We’re continuing on with all of the happy and pretty Fall engagement sessions. Fall is our busiest time of year for engagement photos every year! It’s gorgeous & so many couples love having the Fall foliage in their engagement & wedding photos! We can definitely understand why! It’s stunning. We started Joslyn & Joe’s engagement session at the Poland Library and they both looked amazing. It was cold that day, but we all powered through! Joslyn was the one truly powering through, though! Her legs were covered in goosebumps. But doesn’t she look fabulous?! Worth it! Youngstown weddingPhotographers’ dream clients with bright & beautiful smiles like these! Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingJoslyn’s hair, though! Let’s just admire that for a second! She’s going to be such a happy & fun, beautiful bride! Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingThere’s something so special about getting to hang out with happy couples in love planning their forever together. Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingThis is one of my favorites. I love how sweet they are together. Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingTheir proposal story is very sweet & fun. They went to Pittsburgh for what Joslyn thought was only a dinner date. They were in Station Square & Joslyn had no idea that Joe was planning to ask her to marry him outside by the fountain. He even had planned to have Joslyn’s sister there to take some photos as the proposal was happening. As they neared the fountain, Joe realized that the water wasn’t running. . . oh well. Joslyn wouldn’t even notice because she’d be so excited! Joe saw Joslyn’s sister coming toward them & he was really nervous that Joslyn was going to notice her & then it would all be out in the open. The time was now! He asked her to marry him & she was so surprised & overjoyed. She, of course, said yes. And she was so surprised to see her sister there to share in the joy. We love it! Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingThe warm tones of the brown leaves are so pretty. Of course, the vibrant yellows, reds, and oranges of Fall are gorgeous, too, but the browns are under-appreciated. We see you, browns. . . you deserve some props, too.  And I know I already said this, but Joslyn’s smile lit up the whole Poland Woods!
Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingThese two are so much fun to hang out with. They had us laughing the whole session. We talked about everything from professional wrestling to lifting to the fact that not a one of us could believe that the former Apprentice star was POTUS. haha!Youngstown weddingSpeaking of lifting, let’s just all agree we can tell Joe is acquainted with the gym. Good work!Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingOkay. . . you two are too cute!Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingWe had been telling them that we had seen deer at this location before & then, as if on cue, there they were! They ran across the pathway really quickly & we didn’t have our zoom lens on at the time unfortunately, but we snapped a couple of quick shots as they scampered away.Youngstown weddingYoungstown weddingYoungstown weddingJoslyn & Joe, you guys are so great together & we’re excited for your wedding this year! We can’t wait!

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We welcomed our second child into the world on February 19, 2017 & IT’S A BOY! He’s 9 days old today & he has been a joy! He is sweet & laid back so far. Josh & I both said from the beginning of this pregnancy that we had a feeling he was a boy & we were right. Even though you’ll most often find weddings, engagements, and things of that sort on our blog, we do also share personal stories & we love having this blog as a journal to look back upon & see the fun & joy we’ve had throughout our marriage and family life. Just a warning if you’re usually here for the wedding photography goodness, there’ll be talk of birth in all of its glory in this post so turn away now if that’s not your thing.Youngstown family photographer

Leading up to the day of Kenton’s birth, I had been having contractions for weeks. They were mild and irregular so I knew it wasn’t active labor, but they did start to get increasingly irritating even though they weren’t painful. They were just kind of annoying. There were a few times that we were out & about & I started to think to myself, “What’s my plan of action if these start becoming the real thing?!”

The day before Kenton was born, Josh, Tenley, and I went to Josh’s parents’ house for a cookout. . . strangely warm February weather allowed us to be outside by a bonfire for a bit. Our sister-in-law Lisa asked when I thought I’d be having the baby & said, “You’re due in just a few weeks.” I said, “I won’t make it that long. It’ll only be a few days probably.” There had been a few signs from my body that labor was imminent, which is why I thought that. (They’re TMI so I won’t list them here). We ate & talked & Tenley played with My Little Ponies & Barbies that used to be her Aunt Jessica’s (Josh’s sister) and a Thomas the Train that used to be her cousin Aiden’s. I was having a lot of braxton hicks contractions, but, like I said, I had been having them for weeks so I didn’t think too much of it. We left and headed home.

