Genesee Grande Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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The best way for me to get clients is word of mouth. I shoot one wedding and their friend sees it on facebook and asks “who shot that wedding?” Then I receive an email or a phone call not too soon after. Sometimes I’ll get a cold call from a google search, but most often someone has referred me. Liz and Tom are a little different. Yes, they got referrals from other friends/weddings I had shot, but mostly because they were there at them rather than seeing pictures online.

I remember the first time I met Liz and Tom, it was Julia & Lee’s wedding and Liz was a bridesmaid. I remember Liz’s joyful spirit and sweeeeeet dance moves! She and Tom TORE. IT. UP. Fast forward two seasons later and I noticed a rockin’ couple out on the dance floor of Liz & Mike’s rockin’ wedding party and low and behold it was Liz & Tom! I was so happy to see them again! I really feel our relationship is like Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon…

Then when Liz emailed me after her engagement I was SO EXCITED! Not only did I feel like we were all friends already, but I knew their party would be fantastic! On top of that, both couples who’s weddings Liz & Tom attended were there. Oh and it gets better, Mariel & Jamie were there too! My soon to be couple! Needless to say it was like a mini wedding reunion for me. I had so much fun catching up with all of my couples and dancing the night away! Thank you so much to Liz & Tom. I can’t believe how full circle everything has come!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Genesee Grande Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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How did your fiance propose? Tom proposed on July 4, 2012. He had mentioned wanting to check out the west trail at Onondaga Lake Park earlier that week, so I suggested going there. Little did I know he was waiting for a bike ride to propose. He was almost too nice as we got our picnic packed and our bikes in the car. We biked for about a half an hour, found a bench on the west side of Onondaga Lake, and had a picnic. I had asked him to get something from the backpack and he was taking a long time. I was just about to impatiently grab the bag from him when he got down on one knee. I was shocked and thrilled. I made him stay at the bench for two hours as we called everyone.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Sometimes the wedding planning overwhelmed us when we were at home, so Tom and I scheduled wedding planning dates at Barnes and Noble and Roji Tea Lounge to go over the details and our progress. It sounds very businessy, but it worked for us and forced us to have some coffee dates and time together.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The coolest part was getting to the cocktail hour after taking pictures. Everyone we love was in the same room waiting for us. It was overwhelming.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? During our ceremony, Tom’s brother and sister in law were seated on opposite sides of the circular chapel. Their daughter, Susanna, our 1.5 year old niece, couldn’t decide which parent she wanted to be with more, so she ran back and forth across the middle of the chapel. It was funny to watch, and it lightened the mood. There was also a spill of a tin of mini Altoids, which our three-year-old nephew Oliver graciously cleaned up one-by-one.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Nothing! It was a wonderful day and a great party.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Remember to take time out during the last few weeks of your wedding to relax and be with friends and family. Most of the big stuff is done. Don’t stress too much about the details.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn took us out of the reception for a nighttime photo shoot. It was so special because it forced us to appreciate a quiet moment. Mabyn is also super fun and thoughtful. She even showed up on the dance floor at the end of the night. Because of her kind spirit and wonderful talent, I knew I wanted Mabyn as my wedding photographer even before I was engaged.

Hair: Soigne Salon//Makeup Artist: Erica Abdo//Dress Designer & Store Location: Impression from Off the Rack (SpyBabies)//Jewelry: For a necklace, I wore my grandmother’s pearls that she wore on her wedding day. My earrings were family heirlooms; my cousin Rosemary surprised me at the rehearsal dinner with them. They were diamond earrings that had been made from her mother (my great aunt) and grandmother’s (my great grandmother’s) engagement rings. It was special to have jewelry representing both my grandmother and grandfather’s family.//Veil o//Hair accessories: Off the Rack (SpyBabies)//Shoes: Blue heels at the ceremony (brand unknown); New Balance Blue Sneakers at the reception//Bridesmaids Dresses: I asked my bridesmaids to just pick a purple dress and any shoes they wanted.//Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse//Ceremony Venue: Le Moyne College Panasci Family Chapel//Reception Venue: Genesee Grande Hotel
Additional photo venue: Franklin Square. Tom and I used to work at 500 Plum Street in the heart of Franklin Square when we were at Eric Mower and Associates, so it was special to us.//Florist: Wildflowers//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ:Jason Paussa from Salt City Sound Machine//Caterer: Genesee Grande Hotel//Cake: The very wonderful Sally Mitchell//Event Designer: Jamie and Sarah at the Genesee Grande Hotel helped us pull everything together. They were the most fun, chill people to be around.//Lighting: My dear friend and coworker John Haley hooked us up with wonderful up lighting.//Invitations & Stationary: Tom designed our invitations and save-the-dates.

