Holly & Jeff's Wedding Day Syracuse NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

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A beautiful princess, a dashing prince (not in disguise ;oP) and a grandiose castle where the princess walked down the asile in her gorgeous gown. That’s what Holly & Jeff’s wedding was like, a perfect fairytale right out of a book! Holly’s hard work definitely paid off, all of her details made me feel like I was right in the middle of their fairy tale. Add in Jeff’s sweet touches, like surprising Holly wearing a cowboy hat and picking one of Holly’s favorite artists for their first dance, made it all the more personal and sweet. The Immaculate Conception Cathedral downtown is as epic as you can get in Syracuse and the Lakeshore did a fantastic job as always! Their day was just so sweet and beautiful and the best part is that Holly & Jeff were so willing to put up with my crazy schemes for epic photos! They even ran through a giant cloud of seagulls, not once, but TWICE in 90+ degree weather! Well their exertion paid off, because look at those seagulls fly! I had such a wonderful time documenting Holly & Jeff’s Story Book day! Thank you so much!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Holly & Jeff's Wedding Day Syracuse NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

Holly & Jeff's Wedding Day Syracuse NY Mabyn Ludke Photography

How did your fiance propose? He did it on a cruise vacation we took in May of 2010. The boat had just docked at Key West Florida and we were getting ready to go out for the day. Jeff insisted he spray me with sunscreen so that I wouldn’t get burned. When he pointed the bottle of spray on sunscreen at my face, he then asked me to close my eyes so I wouldn’t get any in my eyes. When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee. There were no doubts in my mind what I would say.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): On the airplane ride back, I bought a bridal magazines and a notebook. I think I had our colors, date, guest list, and a rough sketch of our centerpieces in a few hours. I guess I was just a little excited. We ended up picking dusty lilac for the color ofthe bridesmaids dresses because it was my mom’s wedding color. I also always wanted a fairytale-like wedding in a castle. When I walked into the Cathedral there was no turning back.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? I think the most memorable moment of the day was when Jeff surprised me for our first dance song by putting on a cowboy hat and picking a country song by my favorite artist. I grew up in a small town so country music was a big part of my life. Jeff on the other hand..not so country. So for him to pick my all time favorite band and dance with a cowboy hat on totally shows how much he loves me. I would also have to say another very memorable moment was dancing with my dad. Of course I didn’t even make it through half the song before crying.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? The day was so perfect and fairy-tale like. I wouldn’t have changed a thing, unless I could have made time go slower.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? You have all this adrenaline, excitement, worry: will I look okay? Will everything go okay? What if?.?s and so on. Then the day comes and when you see your soon to be husband/wife, time stops still and nothing else matters. Looking Jeff into the eyes when walking down the aisle and when saying our vows, I felt like the happiest girl in the world. Seeing him standing there made everything perfect! no matter if our limo bus broke down the night before or any other details which didn’t go as planned.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn is by far the most amazing photographer I know. She is incredibly creative with her work and puts a 110 percent effort into making your day run smoothly. She knows how to capture lifetime memories, is so easy and organized to work with, flexible and adaptable to your wishes, and her contagious energy adds even more excitement to your big day. She is also great at helping bustle dig puffy dresses!

Hair: Miracles, Fayetteville, NY//Makeup Artist: Miracles, Fayetteville, NY//Dress Designer & Store Location: Dress Your Fancy, Green NY//Jewelry: Dress Your Fancy, Green NY//Veil or Hair accessories: Dress Your Fancy, Green NY//Shoes: I found them online at http://www.lightinthebox.com//Bridesmaids Dresses: I had my dresses made by my sister?s friend, who is a fashion designer. Her business is on facebook called Gee June. Her name is Layne Dann. I wanted the girls to be able to pick their strap style, as well as front and back style so that they would be comfortable as can be J//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Downtown Syracuse.//Reception Venue: Lake Shore Yacht and Country Club, Cicero NY, overlooking Oneida lake//Florist: Lots of Flowers, Cicero, NY//Transportation: Caz Limos//DJ: Charlie Locke, my amazing and talented cousin!//Caterer: Karen?s Catering//Cake: Lauren Longo, Marcellus, NY//Event Designer: Andrea Arcarisi Pawling//Wedding Coordinator: Andrea Arcarisi Pawling//Invitations & Stationary: We bought our own kits from AC Moores and printed them ourselves. It was fun doing it together!//Other: Chair Covers: Elizabeths Chair Covers

