Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

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Vibrance, color, and life! Those are the acronyms to describe Lauren & Arnolds beautiful wedding day! Everywhere I turned something “popped!” Most of the time it was the personalities of the gorgeous couple and their family! My jaw dropped pretty far when I saw Lauren in her gown!  She was the epitome of the word stunning! Their ceremony was full of moments that would make you crack up into laughter one second and then wipe the tears running down your cheeks the next! It was clear to see by all of the cell phones and cameras poised at every moment, that everyone who attended had been in anticipation for this wedding for a looooooong time! Their party was the culmination of a lot of hard work and a love that surpasses the norm! Everyone there just showered Lauren and Arnold with love, affection, and joy! It was so amazing to capture the way they celebrate! Thanks you so much Lauren & Arnold for choosing me to capture your Love Story! It was amazing and so uplifting!

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Arnold's Syracuse Wedding Mabyn Ludke Photography Wedding Photographer

How did your fiance propose?
Arnold and I had agreed to get married early January 2011- we had been together for 4 years already and knew that with him moving to Syracuse from Philadelphia to be with me that the next obvious step was marriage. During this time work called him back to Philadelphia so I was left to plan a wedding with my groom 4 hours away. I began to plan and prep for our wedding day and by the spring I still had no official proposal or ring.  July 30, 2011 my family had traveled to Washington DC to attend a family function. My sisters frantically woke me up that morning to get dressed and ready to go shopping for the event that afternoon, and when I was all dressed and ready to go Arnold walk through the door with flowers.He was supposed to be working in Philly that weekend and after a few months apart I missed him TERRIBLY. I was obviously in shock to see him and too excited I didn’t need any more surprises after that- But there was one more thing… we decided to go for a walk  before breakfast and on the way back before walking in the house on the front steps he dropped down to one knee- presented a ring and said all he wanted to do was make me the happiest woman in the world! I of course said YES!!!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Between the two of us we knew that with all of  our family, friends and fraternity/sorority we knew the wedding was going to be big. We decided on the Double tree because the room could hold over 250 ppl comfortably and the staff was very friendly and flexible when we met with them. The venue was also getting a make over that went perfectly with our wedding colors. I m an event planner by nature. This wedding for me would be the ultimate test of my abilities!!! I was the bride that hosted an official “Wedding Party Meet n Greet” so our Bridesmaids and Groomsmen could meet, and mesh before the big day, a newsletter that went out every two months and emails that went out once a week  to make sure all was on track!  I loved the process so much that I started  consulting for brides wherever I went. I carried my pink bride to be binder everywhere, even Arnold would ask if i needed it every time we left to go out.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
That moment would have to be when our Maid of Honor, Best Man and my Dad made their toasts. We could just feel the love and really felt like everyone in the room wanted this as much as we did.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
When Arnold said “I Do” before it was time, he was so nervous and I saw it happening before he actually said it, but I was not quick enough to tell him it wasn’t time yet.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Always keep in mind that the wedding is just one day- of course you want it to be perfect, but that desire for perfection should never out shine the desire to spend the rest of your life with that special someone. Take time off from planning and DATE! Hug and kiss and remind the other person why they want to be married to you.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography?
Mabyn was always just as excited as I was to talk about our wedding plans. She was so welcoming and flexible which is hard to come by in vendors.
Hair: Rashida Shabazz of Rashida’s Transformation Center//Makeup Artist: Rashida Shabazz of Rashida Shabazz Transformation Center//Dress Designer & Store Location:  Christina Wu -Spy Baby’s of Armory Square//Jewelry: Pearl necklace from bride’s collection, pearl bracelet from Italy provided by God Mother, pearl earrings from brides collection //Veil or Hair accessories: Spy Baby’s of Armory Square ( both hair pieces)//Shoes: NINA Shoes//Bridesmaids Dresses: Belsoie Designs//Grooms Attire: Calvin Klien Suits Mens Warehouse//Ceremony Venue: Bethany Baptist Church //Reception Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Carrier Circle//Additional photo venue: Franklin Square//Florist: Floral Gardens//Transportation: Caz Limo//DJ: DJ Showcase (Derrick Dorsey)//Caterer: Hilton by DoubleTree//Cake: 83 and Company //Lighting:Swank Audio Visual at DoubleTree Carrier Circle//Invitations & Stationary: Davids Bridal Invitations

Lauren & Arnold’s Love Story

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Wooooweee!! October has just been crazy with all sorts of meetings, photo shoots, and trips. I blinked and it was November! It looks like there’s no end in sight either, which is GREAT! I apologize for leaving you all blogless last week. As my last post so aptly put it, sometimes life just gets in the way of the things your really want to do! Like tell you all about my amazing experiences and the people I meet along the way.

