Katie & Matt’s Stambaugh Auditorium wedding was an amazing day to photograph because Katie & Matt are an exceptional couple. Their officiant used the phrase “cut from the same cloth” and we couldn’t agree more. We remember the day we first met with Katie & Matt after they got engaged in 2015 and we were SO excited that they chose us to photograph their 2017 wedding. It was crazy how much we all had in common & how easy it was to talk with them. They’re dog lovers, hard rock fans, and are so laid back & chill. We just love these two & are beyond happy that they’re finally married! Stambaugh Auditorium was the perfect venue for their classic wedding with a beautiful neutral color palette. And Katie’s dress! Wow, wow, wow! Just wait until you see it! And the BEST thing about this wedding day was the way that these two looked at one another when they read their personal vows. We and all of their guests were blessed by seeing how in love they are.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingKatie and her grandmother were really close &, very sadly, she passed away, but Katie found many ways to honor & remember her on her wedding day. These were her pearls.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingHer Badgley Mischka heels were stunning & perfectly bridal.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingKatie’s mom had this piece of Katie’s grandmother’s wedding dress stitched into Katie’s gown. It was a really meaningful surprise to Katie on her wedding day.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingMatt’s wedding day details were fresh and sharp.
stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingJen and her awesome team from The Makeup Boutique were on location to do bridal party makeup. I always love working with Jen! This makeup look that Katie chose was TDF!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingOne of the reasons I love Katie so much is that she has SUCH an amazing personality. Sometimes people who are THIS good looking aren’t the best on the personality scale (haha! You know it’s true!), but Katie is so much fun to be around & beautifully authentic. She is a rare gem & Matt is so lucky to have her!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingJet Wedding Videography was shooting alongside us that day & Josh grabbed a couple of shots of Bill from Jet helping with Matt’s watch. We adore Bill & Emily from Jet! They do a fabulous job with wedding videos & they treat their couples well!
stambaugh auditorium weddingWhen Katie was reading her letter & opening her gift from Matt, she looked downright stunning. I mean, she could’ve walked down the aisle in her getting ready outfit!
stambaugh auditorium weddingHe got her a gorgeous Michael Kors bracelet.stambaugh auditorium weddingThis was such a beautiful & fun bridal party. I could tell these ladies are all truly there for Katie & Matt.stambaugh auditorium weddingI loved this shot Josh got as Matt was doing his hair.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingKatie & Matt loved the classic look of Christman Hall at Stambaugh Auditorium. They couldn’t picture their wedding day anywhere else.stambaugh auditorium weddingTheir niece & flower girl Presli is precious!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingKatie took everyone’s breath away.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingWhen you have a MOH like Sarah, your wedding day will go smoothly.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThis photo sums up Katie & Matt in my eyes. Joy.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThis is always one of the BEST moments of a wedding day. Everyone is so happy & excited for you & you can FEEL it.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingEven though their ceremony & reception were both at Stambaugh, they built in plenty of time in between for portraits. We went to Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park for bridal party portraits.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThe stylists with Studio 7 did a fab job with hair!
stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingBest friend goals. So cute!stambaugh auditorium weddingAnd these guys. They’re so much fun! One of our fav past grooms is a groomsmen in there.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingGlowing, absolutely glowing, with joy & love & beauty.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingHer makeup, though! Jen, you are amazing at what you do.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThe weather was gorgeous! And even if it weren’t I know they would’ve been smiling.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThis is a favorite. stambaugh auditorium weddingHe’s probably thinking, “I can’t believe I’m married to this beautiful woman I met while we were both working at Cici’s Pizza.”stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingMatt was looking great in his classic black tux & bow tie.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingWe got to stop & visit the fur-children. stambaugh auditorium weddingThey were the Best Dog & the Dog of Honor- love that!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThanks to great laid-back wedding day timeline planning, we got to stop off downtown for some fun.stambaugh auditorium weddingWhen the light is just right:
stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThis is not our usual picture-perfect even lighting & we LOVE it. We love our style we’ve developed & we know our clients do, too, but it’s fun to have a little bit more time for a shot or two to branch out!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThese two are just the sweetest aunt and niece combo!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingJenny from The Willows by Wehr crafted the centerpieces & she did a beautiful job! stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingBake Me Treats has made SO many cakes for our couples this year & we know why! Her creative cakes speak for themselves.stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingThe Ovation Band played the night away & everyone enjoyed themselves and partied!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingSeriously. Katie & Matt, you two are so much fun & we know your life together is going to be an epic love story. We’re so stinkin’ happy for you both!stambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingstambaugh auditorium weddingWhat a FUN wedding day full of beauty! Katie & Matt, we have had a great time getting to know you both. We really enjoyed ourselves as we got to photograph the first day of your marriage & we hope we get to stay in touch & maybe even catch an Avenged show together someday!

