SNAPZ: Icing on the Cake

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Every wedding carries special memories that will last forever. For our July Snapz feature, we asked our readers to share what they consider to be that special something that sets their wedding apart from others they’ve attended. Here are the pictures we received.

Phil Blanco is admiring his daughters, Angela Blanco Smith, right, and Kimberly Blanco Porter, in the background, at Kimberly's wedding. Sent by mom, Rochelle Blanco of Boardman.

Phil Blanco is admiring his daughters, Angela Blanco Smith, right, and Kimberly Blanco Porter, in the background, at Kimberly's wedding. Sent by mom, Rochelle Blanco of Boardman.


Alyssa Monroe and Alexander Lalanne were married on May 31 at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown. They reside in Fairfax, VA. Once they were pronounced husband and wife, the groom announced that he had to take a "selfie" and snapped this picture. He surprised everyone and all had a laugh before they kissed. Submitted by Jeanne Cotters Monroe, mother of the bride.

Alyssa Monroe and Alexander Lalanne were married on May 31 at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown. They reside in Fairfax, VA. Once they were pronounced husband and wife, the groom announced that he had to take a "selfie" and snapped this picture. He surprised everyone and all had a laugh ...


Sue Drotleff of Salem submitted this photo from her daughter's wedding. Melanie Drotleff and Michael Hughes were married July 16, 2011, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem. Immediately after the ceremony, the couple released monarch butterflies signifying their new life together. Most of the butterflies took off immediately, but two had to be "coaxed out" of the container by Melanie and Mike. The two butterflies perched on their fingers and stayed long enough for pictures followed by a shared kiss by the newlyweds; then the  butterflies flew away. It was beautiful!

Sue Drotleff of Salem submitted this photo from her daughter's wedding. Melanie Drotleff and Michael Hughes were married July 16, 2011, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem. Immediately after the ceremony, the couple released monarch butterflies signifying their new life together. Most of the butterflies took off immediately, but two ...


Lori Crofford, mother of the bride, sent this photo taken by a friend of the bride, Sherry Smith, as the couple leaves the chapel June 28. The bride is Allison Crofford of Youngstown and the groom is Kyle Harrison of Tallmadge, Ohio. From left, are Marty Crofford, father of the bride; Lori Crofford, mother of the bride; the bride and groom; Mary Jo Latera, John Wilson and Colleen Wilson, all from Youngstown; and Jennifer Laurello, a bridesmaid of Saybrook, Ohio. The groom gives a thumbs up while the mother of the bride was tossing rose petals.

Lori Crofford, mother of the bride, sent this photo taken by a friend of the bride, Sherry Smith, as the couple leaves the chapel June 28. The bride is Allison Crofford of Youngstown and the groom is Kyle Harrison of Tallmadge, Ohio. From left, are Marty Crofford, father of the ...


Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Peyko are enjoying a piece of custom lemon cake made by the best man and Vincent's brother, John Peyko, owner of D.B.C, a Cakery, of Boardman. Sent by John.

Dr. and Mrs. Vincent Peyko are enjoying a piece of custom lemon cake made by the best man and Vincent's brother, John Peyko, owner of D.B.C, a Cakery, of Boardman. Sent by John.


Aundrea Cika and Mark Heschmeyer were married Aug. 19, 1989. Almost every plan the bride had for her wedding was changed by her mother, including wanting an intimate wedding that ended up with 850 guests. The wedding has become legendary to the family. Aundrea moved back to the Valley eight years ago when her Mom was failing. "I wanted to try to repay her for this and so many other things. And still a year doesn't pass here without someone approaching me and saying, "I was at your wedding... wow!" Thanks, Mom.

Aundrea Cika and Mark Heschmeyer were married Aug. 19, 1989. Almost every plan the bride had for her wedding was changed by her mother, including wanting an intimate wedding that ended up with 850 guests. The wedding has become legendary to the family. Aundrea moved back to the Valley eight ...


This is Mike and Lisa Kuty at their wedding reception, Aug. 8, 2009. Sent by Lisa of Girard.

