Engagement

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GINA’S GETTING MARRIED! GINA’S GETTING MARRIED!

I’m not sure I can adequately express my excitement for my girl Gina! She’s officially engaged and neck deep in wedding plans! Gina, the little sister I never had. Gina, the sweetest and most genuine girl I know. Gina my friend forever. She’s marring her Matt. Whom I was pretty sure she’d marry from the moment I met him. He’s sincere, humble, and loves Gina with all his being. And all I can say is YAAAAAAS! *Cue glitter and confetti everywhere*

The Proposal

Matt messaged me months ago letting me know he was going to propose. We figured out the official date and I immediately set into motion a plan to get back to NY with out Gina knowing why I was there. Photo shoots were the perfect guise! I planned my annual NY portrait shoot for the very week of the event. Everything was set and ready to go. If only I had a mustache, I would have twirled it in delight. She had no clue!

So when the day of the proposal came, her family and friends all gathered at Pratt Falls park to witness and celebrate the proposal! The perfect scene was set, Matthew and Gina had a walk down to their favorite waterfall overlook as they did most anniversaries. Matthew had prepared a video for Gina to watch in advance, as she did Matthew dropped to one knee in preperation. As she finished the video she turned and with shock and delight said yes! *Cue the crowd* The rest of us hid knowlingly on top of the falls overlook so when the engagement was official we all jumped up and cheered. Gina was in complete shock and the whole event was a massive success! Hooray sneakiness!

Surprise number 2

Gina, because of her sweet nature, has a lot of talented friends. In fact, 3 of her closest are all wedding and portrait photographers. My contribution to Gina & Matt’s celebration was a beautiful engagement session at Green Lakes State Park. This session was extra special getting to roam one of my favorite CNY locations with one of my all time favorite couples! The whole NY trip was for this purpose and I think Matt knocked it out of the park. This session was the perfect end to a perfect trip! Thanks Matt for bringing me in on the plot. I can’t wait till next July when we all get to celebrate together again at your WEDDING! AHHHH!

XOXOXO,
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Whimsical Green Lakes Engagement | Gina & Matthew

Portrait

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Growing a Legacy

I’ll never tire of watching a family grow. It’s seriously the coolest part of this job and I talk about it almost every maternity blog I post. To go from engagement, to wedding, and now starting a family. Wow, it’s the coolest story ever! I recently got to travel up to NY for a week of photo shoots. It was so fun to reconnect with past clients like Katie & Corey. I shot their Aderondack wedding 4 years ago. It was magical! So of course when they told me they were preggers with a sweet baby girl I couldn’t be more excited for them!

Emerald Waters

After a lot of deliberation we decided on Green Lakes State Park for their session. Green Lakes is one of those locations I could shoot at forever and still find cool new spots. The romance of Green Lakes is that depending on the season you get different looks, but the one constant is the gorgeous emerald water. It’s unlike anywhere else I’ve been and makes for a breathtaking backdrop!

We all had a wonderful time wandering all the Green Lakes has to offer. Katie was a champ with 5 weeks to go until her due date! I’m still amazing, she didn’t complain once about all the walking we did. It was totally worth it, one of my favorite maternity sessions to date! I’m so honored I could capture this time together before sweet baby Nora makes her appearance!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Romantic Green Lakes Maternity Session | Katie & Corey

Wedding

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This past September I got to go home again to shoot in one of my favorite places, Green Lakes. Remember Kristin & Morgen & their incredible Hamptons wedding? Well they also opted to have an incredible celebration back in Syracuse in one of the prettiest places! It was a casual BBQ where Kristin & the girls got the dress up again and I got to take more dreamy pictures of this beautiful couple! They blend the beautiful with the casual so well, don’t you think? Thank you again to Kristin & Morgen, your circle of family & friends is just fantastic and it was an honor and a pleasure to be with you and them again!

XOXOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Green Lakes Reception Fayetteville, NY – Kristin & Morgen

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Portrait

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I love meeting the Santiago family every time we do a session. We have a great time catching up and they’re all great models…but I have to say that I’m biased towards Gia. Big blue eyes, a gorgeous smile, and cute chunky legs! She’s such a little beauty and I could take pictures of her all day long! We went back to Green Lakes where Michelle & Bill did their maternity session. If you look closely you can see some of the headbands we used in Gia’s newborn session…they actually fit her now. 😉 All in all the day was wonderful and I’m so sad that we only have 1 more session left! I know I say this a lot, but time just moves way too fast!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Green Lakes State Park Fayetteville, NY Baby Portrait Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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My Mini Model -Gia