Shortly after getting home, we put Tenley to bed & then decided we wanted to go to bed, too, because we were both tired. Before falling asleep, we talked for a bit & I told Josh, “We don’t have everything ready for this baby. I feel so unprepared.” He assured me everything would work out & we’d get it all ready in the next couple of weeks before the baby was born. Not too long after that, Tenley woke up & decided to come into bed with us. Around 11:45 p.m., I was awoken by my very, very hard belly. I immediately got out of bed because it felt uncomfortable. I walked around in the kitchen and hallway for a few minutes and got a drink of water to see if the contractions would stop. They kept coming. I thought to myself. . . “Hmmmm, what should I do? Is this the real thing? I’m only 37 weeks 4 days so surely I’m not actually in labor, right?” I knew, but I was in denial. I didn’t want to be the “false alarm lady.” So I started looking at the time when each contraction came & I realized that they were coming very consistently every five minutes.

At that point, I knew I couldn’t wait any longer to tell people I was in labor. If you’ve been following along with us since our daughter Tenley dramatically joined our lives, you’ll know that I had an extremely quick & intense labor with her & she was born into Josh’s arms at home even though we had planned to go to the birth center for her birth. Because of my history of fast labor and the fact that the birth center had closed temporarily until they could find a new location within the required distance of a transferring hospital with a labor & delivery unit, Josh and I had decided to have a planned home birth with this baby.

I was truly looking forward to laboring & delivering our baby in our home. Any time that I visualized the birth of our baby at home, feelings of calm & peace overcame me. We realize that home birth isn’t for everyone and that a lot of people find it strange or believe it’s unsafe or for weirdo hippies, but we don’t believe in that stigma. For low risk moms who meet the criteria, home birth is a beautiful, safe, empowering, valid option, and we were so glad that we had that option available to us. Birth is natural & beautiful & we identify with the midwifery outlook on birth- that it’s a natural process & women’s bodies are built for it. (Don’t get me wrong- I completely understand that medical interventions are necessary in some circumstances & I’m thankful for modern medicine when it’s needed!).

As I realized that my contractions were regular & progressing, I went to Josh and woke him up. I said, “Hey, I’m pretty sure I’m in labor. I’m having contractions every five minutes.” He got right up & came out of the bedroom to talk to me since Tenley was in our bed sleeping. At that point, I was still kind of in denial that it was actually happening. I didn’t go into labor with Tenley until I was 40 weeks and 1 day so I thought 37 weeks and 4 days was just too early for some reason. I said, “I should probably call Jennifer and let her know what’s going on to see what she says.” Josh readily agreed. He loves that he delivered Tenley looking back on everything with her birth, but he didn’t want to expand his midwifery resumé with this baby.

When I called our midwife Jennifer, I said, “I just woke up to contractions that are coming consistently every five minutes.” She asked me a couple of questions and also asked how painful my contractions were. I honestly hadn’t even considered that up until she asked. I answered, “Hmmm, I guess they hurt.” She knew my history with Tenley’s birth & said, “I’m headed your way right now. Please call to update me with any progression and I’ll be in touch.” Suddenly it hit me: this was real! I was in labor. I was going to have my baby soon & we were going to find out if the baby was a boy or girl. Ahhh!  I had been pacing all around the house as I was on the phone, which is a habit I’ve had since I was about 12 years old talking to my friends on the landline since we didn’t have cell phones back then.

