Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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A wedding is stressful. There are so many details that have to play out perfectly. It’s easy to becom overwhelmed and turn into bridezilla! I have yet to experience a bridezilla, but I’ve whitnessed numerous occasions that easily could have warranted it. Luckily my brides understand that in the end the most important part of the day isnt the flowers, cake, or dresses,it’s that they’re getting married to the one they’re intended for!

Rachel is a perfect example of how to take pressure in stride. She pretty much planned her whole wedding from Florida! So many factors could have gone wrong, but none of that mattered when she saw Ben at their first look! The stress melted away and their genuine love and affection transformed their day! Despite the weird winter weather (40 degrees in Jan) their wedding was gorgeous! Amy and I had a great time capturing every single moment!

Xoxoxo
Mabyn

 

 

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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How did your fiance propose? It was a Sunday like any other. I got up early and headed off to church where I was singing in the worship service and had to be there at an undesirably early hour. While there, I shot off a few texts to Ben while he was at school and received one back telling me he had a funny story to relate when I was out of church. I agreed to call him directly thereafter and because of that made no attempt at lunch plans or grocery shopping (which I actually needed to do). I arrived at my house and turned the key in the door, opening it up to about sixty lit candles, my favorite Trevor Hall song and 8.5×11 pieces of paper bearing some of my favorite poems and verses. They were even cited properly on the back. Needless to say, I cried, and made no effort to stop when I reached the kitchen and saw there Ben waiting with a diamond ring. I actually made him wait a little while I read all the poems in the kitchen along with the transcriptions of meaningful Facebook messages from the past year. On that day, January 29, 2012, one year exactly after our first date on a snowy Saturday night, Ben asked me to marry him. I think I said yes, I don’t actually remember because I was crying. But I believe there was nodding, at least enough for him to slip the ring on to my finger.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We planned the majority of our wedding in the summer of 2012 when Ben worked in Syracuse and I had the summer off. Otherwise it was all through phone calls and emails especially when I moved to Florida to start a new teaching job and Ben was in Philadelphia at school and my mother was shouldering most of the planning in Syracuse (the wedding location). My maid of honor, Kim (cousin) was supremely helpful. It really was a joint effort on all parts and I’m so grateful to everyone who made our special day so special.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? One of my most memorable moments had to be during our first-look pictures when the bustle button snapped on my dress and we weren’t able to fix it until AFTER the ceremony. My little flower girl, Hallie, carried the train of my dress in her little arms as I greeted and hugged guests. She took her responsibilities very seriously 🙂
Funniest memory from your wedding day? My bouquet was so much heavier than I had anticipated and I didn’t actually hold it until we got to the church and I was waiting to go down the aisle. When I met Ben at the altar I was trying not to cry, so I made a joke and whispered to him “My bouquet is the weight of a toddler” and we both VERY silently chuckled.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? I would danced more 🙂
Any advice for future bride & grooms? It truly does go by in an instant. When Ben and I were sitting at our sweetheart table he said to me “Just take a moment and look around, drink it all in. It’s a day like no other.” I echo his advice to any bride and groom. Enjoy every moment!
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? I really felt like Mabyn was committed to getting the right shot. It was fun and easy to work with her, she made us feel comfortable right from the very beginning.

Hair: Christina Lombardi//Makeup Artist: Christina Lombardi//Dress Designer & Store Location: Alfred Angelo in Syracuse//Jewelry: Pearls…idk from where. Gift from my mother.//Veil or Hair accessories: All Alfred Angelo//Shoes: Madden girl pumps from Sears//Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo eggplant purple satin//Grooms Attire: Joseph A Banks grey suits//Ceremony Venue: Grace Assembly of God//Reception Venue: St. George’s Macedonian Orthodox Church//The Galleries of Syracuse//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Caterer: Karen’s Catering//Cake: Nino’s Bakery//Wedding Coordinator: Andrea from Karen’s Catering//Invitations & Stationary: Kim Venuti

Rachel & Ben’s Love Story

Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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I have to say that I was so excited when Liz & Erik’s wedding day finally arrived! It’s not every couple that I get to quote Homestar Runner with and laugh and laugh and laugh! This couple is not only a dream to photograph, but a joy to be around. Their laughs are infectious and their love for one another is palpable. Add all of that amazingness to the fact that they bent over backwards for pictures! Typically at an Episcopalian wedding, you’re lucky if you get to take pictures at all and if you do you’re restricted to the back of the church. Thank goodness Liz & Erik were so adamant about their desire to capture all of those little moments during the ceremony! It really paid off!

The rest of the day was my ideal schedule, 2 hours for formals (in which we stopped for ice cream at Gannons!! WAAHH!) and travel and then off to a rockin’ reception at the Crowne Plaza! Then in the middle of the reception, when Liz and Erik needed a break, we jaunted outside for MORE pictures! This is becoming a recurring theme with my clients, WHICH I LOVE!!! But it does pose a problem…Which photos do I choose for the blog?! There are so many that I want to share!!!

