Emerson Park Auburn NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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The weekend was sure to be a wash out. The weather called for strong winds, cold temperatures  and rain. “Is it really the end of May?” I wondered. How quickly I had forgotten the bi polar nature that is Central NY weather. I had been spoiled by the nice weather in North Carolina. All I could do was pray that Sunday, Stephanie & Brian’s wedding day, would not reflect what the weather man was saying.

Low and behold, Sunday was perfect! Things warmed up to at least the 60’s, the sun shown down, and even the wind calmed itself. It was the ideal spring wedding day! As I drove onto Casowasco’s winding path, nostalgia flooded my senses. This camp is a treasure box of childhood memories for me. The fact that Stephanie and Brian met there and fell in love was the perfect little cherry on top of my sentimental ice cream sunday! Their ceremony took place in the sweet Lake View Chapel on site, with just a few decorations it was perfect for their sweet ceremony. Then we were off to Emerson Park, who’s white walls and industrial duct work made for a striking contrast. Though both venue’s were different, the minimalistic design that Steph and Brian orchestrated tied them together perfectly! Elegant Orchids in their decorated pots were placed on each table & vases filled with colorful stones and candles helped to set them off. Simple hints of blue popped here and there and the beauty of the day really shone through!

The most significant part of the day though, was the profound sense of love. This is my favorite part of a wedding day. You can have 500 people or 50 and it doesn’t matter. If that sense of love is there, it brings EVERYONE together. And so it did for Stephanie and Brian. Smiles, laughs, and happy tears were shed that day all to celebrate this jubilant couple. I was so blessed to be able to capture all of the beautiful moments from that day. Thank you Stephanie & Brian, your day was absolutely beautiful!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Emerson Park Auburn NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center Moravia NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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It’s not often that I get a special “Groom’s Perspective” on the day. Brian sent me his own synopsis of their gorgeous wedding day:
Where to begin? How about by starting off that I’m married, and it is the happiest thing to happen to me thus far! Everything about our special day was perfect. The ceremony went very smoothly even though there were a few hiccups, it was perfect. My bride to be was beautiful as every when she appeared in the doorway of the chapel. All the events and planning leading up to this amazing day was a true experience. We had ups and downs in the planning process, but who doesn’t?

To bring us up to speed on all of this, let me go back in time 1 year 4 months and 7 days. This is the night that she said yes! We were on a bus back from the Big Apple and that’s when it hit me. Tonight is the night I ask my bride to be to marry me! When we got home from our day trip we were unwinding and getting ready to go to sleep. While she was in the other room I snuck off to my hiding spot to fetch the ring. I came back to the bedroom and was lying down on the bed relaxing. She came over to sit and we started to talk. I asked her if she gotten everything she wanted for her birthday? By this time it was past midnight so her birthday was actually over and it was a new day. I told her I had one more gift for her, so I revealed the ring and I told her with this ring I promise to love you and to stand with you at the altar when the time is right, and I placed the ring on her finger. I know I didn’t ask the traditional will you marry me question but I got my point across. Then the planning began.

For the next year we worked daily, or as often as we could to get everything ready for our special day. Planning for our wedding was a big challenge, but in the end it was actually fun and exciting. We had the help from some of our amazing friends and family to help piece together the big picture and create a master piece. When the weekend of the wedding finally arrived everything was breathe taking. My groomsmen and her woman were amazing. We all had the best time bonding while we prepared ourselves for the day.

To conclude all of this, I cannot express how happy and thankful I am for everything. Everybody from the photographers, DJ, limo drivers, family, and friends were all flawless. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to be surrounded by while I gave my heart away at the altar. If given the chance to do this all over again with the same her, I would do it in a heart beat, and I wouldn’t change any of it!

