The Temple Theatre Sanford, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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There is no joy like finding a kindred spirit. When you connect on multiple levels, when your conversations go deeper, when you find friends for life. I’ve been blessed with so many amazing clients who have broken through the client/vendor barrier. I know a lot of business owners and even a lot of other photographers warn against this or try not to befriend their clients. But for me, that’s what its all about. I can’t help it, I’m one of those touchy feely types! 😉 Money is great, being an artist is wonderful, but making connections is POWERFUL and when I meet a couple like Lesley & Russell I can’t help but immediately be friends with them. I’m not talking surface friends where you say really nice things to each other and talk about how much you should get together for coffee & never do. I’m talking about the we’ll stick by you through thick n thin kind of friends. That is what I’ve found in this incredible couple.

When you hear the term “match made in heaven,” Lesley & Russell’s picture should pop into your mind. They are both Christians who’ve never been married. They prayed and waited a long time for God to bring the right person in their lives and after many years of patience and listening, it finally happened!  Lesley & Russell could not be more perfect for each other! God worked in his perfect timing in their lives, so what better way to celebrate than by creating a fantastic theme around that very concept!?

As you might have seen from their You + Me session & Lesley’s bridal session, they went with a 1920s vibe. Totally a MLP wedding if there ever was one! When you walked into the Temple Theatre  you were immediately transported to the 20s. A live band played 1920s love ballads, the lighting was low and deep like a 20s night club,  the backdrop on the stage had art deco elements, & even the guests  looked like they had just stepped out of The Great Gatsby to attend. Don’t forget to pick up your program…er I mean Playbill on your way in so you can watch the most wonderful wedding play “Perfect Timing!” Their Love Story had all of the elements you need in a play, a fantastic cast, good romantic plot line, and a the perfect amount of humor & fun! I don’t think I’ll ever experience another wedding quite like it.

Thank you so much to Lesley & Russell for taking a chance on a newbie to the south! It was an honor & a privilege to document your beautiful day and I can’t wait to get together again and continue our wonderful friendship!
XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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How did your fiancĂŠ propose? RusselI and I had discussed marriage before he asked me and I had actually gone with him to pick out an engagement ring in December of 2012 at Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary. They have beautiful estate and vintage jewelry there; and, I was looking for a vintage Art Deco engagement ring with my love of vintage things and being in the 1920s’ theme. We found one that caught my eye. Russell put it on layaway; and, we did not tell anyone. I had my grandmother’s wedding band from the same time period, which I later had the engraving reworked and the ring cleaned. It matched perfectly with the engagement ring. However, I did not have a proposal. We had been dating a year at that point. Russell dropped little hints here and there but it was not “pop the question” until July 13th. We had been to downtown Apex that day and it had poured rain all day. We had a lovely lunch at a local pizza joint. When we got back to my apartment, I got on my computer and he stood on the balcony by himself for a little while which was strange. He called me outside to show me a booklet he picked up for me at the Hallmark store that was about historical facts that happened during the year of my birthday – 1965. He read the book to me going over all the facts and then skipped over that next to last page. He then asked me to read that page. He had written on it, “Will you make history with me for the rest of our lives?” It dawned on me that he was proposing and I said “yes”. However I followed my answer by asking him to ask the question again in a different way-Will you marry me? Which are those four famous words that I always wanted to hear him say. He asked if he needed to get down on one knee again and I said, “Yes!” He proposed again with those four words and I again said, “Yes” and began kissing him.

Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding: We love vintage things so I knew that I wanted a vintage wedding. I chose a 1920s’ theme because I thought that it would be different. The Great Gatsby movie had come out last year causing a big wave of 20s’ fashion, all things peacock, and Art Deco; so, I thought that time period would be great to pull elements from and pick colors. We eventually decided to use the peacock feather colors of blue, green and purple for our wedding and white and black for our reception with ostrich feathers. During the planning of each detail, I made sure that it was true to who we were as a couple and unique to us as far as our faith, background, favorite things, and personalities. I searched the internet for vintage photos of 1920s’ wedding and 20s’ brides for bridal and bridesmaids’ gowns, flowers, and decoration inspiration. I also read bridal blogs such as Style Me Pretty and Sweet Violet Bride. I did not have a wedding planner nor could I afford one. Planning this wedding was the hardest thing I have done since getting my transitional doctorate in physical therapy! That’s because I have never planned an event, not even a surprise birthday party or dinner party. LOL. What can I say? I jump into the deep end with both feet. I picked Temple Theatre for my venue because it is a local vintage theatre build in 1925. We wanted to showcase this beautiful vintage theatre and the Sanford downtown area through our wedding. Our reception space, the ArtStudio, is on the top floor of the Lee Building, which is another 1920s’ building a block from the Temple. It was perfect for our reception with its artwork, brick walls, and hardwood floors with windows overlooking the Temple Theatre.