I told Josh that Jennifer was on her way (she had about an hour and fifteen minute drive) and asked him what he thought we should do about Tenley sleeping in our room. It was a little after midnight at this point and I didn’t want to wake her up if we didn’t have to. I said we could call my mom & have her come get Tenley and take her to her house. This was the original plan since we didn’t want Tenley at home when the baby was born. We thought she was a bit too young to understand everything & we didn’t want her getting upset that her mommy was in so much pain. She came to one of my ultrasound appointments early in the pregnancy & was very perturbed that the tech was putting something on my belly. She just kept saying, “Mommy. . . no” with tears in her eyes. So we thought that witnessing a birth would be too intense for her & that she wouldn’t understand what was happening. My parents only live two houses from us so that was really nice; we knew they could be here within minutes.

I called my mom and woke her up. I told her the baby was on the way & that Tenley was sleeping & we weren’t sure what we should do with her. We talked it over as I paced around the house and decided that Mom would come over & be at our house in case Tenley woke up. Obviously, I needed Josh to help me & he wouldn’t be able to take care of Tenley in the event that she woke up. It was not part of the plan to have my mom here during the birth, but because it was the middle of the night & we thought Tenley would be wired & not go back to sleep if we woke her up & grandma took her to her house, we decided to change our plans & have mom be there during the birth. A few minutes later, Mom was at our home & she was amped up. She gets very hyper and has lots of nervous energy when faced with stress. I could tell she was trying to act calm even though she wasn’t calm in the slightest. When she asked me during a contraction if she should dust or something, I just raised my eyebrow and thought to myself, “Only my mom.”

At this point, contractions were getting closer together & were a lot more intense pain-wise. The best way that I found to deal with the pain was to continue to pace around the living room & kitchen. It felt good to keep moving & I also know that gravity helps baby move down, which is the direction I most definitely wanted baby to keep on moving. Josh was sitting on one of the couches talking to me in between contractions & helping me time them with the Full Term app on my phone. Mom was sitting on the other couch talking about how she had to breathe weird during labor since Lamaze was the thing back then.

I changed my clothes because I was really, really hot. I could not stop sweating. We had the heat cranked because we wanted it toasty for when the baby was born so I dealt with it, but I was so warm! For sentiment’s sake, I put on the same nightgown I was wearing when Tenley was born. I hadn’t thought of it or planned to do that until that moment, and I was really glad I did. Mom got me a cold washcloth to rub on my face & hold on my neck and that was nice.

I’m a private person when it comes to pain. I would almost always rather deal with it on my own than to involve others. That’s why during most of labor, I focus inwardly & handle it silently. I read in Ina May Gaskin’s book that visualizing labor contractions as waves that you ride that propel you closer and closer to meeting your baby helps with the pain. I also had a few mantras repeating in my mind during contractions. One of those was a song I sang to myself in my mind- “Like a tidal wave crashing over me rushing in to meet me here, your love is fierce. Like a hurricane that I can’t escape tearing through the atmosphere, your love is fierce.” That kept playing in my mind during each contraction and it kept me focused on how God would get me through the pain of labor & how much closer I was getting to meeting my baby with each contraction. It was the perfect song to have going through my mind; I didn’t purposely have it ready in my mind or anything, but it came to me in the moment. A few weeks prior at church, we sang that song & it brought tears to my eyes as I thought of Jesus’ love for us as he suffered on the cross.

Another mantra that floated through my mind throughout labor was “You are my refuge, you are my strength.” Repeating these over and over to myself and reminding myself how strong I was really helped ease the mental game of labor.

As I continued to walk around the kitchen and living room, suddenly there was a huge gush of liquid. My water had broken. Just like with Tenley’s labor, my water breaking made the contractions much more intense & kept labor speeding right along. I texted Jennifer to let her know about my water breaking & she called me back to see how everything was going & let me know where she was. I was really hoping she’d make it before the baby came, but I also knew that God was in control and that we had gone over everything just in case Josh had to deliver the baby.

