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Mr Anthony’s Wedding with Jenna and Nicholas

On a crisp but beautiful fall day (the day before I headed to New England!), I met up with Jenna and Nicholas for their beautiful wedding in Canfield. I was also lucky enough to have the ever amazing Tom Forrest along with me as a second photographer for their magical day.  I started off with Jenna and the ladies as they got ready at her parents home (complete with wedding soup!!) and from start to finish it was one of those weddings that left me with a huge grin and a love for what I do.

Since I had last seen Jenna and Nicholas they had relocated for work and life had been busy!  You wouldn’t know it from seeing them on their wedding day though because they were both so calm and just ready to be married.  Their love is one of beaming smiles and warm fuzzies and it was an absolute joy to document it.

Many congratulations to the two of you!  Thank you so much for trusting me with your wedding day.

Cake Artist: Sugar Showcase / Ceremony: St. Michael’s Church / DJ: Marino Brothers / Reception: Mr. Anthony’s

I started my day with Jenna and the ladies at her parents house and it was so much fun.  I especially loved the cute outfit they had their dog in!

bride with dog before wedding in canfield ohio

Jenna smartly decided to not dress until she got to the church.  I’ve had a lot of brides lately choose to do this and I think it’s a brilliant move, less chance to get stuff mucked up!

bride mother getting bride ready at st michael in canfield

Jenna did a first look with her Dad and then pinned his boutonniere on and he could not stop grinning.  It was adorable.

Bride pinning boutonniere on father before wedding

While I was downstairs with the ladies Tom was with the guys and captured this great photo of them when they arrived and were walking into St. Michael’s Church in Canfield.

groom and groomsman walking into church in canfield ohio

Nicholas had his own first look with his Mom and it was super sweet.

groom and mother first look before wedding ceremony in ohio

I love this portrait that Tom captured of Nicholas.

Groom portrait in black and white before wedding ceremony

The guys looked pretty amazing!

Groom and Groomsman outside of St Michael Church

Before the walk down the aisle Jenna’s Dad took a moment to himself.

Bride

It finally was showtime!

Groom watching Bride walk down aisle

Jenna’s Dad is so proud!

Bride and Father walking down aisle at St. Michael Church

Bride and Dad before Wedding Ceremony in Canfield Ohio

It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony!

Wedding Ceremony in October at St Michael Church in CanfieldThe first kiss!

First Kiss at St Michael Church in Canfield Wedding

They did!

Wedding Processional at St Michael Church Canfield

Their smiles say it all during their exit from St Michael’s!

Exit from wedding ceremony at St Michael Church

After the ceremony we headed over to the ever-popular Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown for their photos.  It was perfect, as always.

Wedding Portraits at Fellows Riverside Gardens

I really loved the gowns that Jenna’s ladies wore!  So pretty and an amazing color!

Bride and Bridesmaids in long blue gowns

How great are these gals and gowns?  Also note the bouquets, aren’t they amazing?

Bride laughing with bridesmaids in blue

THE BRIDE’S MOM MADE THE BOUQUETS!  How amazing is she? She was the florist for the wedding and did an amazing job.

Bride with white and blue floral bouquet

I loved the tuxes these guys wore!

Groom and Groomsman in October in Youngstown Ohio

Seriously, how gorgeous are these two?

Bride and Groom black and white portrait in Youngstown

I love when my clients aren’t afraid to mix it up and have different numbers on each side.

Odd numbered bridal party in Youngstown Ohio

I loved this bridal party!  They were a lot of fun!

Relaxed candid bridal party portrait

If this photo doesn’t sell you on October weddings in Ohio, I don’t know what will.

Bride and Groom after October Wedding in Ohio

The giggles are my favorites.

Bride and Groom giggling under veil

How amazing is Jenna’s gown?

Classic wedding portrait at Fellows Riverside Gardens

One last walk around the gardens before we headed down into Mill Stream Metropark!

Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown Ohio Wedding Photo

With just Jenna and Nicholas with me as their driver (busses apparently aren’t allowed in the park) we headed down to the Silver/Cinderella Bridge inside Mill Stream Run.  It’s such a beautiful bridge and I’m LOVING how it looks with leaves covering it.

Bride and Groom kissing on Cinderella Bridge in Youngstown

You can’t go wrong with a dip – and this bridge needed a dramatic dip!

Bride and Groom dipping at Cinderella Bridge in Youngstown

These two humored me when I saw the way the light was streaming through the trees in the woods next to the parking lot and begged them to go inside for a few photos.  I think it was worth it!

