The Frog Pond Skaneatelese, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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As an artist, one of the highest compliments I can receive is having another artist book me to shoot their wedding. There’s a mutual understanding and respect for ones work, time, and effort. On top of that, their weddings tend to be VERY creative and fun! Right up my alley!

Mariel is a visionary and creates stunning work through graphic design. She even designed & printed her own invitations! Talk about incredible! She and Jamie are a wonderful blend of joy, humor, and love. I just had so much fun talking with them and could do it for hours! When their wedding day rolled around, I was so thrilled to walk into the Frog Pond and see Mariel’s vision come to life. We artists tend to go a little overboard in the DIY section, and although Mariel is no exception, she knows when to hire good people to help bring her vision to life. This is where MLH Events comes in. Megan of MLH Events, took Mariel’s dream and made it a flawless reality! The whole day dripping with gorgeous details and moved with a perfectly timed grace.

I can ensure you that everyone at Mariel & Jamie’s wedding had a fantastic time! Even my rockin’ team and I couldn’t help but put our cameras down at the end of the night and tear the dance floor up a bit! Thank you to Mariel & Jamie for trusting me to capture your vision & dream. It was absolutely spectacular!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

This is the first time I actually brought along my OWN cinematographer! That’s right ladies & gents, Gina shot her first ever wedding! I’m not sure she’ll be continuing to do more, but I can tell you that she’s done 3 this season and loves them! It’s amazing what can happen in just a few short months. I’m so excited for Gina and her new found talent, she shot & edited Mariel & Jamie’s Love Story with out an ounce of help. I can’t say she’s for hire yet, but who knows what can happen in the 2014 wedding season?! ūüôā Congrats Gina!

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How did your fiance propose?
Jamie proposed on his birthday in order to catch me off guard. We went to Asti for dinner which wasn’t planned thanks to me being sick and asking him to abort our other dinner plans in¬†Skaneateles.¬†When we arrived at Asti we were seated by a fireplace in a private room upstairs. Jamie had put the ring on his pinky finger when I wasn’t looking and proceeded to drink his wine until I noticed a sparkly object. I thought I was¬†hallucinating¬†from my cold medicine but when I realized I wasn’t, the rest was history. I¬†was¬†completely¬†surprised.
 Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Since I’m a graphic designer the planning process was hard because I’m full of too many ideas. We knew we wanted a venue that we could have enough time for artistic freedom and that would also be private which is why we picked The Frog Pond.¬†The theme of our wedding was story telling and we choose when at all possible to use local vendors first.
 What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? 
The moment we read our personal vows to each other and later on seeing all of our friends and family be together in the same place celebrating. We witnessed people who never dance, dance. It was as if the quote we’ve seen so many times before was happening the day of our wedding.¬†‚ÄúDance as though no one is watching you,¬†Love as though you have never been hurt before,¬†Sing as though no one can hear you,¬†Live as though¬†heaven is on earth.”
 Funniest memory from your wedding day?
When we lost Jamie in the woods before the first look was pretty funny. Also the fact that the¬†groomsmen had no idea how to put suspenders on. My dad had to help all the “men” get ready ūüôā
 If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?  
I might have purchased my letterpress sooner so I could have printed additional items for the wedding ūüôā
 Any advice for future bride & grooms?  
Do a first look! It was the best decision we made to ease our nerves. It was nice to have a moment to each other without everyone around. My other advice would be no matter what hire an event planner especially for the day of the wedding. MLH Events was amazing and Megan went above and beyond in carrying out my vision for the day. I was able to get ready and know that everything was going to look and be perfect. Lastly,¬†I would say don’t let Pinterest overwhelm you take a few ideas that you really love and tackle those and if you have time for other ideas go ahead. Don’t feel as though you have to do it all.
 What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography?
Mabyn is amazing! She is truly a professional and went above and beyond on our wedding day! Her work speaks for itself and she is a master of her craft. Mabyn captures moments in time so naturally and her love of details is impeccable.
Hair:¬†Amy Fortin (http://www.encoredayspa.com) //Makeup Artist:¬†Erica Abdo (http://ericaabdo.com) //Dress Designer & Store Location:¬†Justin Alexander,¬†New York Bride and Groom //Jewelry:¬†Necklace¬†Etsy, Pearl Earring’s Lord and Taylor //Veil or Hair accessories:¬†New York Bride and Groom, Anthropologie //Shoes:¬†Nine West Women’s¬†Faycie Ballet Flat //Bridesmaids Dresses:¬†ModCloth, Dillard’s, Nordstrom
Grooms Attire: Banana Republic, DSW: Shoes, Etsy: Cyberoptix (Ties) //Ceremony Venue: The Frog Pond (http://www.frogpondbandb.com) //Reception Venue: The Frog Pond //Florist: The Floral Gardens (http://www.thefloralgardens.com) //DJ: Black Tie Entertainment (http://www.btedj.com) //Caterer: Kyoko (http://sushikyoko.com) //Cake: The Patisserie (http://www.thesherwoodinn.com/patisserie) //Event Designer: Mariel Mirra, Bride and MLH Events (http://www.mlhevents.com)
Wedding¬†Coordinator:¬†MLH Events (http://www.mlhevents.com),¬†Megan Hiltbrand //Lighting:¬†Book Page Chandlers, Mariel Mirra, Bride //Invitations & Stationary:¬†Mariel Mirra, Bride ¬†//Officiant:¬†Andrea Volbrecht, Friend of Bride and Groom //Cupcakes:¬†Elaina Crary //Pie:¬†Heart n’ Hand (http://www.heartnhandpies.com) //Chalkboard Art:¬†Jessica Tierney, Bridesmaid

