Welcome to my blog! I'm thrilled to be able to share with you my favorite images from weddings, engagements, maternity, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and get snuggly cuz this blog will give you all the feels!
I awoke to some pretty awesome news today! My dear friend Katie Lemos Brown of Lovewell Celebration Design and her AMAZING blog The Lovewell Post (aka The Post) wrote an atricle for Today’s CNY Woman Magazine! Guess who’s picture made it for the Artistic Bride?! Go figure right? Check out Katie’s article and if you want some more mosey on over to The Post to check out her latest blog post with a more in depth version featuring MORE work from yours truly! I feel extremely spoiled by Katie today! You should all go gush over how fantastical she is! I mean really, between desiging GORGEOUS weddings, being super creative, and a fantastic writer she should have to give up some of her talent right? 😉
If you’re in need of a great wedding designer/coordinator extraordinaire you gotta check out Katie!
Elaine & Mike’s Love story was the honored feature!
Wow! 2012 has really started off with a BANG! I’ve been going a little crazy as of late, so I do whole heartedly apologize for neglecting my blogging duties…I know…I’ve missed you too!
I thought i’d share with you a few of the things that have been going on in Mabyn-land!
The New Year was wonderful, I kicked it off with an intimate party at home with some very close & awesome friends! After celebration and some wrap up stuff at the office I headed off to Connetticut for a wedding photography conference called Mystic Seminars. This was my fourth year attending and I still glean something new every year! These seminars consist of some of the most talented and renowned photographers in the industry! They take time from their busy schedules to share nuggets of wisdom and their point of view on business & photography. It’s also a very small conference, only about 250 people attend so you can get to know the speakers as well as other photographers around you. As I am now a vetren, I know a lot of the people coming to Mystic. It’s always a great time to reminisce with old friends, make new ones, and learn more about my passion!
Mystic 2012 by the amazing Switzerfilm guys! 🙂
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After spending 4 days neck deep in education and inspiration I was revved up to do shoot! Luckily I had 2 shoots booked for my returning week. I got to hang out with the Reyes Family for Tirzah’s 6 month photos AND I got to capture Yolanda & Arel’s GORGEOUS Love Story! Was I ever excited to flex my newly pumped photo muscle! Both days went extremely well and I can’t wait to show you all their stories!
The Reyes Family
Yolanda & Arel’s Love Story
Needless to say I am SO STINKIN’ EXCITED for 2012!!! There are going to be some big changes that I’m hoping to solidify in the next month or two. Stay tuned for some great stories, announcements, and photos! 2012 here we come!!!
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So I ment to do this whole vlog on the highs and lows of 2011 and what I’m looking forward to in 2012. Lets just say the cleaning monster got ahold of me and I went uber OCD on my apartment in preparations for my NYE party! The hours whittled away and before I knew it there was no time left. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew, but I’d rather be overly ambitious than never be able to say “I tried!” Right?
To quickly recap all of the wonderful things I was going to gush about via web cam:
2011 for Mabyn Ludke Photography was FANTASTIC! It was my first year all on my own and I can’t believe how amazing it has been.
I was so fearful of stepping out and doing the whole business woman thing, but with the support of my family, friends, vendors, and clients things have worked out better than I could have imagined!
2012 is looking like it’s going to be a phenominal year! I plan on sharing with you all my upcoming favorites on Monday. Tonight however I will share with you all some of my favorites from this, my first-all on my own-wedding season. Thank you everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2011 was a year of some fantastic couples! Check out my favorites of the year!
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Congrats to our winners who also happen to be my featured Love Story as a Merry Christmas present to you all! Enjoy!
When I first chatted with Jessy on the phone about a year ago it was obvious to me that her wedding was going to be AMAZING! I don’t book too many weddings after October so I knew that this was going to be THE perfect way to end my wedding season. The day was the epitome of class and glamour! I felt like I was transported back the the 60’s for a night at an elegant gala event. Jessy is a classic beauty! I could easily see her on the silver screen decades ago. All of the details of the day just added to the elegant feel…oh yeah and having the whole thing at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs definitely pulled the whole thing together. My photographer’s brain was ecstatic with all of the delicious details to capture! Thank you so much Jessy and Evan! Your day was an event to remember!