Wedding photo in October in Youngstown Ohio

I loved the centerpieces at their reception at Mr. Anthony’s!

Autumn wedding centerpiece at Mr Anthony

Their sweet, simple and perfect cake from Sugar Showcase was beautiful.

Sugar Showcase white wedding cake in Youngstown

Soon it was time for the entrances and I loved that Nicholas did a baby powder entrance like LeBron James.

Groom doing a LeBron James style entrance to wedding receptionLeBron James style wedding entrance to reception

After dinner the dancing started and their first dance was one of my favorites!

First Dance at Wedding Reception at Mr AnthonyGroom twirling Bride during first dance

I love how they kept dipping all day long!

Groom dipping bride after first dance during wedding reception

Then they continued onto the parent dances with Jenna’s father going first.  I may have teared up watching them dance.

Father daughter first dance at Mr AnthonyFather daughter first dance at Mr AnthonyMother Son dance at wedding reception at Mr Anthony

Once the dance floor opened up the floor was packed all night long thanks to the ever amazing Marino Brothers doing such a great job.

Packed dance floor with Marino Brothers at Mr Anthony

You know I couldn’t close out this post without a ring shot… this one you get two because I couldn’t decide between them.

Wedding rings on glasses at Mr Anthony

Nicholas’s ring is his grandfather’s and I love when rings have sentimental meaning behind them!

Gold glitter background with wedding rings

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Canton Ohio Engagement Session with Amanda and Dylan

In October Ohio sure knows how to put on a show and I was so glad that when she was showing off I had a session booked, especially glad that I had one booked with Amanda and Dylan.  We met up on a particularly beautiful day I met with them at the Canton Garden Center inside McKinley Monument Park.  They are such a sweet and fun couple and I had a great time working with them and playing with the leaves!  I can’t wait for their wedding this summer!

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Ogunquit, Maine

After a delightful stay in Nantucket and Gloucester I finished off my annual trip to New England with a couple nights in Ogunquit.  I returned to The Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort after enjoying my stay so much last year with Jill.  I was super bummed to have missed Ogunquitfest this year (hoping to make it in 2018!).  There were still a few scarecrow setups though but most were taken down or destroyed by the storms that had rolled through.

If you’re tuning in part way through my trip, at this point in my travels I had come down with the flu.  I had skipped a few “things to see” on my list to get to my room a bit early because I was so sick.  I got checked into my ocean view room, opened the window so I could hear the ocean (and rain!) and took a nap.  It was amazing!

I spent the rest of the afternoon watching The Ruins movie after I finished the book (boy, that movie was NOT as good as the book).  By evening I felt a LOT better so I went back to La Pizzeria for dinner (the service was amazing) and called it an early night.

The next day there was actually a gale warning – the weather was definitely nautical.  Winds were whipping, rain was pouring and it was just a miserable day.  It seems to be the trend for the last day of my trip – I’ve had a few of these storms blow in just as I’m leaving!  Luckily we were just warm enough that we avoided the snow that had hit more inland but it was still pretty miserable.

 I felt a lot better so after the rain let up a bit I headed out to Nubble Lighthouse because I love this lighthouse!  It was fun to photograph it when the waves were going crazy.

After nubble I headed over to a nearby spot I had seen on the Down East Magazine Facebook Page, Wiggly Bridge, almost a year before.  I had pinned it on my to-see board and when I arrived I couldn’t get over how absolutely adorable this little spot was.  I took a ton of photos and had the park to myself.  I wandered around for a bit before the rain really started to get heavy and ran back to my car before the skies completely unleashed.

I stopped for lunch at Wild Willy’s Burgers which I had tried to hit up a few times before but their hours are SO weird I kept missing out on them.  I’m glad to have finally been able to hit it at the right time because the reviews are right, this place does have amazing burgers!  SO good!

The rain kept getting harder and harder so I ended up going back to the room and reading a bit before meeting up with Gianina for dinner.  We ended up going to The Front Porch Piano Bar and Restaurant since it was close and it seemed cozy.  It was the perfect choice and the food was amazing!  It was also nice to catch up with a friend (and past client) before heading back home.  Solo trips are fun but it’s also nice to have a human to talk to every now and again as well LOL!

On my final morning I was lucky enough to wake up to the most beautiful sunrise!  I kept missing them all week due to being sick and I am SO glad that I was able to see one before returning home.

 

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