Liz & Tom’s Love Story – Genesee Grande Hotel

The Lodge at Welch Allen Skaneateles, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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Sometimes you never know how the smallest connections will lead to big things. I met Nancy years ago at a friend’s bon fire. She has literally watched my career grow, Nancy met me right when I made the plunge into the great big ocean that is wedding photography. Fast forward to last summer, I get the sweetest phone call from her asking if I would shoot her wedding! Of course I was thrilled and we chatted and laughed about the plans to come.

When I met Jason, it was clear that the only girl for him was Nancy. The way he looked at her melted my heart. Then to see them interact at their You + Me session, there was no doubt in my mind that they were the perfect match!

On their wedding day it was like the whole world was celebrating their marriage. Not because they invited a lot of people, but because everyone shouted their love from the roof tops! There were stories, hugs, kisses, lanterns, S’mores, sparklers, and FIREWORKS! Every time you thought that they had reached the top of the celebration something else would come along that would bring the joy higher! Lets just say that this couple knows how to throw a party and deserved every bit of it! Thank you so much to Nancy & Jason for choosing me to capture your FANTASTIC day! It was so much fun and I’m so excited for this next chapter in your life!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

The Lodge at Welch Allen Skaneateles, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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How did your fiance propose? Thanksgiving 2011, we traveled to Syracuse. Jason and Nancy’s dad were outside with their beers, cooking a turkey in the smoker. Jason asked him for permission to marry his only daughter. Christmas morning 2011, Jason and Nancy were celebrating at Jason’s mother’s house in Virginia. After a morning of opening gifts, Jason announced that he had one more gift, reached in his pocket, and got on his knee. The diamond in the ring is a family stone passed down to Jason from his grandmother and his Aunt. It had been part of a brooch that belonged to Jason’s great-great grandmother and had been passed down to his grandmother and later his Aunt.

Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Everything was VERY easy. We felt really confident that every vendor we chose would do a good job, so it helped with our stress factor. It helped, too, because we live in DC and we were planning long distance. I would say some family and friends (and trying to make everyone happy) were the most stressful part of planning – making sure everybody was included on the guest list, helping them with accommodations and arrangements, food choices, etc. We really liked hydrangeas and they come in light blue, so that’s how we picked colors. We only looked at one venue (The Lodge) and went with that. Really – everything was easy for us.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The most memorable moment of our day is likely our first look, first dance, and our firework/lantern display. For us as a couple, getting off the bus at the end of the night at the Sherwood, all of our friends wishing us goodbye, and then eating our take home cupcakes in bed. Man, we wish our wedding was every weekend.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? For the bride, it had to be getting ready in the kitchen of the Willard Chapel …. didn’t realize there were no private places to get your dress on! and when we were in the limo and when my 86-year-old grandmother made a comment (driving to the ceremony in the limo) along the lines of “this limo ride reminds me of when the policemen take all of the criminals to jail.”… really grandma?
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? No. Not a thing.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Make sure you are planning BEYOND the wedding. Don’t look at it as an ending point, but as beginning part of your journey together – because it’s going to be a long, awesome one. We are also glad that our honeymoon is 1-2 months after the wedding so we won’t be as tired and are really looking forward to it. Don’t register for stupid stuff that you don’t need. I would also recommend doing a “first look” to ANYBODY that is not afraid to go against tradition. We did one with Mabyn and it was so stress reliving. We were able to have an intimate moment without everybody watching and it allowed us to get through the ceremony without being overly emotional… just excited! Make sure you EAT at your reception – it’s okay to take time for yourself even if people are there to see you. And don’t sweat it – you’re just getting married.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn and her partner are true professionals. They both brought a fun, calming energy when we needed it most. They were also like sneaky little photo ninjas.. there were everywhere and did anything to get the perfect shot – but you never saw them… they just blended right in. Mabyn is also very friendly, flexible and easy to work with. We were so lucky to have found her!

