Five Bridge Inn Wedding Photos
Jaclyn & Corey
Five Bridge Inn, Rehoboth, Massachusetts
May 7th, 2022
One of the first thoughts I ever had when I decided to really pursue wedding photography was that I really wanted to work with people who were just like me. I wanted the folks who can be silly, tell crazy jokes and walk that fine line between acting immature and being serious when they needed to.
Jaclyn and Corey fit that description to a tee and it's one of the biggest reasons why I got so sad when they had to postpone their 2021 wedding by a year due to the pandemic.
But, as they say, good things come to those who wait and when Jaclyn and Corey finally walked down the aisle on a warm, overcast afternoon back in May at Five Bridge Inn, the day was everything I hoped it would be and so, so much more.
Jaclyn and Corey are an absolutely delightful couple and they got married exactly the way I always knew they would: In a day full of laughs, genuine emotion and the exact right amount of not taking things too seriously. In a word, it was perfect.
My time with Jaclyn and Corey began with a bridal prep session of purely chaotic energy. And I mean that in the best way. Jaclyn and her girls spent a lot of the final hours before her first look running around trying to make sure everything got done in time but the bride herself? She was super relaxed and looked eager to get the show on the road.
I especially loved that Jaclyn chose to get ready on site as Five Bridge Inn's bridal prep area is nice and spacious and the room in which she got dressed is one of my favorites to take dress details shots. You can see why above.
As the time ticked away for the start of Jaclyn's first look with Corey, the emotions of the day really kicked into high gear and it was a delight to see, especially with Jaclyn and her mother, who was just so sweet and really in the feelings of the day.
One of the things I was looking most forward to on Jaclyn and Corey's wedding day was their first look. Prior to their wedding day, Jaclyn, Corey and I had an engagement session together at Goddard Park and the two were noticeably great at making each other laugh. I wondered if that would translate into the more "serious" moments of their wedding day and, true to form, it sure did.
Jaclyn and Corey's first look was as sweet and sentimental as it gets and then they immediately went into cracking each other up and making fun of the fact that Corey had had a wardrobe issue earlier that day.
As I always say, the couple that laughs together, stays together and there were plenty of laughs on this day.
While I don't have a true preference, I always love when couples do a first look and knock their formal photos out before their wedding ceremony and Jaclyn and Corey were no exception. The pair had a LOT of family photo combinations they wanted to take care of and just having that extra bit of leeway in knowing we could finish any we missed later made their formal photo part of the day a breeze.
It doesn't hurt that their friends and family members were all super cooperative, of course.
By the time we got to Jaclyn and Corey's wedding ceremony, I knew we were in for something special and these two didn't disappoint. Whether it was one of my favorite "Flower Girl" entrances of all time or the way both Corey and Jaclyn did their best to hold back their true emotions, there was a lot to love about this ceremony ... especially the picture perfect overcast lighting.
Jaclyn and Corey's wedding ceremony was a unique one for me in that it was my first time shooting at this particular piece of property at Five Bridge Inn and, considering how many times I've been to this venue, that's impressive.
This ceremony site may be my favorite though as it allowed ample opportunity to walk around and get fresh angles and that was invaluable to truly capture the spirit and feel of this beautiful, yet fun, ceremony.
As Jaclyn and Corey sealed their vows with a kiss, I couldn't help but think "Man, I hope we get to spend a little more time doing bride and groom formals." It's a silly thought because we had taken so many photos up until this point but I really wanted more time with this bride and groom and for good reason: They're so fun.
I'm glad they gave in to my request as Jaclyn and Corey's post-wedding bride and groom portraits were my favorite photos of the day by far ... and not just because we got to incorporate the cool Jurassic Park vehicle they rented for the day either.
Jaclyn and Corey's wedding reception was in the barn at Five Bridge Inn. While I love the tent on this venue, the barn setting definitely felt more appropriate for this bride and groom and I loved the way the wood coloring gave this night a truly rustic vibe that I know the newlyweds won't soon forget.
Plus, everything in the barn just looked like it belonged. I especially loved the decor Jaclyn and Corey chose to accentuate this theme perfectly. It all worked so well.
Speaking of working well, Jaclyn and Corey did a great job getting all of their friends and family members excited for their reception from the moment they walked into the barn.
I especially loved the first dance for these two as the little twinkle lights in the ceiling and the wood beams really gave this room and this moment a special feel. I know I'm just getting started with weddings this year but I can't imagine I'll love any first dance photos much more than the one where Jaclyn rested her hand on Corey's face toward the end of their song. What a beautiful moment.
With the first dance and toasts in the book, Jaclyn and Corey finally got to take a load off, enjoy dinner and spend time with their wedding guests. I also loved that they wanted to do a giant group photo with everyone on the dance floor and though it was tight on space, I think it worked.
More importantly, it was a great segue to the second half of the reception program which included Corey rocking out to "Apache" by The Sugarhill Gang, a sweet cake cutting, a couple of parent dances and even a lovely sibling dance.
All of that was just a prelude to a super fun night of dancing and drinking for Corey, Jaclyn and their guests. I had such a great time capturing candids of these moments and could have spent the rest of my night watching these folks rocking out and doing signature wedding group numbers.
It's safe to say I wasn't the only person who waited a long time for this night and Jaclyn, Corey and their guests made the most out of every minute of this party.
By the time my time came to an end, I won't lie: I was wiped out. But that's far from a bad thing. No, I was wiped out because there was so much to shoot and so much to capture the day (and night) Jaclyn and Corey became husband and wife.
I love when I leave a wedding knowing the bride and groom had the wedding of their dreams and you didn't have to spend much time around these two to know that was the case when they said "I do." Corey and Jaclyn had giant smiles on their faces all night long and with good reason: This wedding was an absolute blast.
So thank you Jaclyn and Corey for including me on your journey and I wish you well as you begin this next chapter of your life. I have no doubt it will be as much, if not more, fun than the day you joined together forever and, if it is, I can think of no better way for you two to spend it than together. :)
-Paul J. Spetrini
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The Vendor List:
Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini, Paul J. Spetrini Photography; Bride's Hair and Make-up: Cristallo Spa and Salon; Bride's Dress: Penny Jane Bridal; Ceremony & Reception: Five Bride Inn, Rehoboth, Massachusetts; DJ: Proper Dimitry; Cake and Desserts: Sin Bakery; Wedding Planning: Soirees by Sonya; Catering: Ralph's Catering; Drapery: Lovely Occasions.