Today on the blog we’re sharing all the pretty wedding day details. Being Ohio wedding photographers means that we see a range of wedding decor from elegant and fancy to rustic and natural. Every Youngstown bride is unique & has her own style and we love how she can express that in her wedding day details! We already blogged our favorite wedding cakes & favorite wedding flowers from 2016 so this post will be all the other little details & decor, as well as wedding gowns & shoes! We know that brides invest a lot of creativity, time, energy, and funds into their wedding day details so we wrote a blog post awhile ago to help brides help their photographers get the best wedding detail shots possible on their wedding day. You can see that post HERE.

This is one of my favorite wedding dress shots, maybe ever.
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A lot of DJs that we work with offer uplighting with some of their packages & we encourage our couples to take advantage.  ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerThis wedding ceremony decor was darling & meaningful at the same time. ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerHedgehog cookies. . . they are adorable! ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerWe also have to mention that our favorite dress shop is Jacqueline’s Bridal in Poland. 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The bridesmaids helped me out with this one. ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerThis was a beautiful one-of-a-kind wedding gown. ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerJoe Mineo Creative styled this wedding decor gorgeously & elegantly.ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerPearls!ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerGuests got to enjoy this amazing spread from Lariccia’s Italian Marketplace during cocktail hour. ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerThis simple & pretty backyard wedding was in our backyard. We still can’t believe how unbelievably perfect the weather was & how amazing everything worked out! ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerAnd Josh built this arbor. I’m so proud of his awesomeness! ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerTieks are the bomb.com! 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Natasha Penwarden* 74. 75.ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerAll the sparkle! ohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerohio wedding photographerThis was a request of the bride. She wanted her dress to hang on one of the old trees in her childhood backyard. Thankfully her dad helped me with a ladder. No one knew I was pregnant at the time & I bet they would’ve fussed about me climbing up the ladder & hanging up the dress, but I was safe about it! 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Have fun planning & crafting those fun details. Please feel free to email us with any questions you have about your own wedding day photography! We’re happy to help! info@menningphotographic.com

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We see so much as wedding photographers! No two wedding days are ever the same. Wedding days are emotional, interesting, funny, happy, silly, and so much more. From one moment to the next, wedding days can be unpredictable. That’s why we love photographing wedding days mostly in a photojournalistic fashion. We’re there & we’re waiting for authentic moments to happen that we can capture for our brides & grooms (and their families!) to enjoy for many generations. We can’t tell you how happy it makes us when one of our couples tells us about a moment we caught on camera that brings them joy and adds value to their life. As the years progress & we continue in this wedding photography business, we realize that the wedding memories our clients hold dear increase in value as loved ones in those photographs move on to heaven. This life is definitely bittersweet. We’re grateful we have the opportunity to contribute to others’ wedding day memories that they value & adore. Our favorite 2016 real wedding moments are below. Grab a tissue & enjoy.Boardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerMegan’s father passed away unexpectedly a week before her wedding day. Shout was his favorite song to dance to & there wasn’t a guest in the house at that wedding reception in his or her seat as everyone surrounded Megan, Stephen, and Megan’s mom with love & support as it played.Boardman wedding photographerThis flower girl took her job of tossing petals VERY seriously & it was adorable.Boardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerWhen this moment happens on your wedding day, you don’t soon forget it!Boardman wedding photographerOne of our favorite moments of each wedding day is when the groom sees his bride for the first time in her gown walking toward him.Boardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerWhen you get iced on your wedding day. The groomsmen couldn’t help themselves from icing the groom.Boardman wedding photographerThere weren’t very many dry eyes during Ali’s dad’s toast. Boardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerOne of the best moments of any wedding day is that JUST MARRIED moment! Pure joy!Boardman wedding photographerSisters. Enough said.Boardman wedding photographerOn this toasty May wedding day, the bridal party cooled off with misting handheld fans. . . then. . . Boardman wedding photographerThe groom got one stuck in the bride’s hair. Whoopsie. . .Boardman wedding photographerShe laughed it off & didn’t get alarmed at all. We were seriously impressed with how chill she was. Laid back brides who have fun & go with the flow on wedding days, we LOVE you!Boardman wedding photographerIf you’re wondering, he got it out without hurting her beautiful hair. Winning.Boardman wedding photographerPhil’s reaction to seeing Chelsea was precious.Boardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerAnd these two did not mess around with their first kiss as husband and wife.Boardman wedding photographerThe flower girl is my favorite part of this image.Boardman wedding photographerIf you cake smash, it’s okay as long as it ends like this.Boardman wedding photographerWe love getting to see friends reunited.Boardman wedding photographerWe accidentally got into a bit of a soggy spot at the park during portraits with these two. Scott wasted no time whisking up his new bride to save the dress and shoes. She got a good one, Ladies!
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Boardman wedding photographer. . .with this. . . Boardman wedding photographer. . . and this.Boardman wedding photographerGuess which song they’re singing.Boardman wedding photographerBoardman wedding photographerFather daughter moments are some of our favorites at any wedding.Boardman wedding photographerhttp://amyandjordanblog.com/2013/education/making-the-leap-series-step-1-get-debt-free/http://amyandjordanblog.com/2013/education/making-the-leap-series-step-1-get-debt-free/Boardman wedding photographerI loved how Eleni teared up when she found the message her groom left her on the bottoms of her shoes.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersThis was our first Greek wedding & it was full of smiles.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersGrannies on the dance floor. . . we salute you!Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersAfter the wedding ceremony, Chloe ran to her new stepdad and jumped into his arms in tears. There was definitely something in our eyes that day making them water!Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersThat moment when the catering staff brings you a Michael Myers’ knife to cut your cake with.  Jess & Eric rolled with it & just laughed.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen you’re slaying Let It Go on the mic for your adoring fans. Boardman wedding photographersSaid adoring fans:Boardman wedding photographersThis sweet Maid of Honor couldn’t believe how beautiful her sister looked walking down the aisle.Boardman wedding photographersCase in point:Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersChris cried during his first look with his bride before the wedding ceremony & still had this reaction when Krystina walked down the aisle toward him. LOVE it!Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersToddler life is rough.Boardman wedding photographersThat moment when you get to put lipgloss on your soon-to-be stepdaughter on your wedding day. So sweet.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen your dad surprises you with a father daughter dance you didn’t know was going to happen:Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen your wedding day weather & the backdrop for your wedding ceremony was perfect in every single way.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersA father wipes away his daughter’s tears all her life. The least she can do is wipe his away on her wedding day. This makes us smile.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen you share a first look with your daddy:Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersThat moment you get a little too rambunctious during bridal party portraits and your bouquet falls apart.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen you feel like the luckiest guy in the world:Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen your dad serenades you & your new husband to God Blessed the Broken Road during your wedding ceremony:Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWe really enjoyed these Filipino wedding traditions we got to see for the first time at Rose & Jacob’s wedding.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersThey busted out some moves to Big Poppa during their first dance.Boardman wedding photographersCamo was the best dressed dog at this wedding ceremony.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersLike we said, toddler life is rough.Boardman wedding photographersWe can’t do any better than this bride’s words about the following image: “If you know me at all then you know the woman in this picture means the world to me! My Magoose! She’s taught me so much about how to love kindly, work hard, care for others and NEVER give up on anything. Ten years ago she learned to walk again and was just coming out of remission for leukemia. This year she was at my wedding. If I become even half the woman she is I will be proud.” Goodness, gracious, so many feels!Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersCake cutting- it’s funny, Guys.Boardman wedding photographersHer groom’s words in his wedding morning letter brought her to smiles & tears.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersThese two made us cry.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersAnd made us laugh.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersIt’s a good wedding morning when you catch a few fish.Boardman wedding photographersAnd it’s a great wedding ceremony when it is full of laughs.Boardman wedding photographersWarning: if you give your wedding guests something to throw at you, they will show no mercy.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersThat very random moment when Fruit of the Loom shows up for your wedding photos:Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersHer ring bearer told her he loved her just before she walked down the aisle.
Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersStanding with the rest of the bridal party is overrated. Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersGrannies. . . please keep the fresh dance moves coming. We can’t get enough.Boardman wedding photographersThe moment you see your best friend in her wedding dress for the first time:Boardman wedding photographersSteph’s parents surprised her & Shane with a butterfly release after their wedding ceremony.Boardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersBoardman wedding photographersWhen you trick everyone into thinking you’ll be sweet with the cake feeding. . . Boardman wedding photographers. . . then this happens. . . Boardman wedding photographers. . . and your groomsman helps you out so kindly by eating the leftovers from your beard.Boardman wedding photographersPhotographing these moments makes us happy. We’ve really been having fun with these 2016 Year in Review posts! They bring back so many memories!

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Wedding cakes are an expression of creativity & artistry. When we see wedding guests arrive to a reception, we notice them do three things usually: 1. look for the bride & groom, 2. try to find where to place gifts & cards, and 3. search out the wedding cake so they can admire it. There are so many talented bakers & cake artists in the Youngstown area & we always enjoy photographing their fabulous work! The wedding cakes of our 2016 weddings range in style from trendy & hip to rustic to sophisticated & elegant. It’s fun to see how the cake ties the wedding day theme together. We also had some unique “cakes” last year like White House Fruit Farm donuts & ice cream cupcakes! We’re sorry that this post is coming just 11 days into your New Year’s Resolution. . . good thing the Internet doesn’t have smell or taste-o-vision yet! Youngstown wedding cakesThe Cake Boutique made this lovely & sparkly creation! The uplighting by DJ Brian Price definitely added pop to the background of these wedding cake images! Plus, did you all know that The Cake Boutique (small local business in Howland, Ohio) won Cake Wars?! What?! Isn’t that so cool?!Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesBatter Call Chelsea made this lovely rustic cake for a barn wedding reception at Brookside Farms. The cake topper featured the bride & groom and the bride’s sweet daughter, which we absolutely loved!Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesKim’s Confections made this classic wedding cake for a late Fall black & white wedding reception.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesNothing says “beautiful Fall wedding day” like a wedding cake topped with fresh red, orange, and yellow blooms! Sugar Showcase made this cake.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesThe bride’s cousin made this pretty cake for the couple. Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesHogan’s Baking Co. in Columbiana made this lovely, classic wedding cake.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesThis cake is from IGA in Struthers. It looked gorgeous surrounded by all of the pretty decor in Stambaugh Auditorium.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesIsn’t this wedding cake beautiful & unique? The ambiance with uplighting & warm, cozy candles everywhere in The Lake Club surrounded this cake with elegance.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesThis wedding cake was just the right amount of beautiful & whimsical with the cute cake topper. Randy Johnson Pastries made this one.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesDutch Haus Bakery made this rustic cake that matched the wedding’s theme perfectly.Youngstown wedding cakesMany brides & grooms opt for cupcakes with a small cake to cut & feed each other.Youngstown wedding cakesAmi Cakes made this beauty that tied the whole nautical theme together with the wedding day colors, too. I believe I’m remembering correctly that the bride’s stepdad made the cake platform; check out those details! He even carved their names just like it was a real dock.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesFresh flowers are always a pretty cake topper. Dutch Haus Bakery made this cake, too. The Willows by Wehr added the fresh flowers.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesThe Cake Boutique was the artist behind this cake. We’ve gotta give credit where credit is due for this epic uplighting that added SO MUCH to the WOW factor when walking into Blue Wolf Events at the Maronite Center! Damon from D & R Audio did the uplighting and DJing for this event.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesThe Cake Boutique made this wonderful wedding cake. Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesEvery single time I look at these photos my mouth waters. Unfortunately I was too full from dinner and too busy taking photos to eat one of these ice cream cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery, but GOSH did they look DELICIOUS! Youngstown wedding cakesThe DJ announced a couple of times that guests should eat the cake post haste due to its meltable nature.Youngstown wedding cakesSweets by Christine made this cake; it fit in well with the rustic atmosphere at The Barn & Gazebo in Salem.Youngstown wedding cakesCakes by Tammy made this cake for our one January wedding we had last year. It looked pretty in front of the twinkly Christmas tree lights.Youngstown wedding cakesWith a fireman as a groom, the cake topper on this wedding cake by Dutch Haus Bakery was perfect.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesHis groom’s cake was also quite fitting!Youngstown wedding cakesThis cake topper reflected the chosen professions of the bride & the groom with the stethoscope detail on the bride & the police officer’s uniform on the groom.
