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You know those days where you are SO excited to go somewhere and everything seems to move like molasses? Some how the slowest people on earth drive in front of you, every stop light turns red, and construction plagues your path? By the time you get to the destination you’re all sorts of frustrated…That is how my morning went on the way to Erin & Kyle’s wedding.
You see, Erin & Kyle are a unique kind of people. When we met over a year ago it was like we had been friends for years! Now I’m friends with most of my clients, it’s the absolute #1 thing about my job. I make friends wherever I go! BUT, it’s rare to find a couple who are so instantly welcoming, genuine, and flipping hilarious! So you can see why I desperately wanted to see my friends again on their wedding day. Luckily, the moment I stepped into the hotel room and saw Erin’s shining happy face all of my frustration melted away and the fun began!
Add in to the day that the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel has gorgeous rooms with great light and a fantastic ariel view of the ceremony site, Mabyn was an extra happy camper! Oh yeah….and the rain held off for most of the day, until I wanted it to. Late into their reception, it started to rain. Not big fat drops, but that fine mist that just sits on top of everything. I can’t tell you how excited I was! Yes, a photographer excited about rain! I grabbed Erin & Kyle and they happily stood in the rain for about 20 minutes while I got to create some seriously epic images!
That frustrating day ended in the absolute perfect way! Not to mention that two of the most deserving people got to say “I do” to each other and I got to capture it all! YAY! Thank you so much to Erin & Kyle, I love you guys and I hope we get to hang out again in the future!
How did your fiance propose? I came home from work and thought raccoons got into our trash because there was something all over the driveway…when I got to the end, I realized it was actually roses and Kyle had written “Will you Marry Me?” In sidewalk chalk. There he was, on one knee and all I could say was “are you serious?!” Haha I was so surprised.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): My mom had a big role in all of the planning, since she had been doing wedding flowers for many years. She has probably been making plans for my wedding since I was five. I’m very grateful for all that she did and could not have done it without her! She actually found our venue. My mom, Kyle, and I had been driving around Seneca Lake all day looking at wineries and possible venues. We decided to go to Watkins Glen for lunch and drove by the Harbor Hotel. My mom begged us to go check it out, but I was exhausted and refused to go in with her and Kyle. They came back 2 seconds later, forced me to go in, and that was it. Absolutely beautiful place!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? We both have to agree that seeing each other for the first time during the ceremony was unforgettable. I remember being nervous until I saw him smiling and then it felt like it was just the two of us and nothing else mattered.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Probably when our niece and nephew were chasing each other around on the dance floor.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Not a thing.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? When you can, take some time on your wedding day to stop and be present in the moment. Look around the room at all of your family and friends together and remember this is one of the only times in your life you will have all the people you love the most together at the same time.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Where do we begin?! Mabyn has been one of the best parts of the wedding! She is so easy to be around and makes everything fun! It feels like we instantly became friends, and her talents are one of a kind. Mabyn’s work sets her far apart from others in the photography field. She truly loves what she does (clearly, since she laid in a puddle in the rain to take epic shots of us!), and is a true artist!
Hair: Emily Cantineri of Salon Primp//Makeup Artist: Amy DeFrancesco (friend of the bride)//Dress Designer & Store Location: Liv Harris, VOWS in Watertown, MA//Jewelry: Kenneth Jay Lane (earrings & bracelet) my ring was my grandmothers//Veil or Hair accessories: It was my mother’s veil, reconstructed by my lovely seamstress, Anahit, in Newton, MA//Shoes: Badgley Mischka//Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung from Chryssies in Canton, MA//Grooms Attire: Vera Wang for Men’s Warehouse//Ceremony Venue: Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel//Additional photo venue: Seneca Lake//Florist: Joanne Amato//DJ: Erick Murtland//Cake: Amy Dawson at Emoticakes (although our family friend, Kristen Daggett made the sprinkle cake on display)//Event Designer: my mom? (Lol not sure about that one, maybe Valerie Romig since she was incredible at planning the whole thing)//Wedding Coordinator: Valerie Romig and Kristen Collins//Lighting: Erick Murtland//Invitations & Stationary: Cathy Colvin at Creative Assisstant
When I think of Danielle & Dan I think of peace. Not in the hippy let’s go to Woodstock or rally against the “man” sense of the word, but in the all is calm and right with the world sense of the word. The minute I sat down with them to talk about shooting their wedding, I could tell that they didin’t let much ruffle their feathers. Their You + Me session was a lovely afternoon spent chatting and playing with their cute little dog & their wedding mood was just was peaceful but with an added level of joy.
