Jill & Ryan are two of the sweetest, most smiley people you’ll ever meet! They’ve known each other for most of their lives & are high school sweethearts. . . it’s all just so cute I almost can’t stand it!:)I met Jill and her bridesmaids at her parents’ home where they were having hair & makeup done. The atmosphere was calm & relaxed.

Jill got to snuggle her little nephew during wedding prep.

While I was with the ladies, Josh was with the guys as they prepared for the day at Ryan’s parents’ house. They were also relaxed! Actually, they were all swimming and playing cards when Josh arrived. Jill & Ryan both wanted their wedding day to be calm, relaxed, and fun so they planned it that way.
The groomsmen were also getting ready for the day. If these guys look a little familiar, it’s because one is Ryan’s twin brother and the other is a past Menning Photographic groom, Jared.:)There’s another past Menning Photographic groom in this wedding party, too- Zac.

Pink! Willows by Wehr did an amazing job (as always) on the flowers for the day & all of these bridesmaids looked gorgeous!Jill was the definition of a beautiful & HAPPY bride! If you’re around Jill for 30 seconds you’ll feel like you’ve been friends with her forever. She’s soft-spoken at times, but anyone can see that her smile & laugh are always genuine.

Their wedding ceremony took place at the pavilion at SNPJ.

The ringer bearer wasn’t too keen on having so many people watch him walk down the aisle.Good thing mommy was there.:)The ceremony was short, sweet, and full of smiles.
Stunning!
I just have to share this little bit of cuteness: Jill’s Something Old she wore was the necklace Ryan got her when they first started dating.

So not only does Jenny from The Willows by Wehr do an awesome job with the flowers because she’s super talented, but she is also a very sweet & helpful person! She stuck around throughout the entire ceremony & then offered the bride & groom & their family members bottles of water during family formal portraits. She’s so awesome!Clarencedale Cake made the wonderful cupcakes & small cake for them to cut.Ryan’s brother, Matt, gave the Best Man toast.

And Kate gave the Maid of Honor speech. She said since she and Jill were so close growing up and all throughout school that it was a well-known fact that dating Jill meant also dating Kate, and Ryan put up with his two girlfriends well.:)

The cake cutting was entertaining. They swayed to Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” for their first dance as husband and wife. Then Jill danced with her dad.And Ryan danced with his mom. One of my favorite moments from the entire reception was when Jill’s grandparents won the anniversary dance for longest married couple with 54 years! DJ Becky from JL Entertainment asked Jill’s grandparents if they had any advice to share with the newlyweds. Her grandma replied, “Just be honest. And fair.” Her grandpa bluntly said, “Don’t worry, Jill will take care of everything.” Love it!

With that the dance floor was open!

We snuck these two away for five minutes because the sky was amazing!Here’s a little behind-the-scenes action for you. Josh loves getting dirty. He also loves shots with the off-camera flashes we have because they create a dynamic and dramatic effect. Off-camera flash, for the win!
After that five minute detour, it was time for the bouquet toss.
The Maid of Honor picked it up off the floor.;)And the Best Man caught the garter!Jill & Ryan, we had a lovely time with you both & were so happy to get to share in your wedding day! We wish you both the best throughout your life together.

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Today on the blog is one of the most beautiful & fun wedding ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed. Korisa (“Chuck”) and Christopher (“Nugget”) got married at New Waterford United Methodist Church in a touching ceremony with very few dry eyes in attendance. Chuck & Nugget have known each other for a while, but were always just friends and never anything more. Finally, events in their lives led them to a point where it was time to try a go at dating. We’re so glad they did! They make each other happier than anyone in their lives has ever seen them & we’re so happy that we got to be a part of their wedding day! It was a gorgeous day; we couldn’t have asked for more lovely weather.
I love Chuck’s pretty, tea-length wedding gown! It looked fabulous on her.

Chuck helping her dad with his tie.:)

And it was a group effort to help Nugget get his tie on. 

Caleb & Jada were the most adorable ring bearer and flower girl brother-sister duo!

Chris’ reaction to seeing his bride walk toward him down the aisle was full of love & adoration.

This is a beautiful church!

The officiant started off by saying, “Repeat after me, I, Chris, take you Korisa.” And Chris said, “I Chris, take you. . . Chuck.”:)These two are so well-known by their nicknames that it seems strange to call them their given names. All of the guests got a great laugh out of it.

And the officiant said, “It is my pleasure to present to you, Mr. & Mrs. Nugget Walton.”:)

Lots of very happy hugs all around!Nugget’s uncle jokingly presented him with a box of tissues.Immediately after the ceremony, guests gathered for cupcakes in the church banquet hall. This was the sweetest & most laid-back wedding day we’ve ever photographed. We loved it!

Then Chuck & Nugget enjoyed a private dinner for two at Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, Ohio.

