Wedding

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Every year it goes faster and faster, time doesn’t slow down. However, this profession of mine stops time forever and I just love being able to review my year through photography. I’m really looking forward to re-instating the Canvas Contest Giveaway for all of my 2016 couples! Hooray! One lucky couple will win a 16×24 gallery canvas print of their choice, ready to hang on their wall and be adored by all! The contest will run until Midnight New Years Eve (Let the confetti fall!) & I will announce the winner New Years Day – January 1st, 2017. WOOHOO!

First here are the details:

  • Review the couples in the following post
  • Post in the BLOG comments WHO your favorite couple is and WHY you’re choosing them (one vote per person)
  • Share your favorite couple and get others to vote! – Word of mouth, social media, and smoke signals are accepted
  • The couple with the most votes at midnight 12/31 will win!
  • I will be posting the winner the morning of 1/17

It’s as simple as that!

Now there are some additional ways to earn votes:

  • Like us on Facebook & comment on the Canvas Contest post with your favorite couple = +1 vote
  • Follow us on Instagram & find your favorite couple & comment on their most recent photo with the hashtag #MLPCanvas16 = +1 vote
  • You can vote once per platform giving the voter 3 votes total: blog comment + Facebook like & post + Instagram follow & #MLPCanvas16 = 3 votes
  • Make sure you follow & like as well as post for your vote to fully count!

The 2016 wedding season was INCREDIBLE! Each and every client was so unique and wonderful, we traveled to new places, Daniel officially joined the MLP team, and we can’t wait to see what next season will hold!

Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2016! You are the reason we do what we do! WE LOVE YOU!

Let the festivities begin!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn & Daniel

Mary Ellen & Brandon

Summer & Bernard

Allie & Matt

Katie & Lee

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Meredith & Zach

Greensboro, NC Backyard Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Nicki & Brad

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Hannah & David

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Jenna & David

Burnsville Town Center Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Burnsville Town Center Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Burnsville Town Center Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Kristin & Nate

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Amrita & Vishwan

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Cari & Amol

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Katie & Sam

Brook & Drew

 

Aine & Joe

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2016 Canvas Contest Giveaway!

North Carolina Wedding Photographers celebrating Christmas in snowy New York!

Adventures

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2016 has been quite the year. It’s been a year of change, of heart ache, of division, of first times, and of celebrations. It’s been a year that’s put our country and Daniel and I through the ringer. But I’m pretty sure 2016 has made us stronger in so many ways, so even tho I could look back on 2016 with distain, I wont.

I’m sitting here this Christmas morning with my amazing husband playing guitar by my side, my parents puttering around he house doing what they love to do, and I can’t help but be grateful. My heart is so full of gratitude for a child born to die for me, for clients who find our work valuable and want to invest in us, for a family that could have fallen apart only a few months ago – but is now healing, for a husband who has stuck by my side through all of the tear filled nights. Today I am grateful and I can’t help but share it with you all. Christmas use to be joyful in a very comfortable way and this year being joy-filled is so different. Joy isn’t always natural and there were many times this year where I had to choose to be joyful. However, choosing joy and in turn hope amidst the storm always wins out in the end. Today Daniel and I rejoice in the truth that this season brings and how our sovereign God has is always in control. Today we look forward to 2017 with eagerness. Last year he taught us to abide in Him in so many ways. We’re always learning that lesson, but 2016 we learned it in spades! 2017 is the year to take what we’ve learned and thrive! We pray the same over you & your family! Merry Christmas and we pray that true Joy, Hope, & Love abide in you today and every day!  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

XOXOXO,
Mabyn & Daniel
The Hendersons

Daniel got his first real white Christmas as we journeyed up to NY to celebrate with my family!

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Merry Christmas from Mabyn Ludke Photography!

Sheraton Imperial Hotel Durham, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Wedding

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Amrita & Vishwan’s wedding extravaganza started at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC way before I got there to capture their fun filled Sangeet. It was full of performances, henna, & lots of excitement in anticipation for the big day.

Then before the sun got up from it’s slumber, these two were getting ready for their incredible wedding day (designed by the talented LadyBird Events!) Morning was brimming with all sorts of color and smiles, ceremonies and hugs, leading up to when they saw each other for the first time. I wont pretend to know the significance of each and every moment they had during their ceremony, but it definitely kept me on my toes! I can’t decide which moment was my favorite, when they threw rice on each other or fighting to get the ring first or the beautiful moment when all of the women in the family bestowed gifts on Amrita. It was a an emotional and beautiful ceremony.

We all then took a break to eat and rest before heading into their lively reception! Again there were so many emotional moments, both parent dances had me tearing up, and Amrita & Vishwan’s first dance was a great mashup of songs that spoke about their relationship! Both bridesmaids and groomsmen proved to have some serious dance skills with an awesome dance battle and guests enjoyed top of the line entertainment all night long!

