Oh, glowy, amazing late Summer light! And happy, sweet smiles! And two people who could NOT be cuter together if they tried! We have a great engagement session on the blog for you today! All of the exclamation points! We met Megan & Stephen at Mill Creek Park and were so tickled when we found this perfect spot to start the session that screamed, “SHOOT HERE!” because it matched Megan’s shirt perfectly.
We immediately felt comfortable & at ease with Megan & Stephen the first time we met them. They’re easy to talk to & smile basically all of the time. We loved hearing the story of how they met & how Stephen couldn’t believe Megan was flirting with him. They were both out with friends for Halloween; Megan was dressed up, but Stephen was not. . . whomp, whomp. haha! They got to talking that night & the rest, as they say, is history.Megan has the sweetest smile & prettiest eyes! She’ll be a beautiful bride come December!This is a favorite!Oh, and you’ve gotta hear how he proposed! Megan is a huge Harry Potter fan & she was beyond excited when they got to visit Harry Potter World in Walt Disney World. Stephen knew that she’d absolutely love being proposed to there so he schemed & planned everything out perfectly. While they were there, she received a letter on the official Harry Potter letterhead (sorry, diehard HP fans, if I’m botching all of this. . . don’t shoot me, but I have never seen the movies & I only read the first book when it was assigned for my Young Adult Lit class in college. . . sorry, Megan! haha!) that professed Stephen’s love for her & asked her to marry him. They celebrated with butter beer & all things Harry Potter after Megan excitedly said yes! She said it was perfect!Megan & Stephen, we’re excited to see you both again on your wedding day! And thank you again for the lovely card you got us to congratulate us on our second baby on the way. . . that was so sweet of you! We can’t wait for your December wedding. . . it’s coming up quickly! Eeek!

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Jeana & Joe’s wedding day was beautiful & dreamy. They were married at a church in Girard called St. Rose & had their wedding reception at Avalon Inn & Resorts in Warren. Their color palette was lovely & seriously. . . just wait until you see the magic that Jenny from The Willows by Wehr created with the reception decor!
Youngstown wedding photographerAren’t Jeana’s shoes super pretty?!Youngstown wedding photographerI couldn’t resist photographing them alongside the flower girl’s adorable shoes.Youngstown wedding photographerJosh was with the guys down the hallway at the Avalon Inn.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerJeana’s gorgeous makeup was done by Karisa at Smack. She always does such a great job! Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThe forecast called for rain all day, but it held off for us until we were all safely inside of the reception venue. . . perfect! Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerAll smiles.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThat mint color- amazing!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerWe got to take lovely Just Married portraits around the Avalon golf course. Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerJeana, you are gorgeous! Those bright blue eyes!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerAhhhh, they are so sweet.Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerShe got her fabulous gown at Stephanie Leigh Bridal in Girard. Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerI’m telling you. . . Jenny at The Willows knocks it out of the park every time!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerThis cake, though! Cake Boutique is so talented!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerTheir signature Youngstown cookie table was rather amazing!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerOne of the best and most professional DJs around, Brian Price, kept the evening rolling and even ended up staying late because no one wanted to stop celebrating!Youngstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerYoungstown wedding photographerWe are very happy for you, Jeana & Joe! Thank you so much for choosing us to photograph your wedding day memories! We wish you both the very best.

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We get to show you Chelsea & Phil’s wedding day today & we are SO EXCITED about it! We’re excited because their love story is adorable, they are charismatic, their family members are absolutely wonderful, and their wedding day details are gorgeous! You will seriously swoon!  I met the beautiful brides & bridesmaids at Chelsea’s parents’ home for bridal prep. youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerThank you, thank you to Chelsea’s dad & a helpful bridesmaid for making this shot possible.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerThe soft, blush details & the classic pearls? Amazing!
youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerJosh got to hang out with the guys during groom prep at Stambaugh Auditorium, where the wedding ceremony was to take place.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerSweet Arrangements was the wedding florist.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerWedding ceremonies at Stambaugh in the Christman room are classically romantic.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerThe love between these two is inspiring. Their personal vows made us all laugh & cry. They are so blessed to have one another & we were so honored to be the ones to get to photograph it.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerPhil’s mom had sweet, meaningful words of advice & love for the bride & groom.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerWe had a bit of time left at Stambaugh for a few portraits. Chelsea was stunning & her smile blew everyone away. Her gown is from Toula’s Bridal in Canfield.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerWe hit up Fellows Riverside Gardens, one of Youngstown’s most beautiful areas, for bridal party photos and some more bride & groom photos.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerLookin’ dapper, Phil!youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerTheir sweetness is adorable.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerThey’re so happy together!youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerAnd, of course, we had to stop by the place where their relationship started. They were both working at Nicolinni’s when the romance first began. Love it!youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerTheir reception was beautiful! Antone’s is one of our favorite local venues & their food is amazing. Chelsea’s mom was involved in almost every aspect of these reception details & she did a great job! We loved the color palette. youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerDutch Haus made the lovely wedding cake.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerWhen they got introduced to the reception, they went straight into their first dance as husband and wife surrounded by their family members & bridal party. youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerGoals.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerDJ Joey K knocked it out of the park with entertainment for the evening.youngstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographeryoungstown wedding photographerChelsea & Phil, we can’t thank you enough for trusting us with your wedding day memories! We had a wonderful time with you & your families & we wish you the very best in your marriage! Also, enjoy your new home together. We’re so happy for you!

