Alyssa and Alex pose for a formal photo during their August 2016 wedding at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.

Alyssa & Alexander

Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts (Ceremony), LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts (Reception)

August 20th, 2016

Whenever I'm lucky enough to shoot a couple's engagement photo session, I like to think it serves as the perfect preview for how their wedding day is going to go and in the case of Alyssa and Alex, who I first photographed back in the fall of 2015, that was exactly the case.

Alyssa and Alex are a shy and quiet type of couple but a perfect match for each other and during their engagement session, I watched in silent amusement as they each brought out the other's personalities in a shoot that was not only full of great, classic and traditional fall photos but ones that were also a lot of fun. And it proved to be a great indication of how their wedding would go. 

Alyssa and Alex picked a picture-perfect late summer evening for their nuptials that began with a beautiful Catholic wedding and ended with a rowdy techno and pop-music filled party that is easily one of the best I've seen this year.

Just about everything went exactly as planned on this day and for two people as loving, caring and sweet as Alyssa and Alex, it was a welcomed sight as all of their hard work and preparation paid off swimmingly.

Talk about a day to remember.

Alyssa applies her makeup prior to her August 2016 wedding.
A look at Alyssa's wedding dress and shoes, on display prior to her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and her bridesmaids pose for a photo prior to her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
A look at the wedding invitation and Alyssa's bouquet prior to her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa takes a moment to herself prior to her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa has her dress zipped up prior to her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa smiles for a photo prior to her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
A look at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts prior to Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding.

My coverage of Alyssa and Alex's special day began with one of the most low-key bridal prep sessions I've ever seen as Alyssa was the furthest thing from a stressed-out bride. Not only was she laughing and smiling with her bridesmaids the entire time before the group left for the ceremony but she put her makeup on herself and was dressed and ready to go not only on time but a little earlier than expected. 

The relaxed bride made everything before the ceremony run smoothly and made for some fun and really creative shots.

I especially loved the photos we took of Alyssa and her girls in their robes as she picked a great group of friends to represent her on her biggest day and they made the morning portion of the event an absolute breeze.

A look inside Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts prior to Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding.

As for the ceremony itself, Alyssa and Alex chose to hold their wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River and it was a wonderful decision as the building was large enough to host hundreds of guests but small enough where it still felt like a personal and intimate setting. 

Alyssa and Alex had a small group on hand to witness their ceremony and it was a privilege to be among those in attendance as the bride stole everyone's breath as she walked down the aisle, stunning even the man who waited his whole life to watch her take those steps.

It was a beautiful start to a lovely celebration that showed exactly why some traditions, like the big church wedding, are worth keeping.

Alex waits for Alyssa to arrive prior to his August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and her father walk down the aisle during her August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alex looks at Alyssa during their August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alex and Alyssa kneel during their August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex share their first kiss as husband and wife during their August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex share a kiss following their August 2016 wedding ceremony at Holy Name Church in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Following Alyssa and Alex's ceremony, we made our way to LeBaron Hills Country Club and I couldn't help but get excited as my location scout to the venue a week earlier made it pretty clear to me that we were in for a treat for our formal photos. 

LeBaron Hills Country Club has everything you could want from a wedding reception venue and much more. In addition to a beautiful white gazebo where we took wedding party photos, the country club had a wonderful number of backroads easily accessible by a golf cart. And those tucked away spots were ideal for Alyssa and Alex's bride and groom formal session, which could not have gone any better than it did.

Alyssa and Alex smile for a formal photo prior to their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex kiss during a formal photo prior to their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alex poses for a formal photo with his groomsmen prior to his August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa poses for a photo with her bridesmaids prior to her August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alex and Alyssa pose for a formal photo with their wedding party prior to their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex smile for a formal photo prior to their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex smile for a formal photo prior to their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex smile for a formal photo prior to their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.

To me, the funniest part about this bride and groom formal photos session was that I left it feeling like we were perfect and I wouldn't need to take another formal shot of the two of them all night. But, as is often the case when everything is going better than you could have imagined, you're never going to settle and I would actually love the shots we got at dusk (Like the one seen at the start of this blog) even more.

I guess that's just what happens when you have a picture perfect night that only gets better as the sun goes down and are working with a couple that trusts you enough to let you take them out mid-reception for one or two last photos.

Not that I could have blamed them if they declined to back outside for evening formals. Who would want to leave a reception this beautiful?

A look at the cake on display during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
A look at the table settings during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex are introduced during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex share their first dance as husband and wife during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex share their first dance as husband and wife during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex share their first dance as husband and wife during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa dances with her father during her August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alex dances with his mother during his August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa dances with her father during her August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alex dances with his mother during his August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.

After the formal events of the reception and an absolutely jaw-dropping dusk photo session on the golf course, it was time to get this party started and, needless to say, this was one party that delivered. 

And though Alex and Alyssa had a tough time staying on the dance floor -- every time I looked, I saw them interacting with another beloved friend or family member -- once they got out there, it was clear they meant business.

This reception did. not. stop. It was action from the moment the first party song played until the lights came up and with an eclectic mix of club techno music, pop hits, traditional Portuguese wedding favorites and 90s classics, there was something for everyone at this party.

Alex and Alyssa dance during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa dancers during her August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa gets ready to throw her bouquet during her August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
A look at the wedding rings and bridal bouquet during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa throws her bouquet during her August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Alyssa and Alex's August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex dance with guests during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Alyssa and Alex dance with guests during their August 2016 wedding reception at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.

By the end of the night, very few of Alyssa and Alex's guests were ready to go and who could blame them?

These newlyweds threw an incredible party that easily could have gone another three hours with no one getting bored or sick of dancing.

To say this was the best way to end the best day of their lives' is an understatement. It was the ONLY way to end this day.

Alyssa and Alex's dream wedding was everything they could have hoped for and more. Every little detail of the day had its place and enhanced the overall beauty of the moment and every single person in attendance not only wanted to be there but left talking about the great time they had. If that's not the exact purpose of a wedding celebration, what is?

This was definitely one night the bride and groom will never forget. 

-PJS

Alyssa and Alex pose for a formal photo during their August 2016 wedding at LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Massachusetts.
Paul J. Spetrini is a Rhode Island wedding photographer.

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