These two are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. During their whole wedding process they were more concerned with the well being of their family, friends, and even vendors than themselves. It was such a great day to capture, It was hard to put my camera down at the end of the night! Thank you to Amrita & Vishwan for allowing me to capture your incredible wedding experience, it was such a great honor!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

Sangeet

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Wedding Day

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A Sheraton Imperial Hotel wedding Durham, NC – Amrita & Vishwan

Sarah P. Duke Gardens Durham, NC Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

Wedding

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One of the things I love most about my clients is their ability to “go with the flow.” I’ve witnessed many a wedding day incident. There’s been clients who’s parents accidentally left them at the hotel, the dress break an hour before the ceremony, and the most dangerous culprit to a wedding day, rain.

However, if you have amazing clients like I do, rain don’t bother a thang!

All day long the radar was our best friend. We checked, re checked, and checked again. Amidst the giant storms that pummeled the Raleigh/Durham area that Saturday, there were two perfectly placed pockets of light sprinkles to no rain.

Now most people would choose to go with their wedding rain plan and get married inside. Not Julia and Drew tho! They were totally down for an adventure on their wedding day. Once the rain died down enough the entire wedding, guests & all, grabbed their chairs and setup flash style at the gorgeous Duke Gardens amphitheater! The ceremony was a little shorter than originally designed, but it was still oh so lovely! The light sprinkle in the background adds another layer of beauty to their story.

We literally had just enough time to get through the ceremony and all of the family formals before round two of the epic rain storms started up! Then we had another pocket conveniently open just after dinner, fun rainy formals you say? YES PLEASE!

Julia & Drew just had the most fantastic attitude all day long. They were so excited, determined, and everyone else joined in to make their vision happen! On top of that I don’t think there was a single chair occupied during their epic dance party reception! Everyone was tearing it up thanks to DJ Collin Y!

A special thanks to all of the vendors at this amazing day, everyone really came together and worked like a well oiled machine! Your’e all amazing!

An even bigger thank you goes to Julia & Drew for choosing me & for their adventurous spirits! Your day was just so fantastic! Thank you!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

 

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– Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): We had actually been engaged for almost a year before starting to plan our wedding, because we bought a house first. You think in that time we would’ve started to look at venues, but of course we didn’t. We knew wanted to have an outdoor wedding with lots of flowers and a natural setting. We were looking in Raleigh since we both went to NC State, but just never found a venue we liked. Julia went to Duke Gardens with her mom and a friend over Easter and fell in love with the Gardens’ amphitheater and pond location. She and Drew came back shortly thereafter and Drew loved it as much as Julia! We called to book, but found out only the two dates that were available were either the day before Julia’s birthday or June 27th. Needless to say Julia was not keen on sharing a birthday with a wedding anniversary, so we booked the 27th almost immediately!
– What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?  The rain. We had been watching the radar all day and saw the rain chances going basically down to zero and got excited. But, as soon as we got to the venue for the first look photos we saw a big storm start rolling in and it started raining the hour before the ceremony. Drew and his groomsmen ran out to the ceremony location and grabbed all of the chairs to keep them from getting wet! We saw a break in the rain in the radar right at 6pm when our ceremony was to begin. We looked at eachother and said “Lets do this!” and all of the guests grabbed their own chairs and carried them back out to the ceremony site! The ceremony had to be cut in half, and it started sprinkling again during our vows, but that only added to the uniqueness of our day. We knew a little rain couldn’t ruin anything!
– Funniest memory from your wedding day? After the ceremony the bridal party was hanging out waiting to enter the reception. We had some time to kill and started playing hangman on the big dry erase board in the room! One of Drew’s groomsmen, Matt, was the penman…Everyone kept getting “hung” because Matt is an engineer, not an English major, and spelled all of the words wrong. (We love you, Matt!)
– If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?  NO! The day was absolutely amazing, and we would do it all over again – rain and all!
Hair: Tanas, Kristen Ainolhayat and Aubrey Land // Makeup Artist: Tanas, Kristen Ainolhayat and Aubrey Land // Dress Designer & Store // Location: Mori Lee, Savvi Formalwear and Bridal in Raleigh, NC // Veil or Hair accessories: Mother’s veil // Shoes: Aubrey Brooke // Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee //Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse // Ceremony Venue: Duke Gardens, Angle Amphitheater // Reception // Venue: Duke Gardens, Kirby Horton Hall // Florist: Artfully Arranged by Martha Mazur // DJ: Collin Y // Caterer: Catering Works // Cake: Catering Works // Event Designer: Catering Works // Wedding Coordinator: Friend, Kristen Azarelo //Invitations & Stationary: Paperless Post

Duke Gardens Wedding Durham, NC – Julia & Drew