Kristina + Matt - A Summer Engagement Session at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio

We have many great locations we go back to time and again for portrait sessions, but it’s a lot of fun for us to explore new places through our lenses. We did just that for Kristina & Matt’s engagement session! Mill Creek Park is a place where we could photograph couples and families for years, I think, and still not explore it all… it’s huge! There’s also so much diverse landscape throughout - we photographed this wonderful couple in an open field with amazing glowy light, on a bridge with strong industrial lines and a flowing stream underneath, and a lush rose garden full of beautiful color, romantic spots throughout, and a beautiful scenic overlook… and we were only in two tiny areas of the entire park!

Our first spot (that glowy field I mentioned) was very near the exact location where Matt proposed! We love hearing proposal stories and always ask our Wiley Couples to share theirs with us during their engagement session. Matt told us how he chose Mill Creek Park because it’s in Kristina’s hometown and knew it was a place with significance for her. He, along with their fur baby, Doc, found the perfect spot up a nearby wooded hill to surprise her with the ring and the question… and, well, you know how she answered because here we are! And anyone who knows Kristina & Matt knows that Doc is an incredibly important part of their family, so it was a given that he would be present for the proposal!

And let me tell you, Doc is one well-loved boy! We connect with many of our clients through social media and therefore have the privilege of getting to know them beyond simply the people we photograph (and we LOVE this!). One thing we’ve learned is that Kristina is an animal lover and advocate to her very core! Spending time with and caring for animals brings her such joy, and seeing her posts about Doc, her animal rescue efforts, and her kind nature coupled with the sweet, humor-filled love she and Matt share has us feeling incredibly fortunate to know them!

We had the best time with them for this session and literally ran out of light before we could stand to let them go! Fortunately, they were up for it all and did AMAZING… just look at some of our favorites! Their wedding day is going to be wonderful! We can’t wait!!

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