Now here’s Steph’s perspective!:

How did your fiancé propose?
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Brian and I took an early morning bus to NYC; it was my birthday. Brian had bought tickets to the Syracuse Univ. vs. St. John’s Univ. basketball game as my gift. We spent the day exploring NYC (Brian had never been) and watching the Orange defeat the Thunderbirds. Then, we took a bus back to Boston. Late that night, Brian and I were lying in bed talking about all we had done that day. He then asked me if I had gotten all that I wished for my birthday. At that moment, I knew. He brought out the ring and the rest is just a blur. Since it was after midnight, officially February 5, 2012, we had to wait until morning to tell all of our family and friends. Brian had asked my father for permission, which I love and appreciate.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Brian and I met as volunteer counselors at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center during Camp Echo, a New Year’s Eve camp, during the winter of 2010-2011. After deciding to have the wedding in NY (as opposed to Boston), we knew we wanted to get married where we met. As for the reception, Brian remembered going to Emerson Park for school field trips. It’s close to Casowasco and was a beautiful location for the reception. As for picking our date, we wanted to get married in late Spring or early Fall. It is especially beautiful during those times of the year and isn’t too hot! Since we got engaged in February and we didn’t want to be rushed preparing for and planning the wedding, we decided on Spring of 2013. Looking at the calendar, Memorial Day weekend stuck out to us. It was after my semester at BU would end, and it was a 3 day weekend so that we could allow a day of travel before and after the ceremony for our guests. Now, we will always have a 3 day weekend to celebrate our anniversary! J As for colors, I’m getting my Master’s degree in Marine Science, and so needless to say I love the ocean. Blue is a peaceful color, and after receiving color swatches from Tuxedo Junction, we decided upon Malibu and Royal Blue. As for other details, Brian will tell you that I’m the Pinterest Queen and he’s the Craigslist King. I found many great ideas on Pinterest, including the idea to make our own homemade vanilla extract for the wedding favors.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Playing the board game Taboo with family and friends the night before the wedding in Galilee.
Sitting in the peaceful and relaxing front room of Galilee the morning of as we got our hair and makeup done.
Not knowing where (in which refrigerator) the corsages and boutonnieres were!
My veil flying off my head as Dad and I walked to the chapel from Galilee.
Praying with my dad outside the chapel as we waited to enter.
Serving Communion with my husband to all of our family and friends.
Brian and I being the last to leave Casowasco on our way to Emerson Park for the reception, joking about how we could just leave to go on our honeymoon (do you think they’d notice if we weren’t at the reception?!)
Pat’s Best Man speech and Jess’s Maid of Honor speech
Brian and Buzz doing the Hannah Montana Hoedown Throwdown
When my great Uncle Paul was told to put the garter on my great Aunt’s leg, and the advice they gave us on how to make our marriage last (they’ve been married 59 years)
Getting to kiss Brian every time a glass chimed
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Hm, I don’t know. The Hoedown Throwdown, again, was pretty hilarious!
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?
Not a thing!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
All of your guests are there to celebrate YOU! If something doesn’t go as planned, no one will know except you. And even if they do notice, they all love and support you, so they won’t care. Once I realized that I had somewhere to get married, someone to do it (thanks, Dad!), and a place to celebrate afterwards, all of the other stuff was icing on the cake. If something wasn’t done or didn’t go as I wanted, I was still married, and that’s really all it’s about, right?
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography?
Mabyn was so wonderful to work with! She has positive, contagious energy and loves to create photos that are different and unique from anything she’s ever done before. She is creative and ‘artsy,’ and I love the perspective she captures with each shot!