Mariel & Jamie’s Love Story – The Frog Pond Skaneateles, NY

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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One of my favorite things about this wedding season has been it’s diversity. I have literally seen so many unique ideas and ways to celebrate love and family! Ali and I did most of our chatting via email and Skype. We only got to meet in person once, but it was enough to know that she had an amazing event planned! This one is going to take 2 blog posts folks! There’s just too much goodness to share!. We’ll start with getting ready and the ceremony!

Ali and Dwight’s getting ready location, the Inn on Columbia,¬†was absolutely fantastic. Stunning art on the walls, great light, a circular building where Ali got dressed! What more could you ask for? How about a vintage car ride to your ceremony?! Twist my arm!

Oh yeah, and their ceremony (designed by the lovely Heather of  Hallagan Handcrafted Events) was in the sweetest little rustic building with romantic candle light everywhere! It just made the little photog inside me jump for joy! I know yours will too! Come back again tomorrow for part 2 of Ali and Dwights gorgeous day! It will not disappoint!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

TaughannockFalls Ithaca, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

B&W ceremony – by Amy Semple

How did your fiance propose? We had plans to meet friends at a local winery later that day, but Dwight said he wanted to go have breakfast under the tree that was planted in my brother’s memory that morning first. I thought it was so sweet and a great idea so we headed over and had a little picnic. When he asked me to marry him I remember feeling that we were exactly where we ought to be. It was the most natural and exciting moment to say “of course!” We then walked to a nearby restaurant for some champagne and I knew he had even more up his sleeve. Suddenly my closest friends walked in and then a limo pulled up and we all took off to the winery and celebrated all day. I kept looking at Dwight throughout the day, so excited for our journey ahead and so proud to be his wife.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): We wanted a relaxed celebration with our closest friends and family and great food in a beautiful setting. From the beginning it was important to us for our guests to feel the magic we felt in the Finger Lakes. Those were our priorities. I don’t feel like we had to compromise too much because we knew that’s all that mattered. From there, we made choices to support our idea. Everyone wore what they felt best in. Dinner was served family style. We spent the whole day outside in the fresh air. It really felt like a beautiful dinner party. Everyone was in such a great mood. We knew it would be awesome, but it really was even better than we could have imagined.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Dwight: When I first saw Ali at the Inn the Columbia.
Ali: Driving with Dwight up to the falls before the ceremony. It was so amazing to have that time together before all the festivities began.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Dwight: When the musician at the ceremony dozed off and forgot to start playing the song for Ali to walk down the aisle.
Ali: Same here. It was dead silence when my dad and I started walking and I just started laughing. Really?
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Not a thing.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Be present. Keep perspective. Go with the flow. And mostly, it’s not a party of one, brides. Make your guests feel welcome. Everyone is gathering because they love you and wish you happiness.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn never missed a beat. Her responsiveness and enthusiasm were unsurpassed.

