We’re expecting another baby! Tenley is going to be a big sister! We’re going to be a family of four! I can’t stop using exclamation points!We’re very thrilled to see this little lady take on the role of her lifetime as big sister! Our due date is in the beginning of March- just a week or so past Tenley’s second birthday! We hope she likes her gift!movie poster pregnancy announcementMM-II_0004Just like with Tenley, we want to give ourselves the most exciting & wonderful surprise ever so we’re not going to find out the baby’s gender until she or he is born. We’re a little old-fashioned in some ways & we simply love the idea of foregoing the use of modern technology to allow ourselves to be surprised by what God has blessed us with. pregnancy announcementMM-II_0002We did experience a pregnancy loss in between having Tenley & becoming pregnant with this baby. Our due date was early December 2016 with that baby we lost. We were crushed & confused. I had prayed & hoped that chapter of pregnancy loss was over in our lives since I had carried a happy, healthy baby to term, but God had a different plan. We don’t understand & we probably never will, but we know that we have three babies who are waiting for us in heaven. MM-II_0003We have been so blessed by Tenley & her beautiful, little soul. We can only imagine the joy that this new life God has written into our story here on Earth will bring!MM-II_0005We do have a boy name & a girl name tentatively chosen, but (just like with Tenley) we aren’t going to share them with anyone until after this baby is born. We can almost guarantee you won’t guess them. MM-II_0008MM-II_0009MM-II_0010We’re so thankful that we have this blog where we can share our lives with you! Thank you all very much for sharing in our joys & being there for us in our sorrows! This life is truly beautiful & have such gratefulness in our hearts. Hopefully Tenley won’t rub her little sister’s or brother’s head in the bird poop on the side of her baby pool (gross; see above), but we’re sure even more interesting things will occur once the newest Menning makes his or her grand debut.

We do have one more fun thing! We have been trying our best to come up with a cute hashtag for this baby for our Instagram posts. With Tenley, we had #minimenning. With this one, we’d love to have a hashtag with minimenning in it & with another “m” word that means “another” or “again” or something to that effect. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an “m” word, but we like alliteration. So we’re going to hold a hashtag contest for all of you to submit your favorites to us. We’ll choose the best one (in our opinion) from all of your submissions & the winner will receive a gift card to Generations Coffee Shop along with bragging rights! Woohoo! (If you aren’t local, you can choose between Dunkin & Starbucks). You can send your ideas as a comment to this blog post, a comment to the Facebook post, or as an email to info@menningphotographic.com with the Subject “Hashtag Contest.”

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  • August 24, 2016 - 9:59 am

    Kristine Scoon - If you were having multiples or maybe this was your third, I’d say #moreminimennings :) Congrats on the addition to your adorable family!ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 9:59 am

    Emily Rusu - Congratulations! You’re an adorable and blessed family :)

    As for a hashtag…
    #multipleminimennings …?ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 10:29 am

    Cindy Guterba - So happy for your family. Sorry for your
    Loss in between Tenley and this baby. That happened to me twice but it’s Gods plan. I so happy to hear you want to be surprised with what you are having. Seems like nobody does that any more. In my eyes that’s the joy of delivery not knowing what your having till he or she is born. Can’t wait to see in March. Congratulations !!ReplyCancel

    • August 24, 2016 - 12:26 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you, Cindy! We’re sorry for your losses, too. It is tough, and I know I’ll always have an empty place in my heart for those babies until we meet them again someday in heaven. Thank you again for the congrats & we’re so excited to see what the gender is in March, too!ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 10:30 am

    Katie dickey - This one would sound better if you could have twins…. So if you can make that possible, #moreminimennings lol . So happy for you all!ReplyCancel

    • August 24, 2016 - 12:25 pm

      Menning Photographic - haha! So funny, Katie! Honestly, I thought I *was* pregnant with twins. I know it was just bloating, but I felt like I was showing as soon as I got that positive pregnancy test! Seriously. . . I told Josh, “Uh oh, what if there are two in there?!” haha! Plus, I was nauseated & I never was with Tenley. But we had our ultrasound & there’s just one! :-pReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 11:40 am