What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Actually, the most memorable moment was the moment I took my first walk down the aisle during the rehearsal the night before at the Temple. I began to cry, followed by Russell, our bridal party, friends and family as well as the Pastor. Everyone felt the emotion of this private moment without all the glamour of the wedding day as I had a sheet tied to my waist for a train, ribbons for a bouquet, and tissue paper for a veil. Reading our personal letters to each other was a memorable moment. Riding to the Temple Theatre in the Model T with my father, Ralph Harrington, and choosing my father’s song, “Summer Love” that he sang with the Blue Notes in 1960, for our father-daughter dance was very special. He is 82 now; and, as the song played it was wonderful to watch his face light up and see him relive that time in his mind as he sang to the crowd. Lastly, my cathedral veil came off three times: Coming down the aisle and on stage twice. That was very memorable for me as it was unexpected.

Funniest memory from your wedding day? When Russell and I came downstairs to make our grand exit, our car was not there. Keep in mind, January 4, 2014 was a very cold day in Sanford, NC Russell ran across the street to find the car and drove it back to where I was standing. Instead of helping his new bride into the passenger seat first as it was freezing outside, he chose to leave me standing by the car as he loaded up the trunk shivering. His sister saw him doing this and yelled, “Russell! Take care of your bride”. .

If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?  I would have made sure that I had taken the time to secure the comb of my veil into my hair with bobby pins so that it would not have fallen out. We were in a rush to get to the church and I did not take time to do so. We struggled with doing a First Look (bride and groom see each other before the wedding and do a photo shoot together and with their bridal party and families) vs. having Russell see me as I came down the aisle for the first time. Doing the First Look and taking all of our pictures before the wedding would have given us plenty of time to spend with our guests at our reception before they left. Many had to leave about 2 ½ hours after the wedding due to young children or other commitments. However, because we had both waited until our mid to late forties to get married for the first time, waiting to see each other at the altar seemed like the right choice for us at the time. When you plan your wedding, you will find that you compromise when making decisions about what is best for you as a couple vs. your guests. At the end of the day, as long as you are happy, that is the most important thing.

Any advice for future brides & grooms?  Our first piece of advice for a future bride and groom is to make the wedding unique to you as a couple so that your guests can say, “That wedding was totally that couple.” What makes a wedding special is not the amount of special effects or perfect dress or amount of money you spend, but that you are entering a covenant with another you love before God. All the other is icing on the cake. Don’t get caught up in what ingredients to use to make the best icing. Just make sure you have a solid foundation for a cake. Our cake was a strong faith in God and a commitment to love each other for the rest of our lives no matter what! Love is a choice!

What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? From the first time I saw Mabyn’s website, I knew there was something very special about her photos because of their creativity and artistry. After email exchanges and phone calls, I finally met her at a coffee shop in Greensboro and I felt completely at ease and that I could trust her. Russell and I were her first North Carolina wedding that she booked after moving down here from NY; and, we feel blessed to have discovered her before she becomes famous in NC.  We love Mabyn because she treats her clients like her friends and we know that we have a friend for life in her. She cares for each person she photographs. Photography is more than a job; it is her passion and her ministry. Mabyn has a quirky-geeky sense of humor and an exuberant personality. We all laughed so hard at our 1920s’ engagement shoot. How good is she at getting people to relax in front of the camera? Russell is a private person and not one to show public displays of affection. Mabyn got him to relax while taking photos of him kissing me. That is high praise in my book!  Mabyn was totally up for doing a vintage 1920s’ inspired theme for my engagement and wedding shoots and for our wedding. She was also up for traveling to unique and different places for those photos. Why do things like others when you can be different we always say? Mabyn gets that too. The photographs from the engagement shoot were beautiful! The several photos I have seen from the bridal shoot and wedding are amazing. I highly recommend her!

