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After Jen and Dan’s wedding day I remember talking with several other wedding photographers. They all lamented about how that day was a washout and they couldn’t do the outdoor pictures/ceremonies that they loved. Well let me tell you something, favor looked down upon Jen and Dan’s particular wedding day!
I kept track of the radar and it was literally like God put up his own umbrella over Glenora Winery! Everywhere else had severe thunder storms and we had these epic gray skies with the sun peeking through! It was PERFECT!
Now Jen and Dan themselves are some of the most laid back and care free people you’ll ever meet! Everything was a celebration that day! I don’t think we stopped cracking jokes or laughing at someone’s antics at all! Amy and I had a fantastic time laughing, capturing moments, and dancing the night away! Thank you Jen and Dan for allowing us to capture your epic wedding day! We love you!
How did your fiance propose? Dan is not a man of many words and not a huge surprise person. We had talked about it for a while back and forth, deciding if we should, if it was a good time between trying to buy the house and probably having to put work into it. During this time he had been looking at rings and secretly buying one. So one morning while I was in the kitchen making him lunch for the day (he drives truck and works crazy hours) he comes out and just asks! Completely surprised and unexpected. Just us in our normal routine, it was perfect for us.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..): Dan and I love wine and doing wine tours, so what better place than a winery. I had originally picked Ventosa winery for my venue, but they did not have any of the dates we were going for, so after some searching we found Glenora Winery. It was perfect with awesome people, beautiful scenery, and hotel with it so our guests would have someplace to stay, as well as us! After we picked our date all of the rest just fell into place, the colors the flowers, and the theme. I had a wonderful florist that I told her the colors I wanted to use and what I didn’t like and she had awesome ideas and I let her have her way with her creative flow and I was so happy I did let her go. One of our best times (although there were many in the planning process) was when we went for our taste testing at Glenora it was Dan and I, my parents, my matron of honor Karen and her husband Mike all went for it, we had so much fun at the tasting that we stayed and had dinner and drinks and had a wonderful time just hanging out and relaxing with everyone.
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? We had a 4 oclock ceremony time and that was the best decision we made, the girls and I were able to get up have breakfast together and just relax with no rushing or anything. I couldn’t have asked for better ladies to stand and share these days with than Lindsay and Karen, they were fantastic. I also was not expecting Dan to get me anything on our wedding day as a gift so I was totally surprised that he had conspired with my matron of honor Karen and got me a beautiful and simple silver heart necklace and a sweet poem that he had come up with on his own. Something I never would have expected from him.
Funniest memory from your wedding day? Was when I was suppose to be repeating my vows to my husband and I totally said the wrong words and left a few out. The judge asked if I wanted to start over I said no way! Lets keep it going.
If you had to do it all over again would you change anything? No, I loved everything about it. We had a wonderful day and great time dancing the night away.
Any advice for future bride & grooms? If it goes wrong or something gets forgotten, oh well, it doesn’t change what the end result of the day is suppose to be about. Just relax and have fun with the process.
What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography? She is very easy to work with and is everywhere you want her to be without you even asking. I was very excited when we booked her and even more excited that day to have her there with us. The family loved her as well. I will definitely be using her in the future for other things in life when they come about, she was that wonderful to be around. She flows with changes and makes you feel very comfortable. I also have to give props to Amy who was there that day with her, she handled the guys well, she’s a trooper!
Hair: Tiffany Dewald//Makeup Artist: Erica Abdo (love love love her)//Dress Designer & Store Location: Maggie Sottero, From the wonderful people at NY Bride//
Jewelry: Was my something borrowed from my matron of honor from her wedding.//Veil or Hair accessories: Veil by Nancy at NY Bride.//Bridesmaids Dresses: Jim Hjelm//Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse for all of them.//Ceremony Venue: Glenora Winery//Reception Venue: Glenora Winery//Additional photo venue: Beautiful waterfall in Dundee NY near the winery.//Florist: Ann Canastra from Ann’s Sunny Day//DJ: Pat Lapage – Owner of “At your request DJ”//Caterer: Glenora Winery//Cake: Gingersnap in Phoenix//Wedding Coordinator: Kathy Marchenese at Glenora//Invitations & Stationary: Invitations by Paper Divas, place cards and programs by Kathy Colvin of “Celebrations in Ink”
Jen & Tony’s wedding came with much anticipation! Tim and I had so much fun with these guys during their You + Me Session! We knew that it was going to be wonderful and the day did not disappoint! From the beautiful home that Jen got ready in to the stunning fall foliage that surrounded the formals. The whole day was gorgeous! Their ceremony was a lovely Catholic service where I shot like a mad woman because the light was so beautiful! The reception was fantastic party despite the fire….yes FIRE! Haha, one of the center peices caught on fire towards the end of the evening! The fire department even came! Luckily, only flowers were damaged. It at least makes for a great story! Thanks Jen & Tony! It was fantastic!
Hair: Laurie’s Salon, Central Square, NY
Makeup Artist: Theresa Beardsley
Dress: Spybaby, Syracuse Maggie Sottero style: Leoni
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rebecca’s Bridal, North Syracuse Impression Bridal Style #1634
Tuxes: Giovanni’s, North Syracuse
Florist: Savannah Rose, North Syracuse
Transportation: American Limousine
Caterer: Embassy Suites
Other: favors Jo.Li.Me Fresh Café, North Syracuse
First Dance: History in the Making – Darius Rucker
Father/Daughter: My Wish -Rascal Flatts
Mother/Son: Heart to Heart – Toby Keith
Introductions: I’ve Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
About the day:
Bride & Groom:
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
Our first dance and Tony’s mom cutting a rug on the dance floor!
What was you favorite detail?
There were so many but the top two are- the flowers they were beautiful and the delicious cookie favors
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Relax and enjoy the day, it goes by so fast.
Funniest memory from you wedding day?
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
No, it was a perfect day.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My something blue 😉
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
look at that stunning smile!
Grandma was Italian born, she had a FANTASTIC thick accent! She reminded me so much of my own German Grandmother, we had a great time talking!
I absolutely LOVED all of the colors in this church! It was so rich with the stain glass windows!
These ladies were so beautiful! I feel like I’m looking right into a bridal magazine! Faves of the day!
Jen wins the biggest bouquet of the season award! Look at that sucker!
Jen & Tony are HUGE S.U. fans! So we HAD to take a picture with the Dome int he background!
The firman came to save the flowers!!