Needless to say, Liz and Erik’s wedding day was spectacular! The weather, the atmosphere, but especially the two friends with whom I  got to witness, document, and celebrate their love story to the fullest extent! Thank you so much Liz and Erik! It was an  extreme joy to be with you and share in your gorgeous day!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
Crowne Plaza Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

How did your fiance propose? We had been talking about it for a while and Erik gave instructions to go look at rings when I was visiting my best friend down on Long Island. How do you really say no to that? Sparkly things? Yes, please! Needless to say, I found what I wanted and snapped a picture of it to send him. A few weeks later, we took a trip for my birthday and ended up checking out rings together. We found the same one that I had found on the island, so he knew what I was looking for. After some discussion about whether or not it was appropriate to buy the ring with me there, we opted to split up, do some shopping and meet up in about an hour (which meant my shopping was interrupted by thoughts of “OMG, is he going to buy it NOW??”). Of course, I couldn’t ask him that question when we finally left the mall because I would have been really disappointed or way too excited to focus on anything else. A few weeks later (10/04/2011 to be specific), I got home from work, dropped some stuff off and headed off to “job” #2 at my sister’s dance studio. Lucky for me, my niece (who was just two months old) decided to have some intestinal issues that night and spent the majority of it throwing up all over me. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to get home and change. I pull into the driveway around 9:30pm and the house is dark, so I think he’s already gone to bed (not unusual for us “old folk”). I climb up the stairs, unlock the door and wham! I know immediately what is going on. There are a bajillion tea light candles all over the house, there’s music playing and I see little note cards positioned throughout the house, too. I have no idea where he is, but the first words out of my mouth are “… but I smell like puke!!” I put my stuff down and head into the kitchen because that’s where I see a note. I open it to read it and notice that it is numbered. Realizing that I probably shouldn’t start reading at #7, I turn around and go back into the living room, where I find #1. I read through all of the notes that Erik has written (ignoring the whines of the dogs from the basement) and work my way up to the last the note, which is taped to the bedroom door. I open the door, find him down on one knee and totally said yes before he ever asked. Ha! A little anxious? I think not 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Because of the large number of out-of-town family and friends coming to our wedding, we wanted to have a reception venue that was attached to a hotel so people wouldn’t have to worry about driving afterwards. We contacted a few around Syracuse and after playing with our budget (and hearing that we could use the Horizons Ballroom on the 20th floor) we settled on the Crown Plaza! As far as colors go, we originally started toying with the idea of fall colors. As we were looking at color swatches and realizing nothing was meeting our expectations, we opted for a more “timeless” appeal, so Erik suggested black & white instead of going for colors that would fade out of style. One of the more entertaining stories of the process happened at the beginning of July after Erik witnessed about 5 minutes of “Bridezillas.” He made me sign a pledge that I wouldn’t become a “Bridezilla” and put it on the fridge. It worked! And it might still be on the fridge.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Failing at being sneaky and having my best friend’s mom see me getting out of the elevator at the hotel (of all people, it had to be her :-p); the flower girl needing a diaper change literally 5 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start; seeing Erik at the end of the aisle and not being able to walk slowly to get to him; stopping at Gannon’s Isle for chocolate milkshakes before the reception!
Funniest memory from your wedding day? We didn’t actually see this happen but we have photographic evidence of my cousin and his wife getting a little rowdy and all most falling out of the photo booth at the reception.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? I would make a rule: don’t hug anyone holding two glasses of wine, especially if one is red. I am so thankful for Tide-to-Go pens as they worked miracles at getting the wine out of my dress.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Take time to do what you want to do on your day. We weren’t sure we’d have time to stop for ice cream, but the wedding party reminded us, “Dude, it’s your day”, so we stopped. It took all of 10 minutes out of our day, but totally made for classic memories. I’ll follow this advice with, “Stop and get ice cream before your reception!”
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Erik: After working with Mabyn, I can honestly say that I don’t feel like I met a really cool photographer, I feel like I made an amazing friend. Liz: The idea of being photographed always traumatizes me. I don’t like the experience and find myself avoiding the camera at all costs, so finding someone that can make all that apprehension go away was such a blessing. She truly is a “photo ninja” and am so grateful to have had her be a part of our day.