 

Hair: Michele Lennox//Makeup Artist: Mollie Palmisano//Dress Designer & Store Location: “Heidi” by Maggie Sottero – Bobbie’s Bridal in Fairfax, VA//Jewelry: Designs by Kara (Etsy)//Veil or Hair accessories: Flower made by Joliejye Vendome, Centre France (Etsy)//Shoes: Ivory Glitter Women’s Wedges by Toms (Nordstorm)//Bridesmaids Dresses: Vary (Target, for sure)//Grooms Attire: Vary (Men’s Warehouse for sure)//Ceremony Venue: The Willard Chapel in Auburn, NY//Reception Venue: The Lodge at Welch Allyn in Skanateles, NY//Florist: The Backyard Garden Florist//Transportation: Student First bus service, American Limousine//DJ: Vice Versa Entertainment//Caterer: The Lodge at Welch Allyn//Cake: Sweet Endings Bakeshop in Jamesville, NY//Event Designer: Nancy!//Wedding Coordinator: Megan Coe//Lighting: Vice Versa Entertainment//Other: Fireworks by The Lodge at Welch Allen

Nancy & Jason’s Love Story at The Lodge at Welch Allyn

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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If I had to describe this summer the prime words would be hot and bright! There were very few wedding days where rain threatened to throw our picture plans into a tizzy. Liz & Alton’s wedding day was picture perfect! Literally! As you scroll down you’ll see what I mean, bright blue skies, white fluffy clouds, a gorgeous orange sunset…it’s a good thing Liz and Al like me so much, otherwise I think they’d get sick of all the different photos I had them take! 😉

Their love story wasn’t just picture perfect because of the weather. Those two are always thinking about little ways to make me happy! Number one, Liz and her girls had these great parasoles that really added something special to their formals, number two was the guys wearing these great heather gray suits! I’ve been seeing these a lot more lately and it’s a great choice every time! Add in some bow ties and you’ve got a classic look with just a dash of vintage. Al definitely pulled off that cool Mad Men look that he channeled in their You + Me session!  Oh yeah and did I mention Liz’s dress? Did I MENTION HER DRESS? Well her dress and I fell in love immediately, I mean c’mon…ruffles AND feathers! A girl can’t go wrong!

So other than the fact that I was super trigger happy (click! click! twitch! twitch!) I had an amazing time capturing all of the joy and beauty that surrounded this fabulous couple! Thank you so much Liz and Alton! It was an honor to capture your gorgeous day!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn
Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

(Photo on the right by Amy Semple my fabulous assistant!)

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography
How did your fiance propose? He proposed on Valentine’s Day. I was in my pajamas and we were on our way to get take out food! It was perfect:)
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): I really wanted a very classy, vintage look. The whole planning process was about a year and a half! It was allot of fun planning every detail and all worth seeing it all come together perfectly.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Probably first walking down the isle at the church. The cathedral was breathtaking and more than I could have imagined.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Probably seeing my bridesmaid, Kerry, catch the bouquet. She couldn’t have looked more terrified!:)
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Trust your instincts and everything will come together as it should. Don’t stress over the little stuff. It won’t matter in the end.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn is not only an incredibly talented photographer, she is an amazing person. She was caring, funny, personable, and helped me with sooo many details on my wedding day! I could not have asked for a more amazing photographer to not only capture such beautiful photos, but to be with us on our special day. I am so thankful we found her:) We love you Mabyn!