My contractions got stronger and I started feeling nauseated. I knew I was in transition & I knew it would be minutes before I would feel the urge to push. Jennifer still wasn’t at our house yet. Josh called her just to see where she was and she was six miles out. It was going to be close. At this point, I no longer wanted to deal with the pain alone; I needed Josh’s help and support and strength. We held onto each other in the middle of the living room and I stared straight into his eyes during the worst of the pain so I could feel his love and strength. I probably hurt his arms a little bit, but I haven’t asked him about that so I’m not sure. After a couple of very painful contractions like that, I heard the door open and Jennifer entered. She wasted no time at all & got everything prepared so I could bring a baby into this world. No more than five minutes after she arrived, I had to push.

I was thinking to myself, “I need to get down on all fours right now.” Just as I thought that, Jennifer said, “You can get down on all fours if you like.” I said, “Yes, I would like to do that” very calmly. At one of our prenatal appointments, we had discussed that Josh would like to catch the baby if possible. The game time decision, though, was that he’d stay up by my face and encourage me and help me because I really wanted him there. And Jennifer was helping in her own way using her expertise by applying counter pressure as I pushed and letting me know when to push and when to hold back so I could gradually stretch to bring the baby into the world. Jennifer was a calm & reassuring presence. I feel like she’s truly meant to be a midwife & she’s right where God wants her to be; we’re really thankful for her!

While I was pushing, I felt completely and totally in control. It was empowering. Because of how quickly Tenley had come out & how I realized that had caused me unnecessary pain and a tough recovery, I wanted to ease this baby out a bit more. In between contractions once I was on all fours, I wanted to feel the baby’s head as it crowned so I would be able to visualize everything and connect what was going on in my mind with the feeling of it actually happening to my body. So I asked if I could feel the head and Jennifer guided my hand to do that. I was very encouraged and recharged with excitement once that happened and I focused more on what I needed to do to get my baby here and less on the pain I felt.

Josh was the best help I could have imagined and I felt connected to him like never before as he held onto me and reassured me. His presence always brings me strength, but there’s something even more monumental & awe-inspiring about experiencing the miracle of bringing a life into the world with your husband by your side encouraging you. I could see the overwhelming love in his eyes & hear how proud of me he was in his reassuring voice.

With a push, baby’s head was born. Josh peeked back to see in between contractions as I rested & later on he told me how silly baby looked with his squished up face that had just came from his home in the womb into the world. As we all waited for the next contraction to start, I thought about how in just moments, we’d meet our new baby. I was so happy. At this point, things were pretty primal. Childbirth hurts, as you may have heard or experienced yourself. I found that it helped me to grunt and make noise as I was pushing. The crazy thing is that Tenley slept through it (and she’s a light sleeper!). The next contraction came on & I pushed out baby’s shoulders & body. The feeling of relief and rush of emotions I felt was almost indescribable. It was euphoria, excitement, happiness, and accomplishment. And I was overcome with love. I collapsed down a bit onto my forearms in a wave of happy tears. (There are other photos of this moment just after we met our son, but we’ve decided not to share them here because I’m a bit too exposed in them).Youngstown family photographer

I looked at Josh & he was smiling really big. I asked if it was a boy or girl and he smiled and paused and said, “It’s a boy.” The baby was a little gurgly with some fluid in his throat that he was trying to clear so Jennifer used the bulb syringe & I heard the most beautiful sound- a cry. I reached down & got to bring my baby to my chest and talk to him. The first thing I noticed was that he was sucking in his bottom lip & that he had rolls on his chin. I said, “Hi Baby. You’re so chubby.”  He was a breathtakingly beautiful sight. I just held him close & stared and stared and stared. I felt like I could stare forever and still not get to see him enough.

My mom had gotten to witness everything. Tenley didn’t wake up until she heard the baby crying. Then mom went into the room & talked to Tenley for awhile until we were ready for her to come out & meet her brother. During the next 20 minutes or so, Josh and I got to hang out together on the couch as the baby nursed & we prayed together over the baby’s life & thanked God for the blessing of this beautiful soul and a safe and healthy delivery. We were overwhelmed with love & the miracle that had just happened. We confirmed that we wanted to name him Kenton Levi and then we told my mom it was time for Tenley and Kenton to meet.