    Sabrina Fields - I am BEYOND excited for you guys!! And how crazy that our second kiddos will be due around the same time too?!? I hate that you had to walk through another loss, but am so thankful that Jesus has those babies wrapped in his arms and that you guys will get to meet them all in eternity :-) My only idea for a hashtag would be #moreminimenning. But I love your birth announcement being Part Deux! So fun! Congrats again to all three of you!!ReplyCancel

    • August 24, 2016 - 12:23 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you, Sabrina! We know, it is too fun! We were so excited when we saw your birth announcement & couldn’t wait to share this! And thank you for the kind words; I do like to picture the babies with Jesus! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 2:11 pm

    Jessica Peacock - Congrats!

  • August 24, 2016 - 4:14 pm

    Megan Garnes - #multiplemennings #muchosmennings #moremennings #minniermenning #marvelousmenning #miraclemenning don’t worry, I’ll come up with more. Congrats again!!!!ReplyCancel

    • August 24, 2016 - 9:26 pm

      Menning Photographic - lol thank you, Megan!ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 5:42 pm

    Michelle Sagarsee - #mysteryminimenning
    #marchminimenning / #minimennigmarch


    Congrats guys!ReplyCancel

    • August 24, 2016 - 9:26 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you, Michelle! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2016 - 9:01 pm

    Lisa Burbick - Congrats!! So excited for u both or should I say four!! #marchminimenning#2ReplyCancel

    • August 24, 2016 - 9:26 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you very much! :)ReplyCancel

We had the pleasure of photographing Rose & Jacob’s wedding day, and now we’re excited to share the images with you! Their wedding day was gorgeous from start to finish & we couldn’t have asked for better weather or more beautiful locations. The best part of all, though, is definitely the way that Rose & Jacob love one another & how ready they are to start their marriage together. Jacob’s reaction to seeing Rose walk down the aisle is something I know Rose will never forget.
Rose & her bridesmaids were getting prepared for the day at the Courtyard Marriott in Canfield so I got to check out the new hotel. It’s very nice!Sheila from Magnolia’s on the Green in Canfield does such a fabulous job with makeup!We got to photograph some reception details at Stambaugh Auditorium before the ceremony started at Our Lady of Mount Carmel because the bridesmaids & groomsmen were getting into their dresses & tuxes at Stambaugh. There were lots of lovely Filipino wedding traditions during the wedding ceremony.
We got to take portraits at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park.Oh my gosh, they are gorgeous together!Randy Johnson Pastries made the wedding cake. The owl cake topper was adorable. The reception at Stambaugh was wonderful! Saratoga did a fabulous job with catering & the food was delicious. DJ Branden kept everyone dancing & having a great evening. And we got to chat a bit during dinner with their videographer, Jack Parker, with whom we ended up making friends. He’s a great guy. Being a part of the wedding industry in the Youngstown area has put us in contact with some wonderful people! We’re so thankful for that.The newlyweds (okay, mostly Rose) had some kind words for their guests.They broke it down for a minute during their first dance to Notorious B.I.G.’s Big Poppa. So much fun.This was all thanks to DJ Branden. He made this happen for Rose & Jacob. We clicked the shutter.Rose & Jacob, we wish you both the very best in your marriage & lifetime together! Thanks again for choosing us as your wedding photographers!

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  • August 20, 2016 - 12:01 am

    Yolanda P Oconer - Lovely pictures!

    May your life together be as wonderful as this very special day!ReplyCancel

We’ve got a cute engagement session to share with you today! Danielle & Lance have a vibe as a couple that makes you think they’ve known each other forever. They haven’t, but it definitely seems that way because of their easy going demeanors & the way that they’re able to finish one another’s thoughts. They’re both teachers & that’s sort of how they met. They have lots of mutual friends & Lance knew Danielle’s dad before he knew Danielle. Everyone who knew them both thought it was time for them to get together & they finally got introduced. They hit it off & here we are! Taking their engagement photos!
We loved their outfits for their e-session at Mill Creek Park! And the light was glorious that summer evening. Lance was happy it wasn’t as hot & humid as it had been leading up to that day & we were, too! There was a beautiful breeze blowing & all of the flowers seemed to be at their peak of gorgeousness.There wasn’t a single way that we posed these two that didn’t look absolutely adorable. They just fit together.And their smiles are the best.Danielle’s tan, though! She has been enjoying her summer break, but as I type this she & Lance are back to work moulding the minds of our youth.Josh & I were pretty much “glory hallelujah-ing” over this stunning backlight.We had time for an outfit change and a scenery change.And, just for fun, we decided on one last scenery change before the session was finished. We’re so excited to see these two get married!