Youngstown wedding cakesBake Me Treats in Poland made this gold foil cake with a couple of cute macarons on top. Youngstown wedding cakesDutch Haus Bakery made this fun & beautiful wedding cake. We noticed a lot of gold last year & we liked it!Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesBig fresh flowers made a statement on this classic wedding cake.Youngstown wedding cakesDutch Haus Bakery made this wedding cake, too. We loved how much fun Ashley & Shane had throughout their wedding day, and cutting their wedding cake was no exception.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesThe Best Day Ever cake topper was my favorite part of this wedding cake.Youngstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesYoungstown wedding cakesWhite House Fruit Farm donuts are a perfectly acceptable and delicious alternative to wedding cake that your guests will love. That is one way to make your wedding reception unique and yummy.Youngstown wedding cakesAnd don’t even get us started on the Youngstown cookie table & how much we love that tradition! Since we’ve been photographing Youngstown weddings for six years now, we can detect a pattern to each wedding season that goes something like this: in January, we get on a healthy kick and eat lots of great, fresh food during our wedding off-season from about Jan-the end of April. We don’t eat a lot of sugary foods compared to wedding season. So we generally slim down a bit. Then wedding season hits & the cookie tables come at us full force. We can’t help it! The cookies beckon us; brides insist that we eat some & take some home. Guys, it’s not our fault. (haha!). By the time wedding season is over at the end of November & we’ve photographed a wedding almost every weekend for 7 months, we’ve gotten a little fluffier. Then the cycle starts over again at the beginning of the year. We don’t even want to know what we’d look like if our chosen profession had been to bake wedding cakes & goodies like these! Oy! We salute you, Youngstown cake bakers! You’re truly artists and your creativity & talent impresses us each wedding season!