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Kristine & John, oh where do I even start?! Their wedding day was full of the best things- laughter (lots and lots), happy tears, so much love, and TONS of support from friends & family members. We love these two people & just being around them on their wedding day lifted our spirits to the moon. They’re the real deal as a couple & to quote their friend Allison, “if their relationship is not the epitome of what marriage should be, I don’t know what is.” We shared a bit of their story in their engagement session blog, but it’s definitely worth being a bit repetitive here because it’s an inspiring & amazing story that should be shared! These two met on eHarmony (they should get to be on a commercial!). They realized that they shared a sense of humor & were really attracted to each other. In Kristine, John knew he had found someone to share new experiences & adventures AND someone to cozy with on the couch or hang out in comfy clothes playing all the board games. In John, Kristine knew she had found someone who would always make her laugh and someone who’d always be there for her. Little did they know that their new relationship full of those butterfly feelings & the newness of just starting to date would soon be taking a turn & delving into territory that many couples never have to deal with. John started to feel sick & Kristine tried her best to take care of him. They both thought he had some kind of nasty cold or flu and tried to treat it with Nyquil & Mucinex. They can all now look back on this & laugh (like they did during Kristine’s dad’s toast at the wedding reception), but at the time John just kept getting sicker.  When he was diagnosed with lung cancer as a person who had never smoked, everyone was completely caught off guard & rendered speechless & devastated. When those times are recounted by various family members & friends, they all mention how Kristine went to WORK. At any given moment, she’d have a couple of computers & her phone out with papers or brochures or books scattered around the kitchen table reading & researching & doing her best to understand & make a plan to help John with all of his doctor’s appointments & medicine & options. I can’t even imagine how scary it must have been to hear that news. That news catapulted them into the realm of the unknown. It also brought them closer than ever before. John is still fighting. Kristine is still his number one support and coach in his corner through it all. Their married life has just begun, but they seem like they’ve been husband and wife for many years already even though it has only been a few years since they met. They are absolutely perfect for each other from their shared love of Harry Potter (wait until you see their centerpieces, HP fans) to the way they make everyone around them laugh to their silly quirks that they adore about each other. They’re also the best mix of romantic on the one hand & totally able to rip on each other in the best way on the other hand.  We’re so glad we’ve gotten to know them & we’re really happy we got to photograph the moments of their first day of marriage. We know they & their loved ones will cherish these photographs & it was such an honor to be chosen as their photographers!
youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerKristine’s dress is from Catan Fashions & those lace details were perfection!youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerI love her Something Blue! And the handkerchief on the right has been handed down from generation to generation on wedding days. Kristine’s grandmother used it on her wedding day, her mother used it on her wedding day, and Kristine got to use it on her wedding day.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThe stylists & makeup artists at Spa le Jeane in Boardman did a fabulous job with hair & makeup. And they were all so welcoming & fun.youngstown photographerJosh was with the guys as they got ready and he was cracking up all morning. Allison is one of John’s best friends & she was a groomslady in the bridal party. youngstown photographerBecause everyone needs a photo with their chinchilla the morning of their wedding, right?youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerKristine was such a beautiful bride! Stunning!youngstown photographerThe first look with her dad was adorable. youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerThis photo gives me the chills. Kristine is wearing her great grandmother Julia’s ring on her right hand. They were very close & she wanted to honor & remember her on her wedding day. And the hand in between Kristine’s hands is her grandmother Nancy’s hand. Hands tell a story all their own, don’t they?youngstown photographerEven though everyone had gone, her dad just had to come back in & give her one last hug at the hotel before he left for the barn. He whispered how beautiful she looked & how proud of her he is. Witnessing these emotional moments never ever gets old no matter how many wedding days we photograph. Love is a grand & unparalleled thing.youngstown photographerOnce we got to The Barn & Gazebo in Salem, it was time for Kristine & John’s first look. I’m not sure, but I think they were both a little nervous, and I know they were both a LOT excited. They couldn’t wait to see each other. The day before the wedding & at the rehearsal John kept saying it was illegal for them to kiss that day because they had to save it up for the wedding. I thought that was sweet.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerI’m not crying right now as I type this. There’s something in my eye, that’s all.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerWe love first looks. The joy & excitement was palpable as they reveled in this moment with each other. It was wonderful; I wish I had more adequate words to use to convey the feelings, but I hope the photos will do it justice better than the English language can.