Ali & Dwight’s Love Story – Part 1

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Disclaimer: This is one of the longest blogs I’ve done in awhile, but tooooooootaly worth it!

I woke on a cloudy Saturday morning with a giant grin on my face. One of my absolute favorite couples was about to be married, and guess who got to capture it all? Why yours truly! I’ve been good friends with Elaine & Mike for years and when they finally decided to tie the knot I wouldn’t let them choose anyone else as their wedding photographer…literally, it was non-negotiable!

When I pulled up to the Frog Pond Bed & Breakfast in Skateateles it was pouring rain, but that didn’t stop Elaine’s sunny disposition! Today was the day she got to marry her other half, her puzzle piece, her Michael! ¬†Even though person after person kept asking to move things inside, Elaine & Mike had faith that their wedding would still go on as planned. Their faith proved founded as the pouring rain turned into a drizzle which then turned into a fine mist. Good enough! People pulled out chairs & umbrella’s and got ready!

During all of the rain hullabaloo, Elaine and Mike opted to see each other before the wedding. We set up the “First Look” session on the front porch of the Frog Pond. I felt so¬†privileged¬†to be the one behind the camera, to¬†witness¬†their love, and document their tears of joy. My heart went to mush right then and there! Their ceremony essentially took place in a cloud! Mist hovered around the tree tops as the bridesmaids bicycled down the isle! Their ceremony was so beautiful & full of emotion from their hand written vows to the foot washing, I was practically tearing up the whole time! As they took their first kiss the sun broke through the clouds like we were at the epic conclusion of a movie! It was such a confirmation of their union! They celebrated by journeying down the isle together on a tandem bicycle while their wedding party joyfully skipped behind them! The sun stayed out in celebration as the rest of the day consisted of photo shoots, amazing home made food, & a rockin’ dance party (which I did eventually partake in)! My eyes and heart couldn’t get enough of this glorious day. Everything was unique, beautiful, and heart felt. Thank you so much Elaine and Mike! I love you guys and it was truly an honor to capture your day!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

How did you meet? 
We met at a young adults Bible study at our church Faith Chapel in Syracuse. Jesus is spectacular!
How did your fiancé propose?
Michael proposed shortly after our one-year anniversary when we were exchanging Christmas gifts at his apartment. I opened his gift, which was a book that he had printed with all of our stories written in a fairytale fashion. When he got to the end of the book the last two pages were taped together but stated make this be our next memory. I opened the pages to see a picture of him down on one knee asking if I would marry him. He then proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me in person. ‚ėļ
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc.):
Well I am a tad bit untraditional in many ways so from the very start of my planning I knew that I wanted a ‚Äúdifferent‚ÄĚ type of wedding. Many of my ideas people (including my fianc√©!) thought I was crazy for until they actually saw them pan out including riding Bicycles down the aisle to making pinky promises at the altar to having the bridal party ribbon dance during the first dance. Most of all I wanted a laid back artistic wedding where people could just have fun and celebrate with us.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
A lot of the decorations were taken from my Mom or from vintage things that we have collected over the years so it was special to see things that I saw growing up on my wedding day
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Michael: First Look Elaine: Exchanging Vows
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
If I had a rewind button I’d take pictures of the set up process and make sure it wasn’t going to rain!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
This memory was technically from the rehearsal the day before but it was hilarious so here goes… At the ceremony rehearsal we were figuring out the kinks of having the bridal party ride down the aisle. After we figured out how the bridesmaids were riding into the ceremony it came time for Michael and I to practice riding away on our tandem bike. Well when we reached the end of the row of chairs the front tire literally exploded and started smoking because it had been pumped up too much. Everyone was looking around because we thought a gunshot had gone off somewhere but then we realized it was the tire of the bicycle. Come to find out the tire had been pumped up to a PSI of 85 because I jokingly told a friend to pump it up to 100 PSI (In my defense I was making a road bike joke). In the end I think Michael and I did a great job considering we only got to practice once haha.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Our wedding bands.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Costa Rica!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Relax; everything will work out one-way or the other. Save room for dessert!!
Anything else you’d like to add that will help me tell your story?
The wedding was a very big do it yourself wedding with a tight budget. Our families did a fantastic job of helping us make the wedding exactly how we pictured it in our heads. I wanted the wedding to have a vintage feel to it so I made all of the linen napkins and screen-printed old-fashioned bicycles on them. Overall we told our family what we pictured and they did everything in their power to make it happen including hanging candles in mason jars from the trees, helping us fix up a bunch of beat up vintage bicycles, setting up the tables, chairs, and place settings and not to mention making food for 130 people! Thank you to everyone that made our special day possible!