Hair: by Ashley Toia//Makeup Artist: Michelle Maw from Makeup by Maw//Dress Designer & Store Location: DaVinci Bridal; Picker’s Elegant Occasions at 8182 Seneca Turnpike, Clinton NY//Jewelry: my “something borrowed” earrings from my mother-in-law Karen Henry, they’re angels J//Veil or Hair accessories: veil from Picker’s Elegant Occasions, hair pieces from AC Moore//Shoes: Coloriffics: Andie style, Ivory satin; ordered online from Zappos//Bridesmaids Dresses: each individually picked out by the bridesmaid (Jess in Malibu; Chelsea, Colleen, and Kayla in royal blue)//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction (Pat in Malibu; Jon, Rob, Mike, Gid, and Buzz in royal blue)//Ceremony Venue: Lakeview Chapel at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center, 158 Casowasco Drive, Moravia NY (where we met)//Reception Venue: Emerson Park Pavilion, 6914 East Lake Road, Auburn NY//Florist: corsages, boutonnieres, bridal bouquet by Michelle at The Flower Shop, 49 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY; bridesmaid’s plants and reception decorations are Cattleya orchids from Scott at Turtle Pond Orchids nursery online at http://www.turtlepondorchids.com; my “something old” was a handkerchief that my mom let me borrow from my grandma that was wrapped around my bridal bouquet//Transportation: Big D’s Limos at 491 Grant Ave, Auburn NY//DJ: Jane Stebbins from Goodtime Charlie’s Mobile Entertainment//Caterer: Emerson Park//Cake: and other desserts from Mario’s Bakery, Inc. at 505 North Main Street, North Syracuse//Event Designer: Adrienne Zornow and Tim Capwell from Emerson Park coordinated the reception//Lighting: Emerson Park, blue uplighting//Invitations & Stationary: Invitations by Dawn, style: Watercolor Butterflies//Other: Officiant: Rev. Dr. Steve Deckard, Steph’s father// My “something new” was my dress; my “something blue” were the pieces in my hair, the handkerchief around my bouquet, and my garter

 

Stephanie & Brian’s Love Story

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There’ s no better way to start off a wedding season than doing a friends wedding! Last year I was privilaged to shoot Leah & Patrick’s wedding as my kickoff to wedding season and this year that same privilage goes to Caitlin and Andy!

I have known Andy for 6ish years now. We went to the same church, hung out with the same friends, had card nights at each others apartments, and even worked at the same summer camp (just not at the same time!). So when Andy found the love of his life I was SO excited for him! Especially when they asked me to capture their special day. I couldn’t be more excited about Andy’s wife, Caitlin. She’s a gorgeous little artist who I instantly connected with! Not only did I get to capture a stunning wedding at one of my favorite places in the world (Casowasc0), but I gained a new friend in Caitlin!

So of COURSE with Caitlin being the amazing artist that she is, her wedding day was stunning! We had the perfect weather at the perfect venue and even had a few surprises snuck in! Like when her brother & friend came running up to them with a giant Gatorade jug and dumped it over them (while I’m taking pictures of them…with all of my gear…)…to only find that there was confetti in the jug, not water. I was afraid for their lives, because if it had been water I would have KILLED THEM! 😉

The evening ended with a  romantic surprise when Andy and Caitlin found that their friends had set up a romantic lantern launch on the pier for them! They walked down a path lit with torches to find a the pier covered in candles and a paddle boat made for 2 for their “honeymoon” voayage. It was so sweet and stunning! Their day was the perfect display of their love and I was so honored to be part of it all! Thank you Caitlin & Andy!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Romantic Wedding Photography Moravia NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic Wedding Photography Moravia NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic Wedding Photography Moravia NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic Wedding Photography Moravia NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

