Green Lakes State Park Fayetteville, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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From the moment I met with Ashlea & Ting I knew we were going to have a great time together! We were all smiles and laughter during our initial consult and when we spent the majority of their You + Me session cracking jokes and doing silly things I knew that their wedding was going to be one for the books!

When their special day did arrived, the rain came tumbling down (apparently Greek Lakes State Park doesn’t like me! It happened the last time too!), it didn’t damper Ashlea & Ting’s amazing energy! Their excitement to finally be wed out shone any drizzle that threatened their day! Luckily, only 1 storm came through and by the time the ceremony was over the rain had past and the party moved outside!

Their reception was a memorable mix of impromptu photo booths, some seriously awesome dance moves, an epic sunset, and a sparkler homage that created some epic pictoral moments! The best part of Ashlea and Ting’s wedding is how involved all of their family and friends were! The whole family pitched in to help create all of the gorgeous details and then their good friends helped coordinate, serve, and join in on the fun! What an incredible way to start their journey together! I am so honored that I not only did I get to capture all of their amazing moments but that Ashlea, Ting, and I are now great friends! Seriously, I was just at their house for halloween! It was AWESOME!!! 🙂

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Green Lakes State Park Fayetteville, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Green Lakes State Park Fayetteville, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Green Lakes State Park Fayetteville, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Green Lakes State Park Fayetteville, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

How did your fiancé propose? I work at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse and Ting was looking for a very memorable way to propose. He coordinated with some of my coworkers at the zoo and worked it out so that Siri, our oldest female Asian elephant would carry the bag with the ring in it out to us in front of the elephant exhibit where he planned to propose. He worked on this plan for weeks without my knowledge and even invited my mother and sister to be there to witness the proposal without my knowledge. I have tremendous respect for all those involved. I had absolutely no idea what was going on! Apparently the zoo keepers had to choose the specific type of ring bag that Siri would be able to carry and then did special training sessions with her to make sure everything went smoothly when the special day arrived. We went to the zoo that day under the ruse that Ting’s sister and boyfriend had never been before. We came up the elephant exhibit and after a few moments Siri came walking over carrying something with her trunk. As she walked Ting began his proposal with a zoo joke. He asked “What did one elephant in love say to the other elephant?” As I realized what was going on I was in total disbelief. Siri went to hand me the ring bag and I dropped it! Ting went on to say “I love you a ton…” and then as he got down on one knee with the ring Siri bowed as well and he proposed. It was absolutely incredible. It is something that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc):Ting and I both agreed that we didn’t want to spend a crazy amount of money on our wedding so I made it a personal mission to plan our wedding on a tight budget. This involved many Sunday’s of clipping coupons for craft stores and purchasing things as they went on sale. One of my favorite stories is that my mom wanted to make wreaths to hang on all of the 16 doors of our reception venue. She purchased the wreaths one by one as the weekly craft coupons came out in the newspaper. She would buy 1 or 2 wreaths per week until she ended up with all 16! She was extremely dedicated to the coupon cause.We wanted a natural rustic wedding feel, so we absolutely feel in love with the recently renovated stone Administration building in the beautiful Green Lakes State Park. It was the first and only venue we visited.Another one of my favorite stories was how we came across our circular tree slices that were used as centerpiece placemats. We were driving one day and came across a man cutting down a tree in the front yard. We pulled over and introduced ourselves. We asked him what he planned on doing with the tree trunk pieces he was cutting down. By the end of the conversation he offered to cut up all the left over pieces for us with his chainsaw so that we could use them in our wedding! The entire wedding was truly a family affair. Everyone pitched in one way or another. My aunt became an ordained minister online to do our ceremony; we took complete advantage of my mother’s recently retired status; we borrowed twinkle lights from all of our friends; and our friends even tended bar and acted as event servers. It made us both feel incredibly loved to know that we are surrounded by so many wonderful loving people that were willing to give of themselves to make our wedding absolutely perfect.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? Gathering our friends and family outside to light sparklers together in honor of all our loved ones that could not be there to celebrate with us is a moment that I will never forget. I will also always remember the final song that was played at the reception and how the wedding ended on the dance floor with everyone embracing us in a giant hug. It was so special to see all of the different members of our families join together in celebration.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Finding out my husband could play the recorder! We opened a gag gift on our wedding night and Ting whipped out the plastic toy recorder and started playing legitimate music! Who knew?!
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? I loved that we did a DYI wedding. It all came together in the end, and was absolutely perfect.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? If you’re planning a DIY wedding don’t be afraid to delegate some of your responsibilities to professionals. It will be worth a little extra money for the peace of mind it may bring you. Enjoy your family and friends and take time to breathe. Revel in the love that will inevitably surround you on your special day.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? Mabyn was absolutely fantastic to work with. MLP was one of the best decisions that we made during the whole wedding process by far. She is incredibly professional, but personable and fun at the same time. You instantly feel like you’re best friends and she makes the entire process smooth and worry free. She’s just as goofy as we are so from our first You + Me session we knew it was a great fit for us. I am positive that we will continue to use Mabyn Ludke Photography

