Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Neil & Gianna

I'm a sucker for young love stories. 

Whether it's a cheesy romantic comedy or a drawn-out 'Will they? Won't they?' storyline on a television show, I love watching two people come together who are clearly perfect for each other and love watching the way that love grows before the pair say "I do" on their wedding day.

And Neil and Gianna are a great reason why.

I met Neil and Gianna through a mutual friend who referred them to me and I could tell moments into our initial consultation that I was going to have a great time with them and shooting their wedding. The main reason? They reminded me so much of my wife and I that it was eerie.

My wife and I were married straight out of college and looked so young when we walked down the aisle together.

Sitting with Neil and Gianna, perhaps two of my youngest clients ever, I could see that what they lack in age they made up for in devotion to each other. More importantly, their wedding day was a beautiful and traditional religious affair that turned into a rocking reception full of their closest friends and family members.

In other words, it the very type of wedding that defines WHY I do this job.

Seriously. This one was all kinds of awesome.

Gianna puts an earring on prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Gianna's wedding dress as it hangs prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna has her hair done prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Gianna's wedding shoes, on display prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna smiles prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

My coverage of Neil and Gianna's big day began with an abbreviated bridal prep session at Gianna's parent's home.

I say abbreviated because while I normally photograph the majority of bridal prep for many of my brides, Gianna was way simpler than that and I had to talk her into even letting me shoot the last hour as she got ready. See, Gianna isn't big on being the center of attention.

Thankfully, an hour was more than enough time for me to get everything I needed to get and to check in on the bride-to-be to see how she was feeling and if she needed me to calm her down. 

Spoiler alert: She was the coolest and most calm person in the room and she was radiant in her beautiful white dress with the corset back.

Gianna laughs prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Gianna's dress and necklace prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna has her dress zipped prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna and her bridesmaids pose for a photo prior to her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

So how relaxed was Gianna for her big day? In a rare sight for this wedding photographer, not only was this bride ready to go on time ... she was actually early. It's a nice thing, too, as we got to gorgeous Peace Dale Congregational Church with time to spare and I could check in on the groom who, admittedly, was showing more nerves than the bride-to-be.

Neil watches as Gianna walks down the aisle during his July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at the main altar prior to Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna walks down the aisle during her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna and Neil listen to their officiant during their July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I loved Neil and Gianna's wedding ceremony. Not only did Peace Dale Congregational have a beautiful balcony that allowed me to sneak up to the top and get a lovely wide shot of all the festivities but the church's layout made for one of the most unique set-ups I've seen for a ceremony. It was an intimate building that allowed for tons of guests, the perfect blend for a perfect ceremony.

Gianna looks at Neil during her July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil looks at Gianna during his July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna share their first kiss during their July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna exit the church following their July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna share a moment following their July 2017 wedding ceremony at Peace Dale Congregational Church in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

One of my favorite things about Neil and Gianna's wedding day, besides the beautiful weather, was how perfect our schedule was. Not only did we have time to do a bunch of family and wedding party photos outside of their church but we were able to move right into it when we arrived at Quidnessett Country Club,  the site of their reception. 

More importantly, at least to me anyway, was that I managed to have a good chunk of time with the bride and groom for their individual portraits. And we made the most of our time, scouring the are around Quidnessett for a number of beautiful shots.

Gianna and Neil spend a moment together prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna pose for a formal photo prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna pose for a formal photo prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna poses for a photo with her bridesmaids prior to her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna pose for a formal photo prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna pose for a formal photo prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna pose for a formal photo prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna pose for a formal photo prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

As much fun as their formal photo session was, I'd be lying if I were saying I wasn't looking forward to heading inside to check out their reception. Sure, I loved spending time with this awesome bride and groom but Quidnessett is an absolutely breathtaking venue to have a reception at, especially in the summer when it's still light out, and Neil and Gianna's night was no exception. 

This couple absolutely nailed it.

A look at Neil and Gianna's wedding cake prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Neil and Gianna's wedding decorations prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Neil and Gianna's table settings prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A look at Neil and Gianna's wedding rings, taken prior to their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna are introduced during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Speaking of nailing it, I can't think of a better way to describe Neil and Gianna's first dance. Set to the tune of "I don't want to miss a thing" by Aerosmith which, I admit, was more of a throwback track that I was expecting for this young couple, Neil and Gianna tore up the dance floor with a beautiful, emotional but incredibly fun routine full of twists and turns. 

I can think of no better way for them to have started their night off.

Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Following their first dance, Neil and Gianna went through the standard order of events for a wedding reception (Parent dances, toasts, dinner, cake cutting, bouquet toss) but the entire time, they were never far from their guests and spend as much time as possible making sure to personally thank every person for attending, something I thought was a nice touch and something that speaks volumes to how appreciate this bride and groom were to have the people who they love the most there for their special day.

Neil dances with his mother during his July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna dances with her father during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil dances with his mother during his July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna dances with her father during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna listen to the toasts during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
One of Gianna's bridesmaids gives a toast during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna listen to the toasts during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna gets emotional during a toast during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna cut their wedding cake during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna tosses her bouquet during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna kiss after cutting their wedding cake during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
A guest shows off the bouquet she caught during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

As much fun as the big moments of their wedding reception were, however, I could tell pretty early on than Neil and Gianna were the type of couple, with the type of crowd, that was really looking forward to the dance floor opening.

And, boy, did that prove true.

Right from the first song until the end of the night, there were few, if any, moments where large groups of people who may or may not have known each other were tearing it up. 

As I photographed their reception, I couldn't help but be struck by the sheer number of people having a great time. Usually, you get a couple of individuals taking charge of the dance floor but there were pockets of folks on all sides doing their thing and blending in with each other for one of the most fun dance floors I've seen this year thus far. It was a blast and made for great photos.

Guests dance during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna dances during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Gianna smiles during her July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil dances during his July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Neil and Gianna's July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Neil and Gianna dance during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

By the time my coverage of Neil and Gianna's wedding day was over, I was spent. I'm not sure how much running around I did on the dance floor but I know it was a lot as I needed to capture all of the fun going down with Gianna and Neil's guests, including many well-timed group dance numbers. 

But at no point did I take my eyes off the bride and groom and that was with good reason. Every single time I looked over at Neil and Gianna, they were either with friends or family or spending time in each other's arms and that was, quite frankly, a heartwarming reminder of WHY people spend so much time, money and effort to get married.

Neil and Gianna had a perfect wedding day at a beautiful country club and I'm just glad I was there to witness and document it.

So congratulations Neil and Gianna! I have no doubt this is just the start of a lifetime of happiness and memories for both of you.

-PJS

Neil and Gianna pose for a photo during their July 2017 wedding reception at Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.

The Vendor List

Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini Paul J. Spetrini Photography; Hair: Jen of South County Choppers; Gianna's Dress: David's Bridal; Gianna's Shoes: Simply Dainty; Neil's Suit: Men's Warehouse; Ceremony Location: Peace Dale Congregational Church; Reception Location: Quidnessett Country Club; Officiant: Reverend Paul Bizer; DJ: Robert C. of the Pros.

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Paul J. Spetrini is a Rhode Island wedding photographer.

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