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  • September 20, 2016 - 5:00 am

    Diane Varacalli - We were so honored to be part of Chelsea & Philip’s special day. They are bound to accomplish great things together as an unstoppable team. How refreshing it is to see 2 people truly in love, who are hospitable & compassionate to others. Awesome wedding!ReplyCancel

    • September 20, 2016 - 7:53 am

      Menning Photographic - So true! Chelsea & Phillip are the real deal & so much fun! We had a great time on their wedding day! Thanks for the comment!ReplyCancel

Alyvia & Josh are definitely two of the sweetest people we’ve met! We were really excited for their engagement session for so many reasons- first of all, to hang out with them (duh!), secondly to try out a new venue in town as a backdrop- The Vineyards at Pine Lake (Alyvia called & got permission for us to shoot there- awesome!), and thirdly because their ADORABLE bulldog puppies were going to be part of the session & OMG just wait until you see them!
Youngstown wedding photographyThe Vineyards at Pine LakeTheir attire was amazing! Alyvia’s dress was stunning & everything coordinated perfectly. . . they even coordinated with the wine barrels in the background.  We haven’t gotten to photograph a wedding there yet because it just recently opened, but we’re looking forward to the opportunity because it looks gorgeous & the backdrop of the lake is stunning.The Vineyards at Pine LakeThe Vineyards at Pine LakeThe Vineyards at Pine LakeWe introduce you to Stanley & Ruby. We thought we were going to break the internet when we posted their photo on our Instagram as a sneak peek after the session. They are just THE sweetest. And they’re going to be in the wedding. . . eeeek. . . can’t wait! Also, if you’re somehow looking past the utter cuteness of those two & noticing that Josh had some raindrops on his jacket, you are very observant. We waited out a 10 minute shower. . .The Vineyards at Pine LakeThen THIS happened. A rainbow over the lake! I mean!The Vineyards at Pine LakeThe Vineyards at Pine LakeAlyvia is beautiful, as you can see. To enhance the natural beauty, Jen at The Makeup Boutique did her thing. The Vineyards at Pine LakeThe Vineyards at Pine LakeThe Vineyards at Pine LakeThe happiness that just radiates from these two when they’re together- God (as always) knew what He was doing bringing them into one another’s lives.
The Vineyards at Pine LakeAfter our lovely time at The Vineyards at Pine Lake, we headed to Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek Park.Mill Creek ParkTHIS is Alyvia & Josh. They light up the world.engagement photos at Mill Creek parkengagement photos at Mill Creek parkengagement photos at Mill Creek parkThose shoes! In the Rose Garden. . . too perfect.engagement photos at Mill Creek parkengagement photos at Mill Creek parkengagement photos at Mill Creek parkengagement photos at Mill Creek parkengagement photos at Mill Creek parkThen we ventured to outside of the place where it all started for these two- V2. Oh, and I just have to tell you their most adorable proposal story! A lot of their relationship has been a long distance one until recently. They both traveled from Chicago to Youngstown (and vice versa) very often to visit one another, so the majority of their early relationship was spent on airplanes. They got connected with a few members of the flight crews that they saw often & some of them knew Alyvia & Josh’s story & all about the long distance relationship. They made it work & never gave up. engagement photos in downtown YoungstownThey got engaged (appropriately) on a plane on the way home from a vacation. Josh had the flight crew & pilot in on the whole thing & Alyvia could not have been more surprised & excited & overwhelmed with joy. Everyone was cheering for them. Josh told Alyvia they’d get to tell all of their family & friends when they got home. But then she was in for another surprise when they deplaned & the whole family was waiting at baggage claim because they were in on the secret, too!engagement photos in downtown Youngstownengagement photos in downtown Youngstownengagement photos in downtown Youngstownengagement photos in downtown YoungstownWe are so happy to have the opportunity to photograph this amazing couple’s wedding! Alyvia & Josh, we’re beyond excited for you & how amazing your marriage is going to be! We can’t wait for the wedding day (and, of course, all of the delicious food  your family undoubtedly has planned)! Thanks again for choosing us to be your photographers!

