Rough Ridge Blowing Rock, NC Mountain Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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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

North Carolina Wedding Photographers celebrating Christmas in snowy New York!

Adventures

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2016 has been quite the year. It’s been a year of change, of heart ache, of division, of first times, and of celebrations. It’s been a year that’s put our country and Daniel and I through the ringer. But I’m pretty sure 2016 has made us stronger in so many ways, so even tho I could look back on 2016 with distain, I wont.

I’m sitting here this Christmas morning with my amazing husband playing guitar by my side, my parents puttering around he house doing what they love to do, and I can’t help but be grateful. My heart is so full of gratitude for a child born to die for me, for clients who find our work valuable and want to invest in us, for a family that could have fallen apart only a few months ago – but is now healing, for a husband who has stuck by my side through all of the tear filled nights. Today I am grateful and I can’t help but share it with you all. Christmas use to be joyful in a very comfortable way and this year being joy-filled is so different. Joy isn’t always natural and there were many times this year where I had to choose to be joyful. However, choosing joy and in turn hope amidst the storm always wins out in the end. Today Daniel and I rejoice in the truth that this season brings and how our sovereign God has is always in control. Today we look forward to 2017 with eagerness. Last year he taught us to abide in Him in so many ways. We’re always learning that lesson, but 2016 we learned it in spades! 2017 is the year to take what we’ve learned and thrive! We pray the same over you & your family! Merry Christmas and we pray that true Joy, Hope, & Love abide in you today and every day!  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

XOXOXO,
Mabyn & Daniel
The Hendersons

Daniel got his first real white Christmas as we journeyed up to NY to celebrate with my family!

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Merry Christmas from Mabyn Ludke Photography!

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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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