The Frog Pond in Skaneateles was gorgeous! Filled to the brim with antiques and nick knacks galore! I especially loved the vintage camera!

Mike & the groomsmen we rockin‘ the suspenders too! I love the Newsie look!

Isn’t Elaine ridiculously beautiful?! She’s also the most rockin’ DIY bride ever!
Mike constantly cracks me up aaaand you can see why!

The misty rain that encompassed their wedding just added to the romance. Who else can say they got married in a cloud?!

Plus the bicycles were the coolest thing since sliced bread and cheese in a can! AH! Everyone should ride bicycles down the isle!

Seriously some of my favorite wedding formals ever! Who else gets to take pictures of bridesmaids getting chased by groomsmen on bicycles?

Elaine’s vision for the Frog Pond was hands down the coolest thing this season! She spent the whole year collecting cute little vintage things & pictures for the shelves. PLUS she screen printed all of the hand made napkins, made all of the invitations, AND painted a portrait of the two of them….Uh can we say AMAZING?!!!

Here are Elaine’s invitations that she created head to toe! Guess who I’m calling when I get married?

Yes, she sewed paper together!!! Ah! I love them SO SO SO much!

Hair: Mckenzie Macko//Makeup Artist: My Mommy Kathleen//Dress Designer & Store Location: David’s Bridal, Syracuse//Jewelry: Gauges were ordered from a girl from Switzerland off of Etsy, Bracelet was from Ann Taylor, and Ring was Borrowed from my Mom//Veil or Hair accessories: Veil was borrowed from my Cousin Alicia; Flower in hair was from Target//Shoes: Ceremony Shoes I purchased from Lord and Taylor, Reception Flats were from DSW//Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung Style D476 in Pearl Pink , Alfred Sung Style D480 in Dove, and Alfred Sung Style D468 in Ebony//Grooms Attire: Hat from Calvin Klein, Button up from JcPennys, Skinny Neck tie and Suspenders from Macy’s, Vintage fit Trousers from Banana Republic, Clark shoes from DSW.//Ceremony Venue: Back field of the Frog Pond//Reception Venue: Restored Barn at the Frog Pond//Florist: My Aunt Karen did all of the girls bouquets and the boys boutonnières as well as making my bouquet which she incorporated my Papa’s Cuff links that had been a wedding present from my Nana on their wedding day. The flowers on the tables were store bought bouquets that my family arranged in mason jars.//DJ: Our friend and groomsman Ryan was our man on the microphone with a stupendous radio voice. Yay for Itunes!//Caterer: My large Italian family tackled the humongous task of making all of the food except for the Chicken Parmesan, (from Lasca’s) and the Bread, (from Cameron’s Bakery). My family is awesome!//Cake: We had a smorgasbord of deserts ranging from the best homemade pies you’ll ever taste made by my Nana, to a huge homemade cheesecake, and an array of cookies, brownies, cream puffs, and cannolis. The cake that we used for the traditional cake cutting was a carrot cake made by my twelve-year-old cousin Julia, aka Cake Boss junior.//Event Designer: All me baby, Elaine! Though I have to admit that my mom helped with placement of items//Wedding Coordinator: Both my family and Michael’s family were extremely helpful figuring out the kinks of the wedding day as well as making sure everything stayed within the time frames//Lighting: Candles, Christmas tree lights, and paper lanterns.//Invitations & Stationary: I handmade all of the invitations with the help of my friend and bridesmaid Lauren, and yes I did actually hand sew each invitation and RSVP’s, exhausting!

Music:

The best man Benjamin made a play list in Itunes for us, which made our lives a lot easier

Special Ceremony Music: The wedding party rode their Bicycles down the aisle to Love and Kisses by Ella Fitzgerald

First Dance: A Summer’s Song by Wavorly

Elaine & Mike’s Love Story