How did you meet?
College- I was having a get together and Evan was invited through a mutual friend. We met and just talked and talked all night about everything, even finding out our birthdays were a day apart. He was so cute, he showed me card tricks he had been working on…2 out of 3 were successful. But all of them won me over:)
How did your fiance propose?
It was in December. We went on a big elaborate date in NYC…. a beautiful dinner, visiting our favorite stores, even seeing the tree in Rockefeller Center, I was so excited and just “KNEW” he was going to ask me there. That night was so cold and Evan was taking his time popping the question. I was getting sad that I had gotten my hopes up and that I was completely wrong. Then a giant gust of wind came blowing through the air and I said ” OUCH MY EAR” but nervous Evan swears that he heard “DON’T YOU DARE!” ( as in propose) we got on the train to go back home and I was still really sad and freezing. When we got home- Evan was more in his element and ended up asking me in front of our own Christmas tree. It ended up being a funny and special story anyway.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
I wanted the most incredible venue I could find, and it sounds silly but my most important thing for a venue was that it couldn’t have “hotel” style carpet anywhere ( you know the kind with the designs to mask big stains). That was such a big deal because I wanted the wedding to have a flawless appearance. I didn’t want to have to work around anything, or pretend that my colors went with that red, gold, brown and “is that green supposed to be there?” carpet. For my wedding colors I went with gold, silver and navy…nice beautiful winter-time colors. However, my bouquets were made up of jewel toned, brooches. We didn’t want flowers because we wanted a keepsake and something to make people remember our wedding as just a little bit different. Now, my bouquet is on display in our living room, and it’s something we can always cherish. Plus, it added a very unique piece to our wedding.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My brother is a youth pastor and was taking classes to become ordained but he specifically planned his class schedules to be able to be ordained in time to officiate our ceremony. It was his first wedding and it was really special to have him do it. We also passed around Italian cookies to all of our guests at our wedding as a way to personally say “thank you for coming”. Our guests were wowed by this even when Evan dumped half a tray on the floor….whoops!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
For me it was standing at the alter, knees shaking, because I was so excited, I didn’t know how to calm down at that point. For Evan, he says it was watching my face as he read his vows to me…and seeing his sisters cry from of the corner of his eye.
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
We both said we would have danced together more. We barely saw each other the whole night because we were bopping around so much trying to talk to everyone.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Everyone was so excited to get to the venue that we completely forgot to bring the bouquets with us….in fact they were still in my car! Evan’s dad had to go and get them at the last minute, and I was parked FAR away. There were also some key dance moves by our friends and family that we can’t WAIT to see on video.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress, it was exactly what I wanted. Evan’s favorites were the brooches. He really liked the idea. Ohhh and the hot chocolate bar at the end of the night…wow- such a great call.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went on a mini getaway to Disney World and plan on going to Italy sometime in 2012.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Make sure you spend as much time as you can together during the wedding. It gets crazy with a lot of guests and you get pulled in a lot of directions. Just take the time to dance and enjoy the day together.
Hair: Fusion Salon – Saratoga Springs//Makeup Artist: Fusion Salon – Saratoga Springs//Dress Designer & Store Location: Pronovias- Something Bleu Bridal Saratoga Springs (HIGHLY recommended)//Jewelry: Bracelet- Gemini//Veil or Hair accessories: Italian lace with Swarovski crystals ( don’t know the make)//Shoes: Steve Madden and Capparros//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Jos. A Banks//Ceremony Venue: Hall of Springs//Reception Venue: Hall of Springs//Florist: DIY Brooche Bouquets and Center pieces were by Laura Abbott Designs//DJ: Jeffrey Scott//Caterer: Glen Sanders Mansion//Cake: Glen Sanders Mansion- with brooch decorations by Audrey Hardenburg//Lighting: Jeffrey Scott//Invitations & Stationary: Michael’s DIY
Special Ceremony Music: Vitamins Strings Versions of Stolen, At Last, & Song Bird
Father/Daughter: Dream by Priscilla Ahn
Mother/Son: I’ll Stand by You-the pretenders
First Dance: The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson