Ralizabeth & Junior ♥ New Jersey, USA
Photographer: Denisse Benitez
One of the loveliest parts of writing a wedding blog is that you get to meet (albeit online!) so many charming couples and have the enjoyment of reading their unique tales. It’s even more special when you get to follow an entire journey from the couple’s engagement right through to after their wedding day.
I have had the great pleasure of seeing the story unfold for today’s cute couple, who started their relationship whilst living in two different countries which resulted in Junior moving to be with Ralizabeth and them tying the knot with a destination wedding in Puerto Rico – an amazing tale of modern day love across the miles!
On their six-month anniversary Junior and Ralizabeth met up with Denisse Benitez Photography (who photographed their engagement session) for a unique ‘I Redo’ shoot that involved them wearing their wedding gear in a wonderful woodland setting back home.
There’s a growing trend for couples to have a photo session back home after their destination wedding, or for them to return to where they got married abroad on their anniversary to capture some more snaps of themselves in stunning surroundings. What a fantastic idea and a wonderful way to document the different stages of your new marriage? I especially love the name ‘I Redo’ – it’s perfectly fitting for today’s adorable anniversary shoot.
“The idea to have an ‘I Redo’ shoot was our photographer, Denisse’s idea. I had never heard of an ‘I Redo’ shoot before and was so excited when she mentioned it to me! She had done such a beautiful job with our engagement shoot and Junior and I wished we could have had her in Puerto Rico with us. She mentioned taking pictures once we returned from Puerto Rico. I was thrilled with the idea but since it was so cold outside, we decided to do the shoot once it got warmer. Once Spring time arrived, I instantly booked our session and it just so happened to be around our six month anniversary. It was the perfect excuse to dress up in our wedding clothes all over again and take pictures.”
“Denisse and I spoke about doing the shoot outdoors. She mentioned a few parks to me and we actually ended up doing the shoot in her friend’s backyard. It was our own private wooded Narnia. I originally wanted to elope in the woods so it was such a dream come true to have our pictures taken in the woods. It was like I was able to do everything that I wanted for my wedding and we have the pictures to cherish forever!”
“For the shoot, Denisse suggested that Junior and I write letters to each other. I absolutely loved the idea and took it a step further and made beautiful little envelopes for us out of recycled Anthropologie magazines. I knew I wanted to keep the letters forever and wanted to display them in our home. I made six envelopes, three for him and three for me.”
“On the day of the shoot, we exchanged letters and each opened the envelope titled ‘six months’. It was such a special moment when we had our backs turned to each other and read the letters. It was the perfect excuse to express our love to one another and have a keep sake to hold onto forever. We’re saving the ‘once upon a time’ envelopes for our one year anniversary this November. We both wrote letters about a sweet memory that we shared together. And of course, we’re saving the ‘when your mad’ for when we get mad. I may or may not have opened that one already…(I instantly stopped being mad once I read his letter!).”
“I highly suggest every bride do an ‘I Redo’ shoot. It was such a beautiful way to capture our love without time constraints that come with an actual wedding day. We were able to have a more artistic feel that was even more relaxed than our wedding day and actually get creative with the shots (with Denisse’s help and direction, of course). We have two very different set of pictures, in two completely different settings to cherish forever.”