Hair: Cut- Continental Coiffures; highlights- Industry Salon//Makeup Artist: Tricia Wede
Dress Designer & Store Location: Allure bridal- New York Bride//Jewelry: Necklace and bracelet- pearls from our trip to Italy. Necklace pendant custom created by Todd Haley at Upstate Gold and Coin Center with the diamonds from my mother and grandmother’s engagement rings//Veil or Hair accessories: Hair piece- Alfred Angelo//Shoes: Macy’s
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Collection- New York Bride//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: Old Administration Building- Green Lakes State Park//Reception Venue: Old//Administration Building- Green Lakes State Park//Florist: Reginal Market and Wegmans//DJ: Whirlin’ Disc SJ//Caterer: Dinosaur BBQ//Cake: DIY mason jar fruit crisps- my mom baked them//Lighting: DIY//Invitations & Stationary: DIY designed by groom

Ashlea & Ting’s Love Story

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

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What do you get when you mix, good looks, charm, and ridiculousness in one couple? You get Liz and Mike, two of the coolest people on the planet!!! Seriously, when we met in Starbucks about a year ago we instantaneously became friends! I know I’m repeating myself from their You + Me post, but I fell in love with these guys so I can’t help but gush! 😉

Finally, their wedding day came along! I’d only been waiting alllll season for it! And after a gorgeous September, what happens? Their day was 50 degrees and rainy!
Now the average couple might get really upset and worry that the rain will ruin their day. Not Liz & Mike! They were totally down for any and all outdoor shots, rain or shine! Is it any wonder I fell in love?! So they not only braved the rain, but cold and broken dresses as well! Yeah!  I know right? They’re completely amazing!

One of a bride’s biggest nightmares is something happening to the dress right before the wedding. Well guess what happened right before the wedding? The zipper on her dress fell off! Did Liz freak out? Did she throw a fit? NOPE! Calm as a cucumber we called Spybaby Boutique and their amazing seamstress fixed the dress in 20 minutes flat! (Cue Superman music here!) We still had plenty of time to get her to the church!

