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     Have you ever had a moment where something funny or unpredictable happened and you thought to yourself "Man, I'm going to remember that for a long time?" As a Rhode Island wedding photographer, I have more of these moments every year than I could even imagine trying to count. 

     Weddings are the ultimate thrill ride for me. A once-in-a-lifetime day full of special moments and memories that I know my brides and grooms will cherish for a lifetime. With that typically comes a timeline full of things to do, a unrelenting stress for everything to go perfect and, eventually, enough alcohol to wipe away any inhibitions if things don't go exactly how you envisioned them.

     Back in the fall of 2014, when I was just starting my career as a wedding photographer, I thought it would be a good idea to do what everyone on the internet was doing back then: write a blog. The problem, I would discover, was I had nothing of note to say. So I did what any good photographer does: Let the photos speak for themselves. 

     It took me a while to find my voice as a blog writer but I'm so glad I did as I genuinely believe my blog writing has become a key part of documenting a wedding for my couples. These are the inside stories behind the stories of the wedding days that I will remember for the rest of my life. 

     Whether you're planning your own wedding or you just like looking at cool wedding photos and finding out more behind them, I hope you genuinely enjoy these articles. Going forward I will continue writing separate blog entries for each wedding and engagement session I shot and, soon, I will start adding some exciting wedding-related articles I hope help brides and grooms in their quest to plan the perfect day. 

     For now, though, enjoy a stroll back through my favorite stories and images of recent assignments and, as always, thanks for reading.


Borderland State Park Engagement Photos

Borderland State Park, North Easton, Mass.

Date: October 17th, 2020

     I'm a big believer that the work you put into a photo session will directly correspond with the work you get back. Perhaps that's why when Chelsea, Brandon and I stood inside Borderland State Park in North Easton, Massachusetts on a beautiful October afternoon, I was willing to walk just about anywhere.

     No matter how long it took. 
     What resulted was a near marathon engagement session that went nearly three hours and was, without a doubt, one of my favorite shoots of the entire year. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself here.

Blissful Meadows Wedding Photos

Blissful Meadows, Uxbridge, Massachusetts 

Date: October 16th, 2020

     I love a couple that can deal with any curve ball you throw at them and the minute I met Ashley & Justin, I knew they were one of them. And, thank goodness because they needed it on their wedding day.

     Whether it was moving their ceremony indoors at the last minute, being limited to one small portion of a barn for family formals or wet weather for their bride and groom portraits, Ashley and Justin never let the weather get them down and it paid off with one of my favorite weddings of the year. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.​​​

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 12th, 2020

     I've always said that an engagement session is the absolute perfect way to get to know a bride and groom and, if nothing else, I learned one thing working with Alex and Evan back in October: They know how to roll with the punches.

     Despite a cold and rainy afternoon, Alex and Evan decided to go through with their engagement session and I'm so glad they did as, gloomy weather or no gloomy weather, it was a beautiful session showcasing a beautiful relationship. If you'd like to see why I enjoyed this session so much, check it out here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 11th, 2020

     One of the toughest parts about shooting an engagement session is getting to know your couple for the first time and seeing what works and doesn't work for their unique relationship and body language.

     It's not often you find yourself in a situation I was in during Marisa and Larry's engagement session back in October. See, I'd already shot their wedding so we were already well aware of what to do and not do pose wise.

     If that sounds odd to you, it's because it was uniquely weird to be as well but, thankfully, it worked beautiful and if you'd like to see why, check it out here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 11th, 2020

     It's hard to me to describe my perfect client as, by and large, I've found everyone I work with has their own unique story and it's a story I want to tell. If I had to narrow it down. to a list of characteristics I look for, however, Jaclyn and Corey have them all in spades.

     Jaclyn and Corey are two of the most down-to-Earth people I've worked with in quite some time and their October engagement session at Goddard Park was easily one of the most times I've had with a camera in years. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Brewster Gardens Wedding Photos

Brewster Gardens, Plymouth, Massachusetts 

Date: October 10th, 2020

     If there's one thing that 2020 has taught me, it's that it's not the size of the wedding that matters, it's the love a couple shares with their closest friends and family. 

