Engagement sessions are my absolute favorite. We love photographing weddings, but there is something about engagement sessions that puts a little bounce in my step. I get to hear love stories, learn the quirks and unique personalities of our brides and grooms, warm up for the wedding day, laugh until my stomach hurts, and be reminded over and over again how powerful love can be. This valuable time between a wedding photographer and a bridal couple are an irreplaceable part of the months leading up to the wedding.
This Downtown Youngstown engagement session was one full of belly laughs, dancing, sweet whispers, remembering the past, and dreaming about the years to come together. Eric and Elizabeth (also lovingly known as "Tizzy") are down-to-earth, funny, and sweeter than words can describe. I quickly learned that they are one of those couples that radiate love to the world every time they look at each other.
We started the session at Tyler History Center in Youngstown, where they will be celebrating their fall wedding. I'm not a big fan of static poses and a lot of seriousness, so I began by asking Eric and Tizzy to just dance. I expected a slow dance so I could get some ultra romantic shots, but their personalities jumped right out as they danced to their own beat. There was no shortage of laughter and twirling!
Just next to the Tyler History Center is a beautiful red bridge on Fifth Avenue. I'm pretty sure these two were pretty close to stopping traffic!
Eric was a natural in front of the camera. Tizzy and I joked that he must have been studying poses on Pinterest, but he was a great sport even through our giggles. Seeing how committed Eric was to giving Tizzy the best memories during their engagement session, I know he will do the same in their marriage.
This might be my favorite laugh ever!
We ventured back to one of the alleys in the city. Who knew that the Furnitureland of Youngstown alley would be such a romantic spot downtown?
I'm always drawn to all the interesting facets of downtown, especially walking down West Federal Street.
We made a stop at The Federal, located on West Federal Street. Their patio lights made the perfect backdrop for Eric and Tizzy to show their love to everyone passing by.
Joel and I are proud grads of Youngstown State University, so I was excited that Eric and Tizzy wanted to include some YSU memories in their session. Joel earned his MBA from Williamson College of Business Administration when it was in the old building on Lincoln Avenue, but Eric and Tizzy both had the privilege of attending classes in the newer business building on campus. These lovebirds make this campus even more beautiful!
I suggested one of my favorite hidden gems in Youngstown, and Eric and Tizzy were the perfect models for this ivy-covered brick wall. The green is so vibrant in the summer, but the color changes to deep jewel tones in the fall. This little hideaway is gorgeous, but no more than the people in front of it.
My favorite part of the evening was when I backed up and gave Eric and Tizzy some time to talk alone. They whispered about what they look forward to as husband and wife. The joy just spilled right out in their quiet moment together. They have so many memories to make and dreams to live out in the coming years together.
I had a great time getting to know Eric and Tizzy during their engagement session. We can't wait for their wedding this autumn! Show them some love and make sure you tell them how beautiful they are together!