The Details:

Hair: One of my bridesmaids and a family member, Lindsey Yow of Head to Toe Salon and Spa // Makeup Artist: Janice Coleman, Merle Norman Cosmetics // Dress Designer & Store Location: Melissa Sweet, David’s Bridal, Durham // Jewelry: Two small strands of pearls belonging to Russell’s paternal grandmother, one large vintage strand from “A Few Nice Things” in Sanford. A sterling silver seagull pin that has been passed down from Russell’s great-grandmother to his grandmother who lived in Germany and it has been passed down to his mother Ingrid who is from Germany. Art Deco earrings consisting of carved oxen bone roses with green enamel leaves from Germany (Ebay) // Veil or Hair accessories: Diana Zahlava made my 1920s’ inspired Juliet cap with cathedral veil attached by a comb. Accessories that adorned the cap (a German fabric flower garland, lace and satin flowers and Alecon lace) were purchased from Etsy. // Shoes: Light in the Box // Bridesmaids Dresses: Lord and Taylor, Macys; Flower Girl: Etsy // Grooms Attire: Avent & Thomas Clothing // Ceremony Venue: Temple Theatre //Reception Venue: ArtStudio // Florist: Ted’s Flower Basket // Transportation: Model T rented from Kirk Tours and Limousine, Pinehurst // DJ: Steve Harrington // Caterer: Fat Juniors Grill Catering // Cake: Tracy Melby, Enchanted Moments Sweet Shop, Broadway, NC // Wedding Coordinator: Tracy Melby // Lighting: Steve Harrington // Invitations & Playbill: Sonja Moore, sister of the groom, put together the peacock feather invitations and the wedding theatre playbill program, both of which were purchased on Etsy.

Other: Our guests were a huge element to our wedding as we asked them to dress up in 1920s’ fashion and they looked fabulous! Our music was amazing. Vocalist Allysha Lilley, Bassist Daryl Perry, Cellist Nathan Martin, Guitarist and Vocalist Jeff Alverson, Drummer Kevin Griffin and Pianist Leah Everett are friends of ours and several of them go to our church and sing on the worship team. They did a wonderful job with the 1920s’ musical prelude of five songs and with the wedding music.

Lesley & Russell’s Love Story – The Temple Theatre Sanford, NC

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

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Congrats to our winners who also happen to be my featured Love Story as a Merry Christmas present to you all! Enjoy!

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When I first chatted with Jessy on the phone about a year ago it was obvious to me that her wedding was going to be AMAZING! I don’t book too many weddings after October so I knew that this was going to be THE perfect way to end my wedding season. The day was the epitome of class and glamour! I felt like I was transported back the the 60’s for a night at an elegant gala event. Jessy is a classic beauty! I could easily see her on the silver screen decades ago. All of the details of the day just added to the elegant feel…oh yeah and having the whole thing at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs definitely pulled the whole thing together. My photographer’s brain was ecstatic with all of the delicious details to capture! Thank you so much Jessy and Evan! Your day was an event to remember!

xoxoxo,

Mabyn

How did you meet?
College- I was having a get together and Evan was invited through a mutual friend. We met and just talked and talked all night about everything, even finding out our birthdays were a day apart. He was so cute, he showed me card tricks he had been working on…2 out of 3 were successful. But all of them won me over:)
How did your fiance propose?
It was in December. We went on a big elaborate date in NYC…. a beautiful dinner, visiting our favorite stores, even seeing the tree in Rockefeller Center, I was so excited and just “KNEW” he was going to ask me there. That night was so cold and Evan was taking his time popping the question. I was getting sad that I had gotten my hopes up and that I was completely wrong. Then a giant gust of wind came blowing through the air and I said ” OUCH MY EAR” but nervous Evan swears that he heard “DON’T YOU DARE!” ( as in propose) we got on the train to go back home and I was still really sad and freezing. When we got home- Evan was more in his element and ended up asking me in front of our own Christmas tree. It ended up being a funny and special story anyway.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
I wanted the most incredible venue I could find, and it sounds silly but my most important thing for a venue was that it couldn’t have “hotel” style carpet anywhere ( you know the kind with the designs to mask big stains). That was such a big deal because I wanted the wedding to have a flawless appearance. I didn’t want to have to work around anything, or pretend that my colors went with that red, gold, brown and “is that green supposed to be there?” carpet. For my wedding colors I went with gold, silver and navy…nice beautiful winter-time colors. However, my bouquets were made up of jewel toned, brooches. We didn’t want flowers because we wanted a keepsake and something to make people remember our wedding as just a little bit different. Now, my bouquet is on display in our living room, and it’s something we can always cherish. Plus, it added a very unique piece to our wedding.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My brother is a youth pastor and was taking classes to become ordained but he specifically planned his class schedules to be able to be ordained in time to officiate our ceremony. It was his first wedding and it was really special to have him do it. We also passed around Italian cookies to all of our guests at our wedding as a way to personally say “thank you for coming”. Our guests were wowed by this even when Evan dumped half a tray on the floor….whoops!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
For me it was standing at the alter, knees shaking, because I was so excited, I didn’t know how to calm down at that point. For Evan, he says it was watching my face as he read his vows to me…and seeing his sisters cry from of the corner of his eye.
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
We both said we would have danced together more. We barely saw each other the whole night because we were bopping around so much trying to talk to everyone.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Everyone was so excited to get to the venue that we completely forgot to bring the bouquets with us….in fact they were still in my car! Evan’s dad had to go and get them at the last minute, and I was parked FAR away. There were also some key dance moves by our friends and family that we can’t WAIT to see on video.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress, it was exactly what I wanted. Evan’s favorites were the brooches. He really liked the idea. Ohhh and the hot chocolate bar at the end of the night…wow- such a great call.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went on a mini getaway to Disney World and plan on going to Italy sometime in 2012.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Make sure you spend as much time as you can together during the wedding. It gets crazy with a lot of guests and you get pulled in a lot of directions. Just take the time to dance and enjoy the day together.