When Tenley saw Kenton for the first time, she was concerned about him having some goop on his head from being born. She said, “Hold it” and “clean him off.” Since it was 2:30 in the morning, we decided Mom would take Tenley to her house to try to get some sleep. It was the first time she’d been away from us overnight & she didn’t fall asleep until 5:30. . . yikes! Then she got up around 7:00. Oy. Newborns have a way of throwing off schedules for a bit.

My dad helped us out that night, too. We realized as I was in labor that we didn’t have any newborn diapers. We cloth diaper, but not until a few weeks after birth when they’ll fit & the meconium bowel movements are over. Earlier that day, I had ordered some diapers online that were set to arrive in a couple of days, but that wasn’t going to help us immediately. Like I’d said to Josh before we fell asleep that night, I wasn’t prepared. Thankfully we have family nearby who love & care for us & were there to help us! Dad did a midnight Walmart run for diapers & he also thought to pick up some cookies, which everyone at our house appreciated.

After Tenley left, it was time for Josh to get some skin to skin with Kenton. They went & hung out in our bed as I got a shower & Jennifer and her assistant cleaned up the birth area. Following my shower, Jennifer did Kenton’s newborn assessment and got his stats. When she told us he was 22 inches and 9 pounds 1 ounce, I was floored. I knew he was big when he was in my belly, but I never would’ve imagined he was THAT big. He also has very long fingers, toes, and arms. Maybe he’ll be tall despite his mom’s height! When I looked at his long & chubby body, it was honestly hard to believe that he’d fit inside of my belly. . . and that I’d pushed him out.Kenton Levi Birth_0008birth storybirth storyhome birth story home birth story The newborn onesie we had laid out for him didn’t quite fit. He pretty much went straight to 0-3 months clothes.home birth story

We’re all so in love with this blessing in the form of Kenton. He has been such a laid back and relaxed baby. I am in awe of the beauty of God’s creation and know without a doubt that I was part of a miracle when I got the privilege of bringing him into the world. We sometimes still can’t believe he’s ours!

Here are a few photos from Kenton’s first week earthside!home birth storyThe sunrise the day Kenton was born:home birth storyTenley got to open her big sister gift from Kenton.home birth storyhome birth storyAnd then she got to hold her brother for the first time.home birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyOh, these two. There are going to be too many heart melting moments for me to handle.home birth storyNorris looking underwhelmed with everything.home birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyHe looks SO much like Tenley as a newborn!home birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyMy sister Angie got to stop & cuddle him for a bit. home birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyThis is my grandma. The great grandkids call her GG.home birth storyThis is my mom. Tenley calls her Grandma Shishi, which is a long story.home birth storyhome birth storyThis is my dad. Tenley calls him Papa Bear.home birth storyThis is Josh’s mom.home birth storyAnd Josh’s dad.home birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyhome birth storyI’m proud of my body & every stretch mark.
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  • February 28, 2017 - 3:56 pm

    Megan Garnes - Oh of course I got all teary reading this, birth stories always make me weepy! Especially when pregnant as well. What an awesome delivery, you did so great! And those pictures of Tenley holding him for the first time are just beautiful, her face just lit up! I’m sure they will be great friends/siblings. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • March 1, 2017 - 7:58 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you, Megan! We’re excited to see you with your new little girl! She’s going to be oh-so-loved with all those siblings!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2017 - 6:19 pm

    Jenny A Wehr - Crying tears of Joy and rejoicing with you at this miraculous little gift from heaven . I thought he was a boy….. I have prayed for you all as well as Kenton for these months. I am beyond overjoyed with you that he is healthy here and whole. What a sweet 9# bundle. There is NO descrepancy he is your child as he and Tenley resemble one another so much ! God Bless your family as you are such a remarkable young couple and you have such a witness for Christ and his love.
    Thank you for your ministry , thank you for sharing your love with us , as I am privileged to call you friends.ReplyCancel

