Welcome to my blog! I'm thrilled to be able to share with you my favorite images from weddings, engagements, maternity, and more! Grab a cup of coffee and get snuggly cuz this blog will give you all the feels!
Sometimes it’s not about the amount of people, a giant venue, or the expense of the day. Sometimes it’s simply about the joy of two people coming together to become one. Jessica and Manny didn’t want a big affair. They simply wanted to be married and have their closest family and friends surrounding them. Their day was quiet, sweet, and so so so special. Though they’re both rather camera shy, they were brave enough to trust me for some epic shots up on top of Highland Forest (and it totally paid off)! Instead of your typical wedding reception, Jessica and Manny just did the things they loved, a little dancing, a little photo booth crazy, and a little Karaoke! It was such a lovely and quiet day, the perfect reflection of such a lovely and beautiful couple! Thank you so much Jessica and Manny, it was so wonderful to be part of your beautiful day!
Photo by Emily Elizabeth Photography
How did your fiance propose? After spending a whole day trying to get each of my parents alone to ask for my hand in marriage, he couldn’t wait any longer and proposed while we were pulled over on the side of the road. I though he “forgot something,” and he popped the question instead. 🙂 He’s horrible at keeping surprises a secret (which was also displayed at Christmas, my birthday, etc. lol)
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Wedding planning stressed me out from day one, so it was low key from the beginning. My mom heard about Highland Forest and I fell in love with the view, intimate setting, and Melanie from Orchard Vali (the lodge’s caterer) was AMAZING I can’t rave about her enough. Our colors were gray, yellow, and ivory: he loves gray, I love white, and yellow is always a happy color. I’m a dork so I liked the number theme of 10-11-12 so that was actually the first thing decided. We’ve both done a lot of moving around separately (we were young when we met in college, so a lot of “soul searching still had to take place), and we loved the idea of finally getting to spend EVERY holiday together, with our wedding anniversary to start it all off.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? The releasing of the doves was a pretty cool moment- we love the symbolism and they looked beautiful too (even though it was FREEZING!)
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Manny’s little nephew, Noah, playing photographer throughout the day…he was so serious about his duties and it was really cute.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? Maybe less last minute planning (sure you’ve heard that one once or twice before!)
Any advice for future bride & grooms? It’s your day, do what’s in your heart.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? I like how laid back everything was, like I said the “wedding” concept has always overwhelmed me (we are both camera shy HA) but it was a good time, and I appreciate you working with us stiff boards 😉 Thank you again!
Dress Designer & Store Location: David’s Bridal//Jewelry: Kay Jeweler’s//Grooms Attire: Lord and Taylor//Ceremony Venue: Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest//Reception Venue: Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest//Caterer: Orchard Vali Caterer//Cake: 83 and Company
With it’s chilly nights and gorgeous colors there is no doubt that Autumn is in the air! My favorite season and it’s not hard to see why! Colors are everywhere and it’s also the busiest time of year for me. Grab a pumpkin latte and enjoy these sneakeroos!
Amanda & Art’s Love Story – Part 2
Jessica & Manny’s Love Story
Michelle & Bill’s Baby Bump Session
I really love how small this world can be some times. Granted, Syracuse isn’t a very large city, but I think it’s large enough to frequently meet new people. One of the great joys of being a photographer is that I get to make new friends on a regular basis! But I digress, the world really IS very tiny, whether we think so or not! Everyone is connected in some way!
Take Connie for instance, her Mom found my website online by just browsing photographers. No business card from a friend, no referral from a co-worker. So she emailed me and we started a chatting about her daughters senior portraits. We decided to do a home shoot so Connie could get pictures done with her horse (Woohoo!) so I needed their address. Their home happened to be very close to where I grew up. In fact, Connie attended my Alma Mater! Points there, because our school is VERY small! I graduated with only 50 some odd people in my class! So we had A LOT of people in common. When we were about half way through the shoot, Connie’s dad came home from work and low and behold I had known him from my childhood! He and my parents were friends! Weird, small, crazy world that I love! It was such a wonderful evening getting to know everyone! They even invited me for dinner! There’s nothing like sharing a meal together! Thank you to Connie, Caroline, and the rest of your wonderful family for allowing me to spend time with you and capture Connie’s beauty!
Marcus glowed as he arrived to the Skyline Lodge at Highland Forest in Fabius, NY. His smile, that spanned the width of his face, would not leave as he antisipated the arrival of his beautiful bride, Angela.
When she arrived, Angela was a flutter with butterflies in her stomach. Her smile was just as big as her to be husband but with a radiance that couldn’t be matched. They shared a beautiful dusk ceremony with friends and family as well as a party that will be well remembered by all! Thank you Angela and Marcus for allowing Tim and I to capture your beautiful day!