Blog— Weddings — Rhode Island— 2022 —
Wright's Farm Wedding Photos
Amanda & Chris
Wright's Farm, Burrillville, Rhode Island
June 3rd, 2022
I am always amazed at the way couples think outside of the box in relation to their wedding day. For some brides and grooms, that means a quirky soundtrack to their reception or a fun choreographed first dance. For others, it's the little decorations or custom menu that is truly one-of-a-kind. For Amanda and Chris, who said 'I do' back in June, the most creative call they made on their wedding day was selecting WHERE to get married.
And it couldn't have been a better fit.
After initially eloping at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Amanda and Chris held their grand wedding day at Wright's Farm in Burrillville, Rhode Island. Perhaps one of the best-known family restaurants in the area, it's not a place that initially screams 'wedding venue' but when you actually get to the site, it is a bride and groom's dream come true and the perfect place to host an intimate party to celebrate your love.
And celebrate this couple did.
Amanda and Chris had a truly beautiful and super fun wedding day that you could tell they'd always dreamed of and I could see by looking at these two as they exchanged rings in front of their closest friends and family members that this day was so, so worth the wait.
I have to admit: I've had smoother starts to wedding days than the way my began with Amanda and Chris. Because I was set to meet the bride and groom at their venue, after the bride already had her hair and makeup done, I could only hope everything would run smoothly as when I arrived, no one else was there.
Thankfully, any nerves I had went away the moment Amanda and her girls arrived as it didn't take long for us to make up any lost time due to the schedule running a bit behind. Within moments of Amanda getting into the Wright's Farm bridal suite, I quickly got all the photos I needed and she was dressed and ready to go. Talk about efficient!
One of the reasons Amanda was able to get ready so quickly is she really wasn't feeling the stress of the day at all. Perhaps it's because she and Chris already said 'I do' a little over two years earlier at the start of the coronavirus pandemic but, on this June afternoon, neither this bride nor groom would let themselves feel the typical pressure of a wedding day and it led to a much more relaxed vibe than I think either of them expected.
This was especially true during their beautiful ceremony.
I knew from the moment I walked out to Amanda and Chris' ceremony site that this would be a fun one to photograph as it was largely in the shade — which we needed given the super warm temperatures early June provided us that afternoon.
Amanda and Chris' ceremony was a little over 10 minutes long but in that time period, they made it super clear to friends and family how special this moment was for them and how much they meant to one another. It was a perfect ceremony on a perfect day in a perfect location.
By far the hardest part of photographing Amanda and Chris' wedding day was their formal portraits. Amanda and Chris had a LONG list of family members they wanted to make sure they got individual shots with and it was a bit of organized chaos.
Thankfully, the location we were taking these photos in was absolutely perfect and everyone was super sweet and understanding. In the 40 or so minutes we were capturing family photos, we did dozens of different combinations but it never felt redundant and I know the people closes to Amanda and Chris appreciated the care and attention they paid to make sure they all got their moment with them.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to getting this bride and groom on their own, however.
Because of the jam-packed schedule we had, I didn't get a ton of time with Amanda and Chris but, man, did we make every moment count.
These two were so comfortable in one another's arms and the day was so beautiful that we didn't need to go far to truly capture their relationship during their bride and groom portraits and I think Amanda and Chris appreciated that because, by the time we shot our last photo, we were all a little bit wiped out from the heat and ready to get into the air conditioning inside.
I didn't have a lot of uncertainties about Amanda and Chris' wedding but by far the biggest question mark I had in the days leading up to it was what it would actually look like inside for their reception. I'm a Rhode Island and, as such, I've had MANY a meal at Wright's Farm but I'd never been to the location for a wedding and wasn't sure how nice it would look converted for a special occasion.
It didn't take long for me to understand why this spot is an underrated gem in the New England wedding scene.
Thanks to some great uplighting and awesome decor, Amanda and Chris' reception looked really laid back and family-friendly, two of the things I know they were going for.
I especially loved their cake table and the decorations that I was able to hijack briefly for ring shots. Talk about a great job nailing the little details!
As much fun as the little things are on a wedding day, I'd be lying if I said my favorite part of Amanda and Chris' wedding wasn't the big moments. In particular, I loved their first dance, which was set to "Growing Old With You" by Restless Road.
The combination of a bride and groom clearly overjoyed that they were finally having their moment, a very family-friendly venue that felt like a casual hangout and the beauty of the room and lighting itself came together for an absolutely perfect moment that, to me, stole the night.
Amanda and Chris' first dance wasn't the only big moment that lived up to the hype. The pair had a fully traditional wedding ceremony and all of the things they took time to make sure they did were sweet as well. Whether it was a great speech by Chris' best man, a super fun cake cutting or a lovely father-daughter dance for Amanda, these newlyweds made the most out of every moment of their reception.
Ultimately, though, there was one reason and one reason alone that Amanda and Chris waited over two years from their initial 2020 elopement to have the big, grand wedding of their dreams and that was the PARTY.
And what a party it was. Almost from the moment the first song played, these two took full advantage of a great playlist and DJ to put together a rocking dance floor that really never let up.
I loved this part of Amanda and Chris' wedding day as there was so much to see and so much to shoot. It really was a buffet of amazing candid moments and I was all too happy to try to capture them all.
Truth be told, I don't know if Amanda and Chris' wedding day could have gone any smoother. From a perfect ceremony to great formal photos and a rowdy and rocking night, this wedding had all the things I look for in a bride and groom's special day and more.
It was so good, in fact, that when I finally had the chance to edit the photos, I did little else for days.
Amanda and Chris' wedding day was everything they could have wanted and I know it was what they always pictured and I love that for them. So thank you Amanda and Chris for allowing me to play a small role in capturing these memories for you and best of luck on this new and exciting chapter of your lives together.
-Paul J. Spetrini
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The Vendor List:
Photographer: Paul J. Spetrini, Paul J. Spetrini Photography; Bride's Hair: Hair We Are, Woonsocket, Rhode Island; Bride's Make-up: Makeup By Karissaxo; Bride's Dress: David's Bridal; Bride's Flowers: DIY with fake flowers from Sola Wood and Ling's Moment; Ceremony & Reception: Wright's Farm, Burrillville, Rhode Island.