    • March 1, 2017 - 7:58 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you so much, Jenny! We’re so glad you’re our friend. We really appreciate your prayers! Love youReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2017 - 9:16 pm

    Amanda Roth - So encouraging! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! It has helped me get excited to meet my little man soon!!!ReplyCancel

    • March 1, 2017 - 7:57 pm

      Menning Photographic - We’re so excited to see photos! He’ll be here soon! :)ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2017 - 10:15 pm

    Kate Flowers - I’m so “in love” with your family! *sigh* Precious, priceless & God given. You all are amazing. God is so good. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • March 1, 2017 - 7:56 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you so much, Kate! Love youReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2017 - 11:44 am

    Debra Nelson - My daughter, Jennifer, was your midwife…my heart is so full of pride, right now, as you describe your birth and her part to make it a wonderful day!! Thank you for your story…it is a wonderful start to a wonderful life that your child will have and he will feel and know God’s blessings throughout his life!! God’s blessings to you all….Jennifer’s mom!!ReplyCancel

    • March 1, 2017 - 7:56 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you for the kind words! Jennifer is a lovely person & we’re so glad we got to know her & she was here for the birth of our son. :)ReplyCancel

Dear Tenley,

Happy second birthday! We thank God for you every single day & doubly so today- your second birthday! You’ve blessed us in so many ways throughout the past two years and we can’t thank you & your precious, little soul enough for being the one who made us parents.

You have your father absolutely wrapped around your little finger. He will not even deny it for a second. You two are so silly together always dancing in the kitchen, walking around to put you to sleep, making up nonsensical songs or games, and talking about anything & everything; you just love to hear his voice explain anything to you & you’ll say “Talk about that again.” over and over. I love hearing you two giggle together & it makes my heart explode that you inherited one of my favorite things about him- his laugh.

Some of my favorite things about you are your determination, your intelligence that never ceases to amaze me, your tack sharp memory, your smile that blesses anyone who has the pleasure of seeing it, the way you close your eyes so tightly and clasp your hands when we pray, the adorable way that your hair naturally flips out at the ends, your soft voice and the way you pronounce words with your own little accent, when you run and jump around the whole house dancing to “Run Baby Run,” and how you hug so tightly with all of your might.

Even though this is a lovey dovey birthday letter, I’m not going to pretend that your two years have been a breeze. You’ve been a challenge to us; you’ve taught us so much about patience! We wouldn’t change a thing about you & your strong-willed personality, though! We know you’re a force to be reckoned with in this world & you can do anything- absolutely anything- you set your determined mind to with the help of the Lord.

And we can’t forget to mention this: you’re a BIG SISTER now! We didn’t think it’d happen before you turned two since my due date was 12 days after your birthday, but God gave you an early birthday gift in the form of your little brother. I’ll never forget the way you looked at him the first time you saw him! Since he was fresh from the womb, you were pretty concerned with cleaning the goop off of his head, and you said, “Hold it” and “clean him off.” You are going to be the best big sister & we’re really looking forward to seeing you two grow up so close in age to one another.

Thank you, my baby girl, for blessing our home and this world with your joy, your spunk, your persistence, your cuteness, your sense of humor, and your love for us. We LOVE you beyond what words can express & that only gets stronger each day that we get to know you and your unique personality a little bit more. You’re truly fearfully & wonderfully made.

We pray that others will be drawn closer to Jesus through the love that you show them as you continue to grow & learn & love others. We pray that you’ll give yourself grace as you learn to navigate the world even though we know your personality will always motivate you to keep striving toward excellence. We pray that you’ll impact many lives & leave the world with more love than it had when you joined it. We know you were created to do great things & we are here to support you, encourage you, guide you, and, above all, love you through it all!

Happy Second Birthday, Tenley Kay! We love you!