If you’re new to our blog, we’re Josh & Danielle, married wedding photographers from the Columbiana, Ohio area serving the Youngstown area & beyond. We believe in the beauty of marriage, which is why we love photographing weddings for couples who value photography & prioritize their marriage above all else during their wedding planning. If you’d like more info, shoot us an email at info@menningphotographic.com. You can also follow along with our fun here:

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  • September 15, 2016 - 8:25 am

    Barb - Of course absolutely stunning! But i expected nothing else!ReplyCancel

    • September 15, 2016 - 9:28 am

      Menning Photographic - Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2016 - 9:18 am

    Sunny Barger - The pictures are so beautiful!! What a beautiful couple!! Stanley and Ruby are the absolute cutest. My favorites are in Riverside Gardens. I love Alyvia’s outfit with the beautiful color backgrounds. I can’t wait to see the wedding pictures!! You did a phenomenal job!!ReplyCancel

    • September 15, 2016 - 9:28 am

      Menning Photographic - Thank you! Yes, they’re a wonderful couple & Alyvia dresses so nicely.ReplyCancel

I’ll warn you once- don’t look at today’s blog post if you don’t feel like smiling. Sara & Vince were so happy to be getting married to each other on their wedding day that the smiles were from ear & ear, contagious as all get out, and as genuine as they come! They are one of the sweetest couples: always writing each other little notes, interested in one another’s hobbies, and full of laughter. We had a fabulous time with them on their wedding day & are so glad we’ve gotten to know them. They got married & had their reception at Avion on the Water in Canfield & the entire day was beautiful even despite a little bit of rain.

Sara’s dress was from Treasured Moments Bridal.She got pampered by pro hair & makeup artists at The Boulevard of Salons in Warren.Before they saw each other during their first look, they wanted to exchange gifts & cards without seeing each other. Vince is definitely not afraid to let his emotions show when it comes to Sara. He absolutely loves her with all of his heart.Sara could NOT be any cuter. It’s as simple as that.We.Love.First.Looks.I know who the two happiest people on the planet were that day!After Sara & Vince got their happy tears out of the way, we were able to take some bride & groom portraits. We’re so glad the timeline was scheduled this way with the first look because if the portraits had been scheduled for after the wedding, we wouldn’t have been able to do them outdoors due to the weather. Just something to keep in mind if you’re a bride planning her wedding.A Floral Dynasty was the wedding day florist.These bridesmaids were a lot of fun. And doesn’t that yellow just pop with bright cheer against those pretty navy dresses?What a stunning bride!
We had to do this pose- just look at the back of that gown!
Boys being boys.Sara was kind of disappointed that they had to move their ceremony inside due to the weather, but all that mattered was that she was marrying Vince. All else faded away in that moment. The staff at Avion did a great job shifting everything to make room for the ceremony inside once it started raining.Their personal vows had everyone in the entire room crying. Some people claim that first looks take away from the emotion of the ceremony, but those people are wrong.The nautical theme was really cute.If you got to see their engagement session blog, you know that Sara & Vince like to go to comic cons together. Vince is Thor & Sara is Cinderella. Sara’s step-dad built the really cool cake stand dock. And Ami Cakes (Sara’s Aunt Ami) made the cake.Talk about a cake smash!Congratulations, Sara & Vince! We wish you a lifetime of comics, Vans, Disney movies, cat cuddles, no TV in the bedroom, laughter, and love that grows with each passing day!

If you’re new to our blog, we’re Josh & Danielle, married wedding photographers from the Columbiana, Ohio area serving the Youngstown area & beyond. We believe in the beauty of marriage, which is why we love photographing weddings for couples who value photography & prioritize their marriage above all else during their wedding planning. If you’d like more info, shoot us an email at info@menningphotographic.com. You can also follow along with our fun here:

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