Hair:Meg Loveland/Jillain Pastella//Makeup Artist: Holly Piselli//Dress Designer & Store Location: Allure Bridal/ Spy Babies//Jewelry: Borrowed from a friend-antique//Veil or Hair accessories: Veil from Spy Babies and hair accessories from David’s Bridal//Shoes: Angela Nuran//Bridesmaids Dresses: Impression Bridal//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Basilica//Reception Venue: Traditions ant the Links//Additional photo venue: Franklin Square//Florist: The Floral Gardens//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Caterer: Traditions at the Links//Cake: Michele Swindell//Lighting: Black Tie Entertainment

Liz & Alton’s Love Story

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

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Wooooweee!! October has just been crazy with all sorts of meetings, photo shoots, and trips. I blinked and it was November! It looks like there’s no end in sight either, which is GREAT! I apologize for leaving you all blogless last week. As my last post so aptly put it, sometimes life just gets in the way of the things your really want to do! Like tell you all about my amazing experiences and the people I meet along the way.

Speaking of two such people, I want you all to get to know Jamie & Peter! I knew when I shot their You + Me session back in March (you crazy kids you! ;oP) that we were going to have a blast on their wedding day! My gut didn’t steer me wrong, their wedding day was an event for the books! I met Jamie in her hotel room at the Doubletree where she set aside a good chunk of time for bridals, Jamie got to channel her inner Tyra Banks and boy did she work it! We then ventured off to St. Matthews Church in East Syracuse for their heart felt ceremony. My favorite part of the day is where we had 3 hours inbetween the ceremony & reception to…you guessed it…TAKE PICTURES! Hooray!!! So we jaunted around the downtown Syracuse area for awhile and still managed to get back to the Doubletree well before the cocktail hour had started. Jamie & Peter were up for everything! They even helped me fulfill a dream shot that I’ve had in my head for over a year now! It’s one of my favorite shots of the season! Thanks guys!

The cocktail hour started off with one of Jamie’s friends, a professional Broadway singer, serenading the couple & guests with his melodious voice. I got a little carried away myself, it was beautiful! Then Jones Tones rocked the Doubletree late into the night. I had a great time capturing all of Jamie & Peter’s amazing moments. Thank you so much for choosing me! I’m so glad to have clients as amazing as you guys that I can now call you friends! 🙂

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

How did you meet?
We met at a going-away party for a coworker, and we realized that we had worked together for 2 years and had never met! That night I sent Pete a message on MySpace and gave him my number. He called the next day!
How did your fiance propose?
After going to dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date, Pete took me to Lights on the Lake, and he pulled over at the end and got down on one knee in the snow and popped the big question!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We had a looong time to plan (a year and 9 months), so we booked all the major things very early on and then got to relax, which was so nice! I must have dragged Pete to meetings with about 10 different photographers before I found Mabyn and Tim, and it was love at first sight of their work!
What details at your wedding had special significance?
The cake knife/server set was actually used by my parents at their wedding and had been engraved with their names. A close friend of my family had the set engraved on the other side with our names, and now we have a beautiful family heirloom!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Pete waiting for me…the love I felt at that moment was overwhelming!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
My nephew/ring bearer Luke doing the sprinkler dance when he was introduced! Hysterical!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Hands down, our amazing photographers and videographer! Our day will be remembered forever because of them!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Negril, Jamaica
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Just enjoy every single moment of the process. Even when things get stressful, just remember that no matter what happens or how things turn out, you will have the love of your life standing next to you…it doesn’t get any better than that!

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Hair:  Christy Robinson Salon//Makeup Artist: Erica Abdo//Dress Designer & Store Location: Sottero & Midgley: Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique, North Syracuse, NY//Jewelry: Tejani//Veil or Hair accessories: Birdcage Veil: Deeds and Petunia (Etsy.com), Rhinestone Hair Clip: Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique//Shoes: J. Renee//Bridesmaids Dresses:  Bill Levkoff//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, East Syracuse, NY//Reception Venue: Doubletree Hotel Carrier Circle//Additional photo venue:  Area surrounding Franklin Park//Florist: Julie’s Flowers//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Jones Tones//Caterer: Doubletree Hotel Carrier Circle//Cake: Sweet Rebecca’s Cupcakes//Wedding Coordinator: Shari Drace at Doubletree Hotel//Lighting: Jones Tones//Invitations & Stationary: Perfect Beginnings, East Syracuse, NY

Introductions: Sexyback, Justin Timberlake//Father/Daughter: Angel in My Arms, Joe Pizzulo//First Dance:  Never Let Me Go, Luther Vandross

Jamie & Peter’s Love Story