youngstown photographerThey held onto one another for a few minutes quietly. youngstown photographerAnd then they talked & laughed a lot.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerWe seriously love them so much.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerThe bouquets & boutonnieres are from Faux Bouquets on Etsy. And Kristine had a bracelet around her bouquet that had been her Maid of Honor’s grandmother’s bracelet. Kristine called her grandma & she considered Kristine another granddaughter.
youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerWe had a blast with their bridal party, which is not a surprise at all. We knew they’d have awesome friends. youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThese ladies were so much fun and really easy to get along with all day long. Thanks for being fabulous, Bridesmaids!youngstown photographerThe guys (and Allison!) were great, too. What a bunch of amazing smiles.youngstown photographerThis moment between Kristine & her niece made her aunt cry, and I certainly don’t blame her. Love it.youngstown photographerShout out to such a joyful & helpful Maid of Honor. It was wonderful to meet you, Megan!youngstown photographerKristine & her mama. So sweet.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerAll the high fives for unplugged wedding ceremonies. youngstown photographerThis violinist did a beautiful job with some added flare!youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerI almost always try my best to let the ceremony photos speak for themselves so I’ll try that again here. youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerTheir officiant was a longtime friend of Kristine’s & he was pretty darn excited to pronounce them husband and wife. That’s the best.youngstown photographerAnd their loved ones were really happy, too.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerFirst stop as a married couple? Their AMAZING mobile bar! You’ve gotta check this out, Brides & Grooms! It was adorable & hipster & whimsical & charming and even has a spot inside for bride & groom photos- eeek! Plus, the bartenders/owners are sweet & fun. It’s called Sweet Water Caravan.youngstown photographerThis family photo is one of my favorites we’ve ever shot.
youngstown photographerOkay, this one, too.youngstown photographerI’m just going to stop saying a photo is my favorite because they all are.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThe Barn & Gazebo was decorated in a charming, vintage, warm, welcoming way! Kristine worked so hard on everything & it was perfect. youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThe table numbers are pages from Harry Potter. Everything was personal & special. And those succulents took them over the top.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerThe best wedding favor they ever could’ve given: a donation to Lungevity Foundation to honor John’s fight against lung cancer.
youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerTheir custom signage was designed by this Etsy shop.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThat little replica! I can’t!youngstown photographerBake Me Treats made their wedding cake and OMG. . . I’ve never seen anything she made that I didn’t love. Plus, I adore their cake topper with Liam their pup.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThis wedding day had so many personal touches. youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerMy little English major heart was singing.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerTheir first dance to One Call Away. . . sigh. It was the perfect song & John chose it because after all they’ve been through, he always knew that Kristine was only one call away. She’d always be there. And now they’ll always be there for one another for the rest of their lives.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographerThe parent dances were emotional in the best way.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerAnd the rest of the reception was such a fun celebration. Mike Wendt did a great job DJing & keeping everyone dancing.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerWhen you’re killin’ it on the dance floor with your new dad-in-law.youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerThey enjoyed some Greek dancing as a nod to John’s heritage and some Polka as a nod to Kristine’s.youngstown photographerSeriously. Best bridesmaids crew ever.youngstown photographerAnd they busted out the late night party fuel.
youngstown photographerThis joy. This conquer-the-world together feeling. May you feel this together often. We know (because we’ve been married almost 7 years and together for 12 years) that these mountaintop moments aren’t the norm. Life isn’t always cupcakes & butterflies. But you two know this, too. You’ve been through so much. You’ve seen each other through so many hard times. Yet you’re both still full of smiles, laughter, and joy. This. This is what we wish for you both in your married life together. Joy through the struggles. Lifting one another up no matter what. Carefree moments when the worries of the world melt away for awhile. And the ability to be vulnerable & authentic together.
youngstown photographeryoungstown photographeryoungstown photographerJohn & Kristine, thank you for entrusting your wedding day memories to us! We love you both & wish you many years of joy together.