Love,

Mommy and DaddyYoungstown family photographer

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  • February 24, 2017 - 9:06 am

    Kate - What an absolutly beautiful gift to give your child. A love letter that she can see in the years to come. She is so beautiful. Very blessed to have amazing parents that would keep these memories for her.ReplyCancel

    • February 25, 2017 - 1:56 pm

      Menning Photographic - Thank you! We really hope she’ll cherish our letters when she’s older. :)ReplyCancel

Mill Creek Park has to be one of the best places in the world to take photos! We’re not exaggerating! This place is a gem right here in good old Youngstown & we think sometimes people write it off or take it for granted because they’ve grown up around it, but it truly is a stunningly beautiful place full of nature’s eye candy! When we get to photograph engagement sessions in Mill Creek Park, we always enjoy ourselves & Nicole and Ryan’s engagement session was full of dreamy light & gorgeous Fall colors! Nicole & Ryan crushed on each other since middle school! Isn’t that sweet?! They went to neighboring schools & started officially dating their junior year of high school. They looked amazing for their engagement session & we’re looking forward to their wedding.Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkHow cute is this? Just adorable. Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkDoesn’t the Fall foliage just make this look like a postcard for a lovely Autumn camping destination? Mill Creek Park, we love you!Mill Creek ParkOkay. . . it helps Nicole is gorgeous & so happy & has a cute outfit & shoes.
Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkWe love hanging out with happy couples!Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkSo you may be wondering how he proposed. Nicole & Ryan got to go on vacation together to Punta Cana. Ryan asked her parents a couple of weeks before they left for permission to propose to their daughter & her mom somehow kept it a secret. Their first night on vacation, they took a walk on the beach & Ryan proposed so they got to enjoy being engaged throughout their entire trip! That makes me want to go to the beach!Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkNicole again with the cute shoes!Mill Creek ParkThis is a serious favorite! It needs to be a huge print so they can see how awesome & in love they are every day on their walls!Mill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkMill Creek ParkAhhh! What a precious Fall engagement session! We can’t even tell you how much we love shooting e-sessions! Getting to know the couples whose weddings we’ll be photographing & sharing lots of laughs is definitely one of our favorite things!

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These Columbiana engagement photos are sure to make you smile on this Monday! Sarah & Bear are so adorably in love & we had a great time hanging out with them this past Fall at Detwiler Farm, some railroad tracks in Columbiana, and Firestone Park amidst all of the pretty Fall leaves! These two beautiful people couldn’t be sweeter, which makes us very happy we’ll get to photograph their wedding this year!columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosThe Fall scenery at Detwiler Farm was in all of its glory that sunny & windy day!
columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosThis was the first time we’d been to the farm & there were so many cute spots to shoot there. columbiana engagement photosSarah, you are gorgeous! Those eyes!columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosThis love story started many years ago when Bear played on Sarah’s brother’s little league team. They’ve known each other for years & thankfully reconnected on Facebook. If you ask Bear, their first date was to WalMart. They were there for hours because they didn’t want to stop talking & spending time together. Sarah says the WalMart date doesn’t count because. . . well. . . it’s WalMart. haha! Either way, they’ve been on plenty of dates since then & now they’re getting married. . . yay!columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosYou’ve also gotta hear their proposal story! columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosSince these two had been dating a little while and Sarah’s family sees how in love they are, they’d been waiting for the proposal & wondering when it would happen. On Easter, Sarah’s grandma was teasing Bear about it & telling him it was ABOUT TIME! Little did Sarah’s grandma know, Bear was planning to propose that day in front of the whole family & he had the ring! When the moment happened, Sarah’s family couldn’t believe it & were so excited- especially her grandma.columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosThe railroad tracks were a special request from Sarah & Bear & we’re so glad we stumbled upon this spot even though it wasn’t the first place we were trying to go. The leaves were amazing & Sarah & Bear rocked it out!
columbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photoscolumbiana engagement photosSarah & Bear, we’re really looking forward to getting to photograph the first day of your marriage! Thanks for the laughs & happy afternoon during your engagement session!

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