Michelle and Eric share a kiss during their formal photo session following their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Michelle & Eric

Hillside Country Club,

Rehoboth, Massachusetts, 

May 28th, 2016

As a wedding photographer, building relationships is the key to any successful shoot.

For some clients, it's a matter of showing up on the day of their wedding and doing whatever you can to make them comfortable. For others, it's a year or more of messaging and bouncing ideas back and forth. 

For Michelle and Eric, building the relationship was easy as I had already photographed Michelle's brother's wedding back in 2014. And that familiarity paid off in spades as the two has one of the best weddings I've shot in my career thus far.

Seriously. These guys were incredible. Their wedding was incredible. And, more than anything, it was fun. And when you're with a couple this awesome, that's really the only word you can use to describe it. 

Michelle and Eric had one of the biggest parties I've seen at a wedding and it makes perfect sense because, getting to know these two, it's clear they're carefree, loving and hilarious individuals.

And I think their wedding photos perfectly captured all those elements of their personality and more.

Michelle has her makeup done prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle has her hair done prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle smiles in an elevator prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle has her hair done prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and her bridesmaids pose for a photo during her bridal prep session prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

My coverage of Michelle and Eric's big day started in the early hours of the morning but you would have never known it from the look on the girls' faces during bridal prep. Michelle and her five bridesmaids were upbeat and energetic right from the start of the day and it's a good thing they were as the group took seven and a half hours for the prep session and needed every minute of it to get everyone dressed to the nines for the big day.

Like troopers, though, these girls never complained and kept laughing and smiling until it was finally time to head to the venue.

Michelle's dress hangs in a window prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A bridesmaid helps Michelle get her wedding dress on prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A bridesmaid zips up Michelle's dress prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle takes a look at herself in the mirror prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Once we got to the venue, however, the time for laughing and smiling was (momentarily) put on hold as Michelle started to feel the stress of the big moments lying ahead of her. 

It didn't help, of course, that everyone in the bridal suite had to keep their eyes on the skies and hope the passing rain storms would be just that: passing. Thankfully, unlike the day Michelle's brother got married, these showers did move right on out and we were able to proceed after a brief delay into a beautiful late spring ceremony with plenty of heartfelt moments and lots of sunshine.

Michelle and her bridesmaids pose for a photo prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle's father sees her in her wedding dress for the first time prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle waits for her father to see her in her wedding dress for the first time prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle's father sheds a tear after seeing her in her wedding dress for the first time prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle poses for a photo prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle smiles for a photo prior to her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

I loved Michelle and Eric's wedding ceremony. 

Like most of my couples, the two have a special connection that was at the forefront once the "big moment" arrived and the bride walked down the aisle.

Right from meeting Eric, I wondered if he would cry upon seeing his bride-to-be and while he held himself together pretty well, he was on the verge and seeing the love in his eyes was one of the sweetest aspects to an absolutely breathtaking ceremony at an immaculate venue.

Michelle tears up as she walks down the aisle with her mother and father May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle tears up during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric smiles as he sees Michelle for the first time during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric listen to a reading during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric share their first kiss during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric celebrate during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric hold hands during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric celebrate their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Michelle and Eric chose Hillside Country Club as their wedding venue and they really couldn't have picked a better suit more suited to their personalities. The country club had plenty of accessible greens and a gorgeous piece of land next to the water that made for beautiful (albeit sunny) family and wedding party portraits.

Once we got through that, though, we arrived at my most stressful part of the day: The bride and groom formals.

Luckily, having worked with Eric and Michelle on two engagement photos sessions, we had a comfortability that paid dividends as we were in and out and had the newlyweds off to their cocktail hour with ease ... but not before taking some really nice shots that look fantastic in their wedding photo album.

A look at Michelle and Eric's wedding party during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric smiles for a formal photo during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric smile for formal photos during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric smile for formal photos during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle smiles for a formal photo during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric smile for formal photos during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric smile for formal photos during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric finish their formal photo session following their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

As much fun as the bride and groom formals were, I could tell I was losing Michelle and Eric a bit as the marathon photo sessions required for every wedding were getting a bit in the way of the reception and the massive party they'd been planning for a year.