Hair: DeJon’s Hair Design//Makeup Artist: Jacqueline Babcock – Mary Kay Products//Dress Designer & Store Location: Maggie Sottero – Kleinfeld, NYC//Jewelry: Kleinfeld, NYC//Veil or Hair accessories: Kleinfeld, NYC//Shoes: Aldo//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles, NY//Reception Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel/Horizons Ballroom//Additional photo venue: Baltimore Woods & Gannon’s Isle//Florist: St. Agnes//Transportation: American Limo//DJ: Kevin Colangelo//Caterer: Crowne Plaza Hotel//Cake: Gabrielle Chocolates, Cazenovia, NY//Invitations & Stationary: The American Wedding

Liz & Erik’s Love Story

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I’ve known Nikki for about 4 years now. She’s and her wonderful family attend my church, Faith Chapel. It’s always such a blessing to capture a wedding and even more so when you worship & pray together on a regular basis! So when Nikki asked me to do her wedding I was more than thrilled! She and Marquis are like peanut butter and jelly, they just go so well together! When you meet them and watch them interact it’s obvious that their souls were ment to be tied to one another. So of course their wedding day was amazing & full of beautiful moments. I especially love that they got married the day after Christmas! All of the decorations were stunning & we got to play a little bit in the snow! (Thanks for braving the wind for me guys!)  The whole day was a giant celebration of two families FINALLY becoming one! Thank you so much Nikki & Marquis!

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xoxoxo

Mabyn

The Details

Hair: Sherri June

Makeup Artist: Sara at Chanel, Macy’s

Dress: “Victoriana” by Maggie Sottero from Spy Baby Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Multi-way collection at Victoria’s Secret

Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction

Venue: Ceremony: Faith Chapel Reception: Pensabene’s Casa Grande

Florist: Rosebuds

Transportation: American Limousine

DJ: The Great Music Company

Caterer: Pensabene’s Casa Grande

Cake: Allison Matthews

Their Songs:

First Dance: Brian McKnight “For the Rest of my Life”

Father/Daughter: Bob Carlisle “Butterfly Kisses”

Mother/Son: Boyz II Men “A Song for Mama”

Introductions: Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling”, Switchfoot “Stars”

About the day:
Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Walking into the reception hall. The room looked amazing- it was a surreal experience!

What was you favorite detail?

Groom: The blue uplighting at the reception all.
Bride: The “God’s knot”

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Groom: Plan early, don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember to enjoy your day- it’s about you!
Bride: You are the Princess for the day!- Just RELAX and soak it all in.

Funniest memory from you wedding day?

Groom: Pastor Chris Metallo’s wonderful ceremony!- Filled with laughs!
Bride: Everything having to do with the GARTER!

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?

No, it was perfect, from start to finish!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

Groom: Argyle socks and military medals!
Bride: My navy blue wedding shoes!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We relocated to Jacksonville, FL- we hope to take a honeymoon Fall 2011

Isn’t she stunning! Wowzah!

Look at those deep brown eyes!

Sweet grandma seeing Nikki for the first time all dressed up

Keep it on Nikki! You just got it! ;o)

The sparklers were so fun!

The reception was overflowing with love Love LOVE! It just oozes from these picutres!

One of my favorite party shots of the year! You work it Mama!

Did I mention Marquis is an absolute cheeser?! I loved it!

Nikki & Marquis’ Love Story : Real Love : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photography

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Around the same time I was hired for Picture Infinity, another photographer named Tim Hunt, was also hired by Picture Infinity. We fast became friends and soon there after we also became shooting partners! In the past 2 years of my 3 years at Picture Infinity, Tim & I were booked together more often than not. We shoot incredibly well together and we always have a fantastic time doing it! So when he told me his little sister was getting married and asked me to shoot the wedding, it was an immediate YES!

Ashley, Tony, and I immediately hit it off, we chatted like old friends and I knew their wedding day would be wonderful! Though the clouds threatened rain all day, it held off just long enough for Ashley & Tony to get married and have some beautiful stormy formals done! (YAY STORM CLOUDS!) The ceremony was sweet with Ashley & Tony’s Mothers giving readings. The reception afterwards was full of dancing! They didn’t just do your typical Father/Daughter & Mother/Son dances, nope, they dance with everyone! Mothers, Fathers, Step Dad’s, back to Mothers, and all of their friends! It was so beautiful to see everyone come together and support and love on Ashley & Tony! Thank you guys for allowing me to capture your wonderful day!

xoxoxoxo

The Details

Hair: Amy Kennedy

Makeup Artist: Amy Kennedy

Dress: Davids bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: davids bridal

Tuxes: men’s wearhouse

Venue: borio’s resturant

Florist: wegmans

Transportation: american limo

DJ: dave cornell (cornell entertainment)

Caterer: borio’s resturant

Cake: my aunt linda (linda ogletree)

Their Songs:

First Dance: then  by brad paisley

Father/Daughter: stealing cinderella

Mother/Son: sunrise sunset

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

just before the kiss at then of the vows

What was you favorite detail?

not sure

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

dont stressit will all come together in the end and will all be worth it

Funniest memory from you wedding day?

tony asking his mom if he had to kiss me and me cuffing him in the back of the head

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?

no it was perfect

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

my dress

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

traveling all over new york

What is your favorite wedding photo and why?

down by the water with the dark sky

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Ashley & Tony’s Real Love Story : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer