Janisa and Dellin’s Venetian Wedding
Documented by Berit Bizjak, Carly Jara (Second) and Jason Langely (Second)
It was my honor to document Dellin and Janisa Betances’ wedding this past Fall! As a young professional photographer, my first gig out of college was as Assistant Photo Editor for SPORT magazine. From time to time, I was able to get press passes and photograph NY Giants and Jets games. I loved that job! Despite the fact that I am a huge sports fan, I loved the opportunity of being on the sidelines catching all of the action. It was here that I truly honed my technical expertise behind the lens. Over the years, I decided to open my own wedding photography business. I opened my doors in 1998 and never looked back. Though I loved the fast-paced environment of a sports sideline, there is nothing that I love more than the purpose and meaning behind a wedding ceremony. It has been and continues to always be a privilege to be allowed “at the altar” with couples, documenting a major life event. Fast forward eighteen years and two of my loves collide, sports and weddings! I was beyond honored when I was called by Stacey Sainato of Peony Events to document the wedding of NY Yankee pitcher Dellin Betances and his wife, Janisa.
We caught up with Janisa, prior to the wedding, and asked her if she would share how she and Dellin met and what their courtship was like. Janisa shared that she and Dellin met in early December 2007 when they were only nineteen years old. Dellin caught her eye because of his height, which she says she doesn’t even notice anymore! According to Janisa, there was an immediate connection and they danced the entire night. At the end of the evening, he asked for her phone number but she declined. Though they went their separate ways that night, they reconnected a few days later through mutual friends. Janisa agreed to a “real date” and from there they began dating early in January 2008.
Dellin and Janisa dated just shy of six years before he proposed on Christmas day, 2013. Janisa shared, “… I looked over at Dellin and he was on one knee holding up the most BEAUTIFUL ring I had ever seen! He asked me to marry him and I couldn’t even say yes because I was so emotional. Instead, I nodded “yes”!”
Dellin and Janisa were legally married in November of 2014 in a small intimate ceremony with their close family members at the Upper Montclair Country Club. However, Dellin and Janisa are both very spiritual and very much wanted to get married by the church. When I asked Janisa what she wanted most from the day, she said, “Our wish for that day is to just be able to pledge our love before God and have the Lord’s blessing in our union. We want our day to be filled with blessings, joy, happiness, and peace. We want everyone that we love to come out and celebrate with us and just have fun and dance the night away! ” This past November Dellin and Janisa received the sacrament of marriage at their church. It was a beautiful and intimate ceremony. The rest of the night fulfilled Janisa and Dellin’s dreams. It was an extremely fun night, with fantastic music, dancing, family and friends. I am honored to have shared the altar with them. Much love – xox B
Event Planning: Stacey Sainato, Peony Events
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Church (Hackensack)| Reception: The Venetian
Ceremony Dress: Pnina Tornai
Reception Dress Designer: Parlferez Bridal| Reception Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair: Bloom Studio | Makeup: Beauty of Location | Bridesmaids: Monique Lhuillier
Videography: Live Picture Studios | Florals: Jardiniere Fine Florals | Cake: Palermo’s Bakery
Invitation & Menus: Little Black Dress Paperie| Cigar Roller: Tony Santana Cigars
Entertainment & Lighting: Magic Moments, Fabrico Events, and Fiesta Entertainment
Celebrity DJ: DJ Anuedy