Romantic and Elegant Wedding Photography Skaneateles NY Mabyn Ludke


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I had been waiting for Amanda and Bill’s wedding since last year’s epic You + Me session! You may remember their vintage love plastered EVERYWHERE because that’s how in love I was with the both of them!

When their wedding day finally arrived the day threatened thunder storms, but luckily they held off just for Amanda and Bill! I was greeted by a whole team of bridesmaids and moms that were as thrilled to me meet as I was to meet them! I had so much fun getting creative at All that Pinache! We then jaunted down to the cutest little church in Marcellus for a beautiful ceremony where I got to meet Amanda’s gorgeous and unique wedding gown! It was so simple and different at the same time, we fell in love right there! 😉

The whole day had this understated vintage flare which I loved! From the church and the simple and elegant ceremony  to the vintage Chevorlet they drove to the reception with, all the way down to the cake topper that was Bill’s grandparents when they got married! I even was lucky enough to steal Amanda and Bill away for a few moments to capture some goregous night shots! Then back to an amazing party that could have gone on all night long! What was really the most spectacular thing about Amanda & Bill’s wedding day was the unforgettable feeling of love from everyone around them! They truly have a huge family to support them no matter what! I already miss Amanda and Bill! They’re all the way back in Texas! Thank you so much for choosing me, I’m so glad that I not only could capture your day but find two new amazing friends!


Romantic and Elegant Wedding Photography Skaneateles NY Mabyn Ludke

Romantic and Elegant Wedding Photography Skaneateles NY Mabyn Ludke

Romantic and Elegant Wedding Photography Skaneateles NY Mabyn Ludke

Romantic and Elegant Wedding Photography Skaneateles NY Mabyn Ludke

How did your fiance propose? We’re students in Texas but we first met in undergrad in NY while we were planning a service trip to Ghana our senior year. We don’t get back home to NY very often, but we usually drive back for Christmas. One Christmas we had dropped our bags off at my parents house and Bill convinced me to drive 40 minutes back to school to meet up with some friends for drinks and with the professor that came on our Ghana trip with us. Once there, he told me we should walk through campus because Iona College is so pretty when it snows and is strung up with Christmas lights. We hadn’t been back on campus in almost two years. When we got to the middle of campus we were close the first place I remember ever talking to Bill about Ghana. It was there that he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Our old professor and a bunch of my college friends/bridesmaids were waiting at the local bar for celebratory drinks afterwards!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Even though we would be engaged for 18 months, I knew most of that time would be spent on my first year of medical school and I wouldn’t have a lot of time to control every detail of every moment of the wedding. Immediately after we got engaged, we talked about the most important things we wanted for our day. Our venue, our photography topped the list. We got those squared away first and told ourselves the rest would fall into place. I didn’t choose colors because, frankly, I liked all the color palates I saw. So instead I chose what Bill and I thought looked good for our day and for our bridesmaids and groomsmen, and let our vendors be creative and fill in the gaps. The last month before the wedding I was off of school so I spent it DIY-ing, in order to add the little details into the wedding I knew I wanted. It worked out beautifully, and it morphed into a family and tradition centered, vintage inspired, very memorable day.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Our ceremony, and the sermon our pastor BJ gave to us. BJ has known Bill for years and drove all the way from Buffalo for our ceremony. There was a church full of people but looking back it feels like it was just Bill and I and BJ marrying us.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Finding out my new husband could break dance when Vanilla Ice started playing.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? Make a promise to yourself that you will not be stressed the day of your wedding. It really is a conscious decision that you need to make for yourself. But if you’re determined not to stress, you’ll see that all the details of the day find a way to work themselves out. Also: make sure you have someone that knows how to bustle the back of your dress. We ran into an awkward 30 minutes with the entire staff of the lodge underneath my wedding gown because of a complicated bustle.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Too many to name! Besides knowing how incredible her photos are, she’s got such a terrific energy about her. My entire family, bridal party, and just about everyone she interacted with the day of LOVED her! It really felt like we had a friend there who just happened to take incredible photographs!