     Nowhere was that truer than when I photographed Katie and Merrill's October wedding.  
     Katie and Merrill had a simple wedding day with very few bells and whistles and, honestly, I'm SO GLAD they did. If you want to see why this was one of my favorite shoots of the year, despite not having met the bride and groom until an hour before they said "I do," check out the photos by clicking here.​​

Roger Williams Park Engagement Photos

Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island 

Date: October 3rd, 2020

     One of the hardest things to do as an engagement portrait photographer is finding a way to bring a couple's unique energy and personality out in their photos. 

     Often, an engagement session is the first time you're working with a bride and groom and, most of the time, they're not entirely comfortable in front of the camera. 

     Luckily, I knew I was in for a treat with Christine and Brandon from the very start of their October session at Roger Williams Park in Providence and if you'd like to see why, check out their photos by clicking here.

Goddard Park Engagement Photos

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 

Date: October 2nd, 2020

     I'm a photographer who doesn't mind stepping outside of his comfort zone so when I have a bride and groom that have an idea for their session, chances are I'm going to go for it big time. 

     For Ashley and Justin, that meant finding a way to give a slightly Halloween/fall theme to their engagement session earlier this month. 

     Since fall is my favorite time of year, I just had to say yes and if you'd like to see why I left the shoot beyond excited for their wedding just two weeks later, check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.

Squantum Association Wedding Photos

Squantum Association, Riverside, Rhode Island 

Date: September 27th, 2020

     To me, one of the weirdest aspects of the 2020 wedding season, which has severely been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, is this idea that it's impossible to have a proper wedding without 150 guests and a giant dance floor. 

     Many of my clients choose to have intimate affairs regardless of pandemic-related restrictions and Gina and Philip are proof as to why that works quite well as they wanted a small wedding long before it was cool. 
     To see why that fit their wedding perfectly, check out the photos for yourself by clicking here.

Zukas Hilltop Barn Wedding Photos

Mary, Queen of the Rosary & Zukas Hilltop Barn

Date: September 20th, 2020

     You can tell an awful lot about a bride and groom by the special events they plan on their wedding day and, in the case of Jonathan & Gina, their September wedding day in Spencer, Massachusetts was centered on three things: Their relationship, their dog and their family. 

     Throughout an incredibly fun day and evening, Jonathan and Gina paid tribute to those closest to them and it made for one of the most fun weddings I've seen all year. Want to see why? Check it out for yourself by clicking here.

Connecticut wedding photography

Private Residence, Franklin, Connecticut 

Date: September 19th, 2020

     As much as weddings are known for the big moments like the first kiss, first dance and cake cutting, to me, it's the little moments that really make the day. 

     And this was evident all day and night long as Alena and Gabriel said "I do" back in September. 

     Getting married in a small celebration at a private residence in Franklin, Connecticut, Alena and Gabe's wedding day was defined by a lot of emotional moments that came and went in a blink of an eye. Want to know which ones I'm talking about? Check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.

Roger Williams Park Engagement Photos

Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island 

Date: September 18th, 2020

     If there's one thing that bums me out more than any other this year, it's the sheer number of brides and grooms who have been forced to postpone wedding days they've planned for years. I think that's why I take such pride when we can find a way for them to "take back their day."

     In Lauren and Katelyn's case, that mean an unexpected engagement session on the day they were meant to say "I do" and if you'd like to see why that fit these brides so well, check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.

Hotel Providence Wedding Photos

Hotel Providence, Providence, Rhode Island 

Date: September 4th, 2020

     You can tell a lot about a couple by what they prioritize on their wedding day and I knew the minute I started my coverage of Michael and Porchia's wedding back in September that the thing that mattered most to them was family.

     What I didn't know was how much family would be the biggest theme of the event. Michael and Porchia's wedding day was as beautiful as it was selfless and you can see why for yourself by checking out some of my favorite photos from their September nuptials by clicking here.


