health, a clinic in Lakeport.
The couple met in 2012 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and struck up a conversation. “He complimented my jacket,” Mr. Bagal said, “and we just talked until he boarded his flight.” Two years later, in 2014, when both were single, they began dating.