Hair: All that Pinache Hair Studio, Onondaga Hill //Makeup Artist: Same as above//Dress Designer & Store Location: Ivy and Aster from Lovely Bridal Shop, Manhattan NY//Jewelry: Earrings: Kate Spade from Nordstrom, Necklace – vintage find from the Regional Market in Syracuse! //Veil or Hair accessories: Veil was from BellBridalVeils on Etsy//Shoes: Steve and Madden//Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff//Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse//Ceremony Venue: United Methodist Church of Marcellus NY//Reception Venue: The Lodge at Welch Allyn, Skaneateles NY//Florist: St. Agnes Florist//Transportation: Somehow, the day of, my father got a school bus to show up and cart our guests around. I still do not know how this occurred. You probably don’t need to add that uninformative fact into this survey but i’m still amazed by it. //DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Cake: The Patisserie of Skaneateles//Wedding Coordinator: Meghan Cohen at the Lodge//Invitations & Stationary: MagnetStreet

Amanda & Bill’s Love Story


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Most wedding photographers goal is to make it big so they can travel the world to gorgeous destinations and shoot over the top weddings. That is not one of my goals, though i’m not knocking it either! 😉
My goal is to shoot the weddings where my clients have really put thought into what their day will look like, feel like, & taste like. It could be 5 people on top of a mountain and as long as my clients have thought through their vision I know it will be an amazing wedding to shoot!
Catharine & Ben did just that. Their sweet rustic wedding came together so perfectly. I met them both at Notleymere Cottage in Cazenovia and was greeted by an opulent spread of photo opportunities! I set up Catharine & Ben’s sweet “First Look” and got some of my favorite images from the day. You can tell that they are a fun, easy going couple, who share an intimate love. The photo opportunities didn’t stop at Notleymere. We ventured up to Deer Hill for their ceremony & reception and as soon as I saw the view I knew why Catharine & Ben chose that venue. It was breathtaking! The rest of the day was a relaxing expression of Catharine & Ben, we then snuck away from the reception briefly to take a few epic shots of the area. The day was so lovely & heart felt. I was so blessed to be a part of it! Thank you Catharine & Ben!

How did you meet? 

In a old airplane hangar down in Austin, Texas.  We both had independently signed up to work on a project to build an off-grid, solar powered house with The University of Texas.  The summer was spent constructing the house in that hot old hangar.  The discovery was made of a fantastic view of the Austin sky line from the roof.  So, one evening after a long, hot day of work, we shared a Shiner and watched the Texas sun set.  The rest as they say, is history.
How did your fiance propose?  
He subtly suggested that we should spend our lives together while we took a walk at sunset.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): 
Picking the venue was simple.  We knew that we wanted everything to be outside because a perfect upstate New York evening can be pure magic.  The view from Deer Hill and the grounds sold us instantly.  As far as colors and general design, I knew that I wanted simple sophistication.  This translated to warm grays, champagne colors, and a pop of orange which showed up in the form of fresh cut tulips.  I also wanted to make sure there was plenty of mingling so we opted for a stations style food display and a variety of table sizes.  It felt more like a fancy picnic.
What details at your wedding had special significance?  
Well, we can’t say that there was one particular detail.  The entire evening was really special because we kept the whole thing pretty small (under 100 people) and just invited our family and very close friends, so there was time to chat, time to eat, and time to dance! Which everyone did.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?  
There were many of course, but one was the speech given by Andrew, Ben’s younger brother.  It was funny and sweet and made everyone happy.
 If you had to do it all over, would you change anything? 
Not one single thing.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?  
A good friend was so overjoyed by the music that he broke out in dance…literally he took over the dance floor and started breakdancing.  
What was your favorite wedding purchase? 
My dress.  It had pockets.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?  
We were limited on time, so we took a couple nights at The Sagamore in the Adirondacks.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?  
Just go with the flow because people will undoubtedly remember the fun that they had and not the fact that the napkins were not cotton.  Hire reputable people to work with and let them do what they do.  Also, eat some of that food you spent hours deliberating over…and definitely have fun!
Catharine & Ben opted for a “First Look” session. It made me melt a little bit, aren’t they the cutest?!
Then we got to spend some time bashing around Notleymere, it is a seriously cool place to take pictures!

