Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

Stacey & Mack

Weddings are defined by moments. Sometimes they're the big moments of a day, like seeing each other for the first time or a bride and groom's first kiss. Other times, they're the smaller moments you might not even realize matter on the actual day you get married but later look back fondly on for the rest of your lives.

For Stacey and Mackenzy, there was a moment at the end of their wedding night back in December at Independence Harbor that stole the show completely.

As they danced in a circle of their closest friends and family members, and their son ran around with a glowing light stick, their live music performer Matty B. started singing "Take me home tonight" by Eddie Money and the place erupted. 

The bride and groom ran around in circles, shaking hands with everyone in their reach and loudly sang the song in unison with everyone on the dance floor while laughing and smiling and truly living in that moment in time.

It was the perfect way to cap one of the most fun wedding days I've been a part of but, for Stacey and Mack, it was just the cherry on top of what was already a night they'd never forget.

A look outside of Stacey's home during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey opens a bottle of champagne during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

My time with Stacey and Mack started with one of the more relaxed bridal prep sessions I've been to in a while and I knew right from the start it would be that way as the bride-to-be already had her Christmas music on repeat as I walked in.

Stacey has her makeup done during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey smiles during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey poses for a photo near her dress during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey poses for a photo with her bridesmaids during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Stacey is one of the nicest, most down to earth people I've worked with and her bridesmaids were all the same way. There was little to no hint of stress in this group of girls and that made for a great time as they finished getting ready to head to her early afternoon ceremony. 

Stacey has her dress zipped up during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey puts her earrings in during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey reads a letter from Mack during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey reads a letter from Mack during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey puts her earrings in during her bridal prep session at in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

By contrast, I knew the minute I walked into St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts and saw Mackenzy pacing nervously inside that he was far from relaxed.

I always love it when a groom is clearly nervous with anticipation and I've seen few who looked as ready to pass out as Mack did on his big day.

A look at St. Teresa's Chuch in Attleboro, Massachusetts prior to Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding ceremony.
Mack watches the procession during his December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack's son walks down the aisle during their December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Mack reacts to seeing Stacey for the first time during his December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey walks down the aisle with her dad during her December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Stacey and Mack chose to have a full Catholic ceremony and I can only assume that exacerbated the anxiety the groom was feeling as Catholic ceremonies are great for building the anticipation of the moment a bride walks into the church but not great if you're already feeling nervous.

Thankfully, Mackenzy held it together long enough for Stacey to walk into the church and, once she did, his reaction was adorable. 

I loved Stacey and Mack's ceremony for so many reasons but the biggest one of all was how much it clearly meant to both of them. This was a moment they'd both been thinking of for years and you could see it in the way they looked at each other the minute they stood up on the altar together.

Stacey and Mack listen to their officiant during their December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey looks at Mack during her December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Mack looks at Stacey during his December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey laughs during her December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack receive a marital blessing during their December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack kiss during their December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Following Stacey and Mack's ceremony, it was my time to be a nervous wreck as this bride and groom chose to get married in December and that meant we had a race against the clock to get their formal photos in before sunset. 

The ring bearer holds a sign following Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Mack sheds a tear with Stacey following their December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack kiss in a photo with their wedding party following their December 2018 wedding ceremony at St. Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Following a quick family and wedding party photo session outside of their church, we jumped in our cars and made our way to Roger Williams Park. Even though it was only a 20-minute drive, I'd be lying if I said my heart wasn't racing as I watched the sun slowly fade away.

Thankfully, the moment we arrived at the park, it was go time. Stacey and Mack jumped right into some quick bride and groom formals that I largely took *just in case* we didn't have the benefit of sunshine later and we finished out their family/wedding party formals on the steps of the Temple of Music as another wedding did the same right next to us on the other side of the giant structure.

Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo with their wedding party at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey poses for a formal photo with her bridesmaids at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Mack poses for a formal photo with his groomsmen at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

By the time we finished the formalities of Stacey and Mack's list, I looked at my watch and saw we still had a few minutes of sunlight left before everything went dark and, boy, am I glad we did because the bride and groom portraits we took at the end of this session were easily my favorite of the day.

