A silly moment in the mountains of NC during Mallory & Peter's engagment session. Photography by Mabyn Ludke.

Engagement

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Since moving to North Carolina and getting to experience the beautiful Appalachian mountains, I’ve dreamed of getting a couple to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway with. When Mallory & Peter came along, it quickly became clear that they were going to be the perfect couple to realize this dream with their engagement session. Daniel & I were not disappointed! I may still be on a mountain high, because we all know how I get, but this may be my favorite session to date! It was the perfect combination of a beautiful couple letting their guard down for our cameras + one of the most amazing settings in NC – the Blue Ridge Parkway! I think I’ll always swoon over this engagement session!

Getting to know Mallory & Peter, their love for each other, & their dedication to serve & protect this country has been more amazing than I can express. These two have found the real deal in each other and it shows in every single look, smile, and touch. It’s days like this that set my heart on fire for photography. Thank you both for trusting us to be your genuine loving selves!

Mallory & Peter snuggle at the Moses Cone Manor in Blowing Rock, NC

We started the day at Moses Cone Manor in case the weather proved to be nasty. Thankfully everything was sunshine & beautiful! Especially Mallory & Peter’s snuggles. There is nothing more sweet!

Wide shot of an engaged couple at the Moses Cone Manor of Blowing Rock North Carolina

There was an amazing row of giant and beautiful old tree’s lining the road at the Moses Cone Manor & I was drawn to them like a moth to a flame. The were the perfect frame for our sweet couple!

Mallory & Peter walk together while visiting the Moses Cone Manor in North Carolina

Sometimes during a photo shoot we’ll give our clients prompts to get them interacting together. Something and simple as walking down a hill hand in hand can create some gorgeous moments!

Julian Price Lake was a great backdrop for this sweet couple on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Snuggles are my favorite and these two do it so well it’s ridiculous! Add in that gorgeous afternoon sunlight and there is just pure magic going on!

The wind blows gently through Mallory's hair at Julian Price Lake

Our original plans for their engagement session got derailed due to the weather, so when we met up we looked at all of the fun places we could visit on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mallory & Peter loved the idea of having some water in their shots so we ventured over to Julian Price Lake and found it to be most accommodating!

A sweet kiss on the nose at Julian Price Lake in North Carolina

Engagement sessions + nose kisses = melting hearts!

Mallory & Peter walk hand in hand on the Rough Ridge Trail in the mountains of NC

Our third location in our adventure with Mallory & Peter was to climb the Rough Ridge trail. There were so many perfect spots to stop along the way!

Engaged couple make silly faces on the rough ridge trail

I got to snag funny little moments like this one all day long! It’s so much fun being silly together!

Mabyn Ludke Photography captured an amazing engagement session at Rough Ridge in North Carolina

These two are already amazing, but Mallory definitely added bonus points when she blazed the trail in her adorable booties!

Bride smacks her groom's butt at their engagment session

Mallory & Peter had us laughing all day long…case in point.

bride looks lovingly at her groom on the blue ridge parkway

The way these two look at each other…there’s no one else in the entire world!

a sweet embrace during an engagement session on the blue ridge parkway

This engagement session was more than just a dream come true, it is an incredibly important time in the lives of Mallory & Peter. In just a few short weeks they’ll be deployed to serve & protect our country. I couldn’t be more honored to capture a couple and their love and I pray it will bring them comfort during their time apart.

black and white of a couple on the rough ridge trail in NC

Knowing this kind of love is such a gift and Mallory and Peter understand that like few people do. We truly loved every moment we got to spend with them that afternoon.

A silly moment in the mountains of NC during Mallory & Peter's engagment session. Photography by Mabyn Ludke.

After navigating the muddy trail at Rough Ridge we made it to the top where the winds practically howled they were so strong!

The wind blows bride's dress during their mountain engagement session on the blue ridge parkway photos by Mabyn Ludke Photography

See what I mean about rocking those booties? Mallory is something fierce!

an epic view of the appalachain mountains at Mallory & Peter's Rough Ridge engagment session

It was so clear on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you could see for miles!

the sunlight kisses this engaged couple during their photography session in the mountains of North Carolina. Photography by Mabyn Ludke.