Holly & Jeff’s Love Story

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

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Vibrance, color, and life! Those are the acronyms to describe Lauren & Arnolds beautiful wedding day! Everywhere I turned something “popped!” Most of the time it was the personalities of the gorgeous couple and their family! My jaw dropped pretty far when I saw Lauren in her gown!  She was the epitome of the word stunning! Their ceremony was full of moments that would make you crack up into laughter one second and then wipe the tears running down your cheeks the next! It was clear to see by all of the cell phones and cameras poised at every moment, that everyone who attended had been in anticipation for this wedding for a looooooong time! Their party was the culmination of a lot of hard work and a love that surpasses the norm! Everyone there just showered Lauren and Arnold with love, affection, and joy! It was so amazing to capture the way they celebrate! Thanks you so much Lauren & Arnold for choosing me to capture your Love Story! It was amazing and so uplifting!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

How did your fiance propose?
Arnold and I had agreed to get married early January 2011- we had been together for 4 years already and knew that with him moving to Syracuse from Philadelphia to be with me that the next obvious step was marriage. During this time work called him back to Philadelphia so I was left to plan a wedding with my groom 4 hours away. I began to plan and prep for our wedding day and by the spring I still had no official proposal or ring.  July 30, 2011 my family had traveled to Washington DC to attend a family function. My sisters frantically woke me up that morning to get dressed and ready to go shopping for the event that afternoon, and when I was all dressed and ready to go Arnold walk through the door with flowers.He was supposed to be working in Philly that weekend and after a few months apart I missed him TERRIBLY. I was obviously in shock to see him and too excited I didn’t need any more surprises after that- But there was one more thing… we decided to go for a walk  before breakfast and on the way back before walking in the house on the front steps he dropped down to one knee- presented a ring and said all he wanted to do was make me the happiest woman in the world! I of course said YES!!!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Between the two of us we knew that with all of  our family, friends and fraternity/sorority we knew the wedding was going to be big. We decided on the Double tree because the room could hold over 250 ppl comfortably and the staff was very friendly and flexible when we met with them. The venue was also getting a make over that went perfectly with our wedding colors. I m an event planner by nature. This wedding for me would be the ultimate test of my abilities!!! I was the bride that hosted an official “Wedding Party Meet n Greet” so our Bridesmaids and Groomsmen could meet, and mesh before the big day, a newsletter that went out every two months and emails that went out once a week  to make sure all was on track!  I loved the process so much that I started  consulting for brides wherever I went. I carried my pink bride to be binder everywhere, even Arnold would ask if i needed it every time we left to go out.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
That moment would have to be when our Maid of Honor, Best Man and my Dad made their toasts. We could just feel the love and really felt like everyone in the room wanted this as much as we did.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
When Arnold said “I Do” before it was time, he was so nervous and I saw it happening before he actually said it, but I was not quick enough to tell him it wasn’t time yet.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Always keep in mind that the wedding is just one day- of course you want it to be perfect, but that desire for perfection should never out shine the desire to spend the rest of your life with that special someone. Take time off from planning and DATE! Hug and kiss and remind the other person why they want to be married to you.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography?
Mabyn was always just as excited as I was to talk about our wedding plans. She was so welcoming and flexible which is hard to come by in vendors.
Hair: Rashida Shabazz of Rashida’s Transformation Center//Makeup Artist: Rashida Shabazz of Rashida Shabazz Transformation Center//Dress Designer & Store Location:  Christina Wu -Spy Baby’s of Armory Square//Jewelry: Pearl necklace from bride’s collection, pearl bracelet from Italy provided by God Mother, pearl earrings from brides collection //Veil or Hair accessories: Spy Baby’s of Armory Square ( both hair pieces)//Shoes: NINA Shoes//Bridesmaids Dresses: Belsoie Designs//Grooms Attire: Calvin Klien Suits Mens Warehouse//Ceremony Venue: Bethany Baptist Church //Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Carrier Circle//Additional photo venue: Franklin Square//Florist: Floral Gardens//Transportation: Caz Limo//DJ: DJ Showcase (Derrick Dorsey)//Caterer: Hilton by DoubleTree//Cake: 83 and Company //Lighting:Swank Audio Visual at DoubleTree Carrier Circle//Invitations & Stationary: Davids Bridal Invitations

Lauren & Arnold’s Love Story