How beautiful is it when you can see the generations in one picture? Here we have the gorgeous bride & her mother getting ready while a cute flower girl looks on.

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Ana & Allen’s wedding day was all about fun! They wanted to have fun, they wanted their guests to have fun, their color scheme was fun, and I know I sure had fun!

When we first sat down and chatted about their wedding I could tell their day was going to be full of love & laughter! We started the day at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church right in Greensboro. Lets be real here, churches don’t think of the photographer very often when it comes to designing their getting ready spaces. I’m sure some of these churches were built before modern wedding photographers existed! So we wedding photogs gotta make it work, and if you work it right you can make any spot look amazing! Personally, I just need one good window. Gimmie that drama! Our Lady of Grace had a particularly fantastic window where Ana got ready. I was rather in love with it…the rest of the church was great too…but that window made me a happy lady!

We finished the ceremony with a smile and a fist pump and then hopped onto a DOUBLE DECKER BUS to the Greensboro Arboretum for formal pictures. See?! FUN! Ana and Allen even braved a sprinkle to get some incredibly romantic formal photos. YAY RAIN! Really…who says that? Ummmm ME, your resident weirdo photog.

We jumped back on that bus, (oh how I loved ducking every time a tree whizzed by) and headed to one of the most fabulous parties that I’ve been to in a long time at Revolution Mills Studios! Ana and Allen’s group of family and friends love to dance and do it well! Ari and I had a fantastic time capturing every. single. hilarious. moment! Thank you to the photo booth for letting the props come on the dance floor! I think Ana and Allen may have some great blackmail material…;)

Thank you so much Ana and Allen for booking me out of all the photographers you could have. It was an incredibly fun day and I can’t wait to see you in just a few days!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Groom is excited for his wedding as he gets ready for his Our Lady of Grace wedding ceremony in Greensboro, NC.

I was very impressed that all of the groomsmen had legit bow ties!

I was very impressed that all of the groomsmen had legit bow ties. It took awhile, but everyone got it tied in time.

I’m a sucker for reflections, add in some gorgeous stained glass and I’m so happy!

I'm a sucker for reflections, add in some gorgeous stained glass and I'm so happy!

Again Our Lady of Peace didn't offer much in terms of getting ready space, but sometimes all you need is one lucky window to make the magic happen!

Earrings and I are best friends! Every time a bride puts on her earrings, it creates a gorgeous bridal portrait.

Earrings and I are best friends! Every time a bride puts on her earrings, it creates a gorgeous bridal portrait.

How beautiful is it when you can see the generations in one picture?

How beautiful is it when you can see the generations in one picture? Here we have the gorgeous bride & her mother getting ready while a cute flower girl looks on.

I loved the beadwork on my bride's veil.This Catholic church has a tradition of a Father of the Bride first look!  It makes my heart melt.

Our Lady of Peace is a gorgeous wedding venue.

Sometimes it's the simple moments, like holding hands, that create a big impact.During the ceremony I try very hard to have eyes everywhere. If I was just focused on the bride and groom I'd miss sweet moments like this one. The father of the bride wiping a tear away is one of my favorite moments of the ceremony.A beautiful setup at Our Lady of Peace in Greensboro, NCTender moments and a little pop of flash can create epic wedding portraits. Thanks Greensboro arboretum for providing a stunning backdrop!

The rain didn’t stop Ana & Allen from enjoying their wedding day!

The rain didn't stop this bride and groom from enjoying their wedding day. It even made for a gorgeous picture at the Greensboro Arboretum in NC

An ivy covered arbor adds that extra little bit of romance and composition to this wedding portrait in the Greensboro Arboretum.

The bride and groom rented a double decker bus to transport their wedding party from place to place. The groom and his friends loved it!

Ana is sure adventurous! Her hair blowing in the wind made for some fantastic photographs!

This is an adventurous bride! Her hair blowing in the wind made for some fantastic photographs!