Our last stop during their incredible engagement session was at the Beacon Heights trail where we discovered hundreds of amazing spots to shoot!

A sweet embrace on a mountain top in NC by Mabyn Ludke Photography

By that time the sun was on it’s way down and the light just got better and better.

Engaged couple poses for their session on the Beacon Heights Trail in NC. Mabyn Ludke Photography

Look at how the light just filters so beautifully through those trees? It was like butter!

A black and white sillohuette of an engaged couple at Beacon Heights in NC

Beacon Heights offers another spectacular view of the Appalachian mountains, we just can’t handle it!

A romantic kiss on the mountain top at Beacon Heights on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Mabyn Ludke Photography

There were mountains and kisses for days on top of Beacon Heights!

A gorgeous mountain view for this engaged couple during their photography session by Mabyn Ludke in the mountains of NC

I’ll never get sick of love & mountains!

The Appalachain Mountains in NC are the perfect backdrop for an engagement session by Mabyn Ludke

A funny story, as we prepared for Mallory & Peter’s engagement session, I got a little distracted by an ad for a beautiful dress. I was considering buying it…guess who wore it to their engagement session? Mallory’s got great taste!

A sunset mountain view during Mallory & Peter's engagment session at Beacon Heights. Photo by Mabyn Ludke.

When Daniel & I visited Beacon Heights a few weeks prior to this shoot, it was at least 15 degrees colder & there were tons of people there trying to capture the sunset. Somehow at Mallory & Peter’s session we got it all to ourselves!

Mabyn Ludke Photography captured this silly moment from Mallory & Peter's Beacon Heights engagement session

We had to push Peter to do this shot a little bit. It’s something they both do on a regular basis, but Peter didn’t want to get makeup on his tongue! These guys were SO funny!

This romantic moment was captured by Mabyn Ludke Photography during Mallory & Peter's Blue Ridge Parkway engagment session

When you’re in love & you let it show, there’s no need for poses. It’s raw & real and we love that!

A romantic sunset kiss during this engagement session on top of the Beacon Heights Trail

This shot looks like it was taken right out of an epic romantic movie doesn’t it? So much happiness!

Mallory & Peter hug as the sun goes down during their Blue Ridge Parkway engagement session by Mabyn Ludke Photography.

This, THIS is why I love engagement sessions people. When else do you get several hours to just breathe each other in? We get so busy in life, everyone needs to hit that pause button and remember why we love!

An epic view of the Appalachain mountains from the top of Beacon Heights during a Mabyn Ludke Photography engagement session

Blue mountains at the end of our Blue Ridge Parkway adventure. Just perfect!

 

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Blowing Rock Engagement Session – Mallory & Peter

Rough Ridge Blowing Rock, NC Mountain Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Adventures

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There’s nothing quite like some quality time with my hubs. We crave it! It’s so hard to get away from the every day grind, so last weekend we chose to unplug & run away to Blowing Rock, NC for the weekend! It was SO wonderful!

We stayed at the Inn at Crestwood, where Daniel & I married only a year & 1/2 ago and spent our weekend exploring little shops, eating amazing food, drinking just as amazing craft beer, and adventuring on some mountain tops! We didn’t take many photos because we really just wanted to soak up each other & our time, but how can you NOT take pictures when you’re at the top of the Rough Ridge trail or Beacon Heights?! The views are just too amazing to keep to yourself! Plus it doubled as scouting for what hopefully will turn into some magical mountain photo shoots! Who wants one?!

In my humble opinion, every couple should do this at least once and awhile. It’s so good to forget about all of the things that can drag us down and focus on what matters.God, our marriage, and our hopes and dreams for the future. It was a beautiful time in Blowing Rock and I hope we’ll spend many more weekends there with each other and hopefully our amazing clients!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Appalachian Mountain Top Adventures in Blowing Rock, NC

Adventures

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I am surrounded by some of the most kind and loving people. This became very evident when Daniel & I started planning a whirl wind event that took place 3 months from our engagement. Our gorgeous day would not have been nearly as beautiful or as meaningful if it weren’t for those who jumped on board and helped us with so many details. Little did Daniel know, that when he contacted Ariana & Brian of Silver Feather Studios to document our engagement, that he had tapped into a dear friendship that would go on to create something that is so poignant and beautiful that words can’t aptly describe how I feel.