We then ventured over to Deer Hill and as soon as we got there it was easy to see why Catharine & Ben wanted to get married there. Woweee, wow, wow! Was it ever beautiful!

The reception tent as absolutely gorgeous, all of the details fit so perfectly with the day! Plus Catharine & Ben were up for more pictures around Deer Hill. It was TOTALLY worth it!

Hair: Hanna at Matthews Salon in Cazenovia, NY//Makeup Artist: Matthews Salon in Cazenovia, NY//Dress Designer & Store Location: J. Crew, Manhattan//Jewelry: Imagine in Skaneateles//Veil or//Hair accessories: Flowers from 5 Seasons Florist in Fayetteville, NY//Shoes: a sparkly little pair from Paul Karaz in Fayetteville, NY//Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew dresses in fawn and champagne//Grooms Attire: J. Crew, Ralph Lauren//Ceremony Venue: Deer Hill in Cazenovia, NY//Reception Venue: Deer Hill in Cazenovia, NY//Additional photo venue: Notleymere Cottage in Cazenovia, NY//Florist: Dan McCann at 5 Seasons in Fayetteville, NY//Transportation: the maid of honor’s white Escalade hoopty// DJ: Jim with Black Tie Entertainment//Caterer: Lucy Townsend with Townsend Catering in Cooperstown, NY//Cake: Connie Decker in DeWitt, NY//Lighting: giant paper lanterns supplied by designer, additional ambient lighting by Hank Parker Rentals//Invitations & Stationary: CL DeForest//Other: All Rentals were through Jacob at Hank Parker 
First Dance: Got Your Back by Matt the Electrician

Catharine & Ben’s Love Story


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Earlier this week I went to a PUG meeting all about blogging. The beautiful Cyd Converse of The Sweetest Occasion gave a room full of photographers a 101 crash course. According to Cyd, I’m already on the right track, but I’m making a few minor changes that you may or may not notice. The first being all of the details from each wedding will now be posted at the bottom of the wedding to make for easier access to the photographs! Stay tuned for some new segments that are in development as well. Ok enough chit-chat, let’s get to the good stuff! Molly & Chuck’s wedding!

Molly & Charles had a beautiful May evening for their wedding. The sun came out and dried up all of the rain from earlier, beautiful clouds filtered through the sky, & every one was relaxed and peaceful. During the getting ready time, Molly & her bridesmaids kicked back & enjoyed some champagne, joy, & laughter. No on in a rush, everyone taking it alllll in! The colors Molly & Chuck selected popped in the evening sun, everything was bright & cheerful, so fitting to everyones moods! As in their You + Me Engagement session, Molly & Chuck were up for whatever photos I wanted to take, Chuck even suggested we go back out at night to take some pictures with the lights! Oh darn! Twist my arm! Black Tie Entertainment brought the party as always & I had such a fun time snapping away at all of the details and animated guests! The whole day had such an air of peace & joy! Thank you Molly & Chuck for allowing me to capture it all!