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Hair: Fusion Salon – Saratoga Springs//Makeup Artist: Fusion Salon – Saratoga Springs//Dress Designer & Store Location: Pronovias- Something Bleu Bridal Saratoga Springs (HIGHLY recommended)//Jewelry: Bracelet- Gemini//Veil or Hair accessories: Italian lace with Swarovski crystals ( don’t know the make)//Shoes: Steve Madden and Capparros//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Jos. A Banks//Ceremony Venue: Hall of Springs//Reception Venue: Hall of Springs//Florist: DIY Brooche Bouquets and Center pieces were by Laura Abbott Designs//DJ: Jeffrey Scott//Caterer: Glen Sanders Mansion//Cake: Glen Sanders Mansion- with brooch decorations by Audrey Hardenburg//Lighting: Jeffrey Scott//Invitations & Stationary: Michael’s DIY

Music:
Special Ceremony Music: Vitamins Strings Versions of Stolen, At Last, & Song Bird
Father/Daughter: Dream by Priscilla Ahn
Mother/Son: I’ll Stand by You-the pretenders
First Dance: The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson

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Geneva NY Belhurst Castle Wedding

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There’s nothing like a wedding where absolutely everyone oozes pure joy! From the moment I stepped onto the grounds of Belhurst Castle you could feel a buoyancy that only joy can bring! Neither Rain nor Car issues not humidity was going to take anything away from Katie and David’s amazing day! We started out with one of the sweetest first looks ever on the docks. David just couldn’t stop smiling once he saw his beautiful bride! We snagged a few gorgeous blue sky shots with the happy couple and their wedding party before the clouds started to move on in. We got Katie inside just before a sun shower …which resulted in a gorgeous double rainbow right infront of their ceremony spot!!! Talk about blessings on your wedding day! The rain didn’t last long and their ceremony went off with out a hitch with Katie’s brother officiating! We managed to squeak in all of the family formals right before the real rain set in! So we opted to do the rest of their newly wed shots around the castle…twist my arm! Belhurst is GORGEOUS!

Now I have to talk separately about their party…I have never in my experience as a wedding photographer seen so many crazy people in my life! 😉 Katie & David’s guest sure knew how to get down! There was everything from an ode to Meatloaf to Party Rock and EVERYONE was dancing! I had a giant grin on my face the whole night! Thank you so much Katie & David! I want to bring you guys to every party I have! 🙂

xoxoxo,
Mabyn
How did you meet?
We met at a Christmas party in Delaware, where we were both attending graduate school. Dave was sitting off to the side being quiet and I
didn’t know too many people so we started talking to each other. He was really sweet and allowed me to sit on the armrest of his chair.
Since Dave was in a different department, I didn’t think we would see each other afterwards….however, his friends found me and invited me
to his birthday dinner the following week and we started dating soon afterwards 🙂
How did your fiance propose?
It was on my Mom’s birthday and they had come to visit for the weekend. We went to dinner and then went home to relax. As we were
getting ready for bed he pulls me to him and says how much he loves me and can’t imagine going through life without me in it. He got down on
one knee and asked me to be his 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you
pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):