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  • September 12, 2017 - 7:19 pm

    Kristine Scoon - Wowza. I can’t stop visiting this page over and over all day log. Crying and laughing and smiling all over again. Thanks for capturing our first day of marriage perfectly.ReplyCancel

    • September 12, 2017 - 8:45 pm

      Menning Photographic - You’re the best! It was our pleasure- seriously! We can’t wait to hang with you guys again & relive it all & talk about it!ReplyCancel

  • September 13, 2017 - 9:18 am

    Rummage Vintage Decor Rentals - Gorgeous photos Menning Photographic! Kristine, such a lovely story and beautiful wedding. You did a great job! In love with your dress and all of the details throughout your day.ReplyCancel

    • September 13, 2017 - 1:01 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you so much! Your decor was beautiful!ReplyCancel

Ashley & Reggie are the best. They & their adorable son Reed warmed our hearts so much on their wedding day. Their joy shined through their bright smiles all day & the rain couldn’t even dampen their spirits a bit. Their rustic, vintage wedding day at The Barn & Gazebo was a warm, inviting, lovely occasion. Guests escaped the chilly & damp exterior & celebrated in the warmth & beauty of the three-tier barn decorated with lace, vintage plates, and fresh purple blooms. The ceremony was planned to be outside at the gazebo, but the weather had other plans. Thankfully, the backup plan at the barn is gorgeous. But we know that the location and the weather were inconsequential because the most important thing to Ashley & Reggie was celebrating their love story seven years in the making & one beautiful baby boy later. Just wait until you see the photos of him walking down the aisle as the ring bearer in his little tux! Ahhhh! wedding barn gazebo salem ohioI started off my day with Ashley & her bridesmaids at The Artistry Hair Co. in Niles. Ashley said she has been going to her stylist for years & following her wherever she goes from salon to salon. Now that she owns her own salon, Ashley was so excited to get her hair done there.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioAshley got her gorgeous lace Maggie Sottero gown from Abbott’s Bridal.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioHer purple earrings were dainty & I loved the color they added to her ensemble.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioAnd not to mention these purple heels! I love purple!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThe last time we saw Reed, he wasn’t even a year old yet at their engagement session. Now he’s all big & walking & grown! It goes too quickly!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioShe’s gorgeous even when she’s not trying to be. wedding barn gazebo salem ohioThis one is so sweet with little flower girl Ella helping the bride get ready.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioReggie was all smiles & looking dapper.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioAnd then it was time for their first look. We opted to use the beautiful top floor of the barn since it was raining outside pretty steadily at the time. Neither one of them could stop smiling & both cried a few happy tears. They were so caught up in the moment & it seemed like they didn’t even notice any of us were there. wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioOh, first looks. So much emotion. So amazing. It really is a wonderful gift to be surrounded by love & get the privilege to tell beautiful love stories for a living.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioAfter a few moments, Reed made an appearance in his tux & everyone’s hearts melted into a pile of mush.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioThis pulls at my mama heart strings so much. These two are such fun & loving parents to Reed. They are the sweetest little family! wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioI can’t with this. Tears!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThese two are two peas in a pod & Reed has inherited his dad’s & mom’s love for all things with a motor that go fast!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioAnd even though it was still raining, Ashley & Reggie decided to brave it for a few photos. They are awesome!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioI can’t help but smile at these photos!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioAnd I love that you can see the rain. It’s a great metaphor for marriage & these two will kill it together as a married couple if they can keep smiling like this through times of rain.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThis kind of happiness is the best thing there is on this earth.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThis group was hilarious. And great looking to boot.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThis mama & her girls are too beautiful together. Her dress was perfect with the wedding colors & looked so fabulous on her!wedding barn gazebo salem ohioAshley’s grandpa was such a sweetheart.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioAnd once we were finished with almost all of the family photos (we finished the larger family groupings in the time in between), it was time for the ceremony. These two littles stole the show!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioReed walked down that aisle with a swagger. I just love him! And everyone else does, too. He made everyone smile.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioAshley & Reggie - Ceremony_0001Ashley & Reggie - Ceremony_0002wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThey are the cutest; just look at those beaming smiles. And try not to look at the best man. lol.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioThe happiest moments of pure joy are always right after the ceremony. This one just slays me.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioNikki’s Perfect Petal Designs did a lovely job with the flowers & I loved the tribute to Ashley’s grandma on her bouquet.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioJosh thinks I am blogging too many photos of plates (haha!), but I loved them & the vintage vibe they provided. They were all different & so pretty!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioThe little sweetheart table was adorable.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioSlice of Heaven Cakes by Rachel made the lovely wedding cake.wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioTheir first dance to From The Ground Up was sweet, romantic, and beautiful! So many feels!wedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohiowedding barn gazebo salem ohioAshley & her dad laughed a lot & tried not to cry.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioReggie & his mom were adorable.wedding barn gazebo salem ohioAnd this was a Reed in the spotlight moment. This kid is a ham! wedding barn gazebo salem ohioThe glowstick sendoff was a blast. Everyone at this reception had so much fun. Bob The Music Man was a hoot & we had a great time working with David again from David John Studios. We can’t wait to see his video of this event once it’s ready! He does an awesome job! And while we’re mentioning fabulous wedding vendors in the Youngstown area, we have to shoutout New Wave Limo because Jermaine is the best! We know Ashley & her bridesmaids’ ride from Niles to Salem in a New Wave limo was a great time! And one more we have to mention, Culinary Creations by Chris is a wonderful caterer. The pulled pork (and everything, but the pulled pork especially!) was delicious at Ashley & Reggie’s reception!wedding barn gazebo salem ohioAshley, Reggie, & Reed, we love you guys & were so happy to be part of your wedding day! Thank you times a million for choosing us to be your wedding photographers!

