Mr. + Mrs. Bencea
June 3rd, 2018
Jenna and I both knew each other from our photography classes at the School for Visual Arts in NYC . We both went to pursue the beginning of our photography careers there. I remember Jenna as one of the happiest girls in school, always smiling and always very generous. Years after graduating we reconnected on instagram following each other’s art work. One day, I got an email from her telling me she got engaged and loves my wedding photography as she has always loved it. She asked me if I can photograph her wedding day next year in CT. Honestly, I was very surprised and more than honored at the same time. I knew this will be a very special love to capture as I have been following Jenna’s romantic relationship with Dani through the years. For sure it was very different wedding than any other one I have worked on before. Photographing the wedding of the Senior Photo Editor for Hearst Magazines: Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Women's Health and Good Housekeeping was more than an honor for me, but I can’t hide that it was intimidating as well. However, I knew Jenna trusted me entirely and I am very thankful to her for that. She knew my personality and my work ethic enough to decide to work with me.
Jenna and Dani found love in the middle of New York City during their college years. They had part time jobs at the 5th Avenue Flagship Abercrombie & Fitch as store models in the winter. Both were working on the first floor near the door. Jenna was always freezing in the skimpy outfits they dressed her. Handsome Dani, always being such gentleman gave his scarf for the whole week without saying a word. And on a snowy Sunday of December 4th, 2009 he asked Jenna on their first date. The same evening they went to Russian Tea Room, took a romantic stroll in Central Park and it couldn't be more perfect than that for their first date.
In 2017, eight years after they first met, Jenna and Dani went to Mexico on vacation. Sailing from Puerto Morelos around the Riviera Maya he got on one knee and asked her to marry him. They went snorkeling and had a romantic 5 course dinner on the open seas. He didn't stop the surprises on the open waters. He had their room decorated in rose petals with champagne and chocolates waiting!
And talking about romance and ocean , one of the most favorite things for Jenna and Dani to do is walking on the beach and enjoying the sunset with its vibrant colors. No wonder their wedding day was set on the beach at the beautiful Anthony’s Ocean View wedding venue in New Haven, CT. If you can’t travel to the Carribean beaches or to the Mexican resorts and you live near New York this is your venue. The pictures doesn’t do the justice here. Their wedding theme was entirely about anything ocean, beach, navy blue, gold and white. Every little detail of the wedding decoration mattered and it was very carefully chosen by Jenna. The wedding day was more than perfect love fairytale!
It was all about the sea that day even Jenna's bracelet.
I was also honored to be invited to the rehearsal dinner and I knew Jenna has been talking a lot about how much she wanted a photo with the Lighthouse in New Haven with Dani. We knew we wouldn't have time the next day to drive to that beautiful and romantic place and decided to go and do a mini session before the dinner. It was amazing. After that I met both families and it was wonderful to get to know them before the wedding day. It helped a lot the next day to allow me to capture some very intimate and emotional moments.
Those very special family moments of the night before your wedding day worth every capture.
The Airbnb Beach House. It was the perfect place for J+D to get ready. Right next to the venue and all decorated in the ocean style with seashell driveway.
Groom and groomsmen socks were all monogrammed by Sock Prints
Custom Mrs. Bencea hanger by Whiskey and Wedding Bells on Eatsy
Monogrammed wedding band for Dani just because he loves wolfs and moons and Jenna loves him to the moon and back. Isn't that very original and practical. Working as a NYC cop Dani chose the titanium as metal for his ring by AnL Jewelry
Cheers with monogrammed champagne flutes by Cambridge Avenue on Etsy
The moment when Dani's mom Valentina sees him getting ready and his father fixing his bowtie. It was very emotional for both of them.
Dani's groom suit by Joseph Abboud
The breathtaking view of the ceremony side at Anthony's Ocean View. So romantic, so peaceful and sunny.
Caroibbean Vibe Steel Drum Band
Sand Dollars for guests' favorites and name tags.
Cake by Petonitos Bakery and heart cookie decorated with the bride and groom initials with the colors of sand and ocean by Jenna's mom Jackie.
All the candy bar was designed by the bride's mom and her aunt Stacy. The M&M candies had the bride and groom initials and their wedding date.
The centerpiece had a white knot symbolizing Jenna and Dani's marriage.
All signs designed by Jenna's best friend and maid of honor Sasha Preziosa, another friend and very talanted photographer I know from SVA . It was awesome reconnecting with both of them after all those years.
She used printing and paper from White Fox Paper Co on Eatsy
one of the cutest moments at the wedding , the flower girl playing with the sand during the ceremony
Parents really got emotional during the vow exchanges . Valentina's only son and Eric and Jakie's only daughter You can't call it beach wedding without the sand ceremony and here it is the white and navy blue sands mixing with one another.
Who said the flower girl should throw flowers instead of sand ? The bridal party all dressed in navy blue
Jenna's bridal dress by Keinfields She couldn't look more perfect and stunning than with that dress.
Instead of DJ there was a life band at the wedding. Timmy Maia was entertaining the guests all night with variety of music.
Honestly, I never shot sparkles at the end of the wedding . There is always a first time and I think it turned out amazing. Real people, real moments! What's a better way to call it off the wedding night than having sparkles!
CONGRATULATIONS JENNA AND DANI AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TRUST IN MY WORK AND FOR THE HONOR TO BE AT YOUR FAIRYTALE WEDDING DAY!