We love going wine tasting and the Finger Lakes were such a beautiful location. One weekend, we were wine tasting and looking at potential
venues…after seeing Belhurst, nothing else could compare. How could we beat getting married in a castle? The purple and green colors are
my favorite colors and fit the winery setting so well. The date was chosen because of the holiday weekend for our traveling guests and it
was far enough in advance that we could get the vendors of our choice 🙂
What details at your wedding had special significance?
All the center pieces were placed in laboratory glassware which relates to our scientific background. Also, there was a small
sapphire ring tied to the bridal bouquet (my something borrowed, old and blue) that was given to my mother from her best friend, who I was
named after.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
There was so many amazing moments from that day…the rainbows that came out for the ceremony, standing at the altar looking at each
other, my sister’s speech, looking out on the dance floor and just seeing everyone dancing and having a blast (including our photographers!)
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
No…everything came together great.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Some of the highlights were seeing Mabyn sliding on her back on the dance floor to get photographs. Our 2 year old ring bearer ‘break’
dancing on the floor and lastly, one of our guests coming up to me at the end of night showing me his pants had split from all the dancing he was doing 🙂
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Besides our photographers? I would have to say Rick, our DJ.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Kaua’i – it was amazing and we highly recommend it for anyone thinking of going!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Decide what’s important for your day and stick to that. The rest is details and will work out.

Geneva NY Belhurst Castle Wedding

Geneva NY Belhurst Castle Wedding

Geneva NY Belhurst Castle Wedding

Geneva NY Belhurst Castle Wedding

Hair: Alice Spencer of Spencer’s in Endicott, NY//Makeup Artist:Sister of the bride and Maid of Honor, Emily Heaton//Dress Designer & Store Location:  David’s Bridal, Elmira, NY//Jewelry:  David’s Bridal//Veil or Hair accessories:  It was a combined effort by the
mothers…the mother of bride, Sam Heaton, made the veil and the mother of the groom, Hava Johnson, beaded the veil//Shoes:  Boscov’s//Bridesmaids Dresses: Victoria’s Secret//Grooms Attire: Men’s Wearhouse//Ceremony Venue: Belhurst Castle//Reception Venue:  Belhurst Castle//Florist:  Ye Old Country Florist, Owego, NY//Transportation:  KVentures// DJ: Richard DeLorenzo from Music Masters//Caterer:  Belhurst Castle//Cake:  Club 86 Bakery//Event Designer:  Myself with help from friends and family//Wedding Coordinator: Carmen Brennan-Bain//Invitations & Stationary:  AC Moore
Other:  Center piece glassware provided by Cathy Bentzley

Music:
Special Ceremony Music:  My first, my last, my everything – Joshua
Radin and Marry Me – Train
Introductions:  Celebrate Good Times – Kool and the Gang
Father/Daughter:  Daddy’s Girl by Peter Cetera
Mother/Son:  Music of the Heart – Gloria Estefan and N’Sync
First Dance: So In Love – Lara Fabian and Mario Frangoulis

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When I was a little girl I loved fairy tales. The dresses, the adventure, but most of all the prince whom the pricess always married in the end! As I grew up my perception of fairy tales became jaded. “My knight in shining armor turned out to be a loser dressed in tin foil” ~ unknown. That quote can be loosly applied to my relationships. The older I got, the less in love I was with fairy tales. Don’t get me wrong, I am still in love with love! Why else would I do what I do? I am in love with genuine, unconditional, and profound love…the fairies, as far as I was concerned, could keep to themselves.

That was of course until I heard Emily & KJ’s story! It has restored my faith that true fairy tales exist!

I’ve known Emily for several years now, I’ve seen her through some bogus relationships and she’s seen me through some of my own. We’ve laughed, danced, and commiserated together. Then, after a lot of deliberation (and a not so great break up) Emily decided to move to Binghamton for art school.

While she was there, she was connected with a BASIC group which in turn connected her with the United with Christ Church in Johnson City. During her time at the church she befriended many people who kept telling her about this guy, KJ. Unfortunately he was in the military and wouldn’t be on leave until February. Emily, had plans to go to Italy in January with a one way ticket. So she wrote it off and continued with her plans. Little did Emily know, that prior to her even arriving at church, the pastors & leadership were in continuous prayer for KJ’s wife and when she arrived everyone instantly knew that she was it! To everyone’s surprise, KJ came home on leave in October. It’s then that he met Emily and both of their lives instantly changed. Less than a year later they’re happier than either of them can imagine as husband and wife!

