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When you think of an engagement session what pops into your mind? A pretty garden with lots of sunlight & fragrant blooms where the couple smiles dreamily at each other and then back at the camera? Yeah…that’s not what we’ve got here. Prepare yourselves for some seriously delicious awesome sauce!
When Aine & Joe first reached out, they came over to our little apartment and hung out with me for 5 hours! That’s right friends, 5 hours. They win the longest wedding consult ever, but I loved every. single. minute! I kinda wish they didn’t live all the way near Raleigh, because I have a feeling there would be many more of those amazing hang out sessions…like AAAAAAALL the time!
So in getting to know our couples I love to look for connection points, aka things we share in common. Usually Daniel and I share at least one sometimes two things in common, when we reach three I get super giddy because I know we’ll be good friends. Well I’m pretty sure Aine, Joe, Daniel, & I share like 50 things in common! We talked about our geeky passions like Harry Potter & Star Wars, then Daniel & Joe moved easily into their musical passions, while Aine & I talked about our adoration for animals and how we keep collecting them!
When their engagement session finally arrived, I couldn’t help but dance inside as we drove out toward Chapel Hill. We started at Joe’s very cool place of employment, the B-Side Lounge in Carboro, NC. Another wonderful commonality that we share is a love for board games! So they busted out Ticket to Ride and had an amazing time “fake” beating each other at the game. Oh the shenanigans!
The light fades fast in the winter, so as we drove to the next location we did a little sun chasing! We found this amazing spot at the end of a side road that looked just like a path out of the Deathly Hallows! I halted our car and waved frantically for them to stop as well and we managed to snag that sunshine JUST in time before it went down.
Our adventure continued and took us to The Forest Theater in Chapel Hill which provided a perfect seat to read some comic books & make snarky remarks at one another. And what geektastic photoshoot would be complete without an appearance by a Star Wars light saber umbrella?! I think these need to be required at every engagement I shoot now. ?
We did eventually put our cameras down, but we had SO much fun that we couldn’t stop the party! We ended our evening hanging out at one of my personal favorite coffee spots in Chapel Hill, Caffé Driade and talking late into the night! The perfect way to wrap things up!
So when you envision an engagement session…what do you think of now?
Every year it goes faster and faster, time doesn’t slow down. However, this profession of mine stops time forever and I just love being able to review my year through photography. I’m really looking forward to re-instating the Canvas Contest Giveaway for all of my 2016 couples! Hooray! One lucky couple will win a 16×24 gallery canvas print of their choice, ready to hang on their wall and be adored by all! The contest will run until Midnight New Years Eve (Let the confetti fall!) & I will announce the winner New Years Day – January 1st, 2017. WOOHOO!
It’s as simple as that!
Now there are some additional ways to earn votes:
The 2016 wedding season was INCREDIBLE! Each and every client was so unique and wonderful, we traveled to new places, Daniel officially joined the MLP team, and we can’t wait to see what next season will hold!
Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016! You are the reason we do what we do! WE LOVE YOU!
Let the festivities begin!
Mabyn & Daniel
Thanks for coming back for the final and most epic chapter of Rachna & Bharat’s Love Story! The 3 days we got to spend together was just incredible. I was able to witness not just a wedding day celebration where your friends and family come to hang out and eat your food…I mean they did that too, but this was a full on out community coming to support & celebrate the union of two families!
We started at the Sheraton where we met Bharat & his family getting ready for the main event. It was one of the few quiet moments of the day. I could feel the excitement emanating from Bharat as he read the note his Rachna had sent him. Afterwards we headed over to the gorgeous the Carolina Inn of Chapel Hill, NC. I was blown away by the incredible details of the ceremony area and had so much fun documenting it all. But before the ceremony started we got to take part in the Barat…not to be mistaken for Bharat…we had that conversation. 😉
It was one of the most fun things I’ve gotten to document yet! The groom mounts a white horse and is escorted by his family & friends to the ceremony location, and when I say “escort” I mean dancing and cheering to the most amazing music you’ve ever heard! Then Bharat was greeted at the entrance by his fiancé’s family.