Stacey and Mack were a pleasure to work with and getting them alone for these shots was a godsend.

Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey poses for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to her December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Mack poses for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to his December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a formal photo at Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island prior to their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

When I say we were close to losing the sun, I'm not kidding. By the time Stacey, Mack and I walked back to the transportation, it was already getting dark. No matter. Their reception venue was a good half hour away and we'd have plenty of time to relax before the night picked up again. 

Once I arrived to the venue, I made a beeline inside to grab their awesome details before the crowd entered and, before we knew it, it was time for the back half of the day's program to begin with introductions and dances.

A look at the table settings prior to Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
A look at the sweetheart table prior to Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
A look at the dessert table prior to Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack are introduced during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

Stacey and Mack chose Independence Harbor for their reception and I can't think of a more fitting venue. Right from the moment they took to the dance floor to have their first dance -- set to "Diamonds or Twine" by Ryan Hurd -- I could tell this would be a super personal and intimate reception and boy was it.

Stacey & Mack dance during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

Stacey and Mack had all the bells and whistles of a traditional wedding reception and whether it was a great speech by the best man -- who has literally grown up with this couple in every step of their relationship -- or the pair of parent dances that made most of the people in the room say "aww," this was a reception full of great moments.

The best man gives a toast during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
The best man gives a toast during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests raise their glasses after the best man gives a toast during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack cut their wedding cake during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack cut their wedding cake during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack kiss after cutting their wedding cake during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey and her father dance during her December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey and her father dance during her December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey and her father dance during her December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Mackenzie and his mother dance during his December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Mackenzie and his mother dance during his December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Mackenzie and his mother dance during his December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

But lest anyone thought this night would be too serious, Stacey and Mack made sure to turn the tone of the evening on its head from the moment they had their garter removal ceremony and, from that point on, this was a night where nothing seemed too crazy and the fun never stopped.

Stacey and Mack participate in a garter removal ceremony during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack participate in a garter removal ceremony during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey and Mack hug after a garter removal ceremony during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey takes a photo with friends during her December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

Which brings us back to how we started this blog. It's not often that a live music performance steals the show but that moment where Stacey and Mack's singer Matty. B started belting out "Take me home tonight," I knew we were in for something special and, really, it was one of my favorite wedding moments ever.

Just take a look at these photos. If this isn't the dream for every couple that wants to have fun at their reception, I don't know what is.

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Guests dance during Stacey & Mack’s December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack kiss during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance with guests during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack dance with guests during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.
Stacey & Mack pose for a photo with a guest during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

As my time with Stacey and Mack came to an end, I couldn't help but smile thinking of the night that I had just witnessed. Stacey and Mack are a textbook example of young love -- they met in school and have been together for their entire adult lives -- and their wedding day was everything they ever dreamed of and much more.

Couples like Stacey and Mack are why I love wedding photography and their day was full of so much fun and genuinely touching moments, it would be hard to call it anything but perfect.

The most important thing to me, though, is it's clear it was a day that lived up to this bride and groom's expectations and I know that wasn't easy because these two dreamed of this day for a very, very long time.

So congratulations Stacey and Mack on an amazing wedding day. I have no doubt this is just the start of a life full of amazing memories you'll make together.

-PJS

Stacey & Mack dance with guests during their December 2018 wedding reception at Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts.

The Vendor List

Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini, Paul J. Spetrini PhotographyGroom's Suit: The Grooms Store by Franklin Rogers in Providence, Rhode Island; Florist: Rose Bud Florist in Pawtucket, Rhode Island; Ceremony Location: St Teresa's Church in Attleboro, Massachusetts; Reception Location: Independence Harbor in Assonet, Massachusetts; Live Music: Matty B. EntertainmentPhoto Booth: Sharee from Smile Back PhotoboothCake: Awesome Sweets in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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