In Molly & Chuck’s own words:

How did you meet?
We met on We were not each other’s match’s, he claims he searched for me for quite a while before he found me.
How did your fiance propose?
He proposed to me on my birthday after giving me presents he had gotten me for my birthday, adding that there was one more. He asked me to close my eyes and find it among the other gifts but I could not find it. So he had me close my eyes and put out my hand and then He asked me to be his wife. I said yes so fast he asked me again; again I said yes.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
What details at your wedding had special significance? Almost everything; we had a nature themed wedding with the colors eggplant, silver, and of course green. Purple is just one of my favorite colors.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
When we said I will of course!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
When we were running down the hill towards you and almost pushed you into the lake!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
YES, if budget permitted I would make it longer more time to visit with people, more time to dance and have fun! Everything went by soooo fast I felt like I was running through the whole thing just to enjoy myself and have time to be with Chuck, my family and friends.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
So many! The Cherry wood Nickel, that Chuck refurbished to go under our cake, our cake topper of a man fishing and the bride reaching up for the ring on the end of the fishing pole. The moving butterflies, located at specific locations in the reception.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Cancun, Mexico!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Get someone to video tape the ceremony and the reception because it goes by so fast and it feels like your missing it. Make sure to take time to dance with your family and friends because its you and your husband’s party! Lastly, enjoy it and remember nothing has to be perfect make the day feel like you. Make yourself happy with your big day. I really like this one quote, your wedding is not the best moment of your life your marriage is.
Anything else you’d like to add that will help me tell your story?
Party like a rock star which is what we did!

Molly’s dress was gorgeous! I loved all of the lace & beading!

So peaceful & beautiful!

Yummmmmy back light!

Isn’t she gorgeous? We were running low on time so I snapped some bridals in the limo!

“Please don’t poke me! Please don’t poe me!”

Chuck’s first look at Molly!

One of my faves from the day, the colors are soooo beautiful!

I love Father/Daughter dances…*sigh*

GREAT idea Chuck!

The Details
Hair: Studio 11 /Makeup Artist: Studio 11 /Dress Designer & Store Location: My dress was from NY Bride, designed by Maggie Sottero /Jewelry: Learner New York /Veil or Hair accessories:My veil  from NY Bride. My flower clip NY Bride designed by Belaire Bridal/ Shoes: tevas from DSW/ Bridesmaids Dresses: NY Bride, by Belsoie/Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction-The style was Black Edge by Oleg Cassini /Ceremony & Reception Venue: Borio’s restaurantFlorist: Hoover florists in North Syracuse/Transportation: Chuck’s boss Tom Pirro and his wife Doris Pirro so generously lended out one of their limos for this occasion/ DJ: Black tie EntertainmentCaterer: Borio’sCake: The cake was done by Denise Stewart from ‘The Bake Shop Eatery”Wedding Coordinator: DIY/ Lighting: Nothing special just the regular lights, with special under water lights set up by the florist purchased by Chuck and I/ Invitations & Stationary: Wedding Paper DivasSpecial Ceremony Music: The processional for the Bridesmaids was Jesu of Man’s desiring and the music to introduce the bride my friend Dawn Korbel played the violin accompaniment to Canon in D. She also played for the Groomsmen to walk down but I did not ask for a specific music./ First Dance: The best of me by Michael Buble. So Perfect!


Molly & Charles’ Love Story : Real Love : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photography


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When choosing a wedding photographer there are a few things you should do. A) check out their work, look at multiple samples & photographs, and make sure their style fits your taste. B) Meet with that photographer and see if your personalities match. Your photographer is someone who is going to follow you around (at least I will) ALL DAY! So you want to make sure that you like the person documenting your day. C) Once you choose a photographer, keep in contact with them during your planning process, even if it’s just to say hello (Especially if it’s me!) It will help build that relationship and when your wedding day rolls around you’ll have a friend documenting your day, rather than a random person that you’ve hired.

Kate & Brian followed all of those steps to the letter! So when their wedding day came, not only was I super excited to shoot the wedding, but it was as if i’d been part of their family for ages! Kate’s Mom greeted me with a big hug and doted on me until Kate got there. She decorated the home beautifully, spent hours cleaning, just so I could capture her everything to it’s full potential! Then came the gorgeous Kate who also gave me a giant hug and chatted with me like we were old friends. The house was full of this joyous energy and delectable light that I just couldn’t get enough of!