This is Mike and Lisa Kuty at their wedding reception, Aug. 8, 2009. Sent by Lisa of Girard.


On May 25 at the Turek-Brown wedding, bride and bridesmaids choreographed and performed a dance for the groom and groomsmen. They are Janice Abrams of North Royalton, Elysia Shutrump of NYC, the bride, Kayla Turek Brown, Courtney Larson of Canfield, Lynnette Enterline of Boardman and Lauren Walker of Northport, Ala. The reception was held at the Embassy. Submitted by the bride’s mother, Sally Turek of Canfield.

On May 25 at the Turek-Brown wedding, bride and bridesmaids choreographed and performed a dance for the groom and groomsmen. They are Janice Abrams of North Royalton, Elysia Shutrump of NYC, the bride, Kayla Turek Brown, Courtney Larson of Canfield, Lynnette Enterline of Boardman and Lauren Walker of Northport, Ala. ...


"They're playing our song," says Bridget Boysen of Seattle, and goes looking for her groom as the band starts playing "Glycerine" by Bush. Submitted by Ann Nock, the bride's mother.

"They're playing our song," says Bridget Boysen of Seattle, and goes looking for her groom as the band starts playing "Glycerine" by Bush. Submitted by Ann Nock, the bride's mother.


Lisa Plummer of Columbus, right, lifts up the dress while Rachel Nock of Canfield, left, helps her big sister Bridget Boysen of Seattle, slip into her wedding shoes. The wedding took place Sept. 14, 2013, in Seattle. Sent by Anne Nock of Canfield.

Lisa Plummer of Columbus, right, lifts up the dress while Rachel Nock of Canfield, left, helps her big sister Bridget Boysen of Seattle, slip into her wedding shoes. The wedding took place Sept. 14, 2013, in Seattle. Sent by Anne Nock of Canfield.


Sunny and T.C. Osman "took the plunge" off the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean at their destination wedding in Jamaica. After jumping off the bridge she snorkeled in her wedding dress and says it was amazing. The photo was taken by Sunny's mother, Lori Detwiler. All are of Youngstown.

Sunny and T.C. Osman "took the plunge" off the cliffs overlooking the Caribbean at their destination wedding in Jamaica. After jumping off the bridge she snorkeled in her wedding dress and says it was amazing. The photo was taken by Sunny's mother, Lori Detwiler. All are of Youngstown.


Mr. and Mrs. Luke Rust sharing a kiss at their reception.

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Rust sharing a kiss at their reception.


Allyson Rust-1: Sharing their first kiss as husband and wife are Allyson and Luke Rust. The outside wedding took place in front a house built in the 1800s in Mercer, Pa., and the reception followed in the barn in the back yard. The couple made and set up all the decorations, which made the day more meaningful to them.

Allyson Rust-1: Sharing their first kiss as husband and wife are Allyson and Luke Rust. The outside wedding took place in front a house built in the 1800s in Mercer, Pa., and the reception followed in the barn in the back yard. The couple made and set up all the ...


Wendy Fisher sent this of her special day, Aug. 9, 2013, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The minister had them all hold hands and he blessed them as a family, from left to right, Melissa Bayus of Columbus, maid of honor; Allie Baklarz, Wendy's daughter; the bride; her husband, Jaison Fisher;  the bride's son, Krystopher Baklarz, all of Boardman; and the best man and groom's brother, Jeff Fisher of Uniontown, Pa.

Wendy Fisher sent this of her special day, Aug. 9, 2013, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The minister had them all hold hands and he blessed them as a family, from left to right, Melissa Bayus of Columbus, maid of honor; Allie Baklarz, Wendy's daughter; the bride; her husband, Jaison ...


Bill and Julie Taylor on their wedding day at the Byzantine Center at the Grove in Youngstown. Their dog, Bubba, wasn't going to be left out. He was part of the ceremony, greeted guests and joined the couple at the table and on the dance floor, and pranced beside the bike afterward. Sent by Julie's sister, Sarah Hoefert. The couple live in New Middletown.

