Rebecca and Kelly kiss during a sparkler exit during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Rebecca & Kelly

Private Residence in Warwick, Rhode Island (Ceremony & Reception)

August 26th, 2017

Wedding days can be incredibly stressful. From the years of planning to the last-minute details, there are so many things to worry about on your wedding day that it can sometimes get overwhelming. 

For this reason, I tell every couple that I work with to plan on something going wrong on the day of and make sure they don't let it get to them and ruin what should otherwise be one of the happiest days of their lives.

That advice has never proven more right than with Rebecca and Kelly's August wedding in Warwick, Rhode Island.

With a ceremony right on the water on a beautiful Rhode Island summer day, Rebecca and Kelly's wedding was going flawlessly. And then the power went out right before their first dance.  

This is an event that some couples would have let ruin their night. But Becky and Kelly aren't like some couples. Instead, they smiled, shrugged their shoulders and had a beautiful first dance lit only by a setting sun in the distance.

I like to think that positive mindset paved the way for the power to come on moments into their parent dances but, truth be told, it probably had nothing to do with it. What it did do, however, was ensure that nothing could dampen the spirit of one of the happiest couples I've ever seen and one of the most emotionally satisfying weddings I've ever been a part of.

Rebecca and Kelly's wedding day may not have been perfect but it was perfectly them and it was a day neither they nor I will soon forget.

A sign on display welcomes guests prior to Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca has her makeup applied prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
A look at Rebecca's dress prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
A look at Rebecca's shoes prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.

My coverage of Becky and Kelly's wedding day started with a busier than usual prep period as I was tasked with photographing the bride and groom getting ready. Thankfully, the two were merely a house away and that proximety made it easy to go from one site to the other and watch this bride and groom get ready for their big moment in the sun.

Kelly has his buttons fixed prior to his August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
A look at Kelly's suit prior to his August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly smiles for a photo prior to his August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly looks in a mirror prior to his August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.

I loved being able to go from house to house and watch the similiarities in how this bride and groom got ready. Neither appeared overly nervous but seemed, instead, excited to each one another.

Those are always my favorite kinds of weddings as you know you're watching a day that will be full of emotions from both the bride and groom and, most likely, it will lead to a lot of fun candid moments between the two. That was certainly the case here as both Becky and Kelly counted down the minutes until their depature with smiles on their faces and an eagerness to take part in this life-changing event.

Rebecca sits in the hair and makeup chair prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca takes a deep breath prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
A look at the back of Rebecca's dress prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca stands behind her father for a first look prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and her father share a hug during their first look prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca smiles for a photo prior to her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.

It wasn't until Rebecca put her dress on that you could see any sense of nerves on her face but after a beautiful first look with her father, I could tell she was ready to get this show on the road.

And who could blame her? You could not have asked for a nicer day at the end of August in New England and the private residence where they were getting married proved to be the perfect backdrop for an amazing and emotional ceremony. 

A sign on display welcomes guests prior to Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly smiles for a photo prior to his August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly gets emotion seeing Rebecca walk down the aisle during during their August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca walks down the aisle during her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly listen to their officiant during their August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca looks at Kelly during her August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly listen to their officiant during their August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly kiss during their August 2017 wedding ceremony in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Becky and Kelly's ceremony was a sweet one to watch. Short and to the point but totally personal at the same time, it was touching to watch the two get tripped up by the emotions of the moment and I could tell both the bride and groom were lost in each other's eyes from the moment Rebecca walked down the aisle until they said "I do."

Rebecca and Kelly pose for a formal photo prior to their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly pose for a formal photo prior to their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly pose for a formal photo prior to their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly pose for a formal photo prior to their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Following their ceremony, Becky, Kelly and I made our way through a relaxed and comfortable formal photo session. Given that we shot their engagement session at the same beach they were getting married, it was predictable easy to get this bride and groom to pose and I appreciated how quick we were able to get through all their requested shots. 

Especially because I've known since I met them that their reception was going to be the most fun part of their wedding festitivities. 

One of Kelly's best men gives a speech during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
One of Kelly's best men hugs Rebecca following a speech during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca's matron of honor gives a speech during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly's wedding rings and flowers can be seen on display during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
A look at Rebecca's plate of food during her and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly pose for a sunset photo during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

What I didn't know, and neither did they, was that after four beautiful toasts and in the middle of dinner service, all the power in the tent would go out. As their friends and family tried to figure out the problem, I took Becky and Kelly back down to the beach for some nice sunset photos that were both necessary from an artistic standpoint and as a way of keeping the bride and groom distracted while the issue of electricity was resolved.

Thankfully, Rebecca and Kelly aren't the type of couple to dwell on the negative things and instead of sulking about one thing going wrong, they carried on with their day and had a beautiful first dance despite having no lighting inside their tent.

Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

As a photographer, I'll admit the lack of lighting wasn't ideal. But sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do and it was worth it the moment I saw Becky's face light up (literally) once the power kicked on during her father and daughter dance.

Rebecca dances with her father during her August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca dances with her father during her August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca hugs her father during her August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly dances with his mother during his August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly kiss after cutting their cake during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly dances with his mother during his August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly cut their cake during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

I could tell getting the power back on meant the world to this bride and groom and once I saw the way the lighting in the tent looked, I couldn't blame them. 

And, because I'm a romantic at heart, I made sure to convince the bride and groom to open the dance floor by having a dance for just themselves as the start so they could truly experience what their first dance would have been like with full power. 

I'm glad they agreed and it paved the way for some of my favorite photos of the night.

Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

After Rebecca and Kelly officially opened the dance floor, I knew we were in for a good time as their friends and family really know how to party. And whether it was just rocking out on the dance floor or absolutely nailing a special sparkler exit later in the night (See the first photo in this post for proof), this group truly took the night by storm and danced the night away. 

It. was. awesome.

A look at the outside decorations on display during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
A guest takes a video during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca shares a moment with her father-in-law during her August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca leads a conga line during her August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca dances with a guest during her August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly dances during his August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Guests dance during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kelly dances with Rebecca's matron of honor during his August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly kiss during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Rebecca and Kelly dance during their August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

By the time Rebecca and Kelly got ready to call it a night, there's no way this day could have gone better and even though we lost power one last time right before the final song, I could tell this bride and groom had already had the wedding of their dreams and everything else was just gravy at that point.

I love watching my clients walk around their wedding reception with smiles from ear to ear and Rebecca and Kelly sure did just that.

Their wedding may not have gone 100 percent as planned but when you're with the person of your dreams and having the time of your life, it's hard to say anything that happens isn't the very definition of the word perfect.

So congratulations Rebecca and Kelly!

Here's to a beautiful marriage for a beautiful couple who already have everything they need in each other to live the lives they've always dreamed of.

-PJS

A look at some of the decorations on display during Rebecca and Kelly's August 2017 wedding reception in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The Vendor List

Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini Paul J. Spetrini Photography;  Videographer: Andre Bryce of True Light Pros; Rebecca's Dress: Gown Town Bridal; Flowers: Flower Girlsri; Rings: DaSilva Jewelry DesignLive Music: Cover to Cover Band; Cake: A Piece of Cake; Tent/Lighting: Rhode Island Rentals

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Paul J. Spetrini is a Rhode Island wedding photographer.

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