Then we get to enter that gorgeous ceremony area that I mentioned before. It was all decked out in opulent golds & purples. It truly took my breath away. I was especially interested in the ceremony since I have yet to document this type of wedding. I’ve got the flow of a typical American wedding down pat, but this was brand new and fascinating to experience. I loved all of the personal touches, literally, like when Bharat’s mom & sister escorted Rachna back down the isle after she changed sari’s. There was something so special about that moment. The ceremony ended with everyone lavishing flower petals over the bride & groom in celebration! It was just beautiful!
There were so many more intricacies to their ceremony that I wish I could tell you about. I’m hoping that these photos share those things without words.
After we got family portraits done, some beautiful shots of Rachna & Bharat together, & they were nestled in their car off to the next event we had a chance to take pictures of the reception area. It was just as beautiful as the ceremony! The Carolina Inn sure knows what its doing! I especially loved the backdrop behind Rachna & Bharat’s sweetheart table. Its a-symmetry was just lovely! The reception was full of laughter, tears, and dancing! So many great moments of family & friends celebrating love. Something that I didn’t anticipate was how even the guests changed for each event. The gowns & sari’s were just gorgeous and a celebration of awesome for my eyeballs!
I really enjoyed my first Indian wedding experience and I’m so glad that it was Rachna & Bharat! They were up for everything I requested, even for standing in the December cold at night for some epic shots! Luckily they got to snuggle to keep each other warm. 😉 Thank you Rachna & Bharat for allowing me to document your day. It was truly, in every sense of the word, EPIC!
– Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): We wanted to have a traditional Indian wedding but in an intimate setting with southern charm. We actually saw Carolina Inn early in our planning process and fell in love with it. We wanted to do our due diligence though and looked at everything from a restored cotton mill to a historic home to a castle before landing back in Chapel Hill, where I grew up and went to school. Bharat and I are both detail-oriented, so even though we only had 5 months to pull off our wedding planning, we took our time with each vendor selection. I’m also a designer so was very particular about how things turned out visually… I designed the invitations, escort cards, table numbers, guest book, welcome packets (brochures and door hangers) and thank you cards myself. It was exhausting, but well worth it in the end. Special shoutout to our siblings for taking over some of the planning aspects of the Sangeet.
– What was your biggest fear before hiring me? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead? We were a little worried that one photographer alone wouldn’t be able to capture the depth, detail and energy of everything going on at an Indian wedding. You more than met our expectations and maybe your fresh look at the event (since you hadn’t shot an Indian wedding before) even captured moments a seasoned Indian wedding photographer would overlook.
– What, specifically, was your favorite part of working with Mabyn Ludke Photography and why? More than anything, we felt super-comfortable around you and were able to be ourselves in the photos, which was very important to us. We also really appreciated your patience and rolling with last-minute changes and lateness. Lastly, you delivered on what we hired you for — your photography style, which captures moments in a natural but beautiful way.
– If you were to recommend Mabyn Ludke Photography to your best friend, what would you say? Mabyn is talented, sweet and fun to be around! Her energy and excitement are evident and contagious. You’ll walk away with not just memorable photos but also a friend.
Ready for the next chapter in Rachna & Bharat’s amazing wedding weekend? ME TOO!
So in American culture it’s typical for us to have a “rehearsal wedding & dinner.” This is where we go through all of the motions of what the wedding day will look like and then we have a dinner with those involved in the wedding party. Typically they’re smaller than the wedding & have less to do with celebration than practice.
After experiencing Rachna & Bharat’s Sangeet, I thoroughly believe Americans are BORING! 😉 The Sangeet is a another celebration of the couple and their families joining together. Rachna & Bharat’s was held at the Sheraton of Chapel Hill & had a Bollywood theme complete with photoshopped movie posters & movie quotes on every table! Family & friends performed for the bride & groom dances, songs, and even a roast by the groomsmen! My favorite part was when Rachna & Bharat gave their own choreographed dance. It was beautiful! My eyes were on awesome overload and it was amazing to be present & document all of that color & life! It only gets better at the wedding ceremony! Come back tomorrow for the last chapter in their vibrant & amazing love story!