A huge THANK YOU to Ariana Watts of Silver Feather Studios for being my second eyes for the day! She got the details while I was off playing.

Revolution Mills is a gorgeous location for a wedding and reception.

Personalized cake toppers always make my heart happy and my camera too!An elegant setup at Revolution Mills in Greensboro.The first dance is a wonderful opportunity to tune out everyone and just be in love.

Father Daughter dances always make me melt. Ana had to wipe her dad’s tears of joy away.

This bride wipes her fathers tears away during their father daughter dance.

More tears of joy! Score!

An emotional toast by the sister of the bride leave the bride in happy tears

Allen hates cake…can’t you tell? 😉

Silly moments when cutting the cake are the best moments.

I love it when the photo booth props flow into the reception!

Sometimes the photo booth props over flow into the party. I'm okay with that!Who doesn't love a little dosey doe at their wedding reception.The groom needed a little rest during his wedding party.

Ok wedding crew, I’m giving you massive props! You all have some stellar dance moves and it was SO FUN capturing the party!

This wedding provided so many fantastic dance moments. These guest really knew how to party.That "I can't believe I caught the bouquet!" moment

What’s that? You want to do some night shots? Twist my arm!

Sometimes night time is the best time for wedding formals. I love backlighting my clients and a little fountain to add some depth to the photograph.

I love all of the black and white in the photo, especially since they were Ana & Allen’s colors!

I love the contrast of black and white in this photograph which happened to be the bride & groom's colors.

– Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding:
Our original plan was to have our reception in a hotel ballroom. But, every ballroom we went to look at was dark, and the only window in one faced out into a concrete square. So we left hotels, and started searching elsewhere. The one thing I knew for sure was that I wanted a ton of windows at our reception venue. When we walked into Revolution Mill it was wall to wall windows, exposed wooden beams, wooden floors, it was absolutely beautiful and perfect! It served as the perfect backdrop for our wedding.
– What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
I will never forget walking with my Dad down the aisle,and seeing Allen waiting for me at the altar.
– Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Riding on the double decker bus and dodging branches on the top. And then on the way to the reception realizing we hadn’t bought any mixers and stopping off at Food Lion.
– If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?
Honestly, not to brag, but no, I wouldn’t change anything.
– Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Take lots of pictures, have a videographer, and enjoy every moment. It’s so fun to look back at the pictures and video of your event to fill in the gaps.
– What was your biggest fear before hiring me? Did it come true, and if not, what happened instead?
My biggest fear was that we didn’t have enough time with you. Our event was so long, and I wanted to capture everything. But, honestly I feel like you captured everything we wanted.
– What, specifically, was your favorite part of working with Mabyn Ludke Photography and why?
I loved that she was so friendly with all our guests. She honestly felt more like a guest then a photographer, and she even stayed to celebrate with us after!
– If you were to recommend Mabyn Ludke Photography to your best friend, what would you say?
She is very personable, and is willing to do what ever you want. But, what’s more important is that she has an artistic eye that allows her to capture your day in a way more beautiful then you imagined. And, your photos to become more of art, pieces to be displayed on your walls.

Hair: The Bella Hair Co  // Makeup Artist: The Bella Hair Co // Dress Designer & Store Location: David’s Bridal Greensboro, NC // Veil or Hair accessories: David’s Bridal // Shoes: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal // Grooms Attire: Jos. A. Bank  // Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church  // Reception Venue: Revolution Mill Studios // Additional photo venue: Greensboro Arboretum  // Florist: Vestals  // Transportation: Royal Limousine   // DJ: Triad DJ & Events – Andrew Davis // Band: Lyn Koonce & Friends  // Caterer: Tom & Jerrys // Cake: Clara Marie’s  // Wedding Coordinator: Jennifer Skeen // Lighting: Triad DJ & Events //Invitations & Stationary: Zazzle.com

Revolution Mills Wedding : Ana & Allen’s Love Story