Their wedding day reflected their personal fairy tale, complete with wedding favors describing the whole thing. Though traffic and storm clouds threatened to foil their day, it went off with out a hitch. The sun cam out for group formals & we partied the night away! I was compltely blessed and honored to be the one capturing it all. I am so thrilled for Em & KJ! Let their story be a reminder to us all that fairy tales really do exist!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

How did you meet?
We both attended a BASIC Bible fellowship meeting, and were invited by a mutual friend to go to dinner afterward. I had just left ballroom practice and was disgustingly sweaty, and he appeared out of nowhere, surprising everyone here on a two week leave from Afghanistan. When we met everything clicked. The day before he left to go back to Afghanistan he asked me on a date that would be postponed for 4 months.
How did your fiance propose?
For two months straight the weather didn’t do anything but rain. He wanted to take me on a picnic, but the rain would cause a problem; so, he prayed that God would part the clouds and He did! We had a huge assortment of sandwiches, fruit, cheese, crackers and of course wine. After we ate we were laying down and he slipped off a ring he gave me for Christmas that needed to be serviced. He asked about that needed to be fixed, and left it on his finger. He then slipped a ring on my finger (I thought it was my ring) but when he moved I saw something shine that I knew wasn’t normal. By the time I figured out that it was a different ring he was on one knee and asked me to marry him! 🙂
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
The date, we actually picked around the wonderful Mabyn Ludke’s schedule because we wanted to get married sooner rather than later (why wait!). The colors I didn’t officially pick until we found the Bridesmaid dresses. The venue was because the place was beautiful and the price was right. We both LOVE wine, so we knew we wanted a wine themed wedding. I made everything for the tables and place card holders and thus needed a lot of corks; so inevitably, we drank a lot of wine in the three months of planning! 😉
What details at your wedding had special significance?
Vino Vino Vino and more Vino! The majority of the wine bottles on the tables were consumed by us!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Well, I can think of a number of events: Like the torrential downpour before the wedding; My mom giving me a 150 year old five generation heirloom ring for my borrowed, blue and old; The hotel for the wedding night canceling at the last minute making the groom barely on time; Him getting stuck in traffic on the parkway; My dad giving me a twirl at the end of the aisle; Forgetting to put out the communion for the ceremony so we did an impromptu silent vow exchange/ prayer over each other while the special song played; My dad giving a blessing over us and slightly roasting KJ’s phone call to set up a time to ask for my hand; We had Mabyn, the best man and his wife along with KJ’s older brother in the limo with us.. It was an EPIC time!!; The toasts by my Dad, KJ’s Dad, my sister’s- the maid and matron, as well as the Best Man; KJ’s dad singing an Irish styled song after his toast; My dance with my Dad was pretty amazing; Our first dance was incredible- it was us. I could go on and on.. 🙂
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
I really don’t think we would change a thing.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
How can we pick? Just go back to the previous list!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress! It was perfect from the second it was zipped up the first time!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
On a cruise in the western Caribbean. It was beautiful all the way around!
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Just roll with the punches.. Things are going to happen, just go with it and be flexible; if you concentrate on the little things you’ll get stressed out. Oh, and HIRE MABYN!!!!

 

Hair: My beautiful sister and Matron of Honor- Katrina Smith//Makeup Artist: The wonderful Christy Haller (bridesmaid)//Dress Designer & Store Location: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal, East Syracuse//Jewelry: Joette’s in Armory Square//Veil or Hair accessories: Ceremony- Made by yours truly; Reception- David’s Bridal//Shoes: DSW//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue://United With Christ Church, Johnson City (Binghamton)//Reception Venue: Summit Tea Room; New Milford, PA//Additional photo venue: Otsiningo Park//Florist: Lori Bredesen (lady from church)//Transportation: A1 Limo Service//DJ: Jeannette Luther//Caterer: Summit Tea Room//Cake: no cake- Chocolate fountain//Event Designer: Myself and my girls//Wedding Coordinator: Margie Scarinzi//Invitations & Stationary: Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store//Other: Girls hair pieces: made by yours truly; Jewelry- everywhere! (JCP, Claires, Macys, Mandee)

Special Ceremony Music: Walking down the aisle: Instrumental of “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot;
Special Song: Original by Amy Albin, and Margie Scarinzi “I Do”;
Exit ceremony song: “Beautiful Day” U2
Introductions: “Everyday” Dave Matthews Band
Father/Daughter: “Walk with You” Edwin McCain
Mother/Son: “Take Her by the Hand” Heather Constantine
First Dance: “At Last” Etta James

Emily & KJ’s Love Story