The Frog Pond Skaneatelese, NY Wedding Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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As an artist, one of the highest compliments I can receive is having another artist book me to shoot their wedding. There’s a mutual understanding and respect for ones work, time, and effort. On top of that, their weddings tend to be VERY creative and fun! Right up my alley!

Mariel is a visionary and creates stunning work through graphic design. She even designed & printed her own invitations! Talk about incredible! She and Jamie are a wonderful blend of joy, humor, and love. I just had so much fun talking with them and could do it for hours! When their wedding day rolled around, I was so thrilled to walk into the Frog Pond and see Mariel’s vision come to life. We artists tend to go a little overboard in the DIY section, and although Mariel is no exception, she knows when to hire good people to help bring her vision to life. This is where MLH Events comes in. Megan of MLH Events, took Mariel’s dream and made it a flawless reality! The whole day dripping with gorgeous details and moved with a perfectly timed grace.

I can ensure you that everyone at Mariel & Jamie’s wedding had a fantastic time! Even my rockin’ team and I couldn’t help but put our cameras down at the end of the night and tear the dance floor up a bit! Thank you to Mariel & Jamie for trusting me to capture your vision & dream. It was absolutely spectacular!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

This is the first time I actually brought along my OWN cinematographer! That’s right ladies & gents, Gina shot her first ever wedding! I’m not sure she’ll be continuing to do more, but I can tell you that she’s done 3 this season and loves them! It’s amazing what can happen in just a few short months. I’m so excited for Gina and her new found talent, she shot & edited Mariel & Jamie’s Love Story with out an ounce of help. I can’t say she’s for hire yet, but who knows what can happen in the 2014 wedding season?! ūüôā Congrats Gina!

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How did your fiance propose?
Jamie proposed on his birthday in order to catch me off guard. We went to Asti for dinner which wasn’t planned thanks to me being sick and asking him to abort our other dinner plans in¬†Skaneateles.¬†When we arrived at Asti we were seated by a fireplace in a private room upstairs. Jamie had put the ring on his pinky finger when I wasn’t looking and proceeded to drink his wine until I noticed a sparkly object. I thought I was¬†hallucinating¬†from my cold medicine but when I realized I wasn’t, the rest was history. I¬†was¬†completely¬†surprised.
 Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
Since I’m a graphic designer the planning process was hard because I’m full of too many ideas. We knew we wanted a venue that we could have enough time for artistic freedom and that would also be private which is why we picked The Frog Pond.¬†The theme of our wedding was story telling and we choose when at all possible to use local vendors first.
 What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day? 
The moment we read our personal vows to each other and later on seeing all of our friends and family be together in the same place celebrating. We witnessed people who never dance, dance. It was as if the quote we’ve seen so many times before was happening the day of our wedding.¬†‚ÄúDance as though no one is watching you,¬†Love as though you have never been hurt before,¬†Sing as though no one can hear you,¬†Live as though¬†heaven is on earth.”
 Funniest memory from your wedding day?
When we lost Jamie in the woods before the first look was pretty funny. Also the fact that the¬†groomsmen had no idea how to put suspenders on. My dad had to help all the “men” get ready ūüôā
 If you had to do it all over again would you change anything?  
I might have purchased my letterpress sooner so I could have printed additional items for the wedding ūüôā
 Any advice for future bride & grooms?  
Do a first look! It was the best decision we made to ease our nerves. It was nice to have a moment to each other without everyone around. My other advice would be no matter what hire an event planner especially for the day of the wedding. MLH Events was amazing and Megan went above and beyond in carrying out my vision for the day. I was able to get ready and know that everything was going to look and be perfect. Lastly,¬†I would say don’t let Pinterest overwhelm you take a few ideas that you really love and tackle those and if you have time for other ideas go ahead. Don’t feel as though you have to do it all.
 What was your favorite part about working with Mabyn Ludke Photography?
Mabyn is amazing! She is truly a professional and went above and beyond on our wedding day! Her work speaks for itself and she is a master of her craft. Mabyn captures moments in time so naturally and her love of details is impeccable.
Hair:¬†Amy Fortin (http://www.encoredayspa.com) //Makeup Artist:¬†Erica Abdo (http://ericaabdo.com) //Dress Designer & Store Location:¬†Justin Alexander,¬†New York Bride and Groom //Jewelry:¬†Necklace¬†Etsy, Pearl Earring’s Lord and Taylor //Veil or Hair accessories:¬†New York Bride and Groom, Anthropologie //Shoes:¬†Nine West Women’s¬†Faycie Ballet Flat //Bridesmaids Dresses:¬†ModCloth, Dillard’s, Nordstrom
Grooms Attire: Banana Republic, DSW: Shoes, Etsy: Cyberoptix (Ties) //Ceremony Venue: The Frog Pond (http://www.frogpondbandb.com) //Reception Venue: The Frog Pond //Florist: The Floral Gardens (http://www.thefloralgardens.com) //DJ: Black Tie Entertainment (http://www.btedj.com) //Caterer: Kyoko (http://sushikyoko.com) //Cake: The Patisserie (http://www.thesherwoodinn.com/patisserie) //Event Designer: Mariel Mirra, Bride and MLH Events (http://www.mlhevents.com)
Wedding¬†Coordinator:¬†MLH Events (http://www.mlhevents.com),¬†Megan Hiltbrand //Lighting:¬†Book Page Chandlers, Mariel Mirra, Bride //Invitations & Stationary:¬†Mariel Mirra, Bride ¬†//Officiant:¬†Andrea Volbrecht, Friend of Bride and Groom //Cupcakes:¬†Elaina Crary //Pie:¬†Heart n’ Hand (http://www.heartnhandpies.com) //Chalkboard Art:¬†Jessica Tierney, Bridesmaid

