Adam & Ashley pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Adam & Ashley

Weddings are one of those moments that mark a milestone in life where everything changes.

For most couples, there's your life BEFORE you get married and your life AFTER you get married but the periods are rarely ever the same. For some couples, though, weddings are simply a celebration of a life change that's already taken place.

Adam and Ashley were the latter and though their wedding day back in September at Stepping Stone Ranch was a beautiful example of how two people come together and find love, the wedding itself was a mere formality. 

Why? Because Ashley and her two kids had already accepted and embraced Adam as a member of their family long before that beautiful fall afternoon and all you had to do to see it was watch the genuine love and emotion on their faces all day long as this bride and groom said "I do" to see this day was about so much more than just a wedding.

And that's why it was, without question, one of the sweetest wedding days I've had the honor of documenting.

A look at the hotel where Ashley and her bridesmaids got ready prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
A look at Ashley's dress and shoes prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

My coverage of Adam and Ashley's wedding day began with a brief, but fun, bridal prep session at the Springhill Suites in West Warwick.

Though Ashley was largely ready to go the moment I walked into her hotel suite, I could tell we'd still have plenty of fun candid moments to capture as her two daughters were full of energy and excitement for the day ahead.

They didn't disappoint.

Ashley has her eyelashes put on prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley dances with her daughter prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley shares a moment with her daughters prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

I adored watching Ashley interact with her kids but what I loved the most was how relaxed she was as she got ready to put her dress on and head to her first look with Adam. 

In fact, were it not for me imploring her to take a moment for herself to soak in what this day means to her, she may not have looked even a little nervous the entire afternoon.

Ashley has her dress zipped up prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley has her dress zipped up prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley takes a deep breath prior to her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

With bridal prep coming to an end, Ashley, her bridesmaids and I made our way over to Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich. 

I had never been to this venue before but, I've got to say, it was incredibly beautiful and full of cool little spots to shoot photos in, all within walking distance of one another.

You can see it for yourself in the location we chose for Ashley and Adam's first look. Talk about a scenic backdrop.

Adam waits for Ashley to arrive to their first look prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley begins walking to her and Adam's first look prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley and Adam get ready for their first look prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam turns to see Ashley during their first look prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley share a moment prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley pose for a formal photo prior to their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Adam and Ashley were so easygoing and fun to work with, especially during their formal photo session, and the incredible amount of time we had before AND after their ceremony definitely paid off as we were able to really take our time posing them. 

Oh, and their ceremony? Talk about a picture perfect day and a picture perfect way to say "I do."

A sign is on display during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam walks down the aisle during his September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley walks down the aisle with her daughters during her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam smiles as he sees Ashley during his September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley hold hands during their September2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley looks at Adam during her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam looks at Ashley during his September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley listen to their officiant during their September2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley listen to their officiant during their September2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley listen to their officiant during their September2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley kiss during their September2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

As I said earlier, Adam and Ashley built in a TON of time for formal portraits in their timeline and I loved them for it.

Not only did we get to have a little fun with their wedding party but, because we weren't being rushed, we could really try a lot of different poses with the newlyweds to see what worked best for their personalities.

Spoiler alert: I think I loved the dip shots in the woods the best.

Adam shares a moment with his stepdaughter following his September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley dances following her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley poses for a photo with her bridesmaids following her September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam poses for a photo with his groomsmen following his September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Ashley and Adam pose for a photo with their wedding party following their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley pose for a formal photo following their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley pose for a formal photo following their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley pose for a formal photo following their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley pose for a formal photo following their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Now, I know I already mentioned how beautiful Stepping Stone Ranch was for Adam and Ashley's wedding day but I think it's worth repeating as the interior where they held their reception was a rustic wedding lover's dream.

I adored the decorations this bride and groom had and not just because they had a ton of donuts out for their guests either.

A look at the wedding cake, seen on display during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
A look at the room setup for Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
A look at the wedding seating chart, seen on display during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Mostly, though, I loved the way the venue looked for the big moments of the night as the string lights and decorations on the ceiling really enhanced Adam and Ashley's first dance, which was set to a YouTube mash-up of "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran and "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley. 
This was the second time I heard this mix as a first dance song in three weeks and, I'll be honest, it's awesome.

Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Speaking of big moments, I loved the way Ashley and Adam incorporated their big moments of the reception beautifully into the theme of friends and family that their whole day was centered on.

In particular, I love that this bride and groom had a special dance with their kids. It put a perfect bow on how important that moment was for this new, now officially-official family.

Adam and his mother dance during his September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley dance with their children during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam and Ashley dance with their children during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley cut their wedding cake during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley cut their wedding cake during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley kiss after cutting their wedding cake during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

But as much fun as everything leading up to Adam and Ashley's open dance floor was, nothing could compare to how overjoyed the guests at this wedding were once the music dropped and it was time to party.

And it didn't matter it the guests were kids or adults, there were plenty of awesome candid photos to be had regardless of age.

Ashley dances with guests during her September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam poses for a photo with friends during his September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam poses for a photo with friends during his September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
A little girl plays a toy guitar during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Adam & Ashley’s September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Photos of Adam & Ashley are on display during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Adam & Ashley dance with their kids during their September 2018 wedding reception at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

By the time Adam and Ashley got a big group hug from everyone on the dance floor and the final song played, I could tell it was a night this bride and groom would never forget.

More importantly, I knew that this was a day that would always serve as a milestone for this family, even if deep down Ashley and Adam saw themselves as married long before rings were exchanged.

I love weddings but I adore the way they make people feel and react more and this wedding day was one where feelings were the first priority.

So congratulations on a beautiful wedding day Adam and Ashley. I know it was everything you dreamed of and more and a perfect way to start whatever's next for you and your beautiful family.

-PJS

Adam & Ashley kiss at the end of their aisle following their September 2018 wedding ceremony at Stepping Stone Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The Vendor List

Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini, Paul J. Spetrini Photography; Ceremony & Reception Location: Stepping Stone Ranch, West Greenwich, Rhode IslandBride's Hair: Jessica Lagranduer from Blue Sky Spaworks; Bride's Make-up: Kelly Hyde Ottney from Blue Sky Spaworks; Bride's Dress: Party Dress Express; Florist and Decor: Blushing Blooms by Ashley; Transportation: All Star Limousine; Officiant: Alan Mailhot; DJ: AnamCara Music

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