Once I got into the HIllside Country Club's reception hall, though, I understood WHY the bride and groom were anxious to get to their reception. It was, in a word, amazing.

A look at the tables set up for Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A look at the flowers at Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A look at the centerpieces at Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

I can't say this enough: Michelle and Eric's reception was amazing.

Now, I'll be honest: I knew we were in for a special night when Michelle and Eric told me they hired my good friends over at Pro Sound DJ Entertainment Services as their wedding DJs but even I was in for a shock when I saw their uplighting and the way it made the reception hall truly come to life.

Seriously. I don't praise other vendors lightly. You've got to do a lot to earn my respect in this industry as the guys over at Pro Sound have done way more than that. Simply put, there's a reason they were voted the Best in Rhode Island last year and I know anytime we work the same wedding that I'm in for quite the party.

Combine their abilities with the amazing guests Michelle and Eric had and you've got all the ingredients you need for one MASSIVE celebration.

Michelle's parents enter during their daughter's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Members of the wedding party enter during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric enter during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric share their first dance during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric share their first dance during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric smile following their first dance during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Michelle and Eric had a lot of sweet moments during the formal portion of their wedding reception. 

I especially loved the nice little touch of having childhood photos play on the video board as Michelle danced with her father and Eric later danced with his mother but I'd say my favorite part of the formal events of the evening was seeing Michelle and Eric smiling as they cut their cake and got ready to cut loose on the dance floor.

Michelle and her father look at childhood photos during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric and his mother dance during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and her father dance during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric and his mother dance during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle's maid of honor gives a speech during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric's best man gives a toast during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A look at Michelle and Eric's wedding rings during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A look at the wedding cake on display at Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and her grandfather dance during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
A guest signs Michelle and Eric's guestbook during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric cut their wedding cake during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric cut their wedding cake during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and her grandfather dance during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Once the formal events of Michelle and Eric's reception were over, and dinner was served, it was time for dancing. And, boy, did they do a whole lotta dancing on this evening.

Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle's nephew wears headphones to protect his ears during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests party during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric drinks with guests during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Seriously, I don't think the dance floor was empty once during the whole evening.

Well, except later on in the night as Michelle and Eric held a really cool Chinese lantern send off. 

I only got three minutes of notice before this was going to take place but it didn't take long for me to get the basics: turn off my flash, get low, try not to get burned and capture the magic. 

I'd say the photos came out pretty cool, wouldn't you?

Guests gather for a Chinese lantern ceremony during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests release a Chinese lantern during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Michelle and Eric release a Chinese lantern during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Guests release Chinese lanterns during Michelle and Eric's May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

After the lantern sendoff, most weddings would have been winding down but Eric and Michelle's guests were just getitng started.

The group partied hard until the very last dance and if I had to guess, I'd say it was at the very top of biggest dance parties I've seen at a wedding. By the end of the evening, everyone in attendance was exhausted and with good reason: They left it all out there on the dance floor.

Michelle's parents dance during her May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric hugs friends during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric poses for a photo with his friends during his May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric and Michelle dance during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Eric and Michelle share a kiss during a group hug following their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

All in all, I can't say enough good things about Eric and Michelle's wedding.

From the laid back and relaxed (but long) bridal prep session to a beautiful and thankfully sunny ceremony to a rowdy reception, the day went absolutely perfect.

Michelle and I spoke a lot over the past year and a half about her wedding but I don't think either of us could have predicted how great the wedding would turn out when all was said and done.

I can confidently say that this wedding will be a hard one to top as 2016 moves on and I have no doubt that a lot of the photos you see on this page will hold a prominent place in my heart when I look back on the year that was.

I know it will be a long time before I forget that reception.

What a great night. What a great wedding. What a great couple.

-PJS

Michelle and Eric dance during their May 2016 wedding at Hillside Country Club in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.
Paul J. Spetrini is a Rhode Island wedding photographer.

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