above: The wedding party
Nora and Richard both attended Roanoke College, but not at the same time. That’s where fate stepped in. Richard was visiting on campus over alumni weekend during Nora’s senior year. The two met and immediately hit it off. The rest, as they say, is history.
The pair had been dating for over four years when Richard proposed at Riverside Yacht Club a few days before Christmas. A surprise party awaited them in the ballroom with family, friends, a fire and of course, champagne.
Father Platt officiated at the ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. Once the serious business was behind them, the wedding party cruised (with Aperol spritzes in hand aboard the couple’s boat, Belle) from the Water Club in Cos Cob to the reception at Riverside Yacht Club.
The bride, daughter of Ray Rodriguez of Florida and Kathleen Wilson of Philadelphia, graduated from Brewster Academy and Roanoke College. Nora is a project manager for Compound Ventures in Manhattan.
The groom, son of Dick and Belinda Benincasa of Old Greenwich, graduated from Greenwich High School and Roanoke College. Richard is a trader for Millenium Partners in Greenwich.
The Benincasas honeymooned in South Africa and Zanzibar before returning home to Greenwich.
Photographs: James Anderson