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Spring is here friends! The leaves are out, flowers are blooming, and pollen gets all over everything! We stay outside sneezing tho, because IT’S FINALLY WARM! Daniel and I are a little obsessed with the weather. I’m always checking it to see what we’ll encounter on our wedding day. Daniel is constantly checking for tornadoes! His secret dream life is to be a storm chaser! I was thankful we didn’t have to chase any storms on Saturday for Mary & Jeremy’s garden wedding at the Shuford House in Hickory. It was the perfect sunny day for a garden wedding!

Mary & Jeremy

Mary & Jeremy are incredibly sweet and kind. I could see immediately that these two adore each other. Most of their relationship was spent driving across North Carolina. Mary lives here on the western side of the state, while Jeremy lived all the way in Wilmington! Despite the distance, they found a way to make it work. They would meet in a new city, explore it together, get to know each other, all while falling in love! Their favorite city quickly became Raleigh. So it was a perfect spot for their engagement session! We had a great time exploring gardens and the downtown Raleigh area with these two. We just couldn’t wait for their wedding day!

The Shuford House

Mary & Jeremy chose the Shuford House in Hickory, NC for their wedding venue. It’s a gorgeous historic home right in the center of Hickory. Mary has a love for Asian culture, so when she spotted the unique gazebo feature in the garden a whole theme quickly unfolded (or should I say folded) for her wedding. Mary & her family spent hours upon hours crafting all sorts of DIY details for the big day. The most impressive of which was all of the gorgeous paper cranes! They had paper cranes as escort cards as well as decor. They were beautiful! The Asian accents were the perfect little details to accentuate the Shuford House. It’s magistic with big beautiful rooms and lots of light! I was so happy to shoot all of the getting ready photos those beauitful rooms!

The Gardens

The gardens themselves are just as lovely and give two options for ceremony sites. The sweeping double gazebo separates either location. One side a beautiful sweeping lawn, while the other hosts a beautiful fountain that guests can be seated around. Both are equally lovely! Daniel and I had a great time photographing all over the Shuford House grounds!
 
Lastly, the Shuford House has a covered awning to host the reception. It’s surrounded by historic trees covered in lights! You know how I love me some lights! So when the sky was dark enough we had a great time creating romantic portraits for Mary & Jeremy.
 
These two could not have asked for a more perfect day! It was relaxed, beautiful, and a ton of fun! Thank you Mary & Jeremy for choosing us to capture your gorgeous wedding day!
 
XOXOXO,
Mabyn

All of Mary & Jeremy’s wedding was DIY with a few exceptions. Vendor shoutout to the Shuford House for hosting such a lovely event! Also to the Pierce Entertainment Company for providing the party!  Y’all, the Peirce Entertainment Company is an incredible singing DJ duo! We were blown away by their talent and kindness! Check them out!

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

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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