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We’re interrupting our 2016 Year in Review posts to bring you our final wedding of 2016 today. This is one of those weddings that makes us very thankful to be Youngstown photographers! Megan & Stephen are two of the kindest, sweetest, & most generous people you’d ever meet! They are so genuine & lovable. We knew as soon as we met them that their December Youngstown wedding day would be one of our favorites of the entire year. We love the story of how they met, we adored the way that Stephen chose to propose, and Megan & I share a birthday! We felt like we were friends with these two from the moment we first met & we were excited to photograph all of the fun at Mr. Anthony’s! These two are beautiful together & we’re very happy for them to be married & get to experience the life that God has planned for them.megan_stephen_fbMegan’s father passed away unexpectedly the week before their wedding day. Everyone was devastated, but they chose to have the wedding because (to quote Megan’s mom) “Pete wouldn’t have it any other way.” The family honored Megan’s father in many ways on the wedding day & Megan knew he was there with her in spirit that day. One way they honored him was that Stephen wore his cufflinks. Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerAll of Megan’s bridesmaids were wonderful! She wanted this photo to show how she had connected with each of them.Youngstown photographerMegan wore the wedding veil her mother wore on her wedding day. Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerMegan’s uncle had the privilege of walking her down the aisle.Youngstown photographerThis is definitely a favorite from the wedding day! Megan’s grandma is very sweet.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerOne of the adorable flower girls got to carry the “Daddy” candle down the aisle that Megan & Stephen would later light in honor of her father.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerOh my goodness, they are so stinkin’ cute!Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerAfter the wedding ceremony, we stopped at O’Donald’s Irish Pub in downtown Youngstown, which is where Megan & Stephen first met. They toasted Megan’s dad & drank his favorite beer. Megan & Stephen met over a game of Never Have I Ever while celebrating Halloween even though Stephen wasn’t wearing a costume. Megan cut him some slack on his anti-festiveness because she thought he was handsome. You can read more of that story & the story of how they got engaged in their engagement session blog (we’ll wait for you to come back here. . . don’t worry).Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerThere’s nothing like the smile that your true love brings to your face.Youngstown photographerWe were really pumped Megan & Stephen had access to the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas for some bridal party & bride and groom portraits. The weather during their December wedding day was chilly & rainy so the indoor location was really great!Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerThis was Megan’s request & she was cracking up the whole time we were shooting this one.Youngstown photographerThen it was time for romantic bride and groom portraits. We loved this location for that!Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerBloomin’ Crazy was the wedding day florist. The deep red was perfect for December.Youngstown photographerOh my goodness, she is stunning! Her amazing gown is from Jacqueline’s Bridal.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerThis should’ve definitely made it onto the favorite wedding flowers of 2016 blog, but I’ll just be honest & say that these images weren’t in blog format yet & that’s why it didn’t. haha!Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerWe found out that Megan is an Abraham Lincoln fan so we snuck him into a shot.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerThere’s something so warm & cozy about Winter wedding receptions with lots of candles, fresh greens, and twinkly lights! Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center looked inviting & lovely.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerWe’re sure Megan & Stephen’s guests were even more ready for Christmas the following weekend once they got to experience their wedding reception.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown Brides- you cannot go wrong with White House Fruit Farm donuts for dessert! Everyone loved them!Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerHot cocoa bars are so much fun at any wedding, but most especially at a Winter wedding!Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerMegan’s mom’s toast was absolutely perfect in every way. She is an amazing woman. She quoted Ecclesiastes, which suited the occasion perfectly: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: [. . .] a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” She thanked everyone for their support over the past week as they suffered such a great loss, and she encouraged everyone to dance & to celebrate with Megan & Stephen for their marriage. She also expressed how overjoyed she was to have Stephen as her son-in-law. It was beautiful.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerMegan’s best friend Mary also did a lovely job with her toast to the newlyweds. She even quoted their first dance song lyrics, “From the Ground Up.”Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerStephen said these photos will make his mom cry- that’s the goal! (Insert smiley emoji). Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerMegan & her mom shared an upbeat mother-daughter dance to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and then encouraged everyone in the crowd to join them. Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerAnd join them they did!
Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerThe entire night was a celebration to rival any we’ve seen.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerWow! The dance floor was absolutely packed.Youngstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerYoungstown photographerMegan & Stephen, congratulations again! We’re very happy for you & were so honored to be your wedding photographers! We can’t say enough kind things about you both & we’re glad we got to know you. We pray for the best for your marriage; may it bring you joy & challenge you to be the best versions of yourselves possible.