Our wedding video doesn’t just recap our beautiful wedding day, but it tells the story of friendship, celebration, and life. Of new beginnings and heart breaking endings. It tells the story of the love of Jesus that we hold so tightly to our hearts. As I said earlier, there aren’t words to say how incredible this video is, but you can watch it and see for yourselves. Make sure you have plenty of tissues at the ready, it’s a roller coaster of emotions that blend perfectly. I am a huge fangirl of Brian’s mad cinematic skills, and I’m also pretty biased since it means so much, but I truly thing this is the best thing he’s created yet. It’s brilliant. Thank you Ariana and Brian for being there every step, every tear, and every toothy laugh. Daniel & I are so blessed to have you both in our lives and I can’t wait for many more wonderful adventures together!

XOXOXOXO,
Mabyn

 

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Plus they gave us this super sweet gift box! We feel so loved! <3

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Wedding

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Sometime between living in Syracuse to my moving to Kernersville, the vision of my dream wedding changed. I use to dream about a simple wedding in my parents beautiful back yard. They have gardens everywhere and it was where I spent many days of my childhood creating imaginary adventures…most of them musicals. How befitting of a place for the greatest adventure of all right?

Then I moved and the reality of getting married in NY changed. I started dreaming about weddings all over the country as well as right here at Cre8 where I live.

However, when Daniel proposed the only thing on my wedding mind was mountains. I desperately wanted a beautiful mountain view to say “I Do” to this mountain of a man. I also couldn’t imagine anything more telling of God’s glory than the mountains. They just echo his creation so beautifully!

However, finding the right mountain venue for Daniel & I proved to be no easy task…

– First there was our fiances to consider. We had to find a venue that fit in our budget and included most of the things we needed. A lot of venues were incredible, but they sat way outside our budget or you had to pay for a lot of the extras. Being a wedding vendor myself, I understand that this is just the nature of the wedding industry. We’re a luxury business and if you want the right experience, you’ll need to pay for it. On the other hand, I don’t believe that you need to start your life off in debt for one day. So I grabbed my computer & started to hunt!

– The next obstacle was the “feel” of the venue. There are A LOT of mountain venues, but most of them are very rustic. I discovered there are two kinds of mountain rustic: The burlap & lace kind or the antlers and ski lodge kind. I wasn’t very keen on either. This of course made our dig a little harder. We had to find a place that was fairly neutral when it came to it’s theme. We wanted something comfortable, special, & romantic.

-The last piece of the puzzle was the response time of the venue. I had found several venues that fit our budget & our “vibe,” yet for some reason getting an email response from some of them was like pulling teeth! From the business side of things, this is unacceptable. Granted I’m not always the quickest to respond, wedding season is quite crazy, but I do my best to respond in a reasonable amount of time. It’s just good business. When someone doesn’t get back to you within a week and there is no good reason as to why, then it says that they wont prioritize me as a client. We’re in the wedding industry people and that means making the bride feel as though she is special, because it’s part of the wedding experience!

Most of this process happened when Daniel & I were originally thinking about getting married in April. Even then I was nervous about finding a venue that was available. I know how quickly certain venues can book up. I had actually visited the Inn at Crestwood’s website before I ever met Daniel, but it slipped my mind. A friend mentioned it to me after I was neck deep in the mountain dig. As soon as I saw their website I remembered how I loved it. I immediately contacted them & Vanessa at Crestwood immediately got back to me. They fit every piece of our puzzle and we were sold! Thus far, Crestwood has been fantastic to work with & I have no doubt that it’ll be the perfect venue for our tiny dream wedding!

Daniel & I got to visit a few weeks ago and it was the first time (since the engagement) in this whole wedding process that I actually got giddy! Touring the grounds made my heart so happy & I can’t wait to walk down the isle, stand before God and our family & friends, and say I Do to our most wonderful adventure!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

 

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