The ceremony took place at the Holy Cross Church where I was greeted by the sweetest Priest I have ever met! The ceremony was overflowing with love and emotion and colors! Oh the colors! We then ventured out to White Springs Manor, owned by Belhurst Castle, to do the formals. Again, I couldn’t have asked for better colors! The wine dresses contrasting the yellow vineyards & gray skies! It was like I was in a painting! Then off to the Belhurst for an amazing party! The whole day was such a fantastic celebration of Kate & Brian! Thank you so much Kate & Brian for not only having a spectacular wedding, but making me feel like I was part of it all! You are truely wonderful!


The Details

Hair: Leslie Mueller – Industry Salon, Armory Square

Makeup Artist: Vicki Roper – Bobbi Brown, Carousel Mall

Dress: Tara Keely – Spy Baby Boutique, Armory Square

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff – Spy Baby Boutique, Armory Square

Tuxes: Tuxedo Junction – Shoppingtown Mall, DeWitt

Venue: Ceremony: Holy Cross Church, Reception: Belhurst Castle

Florist: Westcott Florist

Transportation: S&S Limousine

DJ: William Milham – Black Tie Entertainment

Caterer: Belhurst Castle

Cake: Linda Trout – Creative Confections, Seneca Falls

Wedding Planner: I didn’t need one, thanks to the help of my amazing mother!

Their Songs:

First Dance: “It Had to Be You” – Frank Sinatra

Father/Daughter: “My Girl” – Temptations

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

Attendants: “Rock Your Body” – Black Eyed Peas

Bride & Groom: “Forever” – Chris Brown

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Kate – The most memorable part for me was standing at the end of the aisle with my father, waiting to go into the church. It was so exciting to have the doors open, the Bridal Chorus start playing, and to see Brian for the first time that day.

Brian – The most memorable moment for me was seeing Kate smiling in her wedding dress as the church doors opened!

What was you favorite detail?
Our little attendant, Lindsey Goudy, carrying the “Here Comes the Bride” banner during the wedding ceremony. The banner was kept as a surprise for everyone, including Brian, and Lindsey was so excited to announce that the bride was coming!

Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Make sure to enjoy your big day! Take 10 minutes with your husband/wife and make sure to take in everything – the centerpieces, flowers, cake, your guests dancing and chatting. Realize as you look around that all the people there have come because they love and support you. They are all celebrating the love that you two have and believe in your future together. It’s the most amazing, indescribable feeling.

Also, make sure to eat!

Funniest memory from you wedding day?
The surprise performance to “Teach Me How to Dougie” by Brian’s three friends – Justin Moses, Ben West, and Ben Beardslee. Being Halloween weekend, they dressed up in costumes and took over the dance floor! The guests all joined in and learned “The Dougie” from them.

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing – it was perfect!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
The wedding photos. We are looking forward to displaying them around our house and using them to remember such a special day in our lives.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We are planning to take a romantic getaway next year.

What is your favorite wedding photo and why?
We enjoyed doing the “GQ” shots with our attendants on the steps at White Springs Manor. It was so much fun to spend some time laughing and celebrating with just our closest friends.

Kate & her mom were ridiculously cute! They decorated their whole home for Kate’s special day! I wasn’t even in the house before I started snapping away!

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Brian’s wedding gift to Kate. Just what she wanted!


Oh sweet sweet light! How I love thee!




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Tears of joy!


One of my fave shots of the day!


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I’m pretty sure Kate should be a model! She’s got it!

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Enter Brian to the gorgeous setting and create beautiful moments! I turned to goo right here!

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Everyone is just SO in love!




One of my fave cake shots from there year! Needless to say, Kate wasn’t very happy!


We had some SERIOUS dancers!

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The best surprise of the night! Brian, you have some great friends!



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Kate & Brian’s Real Love Story : Syracuse, NY Wedding Photographer