How did your fiance propose? Five days before Christmas we had made plans to go out for dinner, that night we were on our way to the restaurant and Andy randomly pulls into the parking lot at Chittenango Falls.
It was 7:00 at night and completely dark but we started hiking down to the falls. we were standing on the bridge just enjoying the moment together when he looked down and asked me if I wanted my first Christmas present.
He pulled a long rectangular box out of his pocket and I went and sat down at a bench near by. with only the light of his cell phone to see with I began to open it, inside was a box of five Lake Champlain Chocolate Truffles.
Peeking out of the center one was my diamond wring! He knelt down on one knee, licked the chocolate off the ring and even though I could barely see him, my best friend and love of my life leaned in and asked me to share forever with him. Of course I said yes and we shared our first Kiss 🙂 the story doesn’t end here though, After a little while we hiked back up the hill and he asked me if I wanted my second Christmas present, he then lead me over to a bench where he pulled out a a blanket two snowman mugs and a Thermos of hot cocoa 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):The planning process was a whirlwind of non stop business, we had decided before hand that we wanted a short engagement so we tentatively set the date for four months from when we got engaged. Andy kinda thought I was crazy, I thought I was crazy! but I had been told by multiple people and wedding planners that I could do it. we later determined we wouldn’t have wanted it any different! It wasn’t too hard though because we already had people and places in mind it was just a matter of finalizing and confirming. The Venue was a no brainier it was already my first choice even before we got engaged. Andy and his family had talked about Camp Casowasco since before we were dating and when I finally saw it for the first time back in October I couldn’t help but imagine a wedding there. Once we talked to them and realized that the 12th was the only weekend they had available in our time frame and that they where giving us a huge discount because of Andy’s previous Employee status, we knew God had blessed us greatly, the 12th was our date and Casowasco was where we were getting married. I picked my colors very early on I think I was walking through a store with my sisters and saw a bunch of teal silk flowers and knew I wanted to go with teal and white. Teal also happened to be a favorite color for all four of my sisters so I knew I couldn’t go wrong there 🙂 I think one of the funniest and most unique things about our planning process was just the lack of craziness and stress despite only having a couple of months to pull it all together. people kept asking us how we were doing? “how was the stress?” and I remember looking at Andy and my sisters and just laughing at how laid back and calm we all were. We were just rolling with it, busy yes, but just one day at a time “yup we’re getting married” Yup we’re planning a wedding” “yup we’ve got a lot to do” ok (shrugs) 🙂
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The most memorable moment, wow I have to pick one! it was all amazing too have to narrow it down…..I’d have to say just being able to relax during the day on the lake at casowasco with family and friends was wonderful. Walking down the Isle on my Daddy’s arm to the the song I had picked out since I was a little, then looking up and only seeing Andy.
Saying our vows and watching Andy getting a little choked up. The surprise that My brother Tyson and Andy’s sister Laura along with many other friends, we walked out to the pier through lighted archways and tiki torches to find our family and friends lined up on the pier setting free giant Chinese lanterns that grouped together and floated off across the lake, and our get away vehicle a paddle boat decorated with balloons and lanterns with an “Italy or Bust” sign on the back. It was a truly magical end to a amazing fairytale wedding!
Funniest memory from your wedding day? The funniest memory is a toss up between Tyson and Laura’s “Hello Brudder Hello Sister” song they did for us. or Tyson and and our friend Tim charging at us with bucket of Gatorade while we where taking pictures only to dump a bunch of confetti on us 🙂
Any advice for future bride & grooms? The best advice I can give is plan well make lots of lists, surround yourself with a team of family and friends who can help with advice encouragement and delegation. find a great wedding planner or close friend who’s great at organizing and planning. talk to everyone and make sure the key people are all on the same page so that you as the bride aren’t the only one that knows where and what and how it’s all supposed to happen. but MOST of all be patient don’t get caught up in the details and having to have it all PERFECT. Enjoy this time you only get it once, if you can do that you will be greatly blessed and you’re guests will be greatly blessed! what could be more important!
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Well on top of the fact that she is a good friend of Andy’s and now mine which is exciting! Mabyn has a wonderful out going friendly carefree personality that makes working with her a blast. She takes her job seriously and does her best to capture your day so that you can hold on to those memories forever. Oh, and her willingness to risk her life on a pair of skis with a camera in hand to do an engagement photo shoot helps as well.

Hair: MY good Friend Amber Drury//Makeup Artist: Again my good friend Amber Drury//Dress Designer & Store Location: Davids Bridal/ Davids Bridal Syracuse NY
Jewelry: Trifari/JCpenny’s//Veil or Hair accessories: I found my veil for $13 online at Light-In-The-Box//Shoes: Famous Footwear//Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal Syracuse//Grooms Attire: Suits from Men’s Wearhouse Syracuse//Ceremony Venue: Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center//Reception Venue:Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center//Florist: Silk flowers from Amazon, Hobby Lobby and ACMoore//DJ: Our good Friend Jeremy Holden//Caterer: Casowasco//Cake: Andy’s Aunt Joan Stoughton//Event Designer: Andy and I with lots of help from family and friends//Wedding Coordinator: Our good friend Trina Holden ( Jeremy and Trina make and Awesome Husband and Wife team)//Lighting: Casowasco House lighting//Invitations & Stationary: I designed and painted my own invitations

Caitlin & Andy’s Love Story