Bill and Julie Taylor on their wedding day at the Byzantine Center at the Grove in Youngstown. Their dog, Bubba, wasn't going to be left out. He was part of the ceremony, greeted guests and joined the couple at the table and on the dance floor, and pranced beside the ...


Kara Krispinsky and Zac Middletown were married on Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus. The photo was taken by Kara's mother, Carole Krispinsky, as they were dancing their first dance as husband and wife when Zac stepped back and sang to her, "I can't believe that I'm your man and I get to kiss you, baby, just because I can." It was a touching moment.

Kara Krispinsky and Zac Middletown were married on Oct. 12, 2013, in Columbus. The photo was taken by Kara's mother, Carole Krispinsky, as they were dancing their first dance as husband and wife when Zac stepped back and sang to her, "I can't believe that I'm your man and I ...


Jerry Ambrosia is walking his grandson Dominic Ambrosia down the isle at Michael and Megan AmbrosiaÕs wedding in Cleveland in July of 2013.

Jerry Ambrosia is walking his grandson Dominic Ambrosia down the isle at Michael and Megan AmbrosiaÕs wedding in Cleveland in July of 2013.


Patty Crago, the bride's mother, took this picture when the best man, Dunn, sang a song he wrote for the couple as his speech as best man. The couple are Jeneane and Brent Hugus, who celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary June 20. All live in Canfield.

Patty Crago, the bride's mother, took this picture when the best man, Dunn, sang a song he wrote for the couple as his speech as best man. The couple are Jeneane and Brent Hugus, who celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary June 20. All live in Canfield.


Groomsman Capt. Richard Alderson is dancing with the flower girl, Alivia Massie, who is wearing her snow boots at her aunt and uncle's wedding in Lake Tahoe. Sent by Alivia's grandparents, Joe and Linda Massie of Boardman.

Groomsman Capt. Richard Alderson is dancing with the flower girl, Alivia Massie, who is wearing her snow boots at her aunt and uncle's wedding in Lake Tahoe. Sent by Alivia's grandparents, Joe and Linda Massie of Boardman.


The former Natalie Swingler and her new hubby, Steven Holden, on their wedding day, May 3. It had been a dreary day, and then the sun appeared just as the ceremony was about to start. Sent by great-aunt Mary Lou Korenich.

The former Natalie Swingler and her new hubby, Steven Holden, on their wedding day, May 3. It had been a dreary day, and then the sun appeared just as the ceremony was about to start. Sent by great-aunt Mary Lou Korenich.


Jim and Lynda Markos, Oct. 9, 2009, their wedding day, as they leave the Rose Garden in Mill Creek Park. Sent by Margie Goldner, Lynda's Mom who loves that it looks like the photo could have been taken 100 years ago.

Jim and Lynda Markos, Oct. 9, 2009, their wedding day, as they leave the Rose Garden in Mill Creek Park. Sent by Margie Goldner, Lynda's Mom who loves that it looks like the photo could have been taken 100 years ago.


Don and June Hoelzel of Poland with the Rev. Ann Miller at their wedding Aug. 19, 2007. They met at the Canfield Fair in 2006 while both were volunteering.

Don and June Hoelzel of Poland with the Rev. Ann Miller at their wedding Aug. 19, 2007. They met at the Canfield Fair in 2006 while both were volunteering.


Marshall and Christine Blaire are sharing a piece of their "Red Solo Cup" cake at their wedding, Sept. 15, 2012. They met online Feb. 18, 2012.

Marshall and Christine Blaire are sharing a piece of their "Red Solo Cup" cake at their wedding, Sept. 15, 2012. They met online Feb. 18, 2012.


Dante DiRusso: This is Dante and Cindy DiRusso on their wedding day, Oct. 5, 2013, the day government offices in Washington D.C. were closed.

Dante DiRusso: This is Dante and Cindy DiRusso on their wedding day, Oct. 5, 2013, the day government offices in Washington D.C. were closed.