Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Engagement

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One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is meeting all sorts of people. As i’ve mentioned before, each couple has their own story. How they met, why their getting married where they do, how they proposed…

I wanted to share with you Michelle & Scott’s proposal story, mainly because it’s so amazing that it’ll make any girls heart melt!

Scott contacted me about a month ahead of time and gave me some of the details of his plan. He was going to propose to his girlfriend (Michelle) Memorial Day weekend and was hoping I could do some engagement photos for them around the same time. I had some time free on Memorial Day and so we set aside time to do their You + Me Session. What I didn’t know at the time was that Scott had planned a throughly romantic weekend trip (they live in NYC) for Michelle complete with a cute little bed & breakfast in their favorite town, dinners at their favorite places, and last and most importantly his heart felt proposal at the place they first met. Syracuse University.

Everyone’s all oooey gooey at this point right? Well it gets better! Not only did Scott propose to Michelle on campus, but he had a brick donated to the campus with the words “Scott & Michelle engaged May 27th 2011, Let’s Go Orange!” He brought Michelle to the exact spot where the brick had been laid & got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Obviously she was over joyed and said “YES!” Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing these words! 😉 Scott, you get mad points for your romantic & creative proposal!

So they spent the weekend doing all of the things they loved and then ended it with me! We spent several hours visiting a lot of those places & documenting their love. Michelle had the most beautiful smile on her face the whole time. I don’t think she could have been serious if I’d ask! She was glowing and every time she looked at Scott you could just see the love emanating from her.

Thank you Michelle & Scott for allowing me to capture your love! It was such a pleasure!

xoxoxoxo,

Mabyn

We started in Skaneateles by the Lake

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Michelle lifted her foot without me asking! Perfect!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Aren’t the ridiculously cute?!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Here’s the famous brick! Way to go Scott!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

The magic of camera angles…theres a large blue crane in the background, can you see it? I can’t! WOOT!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Obviously by the brick, they’re HUGE S.U. basketball fans. So we had to do some Dome shots with their shirts!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

I LOVE Michelle’s smile!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Their favorite gate!

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

Romantic & Creative Engagement Photography - Mabyn Ludke Photography

 

Michelle & Scott’s You + Me Session : Real Love : Syracuse, NY Engagement Photography

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Every now and then I’m privileged to shoot a senior session. Marcel’s situation was unique because he was about to graduate when I shot these images.  His mother, Diane, wanted a more in depth session than what he had for the year book. I was so excited when they called me! Especially because Marcel went to Fabius-Pompey, my old alma mater and his sister is a good friend!

Marcel is extremely smart! He’s going to school for physics! Wow! Anyone who chooses to go into science or math gets HUGE kudos from me! I couldn’t even imagine spending at least 4 years studying that! Seriously Marcel, you’re AMAZING! Thank you to you and your mother for everything!

Marcel’s home overlooks Jamesville Reservoir, it just happened to be Balloon Fest! Seriously amazing!

Such a hard job I have! Look at this handsom face!

People say California has yummy light…I think Central NY is right up there with em!

We do not lack for beautiful sunsets!

Marcel’s Senior Portraits : Real Life : Syracuse, NY Senior Portrait Photographer

Wedding

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I have been fortunate up to this point to have beautiful weather for all of my weddings. It was bound to happen, especially this summer, that I was going to get a rainy day somewhere along the line. It rained…all day…no breaks for Carolyn and Jim’s wedding. But that didn’t dampen their spirits at all! Their wedding was still so beautiful! You can’t go wrong in Geneva! Their wedding was at St. John’s Chapel on the Hobart and Williams Smith College and their reception was at the Three Brothers Winery. It was one of the more unique locations for a receptions I’ve shot at. Thanks Carolyn and Jim for allowing me to be part of your wonderful day!

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Carolyn and Jim: Married!