Speaking of two such people, I want you all to get to know Jamie & Peter! I knew when I shot their You + Me session back in March (you crazy kids you! ;oP) that we were going to have a blast on their wedding day! My gut didn’t steer me wrong, their wedding day was an event for the books! I met Jamie in her hotel room at the Doubletree where she set aside a good chunk of time for bridals, Jamie got to channel her inner Tyra Banks and boy did she work it! We then ventured off to St. Matthews Church in East Syracuse for their heart felt ceremony. My favorite part of the day is where we had 3 hours inbetween the ceremony & reception to…you guessed it…TAKE PICTURES! Hooray!!! So we jaunted around the downtown Syracuse area for awhile and still managed to get back to the Doubletree well before the cocktail hour had started. Jamie & Peter were up for everything! They even helped me fulfill a dream shot that I’ve had in my head for over a year now! It’s one of my favorite shots of the season! Thanks guys!

The cocktail hour started off with one of Jamie’s friends, a professional Broadway singer, serenading the couple & guests with his melodious voice. I got a little carried away myself, it was beautiful! Then Jones Tones rocked the Doubletree late into the night. I had a great time capturing all of Jamie & Peter’s amazing moments. Thank you so much for choosing me! I’m so glad to have clients as amazing as you guys that I can now call you friends! 🙂

xoxoxo,
Mabyn

How did you meet?
We met at a going-away party for a coworker, and we realized that we had worked together for 2 years and had never met! That night I sent Pete a message on MySpace and gave him my number. He called the next day!
How did your fiance propose?
After going to dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date, Pete took me to Lights on the Lake, and he pulled over at the end and got down on one knee in the snow and popped the big question!
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
We had a looong time to plan (a year and 9 months), so we booked all the major things very early on and then got to relax, which was so nice! I must have dragged Pete to meetings with about 10 different photographers before I found Mabyn and Tim, and it was love at first sight of their work!
What details at your wedding had special significance?
The cake knife/server set was actually used by my parents at their wedding and had been engraved with their names. A close friend of my family had the set engraved on the other side with our names, and now we have a beautiful family heirloom!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
Walking down the aisle and seeing Pete waiting for me…the love I felt at that moment was overwhelming!
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
Not a thing!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
My nephew/ring bearer Luke doing the sprinkler dance when he was introduced! Hysterical!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Hands down, our amazing photographers and videographer! Our day will be remembered forever because of them!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Negril, Jamaica
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Just enjoy every single moment of the process. Even when things get stressful, just remember that no matter what happens or how things turn out, you will have the love of your life standing next to you…it doesn’t get any better than that!

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Syracuse NY Classic Wedding

Hair:  Christy Robinson Salon//Makeup Artist: Erica Abdo//Dress Designer & Store Location: Sottero & Midgley: Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique, North Syracuse, NY//Jewelry: Tejani//Veil or Hair accessories: Birdcage Veil: Deeds and Petunia (Etsy.com), Rhinestone Hair Clip: Rebecca’s Bridal Boutique//Shoes: J. Renee//Bridesmaids Dresses:  Bill Levkoff//Grooms Attire: Tuxedo Junction//Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, East Syracuse, NY//Reception Venue: Doubletree Hotel Carrier Circle//Additional photo venue:  Area surrounding Franklin Park//Florist: Julie’s Flowers//Transportation: American Limousine//DJ: Jones Tones//Caterer: Doubletree Hotel Carrier Circle//Cake: Sweet Rebecca’s Cupcakes//Wedding Coordinator: Shari Drace at Doubletree Hotel//Lighting: Jones Tones//Invitations & Stationary: Perfect Beginnings, East Syracuse, NY

Introductions: Sexyback, Justin Timberlake//Father/Daughter: Angel in My Arms, Joe Pizzulo//First Dance:  Never Let Me Go, Luther Vandross

Jamie & Peter’s Love Story