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Kelsey & Logan are such a fun couple! We knew after hanging out with them on their family’s property & at the site of the home they were building during their engagement session that their wedding day was going to be an absolute blast! And it did not disappoint! Not only are they fun, though, but they are genuinely caring, kind, hard working people who don’t hesitate to help others & who love their family members & friends with everything they have. We’re happy to see what the future will hold in store for this wonderful couple & we’re so excited to see them embark on their journey of marriage. Beyond all of that, their home that was nothing more than freshly cleared land during the engagement session is finished now & it’s all ready for them to build their life together.  We need to photograph more West Virginia weddings because this one was beautiful & fun!
Kelsey’s wedding day details were stunning.Jae Lee Paredes did an excellent job with Kelsey’s wedding day makeup!Kelsey was a GORGEOUS bride! And Kelsey’s mama Denise did a fabulous job with the florals & decor!I’ll try my best to let the ceremony photos at Oglebay Resort speak for themselves. There was a lot of emotion & so much happiness. The ceremony was one to remember. . . and we know Kelsey & Logan will remember it for a lifetime.Her dad was just a little hesitant to give away his first baby girl.We could’ve taken photos for hours upon hours at Oglebay Resort. It one stunning place with spectacular quintessential West Virginia views!
Since their bridal party was the size of two full football teams and the groom is a football coach. . . The bride’s cousin made the pretty wedding cake.
River City Ale Works in Wheeling, WV was looking lovely.Kelsey surprised her mom with a special dance to Carrie Underwood’s Mama’s Song. I needed a tissue or two after that!The rest of the night was fun & dancing. Everyone had a great time!We were able to sneak them away for five minutes & it got a little steamy in the alleyway. Kelsey & Logan, thank you very much for entrusting us with your wedding day memories! We had such a great time getting to know you two & your families. We wish you both a lifetime of love that grows each day.

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When we have a couple like Krystina & Chris, it makes our hearts happy. They’re super sweet & make each other better just by being together. Their family & friends are overjoyed to see them as a married couple & their wedding day was a testament to the love they have in their lives & how beautiful their marriage will be. The day was toasty & both the ceremony & reception were outdoors at Julia’s Bed & Breakfast in Hubbard, Ohio, but we all had a fabulous time being toasty together.
Everything is much more cohesive & stress-free when it’s ALL in one location on a wedding day. I was hanging out with the ladies as they got their hair & makeup done in the bed & breakfast upstairs & Josh was with the guys as they got ready for the day downstairs.Krystina was ready to go get married & couldn’t wait to see Chris at their first look!They were both SO excited to see each other. It was the sweetest thing. They first read letters from each other back to back before doing their official first look.Chris’ reaction to his stunning bride was perfect.
Krystina looked gorgeous & so happy in her Maggie Sottero gown.
Studio 7 traveled to Julia’s to do hair, which looked stunning, as well!Don’t they just make you happy?!Edward’s Flowers did a marvelous job with the wedding day florals.So Krystina’s grandparents’ car looked downright amazing in front of the B&B!After the first look & fun bridal party photos, there was time for freshening up & then it was time to get married!The ceremony was full of smiles & love.
The Bake Shoppe in Sharon made the cake & cupcakes.Their first dance in the gazebo was downright dreamy. . . that golden sunlight!Chris & his mama:Krystina & her dad:Krystina & her step-dad:Then it was party time!Kevin from The Music Man did a great job keeping everyone entertained & dancing.Krystina & Chris, thank you both very much for sharing your wedding day with us! We had a great time getting to photograph the first day of your marriage & we wish you nothing but the best as you go forward together as husband & wife. Keep having fun together in Buffalo! We’ll be cheering you on from Ohio!

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