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We’re having such a great time looking back over the wedding photos from our 2016 weddings! It just brings back all of the beautiful memories from this past year & all of the wonderful couples we have gotten to know! Today’s blog topic is wedding flowers & we’re excited to show you our favorites from 2016! One aspect of being part of the wedding vendors scene in Youngstown that we absolutely love is that we genuinely like working with our fellow wedding vendors! There are so many creative & kind people we’ve gotten to meet because of the Youngstown wedding industry! The florists we’ve gotten to know are no exception to that rule! And a few of them have become friends who we cherish. They seriously have an abundance of talent & we aren’t quite sure how they make such magic with flowers. Whether you’re into a classic & sophisticated look or a unique & fun look, you’ll find some wedding flower inspiration in this blog post!wedding flowers YoungstownTara from Fodor Tree Farm | Farmhouse Blooms designed these stunning & punchy bouquets & the reception decor.  They complemented the gorgeous sparkly bridesmaids’ dresses in such a fun & unexpected way! And we loved all of the texture, too!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownTara had Antone’s Banquet Centre looking fabulous!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThis Stambaugh Auditorium wedding was the perfect occasion for a classic blush bridal bouquet.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownWe adore COLOR & these bouquets by Sweet Arrangements were beautiful!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThis was a Pittsburgh wedding & Bettis Floral did a fabulous job with the bouquets & reception decor. wedding flowers YoungstownThat punch of orange against the royal blue cannot be ignored (in a good way!).wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownFlowers Straight from the Heart in East Palestine fashioned these bouquets for a rustic Summer barn wedding.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThis was our first wedding in 2016 (just 16 days into the year) and the deep blue beautifully accented the crisp clean-fallen snow.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThis bouquet was perfect for Tiffani & her wedding at The Barn & Gazebo in Salem.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownWe’ll just be upfront & honest with you all about something: Jenny Wehr from The Willows by Wehr is our absolute all-time favorite florist! She works magic, People. And she’s a gem of a person. We just love her. She did an amazing job (as always) with Steph’s flowers!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownSweet Arrangements was the florist for this bright & punchy Spring wedding. Talk about color!
wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThe florist for Stephanie & Dalton’s gorgeous wedding day was Jensen’s in Warren.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownHeritage Florist in Cortland served as the florist for this pretty Summer wedding.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThis amazing wedding day was another one we had the privilege of working with Jenny from The Willows by Wehr.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownSara’s bouquet at her Brookside Farms wedding was not made of flowers.wedding flowers YoungstownIt was unique & she received a lot of compliments on it.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThis was a favorite from last year. A Floral Dynasty was the florist. We liked the gray & yellow & how it meshed so well with the color palette of the wedding day.wedding flowers YoungstownFloral Magic designed this bridal bouquet with lots of unique shapes & colors. Sara incorporated some meaningful pins in there, too.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownRose’s wedding day bouquet was full of brooches & bling. Her bridesmaids carried matching Michael Kors wristlets.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownSomething New Florist in Canfield along with Joe Mineo Creative decorated The Lake Club stunningly for Rachelle & Steven’s wedding day in May!wedding flowers YoungstownIt was very cold that day.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThe Orange Poppy was the florist for this classic black tie wedding.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownNatalie & Anthony weren’t afraid to add some beautiful color to their cheery Summer wedding at The Lake Club. And she could’ve done bicep curls with her bouquet; it was substantial!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownMonica’s & Chuck’s wedding at The Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton was another The Willows by Wehr wedding. Her bouquet was perfect.monica-chuck-wedding-spread-eagle-tavern-hanoverton-ohio-youngstown-ohio-wedding-photographers_0018Don’t you love peonies & roses together?wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownDo you watch Shark Tank? We’re told this was a featured product- Eco Flower. They’re really cool!
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wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownWildflowers are always among our favorites for wedding days! wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownJenna’s bouquet sparkled.wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownThe Willows by Wehr knocked this wedding reception decor at The Avalon Inn out of the park!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownFlowers Straight from the Heart did a lovely job with the flowers for this Fall wedding!wedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers Youngstownwedding flowers YoungstownWe’re looking forward to seeing what the wedding trends with florals will bring this year! We hope you found some wedding flower inspiration here! Stay tuned for more of our 2016 Year in Review posts coming soon!

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