The rest of the day went as smooth as butter, with crazy interloods of Mike jumping in puddles or bench pressing Liz! The reception at Dinosaure BBQ was rockin’ as always! I especially loved when Liz, Mike, and their wedding party jumped up on stage and started throwing beads like it was Mardi Gras!
Thank you Liz and Mike for choosing me to, not only capture your special moments, but become your friend!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Bride & Groom: How did you meet?
We met during orientation at Le Moyne College. Mike’s roommate went to my high school.
How did your fiancé propose?
I had just finished my last final exam of my second year at SU Law and we were excited about leaving for a two week vacation in Italy the next morning. I was craving ice cream so we stopped at Gannon’s Isle in the Valley, but it was chilly so after we got our ice cream we got back in the car and started driving around. Mike drove up to Le Moyne and we finished our ice cream on a bench outside Grewen. This seemed pretty ordinary to me because when the weather is nice, Mike and I sometimes venture up to the benches in front of Grewen Hall at Le Moyne College to talk. This particular night was rather chilly, but Mike and I sat there talking about how excited we were for our trip. Then, out of the blue, Mike says that he doesn’t want me to think that he is going to propose in Italy. I was speechless for a moment since I wasn’t expecting him to. Mike kept talking and suddenly pulls out a ring box, gets on one knee and says that he doesn’t want to ask me in Italy because he wants to ask me right then and there! I was shocked and of course, I said yes
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Mike and I really like food, especially barbeque, and we wanted a more casual wedding reception. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was a logical choice and once we saw the Upstairs room we were sold on our wedding venue.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My dad put together a “Love Chest” based upon an old Italian tradition. About one week before the wedding, my dad asked me and Mike to write letters to each other. The letters were sealed and my father placed them in the box along with a bottle of wine and two glasses. The box has two keys, one for each of us. The box can only be opened on two occasions: (1) on our tenth wedding anniversary or (2) if we ever happen to hit a rocky patch, the box can be opened so that either of us can read the letter we wrote to the other.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
When the zipper on my dress broke as I was getting in it – very shortly before we were supposed to leave for the Church! I will never forget how amazing my bridesmaids were and the great suggestion that Mabyn made reminding us that Spybaby was right around the corner! Maria, Spybaby’s amazing seamstress, not only fixed the dress, but came back to the hotel to help me get in and button it up! I am positive I witnessed a small miracle!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing! I even enjoyed the rain.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
While we were taking outdoor photos before the reception, it was really chilly and it started to rain a bit. Nate, Mike’s six-year-old nephew, sat in the limo and rolled down the window every few minutes to let us know how warm he was inside the limo.
What was your favorite (or most handy?!)wedding purchase?
Umbrellas! They may not be my favorite, but they really came in handy! I have to give the credit to Mike for finding some cute umbrellas for the ladies.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Aruba, we stayed at Bucuti and Tara Resorts. They have a phenomenal beach.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
It all works out in the end!

Liz was all smiles despite the crazy! She’s so amazing! I especially loved when Mike snuck a quick peek in the room before Liz got dressed.

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

The church was gorgeous and there were so many sneaky cute moments between Liz & Mike

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

I love when my clients trust me implicitly! It results in awesomeness!

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

What a crazy party and the perfect shot to end a perfect day!

Syracuse, NY Classic and Fun Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography

Hair: Tiffany DeWald//Makeup Artist: Holly Piselli//Dress Designer & Store Location: Sarah Danielle, style 5563 in Natural – NY Bride//Jewelry: Etsy (Luxe Deluxe)//Veil or Hair accessories: Veil – NY Bride; Hair Accessory – Revlon!//Shoes: NY Bride – Grace “Jewel”//Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff, style 583 in European Pewter//Grooms Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear at NY Bride//Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Church, Syracuse, NY//Reception Venue: Upstairs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que//Additional photo Venue: Downtown Syracuse//Florist: Rosebuds Florist//Transportation: Northeast Limousine Service//DJ: Black Tie Entertainment//Cake & Cupcakes: Carol Barletta, Mike’s aunt//Event Designer: none; although my dad did a wonderful job with the paper lanterns!//Invitations & Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas

Music:

Introductions: Bridal Party: Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child//Bride & Groom: Bruno Mars – Marry You

Father/Daughter: Tim McGraw – My Little Girl

Mother/Son: Rod Stewart – Have I Told You Lately

First Dance: Adele – Make You Feel My Love

Liz & Mike’s Love Story

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Last Saturday was a pretty nasty day weather wise.  😐

Luckily I hardly noticed because I got to rock it out at Liz & Mike’s AMAZING wedding! Just getting to be in their love bubble made it seem like the sun was shining and we were back in the middle of summer (HOT HOT HOT!!!!)! I’m hoping this week will be chalked full of wediting and next week your eyes will be chalked full of awesome wedding goodness! For now enjoy this shot I snagged right at the end of the reception on Saturday!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Liz & Mike’s Love Story

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Amy & James win for the couple who’s traveled the furthest to acquire my services. They live in LA & had their wedding here in Syracuse. Ok so maybe they didn’t fly here just so I could shoot their wedding, most of their families are based in the area, but they still traveled the furthest (plus Amy’s family came straight from Korea)!

I wont lie, I was waiting for this wedding alllll summer! When Amy first told me about the idea’s she had planned, I was so excited. The day did NOT disappoint!