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  • September 20, 2017 - 12:34 pm

    Jean M Dillon - Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

Right in the midst of our busy summer wedding season, we got to go on a family vacation the beach. Ahhhh! This was clutch. We went to Topsail Island, North Carolina for the first time & we were thrilled about it for a fun family vacation location. When we first decided we wanted to go to the beach, we thought it’d be a great idea for my parents to come, too. We wanted to invest some time with them & also for them to be able to invest some time with our babies. Plus, we wanted to go on a date night while we were there, and we needed some babysitters. haha! A couple of weeks before the vacation, my sister & her husband found out about it & decided to see if everything would work out for them to come, too. Thankfully, they were both able to take a few days off work & fly into Raleigh. It was so great to see them & since they live in Boston I was really happy that they got to hang out with their niece and nephew for a bit because these kids grow quickly! We did miss my other sister & her family; it was sad they didn’t get to go this time.
topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationTenley LOVED the beach. It was precious to get to see the wonder in her eyes as she experienced seeing the ocean. The beach is definitely one of my happy places & I was thrilled to see it is one of hers, too.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationKenton loves to suck his hand just like this all of the time & it’s the cutest because it’s like he’s signing “I love you.” topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThese kids love their grandma!
topsail island vacationKenton got to take lots of beach naps beneath his canopy. Oh, baby life.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationShe has hit a stage of saying “no” to having her photo taken. Ugh! We knew it was going to happen eventually & we hardly ever ask her to smile at the camera anyway because we love candids, but she has been spying us with the camera as she’s playing or we’re hugging her & she will say, “No, don’t take my picture.” We’re hoping it’s a quick phase!topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationTenley got to build castles with Aunt Lisa. One of the best things about having children is getting to see the people you love most in the world get to know them & enjoy them.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationPapa Bear!  topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationWhen the waves would reach her toes she would squeal, “I like that!” Tenley, not my mom, lol!topsail island vacationThe feeling of squishy wet sand in your toes as the salty water crushes over them- priceless.topsail island vacationThese two! So cute always.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationHe’s sweet & adorable no matter what, but disposable diapers just aren’t quite as fun as his cloth diapers. But for vacation, we were really thankful for the disposables!topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThe boys.topsail island vacationMr. Drooly Pants got his first two teeth on vacation. topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThe relationship between these two is one of the most beautiful things I’ve witnessed.
topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThere were a million picky little reasons I could have said, “Nah, I don’t want to be in any of the photos,” but the most important reasons to be in the photos are my two kids & their memories & photographic legacy & those two reasons trump my million silly reasons ANY day!topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationOne of her favorite things to do was to spray the hose to clean off the sand. haha! Kids are easily amused, which makes the little things so much fun.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThis baby boy of mine has completely stolen my heart.
topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationShe wanted to wear my hat that day.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationBocce on the beach.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationKenton and Uncle Scott:topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationLisa and Scott rented SUP boards one day.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationIntense castle architecture.topsail island vacationDad guarding Kenton.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationIntense castle destruction.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationSide pony because her mom is a product of the 80s. topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationOf course, Tenley loved the Shark Attack store.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationWe ventured out for a few golden hour beach photos. Scott wanted a glamour shot.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationAlmost one year anniversary session haha!
topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationI love these people!
topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacation37 year anniversary photo. topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationSomething was funny. topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThen she was throwing sand even though I told her that was not a good idea because it could blow into her eyes.topsail island vacationShe learned the hard way, as she insists upon doing most of the time. I can’t be too angry because she gets that stubbornness straight from her mother.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationKenton was a little unsure of the waves.topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationThe sunset over the sound on our last evening at the beach: topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationWe were planning on driving all the way home, but with two littles two & under, we decided it was best to stop about 3 hours from home, as we had already been on the road about 12ish hours at that point. Tenley was really excited for another pool night. topsail island vacationtopsail island vacationtopsail island vacationFamily. We hug them tight & we don’t take them for granted. We know just how blessed we are. These memories we’ll hold dear in our hearts for decades to come & we pray to make many, many more memories together. Life is so short & these precious, fleeting moments are definitely our favorite part of being blessed with a life & a lovely family here on Earth.

