Photographing weddings takes us to many places & allows us many unique experiences. And we obviously have cameras while everything is going down (ha!). . . so we occasionally snap fun photos or we end up in awkward test shots. This is the first time we’ve ever done a behind the scenes blog post & we’re sure it’ll make you laugh. Looking back through these memories from the past year’s wedding reminds us (as we are always reminded) that we’re so blessed to be able to do something we love for people we love with the person we love. ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersBrittany & Adam’s day was so lovely. It was the perfect weather & they are so sweet!ohio wedding photographersThis one makes me chuckle because Josh does such a great job taking photos of everything during the processional & then he has to sneak through so he’s not standing in front of the entire wedding ceremony throughout the duration because no one wants that! haha. I was taking a shot of all of the bridesmaids wiping their tears & Josh popped up at the last second as he was sneaking away since there was no other place for him to go once the processional was finished. Stealth ninja mode haha!ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersAs you’ll notice throughout this blog post, there are many, many different weddings, but there are very, very few dresses I wear. I find what works & stick with it! It’s sort of my wedding day uniform- a dress that is long enough to bend over in. For obvious reasons. ohio wedding photographersIf you need fluffing, hair fixage, dress primping, boutonniere assistance, or pocket square help, Josh & I are here for you!  ohio wedding photographersYou’ll see lots of veil tossing in this post. The expressions on our faces as we’re running away are always priceless.ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersYou’ll also see quite a few of our awesome friends we love working with on wedding days in this post! This is Emily Rusu from Jet Wedding Videography; we always have a great time working with her & her husband Bill & they do lovely work! The MUA in this photo is Jen Melia. She owns The Makeup Boutique & we highly recommend her!ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersWe have lots of Emily & Bill photos!  We have heard/seen other photographers in various groups we’re in online complain about working with videographers (no one we know personally), but we have to say that we are SUPER blessed in the Youngstown area with so many amazing videographers that we absolutely adore working with! They’re fun & they’re professional. We have always been able to work out wonderful ways to stay out of one another’s shots & provide the brides & grooms with beautiful photos & video at the same time! ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersHey! Dream Team if I ever saw one. Bill & Emily, you both rock!ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersGo, Bill, go.ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersPaparazzi in full effect.ohio wedding photographershehe. Can you spot me?ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersThe one thing I really love about seeing behind the scenes photos of myself is that I’m always smiling behind my camera. This truly is a wonderful career full of so much love & joy.ohio wedding photographersI think I was swatting away a bee. ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersSun! Glorious sun. Squinting gives me wrinkles. . . help! lol!ohio wedding photographersCaught- a ferocious male of the human variety in his natural habitat hunting & gathering small sugary treats for consumption.ohio wedding photographersThe look on my face is totally “I hope I’m not hurting you, I hope I’m not hurting you!”ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersThis wedding day was really windy. . . I never wore that dress again. Too close for comfort, y’all. ohio wedding photographersAnd in case anyone is wondering, I do wear small spandex shorts under my dresses on wedding days. . . is that TMI?ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersYes! Love seeing those smiles!ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersI’m not sure why we all look so confused hahaohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersI never in my life thought that there would be so many photos of me bending over. Oh, Joshua. He says he’s testing the light. Every weekend. Husbands. . . haha!ohio wedding photographersHere’s the lovely & talented Jenny Wehr. She’s the owner & florist at The Willows by Wehr in Columbiana. Every time she drops off flowers for a bride, they could not be happier!ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersShe’s the best!ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersAnd there’s David of David John Studios. We always have a blast working with him when he’s shooting video.ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersJosh- ever the gentleman.ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersGlow sticks make me excited.ohio wedding photographersOh no big deal. Just Bill from Jet Wedding Videography saving the day by fixing the groom’s watch.ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersWhen Josh needs a haircut. lol.ohio wedding photographersI saw one thing that needed fixed. ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersI have a theory that Josh wants to be a bride some day. (Bwahahaha!)ohio wedding photographersAm I demonstrating how to cut the cake? Or just admiring and drooling? We’ll go with the former.ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersWe were working with Jeremy Scott Films on this day. ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersJosh tries to fluff dresses sometimes. Then he always looks over at me & asks for help. haha. True story. He’s just being hard on himself. He’s not that bad. 😉ohio wedding photographersWell isn’t he handsome?ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersI have touched many a wedding gown. Everyone always asks me how I got so good at fluffing them. Practice makes perfect. 🙂ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersWe all look freezing cold. lolohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersWhite House Fruit Farm donuts. Enough said, okay? ohio wedding photographersLOL at Josh’s camera in ghost cameraman mode.ohio wedding photographersCan you find me?ohio wedding photographersohio wedding photographersWhat an amazing & fun year 2017 was! We can’t thank our couples enough! Stay tuned on the blog for lots more wonderfulness coming up soon! We’ll be blogging a few gorgeous engagement sessions & some of our 2017 favorites in various categories like Portraits, Fun Moments, Dresses, Cakes, etc! Can’t wait!