Mariel & Jamie’s Love Story – The Frog Pond Skaneateles, NY

Wedding

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There are times in our lives where everything comes together like it was ment to be. That’s how it was when we met Julia and Lee. We met at the tail end of a bridal show and we hit it off immediately! We would run into each other periodically at the grocery store because, hey we live a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other! Their You + Me session was ridiculously amazing and fun and then there was their wedding day…..OOOOHHHH their wedding day I still drool over when I look at their photographs!

I wont say I’m biased (*cough*) Ok so I’m biased, every time I go to the Aurora Inn, magic happens! Something about the way the light filters through the windows, the historic feel of the building, and the 5 million things that inspire me constantly! Combine all of that with the creative juices of Julia and Lee and you have an amazing wedding no one will soon forget! (I¬†definitely¬†wont!)

The day was so mellow, I arrived to a bride who was calm, collected, and enjoying being pampered by the fantastic ladies of Makeup On Demand! The room was full of jokes, laughter, and a couple of “awwwwwww” moments. Their ceremony was full of genuine, deep, raw love! You could cut it with a knife it was so thick!

Heather, wedding coordinator extraordinaire, timed everything perfectly! The light for the formals was so delicious and I could have shot much longer than we did!

Their reception was a rockin’ party brought by Black Tie Entertainment and Tim and I couldn’t help but dance ourselves while taking pictures! We had so much fun and I’m so excited to attend Julia’s Cookie Swap! Consider this my RSVP lady! I can’t wait for you to tell me all about Ireland!

I am so blessed to have met you and Lee! Thank you for choosing us to capture your amazing day!

xoxoxoxoxo!!

The Details

Hair: Makeup On Demand (Danielle Kellogg)

Makeup Artist: Makeup On Demand (Kris Kellogg)

Dress: Maggie Sottero (from Spybaby Bridal in Syracuse)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Aria Bridal

Tuxes: Jos. A. Banks

Venue: Aurora Inn

Florist: Sinicropi Florist in Seneca Falls

DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

Caterer: Aurora Inn

Cake (Pies!): Heart ‘n Hand in Skaneateles

Wedding Planner: Heather Davidson at the Aurora Inn (the best!)

Other: Ice Sculpture from the Ice Farm in Auburn

Photo Booth from Blue Apple Productions in Pittsford

Dance Lessons with Terry Perrone Dance Studio in Syracuse

Their Songs:

First Dance: “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick, Jr.

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Buble

Father/Daughter: “Time After Time” by Eva Cassidy

Mother/Son: “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” by Randy Newman

Introductions: Parents: ‚ÄúI Got a Feeling,‚ÄĚ Black Eyed Peas

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: ‚ÄúSexyBack,‚ÄĚ Justin Timberlake

Lee & Julia: ‚ÄúTik Tok,‚ÄĚ Ke$ha

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

For Julia, seeing Lee and Scout (our dog) walk down the aisle.¬† I could see them, but they couldn’t see me.¬† It suddenly became real and it was hard to hold back the tears at that moment.¬† For Lee, seeing Julia walk down the aisle.

What was you favorite detail?

Everything!  I often tell people that we had the best vendors and their attention to detail was amazing.  I was never stressed or worried about anything because everyone else had it handled.

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Choose your vendors wisely.¬† Get recommendations and meet with them to discuss your “vision” and get to know their style.¬† We got very lucky and picked people who complemented and enhanced our dreams.

Funniest memory from you wedding day?

Lee’s college friend serenading Julia to “Start Me Up” doing his best Mick Jagger, complete with power slide!

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?

Nothing.¬† Some things didn’t go according to plan, but they make for great stories now and it’s all a part of the experience.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

Dancing lessons.  We did two dances that were able to set the tone for the night (a more elegant foxtrot right after the cocktail hour and a fun swing to get the party going after dinner) and we had a lot of fun!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Ireland.

What is your favorite wedding photo and why?

A photo of us during our first dance with each of our parents and all of the attendants looking on from the background.  It reminds me that although we shared a special day, it was only possible with the support of the people who love us.

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Isn’t Julia’s Mom gorgeous?

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Some of my fave dress shots, yay reflective surfaces!

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Hi light, can I have you all the time? K thanks! YUM!

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Julia, really? You’re SO STUNNING!!!

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Lee walked down the isle with their dog Scout!

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overwhelming love!

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One of my faves! <3

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That’s right, you get your GQ on!

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Old foundation + gorgeous light + amazing couple = These pictures! Wowzah!

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All of the details were so devine!

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My fave photo from the day. We were trying to get a group picture together and grandma kept on dancing. I love the reactions of everyone and the giant smile on grandma’s face!

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Mick Jagger!

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