St. Barnabus Church & Cranston Country Club 

Date: August 29th, 2020

     As a man who was raised Italian, I know what it's like to be in an incredibly rowdy and crazy room full of family on a hectic day and there are few days more hectic than a wedding day. 

     Perhaps that's why I enjoyed Angel and Josh's wedding day so much. The pair reminded me of my family in all the best ways and I couldn't help but smile throughout an afternoon 13 years in the making. 

     Angel and Josh had one of my favorite weddings of 2020 and, if you'd like to see why, check out their big day for yourself by clicking here.


Ocean Drive, Newport, Rhode Island 

Date: August 26th, 2020

     For me, the key to a good engagement session is to leave a couple with at least one memory that makes them smile whenever they think back on it.  

     Never has that been more true than back in August when I photographed Matthew and Christine's engagement session along Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island and all it took was staging a mock first dance.

     If you'd like to see why that little decision was by far the best move we made all afternoon, check out their photos for yourself by clicking here.


Private Residence, Norwich, Connecticut 

Date: August 15th, 2020

     There's been a lot of discussion this year about whether brides and grooms should keep their 2020 weddings as planned or postpone to 2021 and beyond.

     One of things I haven't seen talked about are couples like Nate and Aurora who use this crazy, unprecedented year to their advantage.

     Nate and Aurora have always wanted a small wedding and 2020 was the perfect chance to have just that with no guilt. It was the perfect decision and if you want to see why, check out their big day for yourself by clicking here.


Private Residence, Pascoag, Rhode Island 

Date: August 14th, 2020

     There's a moment during almost every wedding I've ever photographed when I'm watching a bride or groom and trying to compose the perfect shot and I can't help but think to myself "They look so happy."

     It's one of my favorite parts about being a wedding photographer and when I saw the way both Marisa and Larry had that look on their face throughout their August elopement, I couldn't help but smile. 

     Marisa and Larry hadn't planned to get married in August but I'm sure glad they did and if you'd like to see why, check it out for yourself by clicking here.

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Blissful Meadows Golf Club, Uxbridge, Mass. 

Date: August 8th, 2020

     I've always believed a positive attitude will help you achieve almost anything in this world and in a year where it's so easy to be negative and stressed out, I believe it more now than ever before. 

     Couples like Leanne & Evan help me keep this optimistic worldview. While this bride and groom never planned to postpone their wedding three months, they also never let their positivity toward the day get upended. In the end, it made for one of my favorite days of all of 2020 and you can see why for yourself by clicking here.

Rhode Island Wedding Photography

Private Residence, Coventry, Rhode Island 

Date: July 9th, 2020

     To say 2020 has been a difficult year for brides and grooms in New England is an understatement. For the first time in a century, the world has been upended by a global pandemic and, with it, any and all plans couples had to be married were thrown out the window. 

     But many couples have found a way to adapt and Jen and Jon are one of them. Not only did they make sure to get married on their original wedding date but their reception four months later proved worth the wait. See why no virus was going to stop this bride and groom by clicking here.


Private Residence, Fall River, Massachusetts 

Date: May 16th, 2020

     What do you do if you're a bride and groom planning a wedding and a global pandemic forces you to cancel or postpone? Well, if you're Elizabeth and Steve, you refused to let it ruin a day you worked so hard for and you find a socially distant and safe way to say "I do" like you planned all along.

     I had the pleasure of documenting Elizabeth and Steve's elopement this month and though it may not have been the big party they were expecting, it's was still sweet and beautiful. See why I won't soon forget this day by clicking here.

Providence Pedestrian Bridge Photos

Providence Pedestrian Bridge, Providence, RI 

Date: May 14th, 2020

     I admit, the year 2020 hasn't gone as planned. With the coronavirus pandemic shelving almost all weddings, it's been hard to stay positive. Thankfully, one of the nice things about having so much time off is I've been able to think back on some of my all-time favorite weddings as I redesign this website.  

      Keirys & Jhair's 2015 wedding is one of them and I was so happy when they reached out recently to commemorate that day with a five-year anniversary shoot that I can't help but share how much fun we had by tell you to click here.

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Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Paul J. Spetrini

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