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This is easily one of my favorite blog posts of the year! We love the family tradition of going to choose a real Christmas tree for our home each year & it is even more fun now that we have children. Tenley remembers details from going to get our tree last year, which absolutely blows my mind since last year she wasn’t even 2 years old yet! Her mind is a steel trap for sure! This is our third year in a row getting our tree from Robinson Tree Farm in Lisbon. We have had great experiences each time we’ve gone! This year was warm & sunny with only a slight chill to the air. It seems like our weather each December as of late has been mild for the most part. We won’t complain, but wouldn’t it be lovely if we had a white Christmas this year? We hope it’ll happen!

Getting to experience the world through the eyes of our children has been a treat & Tenley is a hoot. This is unrelated to Christmas tree shopping, but my mom said she was having trouble with her cell phone one day & Tenley asked, “Is that because you’re older?” hahaha! We just both cracked up for a few minutes. That girl doesn’t pull any punches! While we perused the hillside for the perfect tree, Kenton hung out and smiled & played Peek a Boo with Josh while he was all wrapped up against my chest. I hope Kenton’ll let me keep wrapping him for a long time because I absolutely love having him so close & getting to snuggle with his sweet little squishy self!

This is also a fun tradition that my parents get to be part of, too, which makes Tenley really happy. She loooooooves her grandparents! There is a little story that we’ll get to remember for awhile now that there are photos to remind us- haha! While we were getting ready to leave to go to the tree farm, I was going back and forth from the house to the van getting stuff that we wanted like bottles of water, the camera, snacks, etc. I had a jacket in my hand to bring out for Tenley, but I sat it down on the dryer so I could grab the camera and then didn’t remember to grab the jacket. Doh! Since we don’t wear coats on the kids in their carseats for safety reasons, that’s why it was in my hand and not on Tenley’s body. Thankfully I had my coat in the car & she wore it adorably once we got to the tree farm. real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionTenley was mesmerized by the blue & purple trees. She called them Elsa trees.real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionGrandma & Tenley are BFFs.real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionOh gosh, this boy & his sweetness! He also has WAY more teeth than his big sister did at this age. She only had two at nine months. Kenton has six and he’s working on a few more.real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionKenton was in this photo in my belly last year & this year he got to be on the outside! The miracle of pregnancy & childbirth is awe-inspiring.  real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionTimber.real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionI’m pretty sure that’s the way Tenley looked at that Santa as a baby, too. haha!real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionNo, we don’t let our nine-month-old eat candy canes. He got a small lick & all was okay in the world. #secondchild lolreal Christmas tree family traditionChoosing a family Christmas tree must be very hard work because both kids fell asleep on the way home. Tenley was awake when I carried her into the house, but she zonked right back out & I held her during her nap, which doesn’t happen too often anymore. I’ll soak up every cuddle I can get! They get too big too quickly!real Christmas tree family traditionreal Christmas tree family traditionAnd we’re throwing this one in the mix, too, since it was that same day. Who knew brushing your teeth could be so much fun?! real Christmas tree family traditionChristmas is going to be so much fun this year with these two littles! We can’t wait to share the photos on our blog! You can also follow along on social media:

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Thanks for joining in on the fun through our blog! If you liked this post, you will also enjoy seeing the past couple of years as we chose our tree:

Christmas Tree Adventure 2016

Christmas Tree Saga 2015

Christmas Tree Shenanigans 2014

Christmas Tree Fun 2013

We’ve got some pretty Youngstown engagement photos for you today! Ashley & Brad are one of the most adorable couples we’ve ever met! They laugh A LOT. They make each other blatantly happy. They have a TON in common. And they are truly best friends. Our time with them during their engagement session in Youngstown at Fellows Riverside Gardens & downtown was a riot because they were cracking us up & they couldn’t be cuter if they tried so we were really excited about all of the amazing photos we got to take! In addition to their fabulous chemistry, they also have a super cute story that we’re excited to share here, too!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosTheir laughter is contagious & we had so much fun with their adorable height difference during their engagement session. Ashley is so stinkin’ cute and pretty! She’s also a nurse so she saves lives for a living. . . Brad found himself a keeper!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosAnd he is oh-so-in-love!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosI just can’t with their cuteness! They’re so much fun & we love that their personalities really shined through in the photos.joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosThese two both went to the same high school & knew of each other, but they weren’t high school sweethearts. They didn’t start dating until college when they kept running into each other with mutual friends. And their love story blossomed on the YSU campus as they hung out & shared a lot of fun dates & lots of interests in common.joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosIf you’ve ever been in a relationship for a long time & you’ve had the conversation that goes something like this, then you know exactly what I mean: “Hey we’ve been together a long time & we really love each other & we both know we want to get married so the proposal isn’t too far off, but I still want to surprise you & you still want to be surprised.” Well, Ashley & Brad had a similar conversation to that, but he added, “So I’ll be taking you on lots of decoy dates this Summer all dressed up & fancy & fun just to throw you off! You’ll never know which one it might be!” joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosIt just so happens that Brad couldn’t wait too much longer & he proposed after the very first decoy date. ha! Love it! They went to dinner & then Brad said he wanted to show Ashley something he had been working on. At the time he was living with his mom & Ashley knew that he had been working on something in the yard. He had been spending so much time on it & she had no idea why or what he was up to until he brought her there & she laid eyes on the setup. It was gorgeous & romantic & perfect! He had decorated everything to a T! And I can’t describe it as well as you’ll comprehend if I just show you so here it is! Go see their proposal story & the adorable photos of the setup over on How He Asked, where Ashley & Brad’s story is featured: HERE. Isn’t it adorable & so thoughtful?! Ashley cried her eyes out with joy &, of course, said yes!
joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosShe’s going to be a stunning bride! But the best part is that her personality is downright amazing. She is such a bubbly & joyful person & she lights up every room she enters! We’re sure her patients at the hospital love her!joyful engagement photosBut not as much as Brad does!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosAnd we love it when Mr. Golden Sun shines down on us for an engagement session! It’s THE BEST!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosAfter our fun at Mill Creek Park, we had an outfit change (snazzy!) and a change of scenery. joyful engagement photosWe love that they included downtown Youngstown in their engagement session since they spent a lot of time in their relationship at hangouts there since they were YSU students.joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosThey are seriously the sweetest.joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosAnd the goofiest & we love that! Being yourself, your true quirky self full of a million idiosyncrasies, with the one you love the most is unparalleled & one of the most fun things about life, in our humble opinions!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosFav! LOL!joyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosjoyful engagement photosAshley & Brad, everything about you two together is wonderful & we’re so glad we got to spend the afternoon with you & we’ll get to be there cheering you on & capturing so many lovely moments on the first day of your marriage! Congrats again & we can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Thanks for reading our wedding blog! We’re Josh & Danielle, we’re married wedding photographers based in the Columbiana, Ohio area. We photograph weddings mostly in the Youngstown, Ohio area, but we have passports & we love destination weddings, too! We’re all about family & we have two super cute kiddos (if we say so ourselves!). You can see more of our images we get to take for fun & adventurous, joyful couples on our social media channels- 

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Happy birthday to my loving husband Joshua! I love you. Tenley loves you. Kenton loves you. You’re absolutely everything we could ever begin to ask for in a husband and father. You’re reliable, kind, patient, loving, caring, joyful, and playful. When the kids are with you, they are calmed in their hearts by your presence. Seemingly paradoxically, they are energized with a fervor for life & a curiosity for exploring their surroundings that only you can inspire in them. I’ve been blessed with you in my life for 12+ years now. I’ve helped you celebrate birthdays 20-32. And I love you more every day. I love you for the way you anchor my life with your warm embrace & your soft, kind, encouraging words. I love you for the way you zealously pursue your dreams. You’re optimistic. You’re always there to offer a friendly smile & hug to anyone. And you’re the most helpful & loyal friend I’ve ever known. Daddy_T_K_0001Getting to do life alongside of you every single day is a blessing I can’t even begin to thank God for enough. You’re the perfect business partner & coworker. I can’t explain it except to say that we are the best when we’re a team- simple but true! Josh_in_action_0001And, oh my goodness, do we make adorable babies! ha! But seriously. Josh_Kenton_0001Josh_Tenley_0001They get a good bit of their silliness from you. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for being my person, for the myriad laughs we have shared over the years at our shared weird and goofy sense of humor, and for the personal growth you’ve inspired in my life. I wish you the happiest birthday & pray that this is our best year yet! I love you!

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If you enjoyed this post, you may also like some past personal posts, too:

Happy Birthday, Josh! 2014 

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