I started with the guys getting ready…which was really James’ brothers & significant others hanging out and giving cheesy toast suggestions to James. It was very entertaining! I then ventured over to the Jefferson Clinton where Amy was getting ready, she was cool as a cucumber. What I didn’t expect was for James to come strolling in and see Amy before we even did the “First Look!” Neither of them seemed to mind so I rolled with it and did an impromptu “First Look” right there in the hotel room. We managed to squeeze in some time for a few formals at Franklin Square and then we jaunted off to LeMoyne Chapel for the ceremony. It was very sweet with some very funny moments…and by funny I mean awkward 😉 Amy & James know what I’m talking about! Hee Hee!

I was thrilled to find that Amy & James were still interested in taking some formal shots outside of LeMoyne & on our way to the reception I spotted the Art Supply store on Erie Blvd. Black & White stripes + Bride & Groom = awesome sauce! And speaking of awesome sauce, Dinosaur BBQ was all sorts of Wango Tango Awesomeness! I may have drooled a little bit as I entered their upper room. Mary from Fairy Tale Weddings & Amy’s vision fit like a glove in the Dino’s natural habitat. The evening was filled with outfit changes, props, drinks, laughter, and LOTS OF DANCING! I had such a blast capturing it all! Thank you so much Amy & James for choosing me!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn
How did you meet?
We met when we started graduate school at the University of Chicago. Amy was the only girl in many physical chemistry classes. We dated all through graduate school (6 years of chemistry!!! yikes!) and then about a year ago moved to sunny California.

How did your fiance propose?
We were visiting the Getty Center and while we were walking around the outdoor garden, we were talking about our future and then we decided that it was about time we got married! ( Sorry no exciting proposal story from us…)

Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We initially thought about getting married in Los Angeles in the winter time. But, we thought it might be easier for James’ family if we got married out on the East coast. James really really loves the food at Dinosaur BBQ. Our initial plan was to rent a lake house along the finger lakes and then have Dino cater the food but once we found out about the upstairs, we were sold. We booked the venue even without looking at it.

What details at your wedding had special significance?
We didn’t care that much about most of the details. We really wanted it to be casual and rustic and pretty small. The most important thing was for our guest to have a good time. We really enjoyed planning the polaroid guest book, buying dinosaur figures for the table numbers, and the spices for wedding favors. (we love to cook and all those spices were inspired from various neighborhoods in Chicago that we miss so much.)

What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
We are not sure if we can pick one. We did enjoy the whole day. It was so nice to see many of our friends and family.

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
We don’t think so. We feel that our wedding was “very Amy and James”.

Funniest memory from your wedding day?
We did think the priest was a bit weird. We remember not understanding how the stories he was telling was related to us… but we still have a good laugh about it…

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
We love our dinosaur figures. James loves his reception shoes and Amy loves her reception dress.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We are headed to Korea for a second reception. We both have many business trips planned for the next few months so we decided to wait a year for a honeynoon. We have been talking about Ireland… we shall see.

Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Relax and have fun. Do what you want to do not what people tell you do to do.

There were so many cool details at this wedding. I especially loved James’ astronaut cufflinks…so cool!

The rooms at the Jefferson Clinton made me drool! Great light, great decoration, great photos!

LeMoyne Chapel was interesting to shoot in. It’s a giant circle so anywhere is a good shot!

And those fans they made…how cute can you get?!

Amy & James don’t think they’re photogenic…I beg to differ, aren’t they AMAZING?!

Oh Dinosaur BBQ, how I love thee on so many levels! What a fantastic party!

Hair: Artisry of Hanover\\Makeup Artist: James’ aunt Pat\\Dress Designer & Store Location: Nordstrom bridal boutique\\Jewelry:Nordstrom\\Veil or Hair accessories:hair clip from Nordstrom, veil from David’s bridal\\Shoes: cole hann\\Bridesmaids Dresses: Jcrew\\Grooms Attire: Custom made tux from Korea (bow tie from “mainebows” they have an amazing selection!\\Ceremony Venue:LeMoyne chapel\\Reception Venue:Upstairs at Dinosaur BBQ\\Additional photo venue: Franklin Square\\Florist: James’ flower\\DJ: Great Music Company\\Wedding Coordinator: Mary from Fairy tale weddings\\Invitations & Stationary: save the date – gift from bride’s brother, invitations – Costco

Music:
First Dance: Billy Holiday

Amy & James’ Love Story