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Erin & Adam have such a fun & beautiful love story that has been eight years in the making & we’re so thrilled that they’re finally married because they are so darn cute together & make each other really happy. Their wedding at The Vineyards at Pine Lake was absolutely stunning. The weather was nothing short of perfect! Everything about their pink and khaki wedding color palette worked perfectly with the vineyards & the lake! We also LOVED her bridal bouquet with sunflowers- ’tis the season! The sweetest part of the entire day was their personal vows that they shared during their wedding ceremony as their guests cried tears of joy & enjoyed beautiful views across the lake in the 75 degree and sunny weather. It was a dream come true! Thankfully, Erin gave that “dorky little freshman being annoying in first period study hall” a chance (to borrow a phrase from Adam’s sister’s toast). Erin & Adam, you two are so amazing together; thank you again for choosing us to photograph your wedding day!
vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingAfter Erin & her bridesmaids had their hair done at Visage Salon in Poland, they headed to Color Vanity by Lucia in Boardman for airbrush makeup. Lucia’s space is so pretty with gray & pops of pink. It’s also a dream to photograph in because of all of the natural light! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThese girls are so much fun! I loved getting to see the Matron of Honor, Abby, again! She was our bride in 2014. Now she & her husband Corey will be welcoming a new member to their family soon. vineyards at pine lake weddingErin got her gown at Jacqueline’s Bridal & it was gorgeous! She looked breathtaking; absolutely stunning!vineyards at pine lake weddingHer Badgley Mischka wedding day heels were sparkly!  vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingErin & Adam exchanged wedding day gifts & both ended up getting each other watches. Great minds think alike! And Erin said they need them because they’re both always late. lol!vineyards at pine lake weddingAdam’s mama got to pin on his boutonniere. vineyards at pine lake weddingThe Vineyards at Pine Lake has such pretty mirrors, light fixtures, and areas to hang dresses in their bridal prep room! Great job to the venue owners on planning ahead as they designed their venue.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingIt was adorable how excited Erin’s mom was for the wedding day! Erin & Adam are already part of each other’s families since they’ve been together so long, and their parents were ecstatic for them to make it official. There’s a lot of love between the families & it made the wedding day even more beautiful. vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingErin & Adam decided that they wanted to see each other as she walked down the aisle so we were sure to get some separate groomsmen & bridesmaids photos, as well as each side of the family photos finished before the ceremony so we would have more time for the bride & groom portraits in between the ceremony & reception. When the ceremony & reception are at the same location, we strongly recommend a first look, but we can always make it happen without one if the bride & groom would like to wait to see each other. Everything worked out great since we were able to get some bridal party photos & family photos finished before the ceremony.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingBlossoms in the Village did a great job with the wedding day florals.vineyards at pine lake weddingAnd talk about a BEAUTIFUL bridal party! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingErin is always beautiful, but she was glowing on her wedding day! She’s also super smart & accomplished & driven & funny. She’s definitely a catch- good job, Adam! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThe ceremony location for weddings at The Vineyards at Pine Lake is natural, beautiful, and picturesque without a single decoration. Those aged trees tell a story all their own of strength, toughness, and weathering life’s storms by being rooted firmly & deeply. . . just as a marriage should be. vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThese two were in Abby & Corey’s wedding a few years ago & I couldn’t get over how grown up they were. They’re adorable! They brightened everyone’s faces as they walked down the aisle together.