I walked into the always gorgeous Belhurst Castle to find a serene Danielle who was literally glowing with pre-bridal bliss! Their day was simple with some whimsical touches like Danielle’s dress, flowers, and the amazing candy bar at the reception! With a quick ceremony & an emphasis on pictures & party the day went by so quickly! My friend Stacy Claire Peffley came along to help capture the moment & we sure had an amaaaaaaaaaaaazing time! While editing their pictures I just could stop marveling at how sweet and in love Danielle & Dan are. Thank you so much you two for letting Stacy & I capture your beautiful day!
How did you meet?
Dan’s friend and one of my friend’s met online and decided to meet in person at Rosie’s Bar on Tipp Hill. Both Dan and I decided to go with our friends when they met, and that’s how we met eachother. That was over 4 years ago, and we have been together ever since!
How did your fiance propose?
We got home last July from a friend’s wedding and were sitting in our kitchen eating leftover pizza. It was perfect 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We decided to get married in the summer because of my job, but didn’t really care on the date. We also knew we wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place. When we went to Belhurst Castle, we knew that would be the perfect place and picked one of the last available dates. We weren’t very picky with anything and didn’t stick to traditions. We just really wanted everyone to have fun!!!
What details at your wedding had special significance?
We really wanted to include everyone in the fun, so we had songs dedicated to certain people. We also had a lot of UConn fans, so the groomscake was UConn themed and the candy bar had UConn and SU candy bars.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
The ceremony…Dan was so nervous he kept mixing up the words to his vows. It was really cute!!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Nope, I think everything turned out perfectly
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Getting the cake all over Dan’s face. He didn’t expect it at all! Also, the best man’s speech was really funny.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress, my shoes, Mabyn 🙂
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We leave for Jamaica on the 15th – we had to wait because I worked summer school. We can’t wait!!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Enjoy the day and have fun, it goes by so quick!!
Check out Danielle’s amazing dress from Spybaby & flowers by Stacy K Floral! They’re amazing and just the right touch of girly meets artsy! Whimsical is the perfect word!
The flower girls were so cute playing “hide from the photographer.” I’d pop out from behind a corner and start shooting, then they’d scream, giggle and run away!
Danielle tried so hard not to cry, but it was pointless! Beautiful tears of joy poured down her face as she walked down the isle to Dan!
We ran a little short in time in between the ceremony & reception. So Danielle & Dan opted to sneak out in the middle of their reception for some GORGEOUS couple’s shots. Totally worth it in my opinion!
The reception was so fun! There were tons of fun moments, I wish I could put more in here but the blog would be MILES long!
Hair: Lisa Derr (Family Friend but also works at Design Gallery in Cortland, NY)//Makeup Artist: Lisa Derr//Dress Designer & Store Location: Allure Bridal – Spybaby Boutique//Jewelry: My necklace and bracelet were my great-grandma’s//Veil or Hair accessories: I had a hair clip that I picked up at Ulta//Shoes: Steve Madden//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse//Ceremony Venue: Belhurst Castle, Geneva//Reception Venue: Belhurst Castle, Geneva//Florist: Stacy K Floral Rochester, NY//DJ: Phil Connery from Cortland, NY//Caterer: Belhurst Castle//Cake: Cupcakes & Smiles in Camillus, NY//Wedding Coordinator: Carmen & Stephanie at Belhurst Castle//Invitations & Stationary: Kathy from Creative Assistant//Other: Dan’s mom did the entire Candy Bar!!!