Once their dinner was over, we had fun with some relaxed and pretty wedding day portraits at Hanover House & the area surrounding Spread Eagle Tavern. It was the golden hour, which is the perfect time for glowy light photos. We wish every wedding day could be this relaxed and that we could take bride & groom portraits during golden hour (the last couple of hours before sunset) for every wedding!Lots of past U.S. Presidents have stayed at Hanover House throughout the years. It was built in 1820.Gorgeous bride!Look how happy they are!

We found this field a few miles from Spread Eagle Tavern & it was just what Chuck wanted for some sunset portraits.:)How romantic!And we bid them farewell so they could enjoy their wedding night!Chuck & Nugget, we pray that your marriage will bring you joy & laughter throughout all of the years of your life! Thanks for sharing your day with us!

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We’re so excited to share this orchard engagement session with you today! This has been a long time coming for Lauren & Jordan.:)These two have been together for five years, engaged for three years, and are getting married this September! It’s awesome we get to be a part of it all. We first started out the engagement session with mini-family shoot with their two beautiful children, Keegan & Owen.

Adorableness!

Owen’s chubby cheeks!

Keegan wasn’t too sure about the camera at first, but I just love this serious look she gave us with those beautiful, big eyes!

After the mini-family sesh, Grandma got to take the babies so Lauren & Jordan’s engagement session could get going.:)

These two are so fun together. They laugh a lot & have their own cute way of picking on each other.

Gorgeous September bride-to-be here, Folks!

Something a little creative. . . double exposure.

Jordan may have climbed up a windmill to look around the property. He spent a lot of time playing, shooting guns, running around, having fun in the lake, and hanging out with friends on this property as a kid.

Orchards are so pretty and peaceful. 

The light was uber lovely that evening.

You can’t look at how happy these two are without smiling from ear to ear!

And we ended the night with a little off-camera flash action & the stunning sunset.Lauren & Jordan, we can’t wait for your wedding day. It’ll be here before we know it!:-D

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Kaelyn & Nick’s wedding day was gorgeous from beginning to end & we felt very blessed to capture it for them! The ceremony at Mill Creek Park Fellows Riverside Gardens was stunning, emotional, and full of laughter. Kaelyn looked beautiful in her gown for the ceremony & in her gown for the reception at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center! And anyone can see how much these two care for one another.

Kaelyn’s shoes- how amazing!
Crystal Vase made the very pretty bouquets & centerpieces.
I started off the day with Kaelyn, her bridesmaids, her mom, and Nick’s mom at Nick’s parents’ home. Pure Beauty Hair & Nail Salon did the girls’ hair & Airbrush Images Studio did the makeup. Everyone looked amazing!

Kaelyn’s cute little sister was a bridesmaid.:)While I was with the ladies, Josh was with the guys. Nick was all smiles.
Oh my goodness, was the weather absolutely perfect during their outdoor ceremony at the Rose Gardens! I loved their personalized aisle runner that they also used at the reception hall.Cutest ring bearer ever? I think so.Nick was overwhelmed with emotion as he saw Kaelyn walking toward him.
Yahoo! Married!This was a fun & cooperative (we like that!) bridal party! After the few photos with the wedding party, it was all about Kaelyn & Nick. Their bride & groom romantic session was so beautiful!Models! Seriously, you two, you’re lookin’ gooooood!Her gorgeous ceremony dress is from Jacqueline’s Bridal. <—– We highly recommend this locally owned shop!The reception decor at Mr. Anthony’s was so beautiful! Nick’s mom made a few of the decorations herself & she did a fabulous job! Like we always say, we highly recommend uplighting! It sets the mood in a room & adds so much interest! Damon from D & R Audio was the DJ & provided the uplighting, too. He always does a great job!The table linens were so pretty & added that pop of color & “Wow” factor to the room. Mary Kay from Center of Attention really did a wonderful job pulling everything together!Their cake was made by the Cake Boutique. Nick’s mom made the pretty, blinging cake stand.Nick’s mother made that card box herself. . . serious talent!Hahaha! Their cake cutting cracked everyone up!They danced to John Legend’s “All of Me.”Kaelyn & her dad:Nick & his mom:Kaelyn & her mom:Then the party started & everyone had a TON of fun dancing.Except the ring bearer. . .:)
This was new for us. The groomsmen kidnapped the bride & took her away. The guests had to pay ransom to get her back!And Nick had to answer a few pointed questions to have his beloved returned to him.
These two liked the kidnapper masks.Miss Softball Player hurled that bouquet well beyond all of the single ladies. A girl after my own heart.:)We quickly snuck them out for a few end of the evening portraits.And they returned to dance the night away with their guests. Kaelyn & Nick, thanks for choosing us to photograph your wedding day & the beginning of happily ever after for you two! We wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and fun!

If you can’t get enough of Kaelyn & Nicholas, check out their engagement session.:)

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