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingErin & Adam did a knot tying demonstration during their wedding ceremony to symbolize their union between them & God.vineyards at pine lake weddingAnd, like I said, their vows were so special & meaningful. They had a lot of their guests in tears.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingLooking at them against that beautiful backdrop & seeing how in love they were made the whole world fade away for a few seconds. Wedding days truly are amazing.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingOkay, this was too cute. Erin wiped the lipstick from his lips after they kissed. And you can see their adorable ring bearer in the background looking over at his sister & making a disgusted face because Erin & Adam kissed. I can’t take it- too cute!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThese two are so comfortable together & share everything with one another. Anyone around them can easily see how much they care for each other. And they don’t hold back in anything they do; they’ll joke and tease with the best of them, but they’ll also be the most adorably in love & share sweet, quiet moments together. They’re best friends.
vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingWe loved our bride & groom portrait time among the vineyards. The whole venue is beautiful & we liked everything about it, but we totally think it’s worth booking your wedding at The Vineyards at Pine Lake just for vineyard portraits because they’re that pretty! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingOh my goodness. . . Erin, you are the most lovely bride!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThis is a fav. I love their interaction & sweet expressions. Plus, her hair & the back of her dress! Gah!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingEverything looked wonderful!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingDas Dutch Haus made the wedding cake. The cowboy boots cake topper was so stinkin’ cute.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingTheir first dance was full of romantic moments & sweet smiles.vineyards at pine lake weddingAnd that lake view from the reception venue is to die for!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingAbby’s Matron of Honor toast was sentimental & funny, too. She’s such an adorable pregnant mama!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingNick did a great job with his toast, too. He included just the right amount of shenanigan stories & kind words.vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThe father-daughter dance & the mother-son dance were beautiful, too. The whole day was fabulous!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingAdam’s parents celebrated their 30-something wedding anniversary ( . . .sorry I’m not remembering the number) the day after the wedding day! Congratulations! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThe fact that he didn’t split his pants when he did this is quite impressive!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingThe party was fun from beginning to end & the newlyweds had a blast! They are the cutest!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingOh hey, Sara & Tyler! These two just celebrated a year of marriage earlier this year & it was so great to see them having fun together. Their wedding day last April was beautiful! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingYou know we had to sneak them away for a few minutes! We love those end of the night shots!vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingOnce again, The Vineyards at Pine Lake thought of so many things while creating this venue! The outdoor patio area & twinkly lights are spectacular! vineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingvineyards at pine lake weddingErin & Adam, congratulations again! We wish you the very best & so much joy together!

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